Boston College (BC)

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BC can be found in Chestnut Hill, MA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around sixteen thousand students enrolled each year at Boston College.

Most of the students admitted to BC got an SAT score in the range of 1340 to 1500, or got accepted with an ACT composite score within the range of 31 to 34. We were able to estimate the Boston College (BC) average GPA (3.82 - 3.96) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. Only 27 percent of applicants are accepted to this school due to the large number of applicants for enrollment. When applying historical data, we have projected that the Boston College (BC) acceptance rate 2021 will be around 27%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Boston College (BC) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Boston College was reported as 27.2% in Fall 2020 with over 35,600 college applications submitted to BC. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • BC ACT Scores: 31 - 34
  • BC Average GPA: 3.82 - 3.96

How Hard Is It to Get into Boston College?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to BC is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Boston College has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 31.1%
  • 2017-2018: 32.4%
  • 2018-2019: 27.9%
  • 2019-2020: 27.2%
  • Projected BC Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 26.8%

How Does Boston College (BC) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Boston College is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences85.3%
Simmons College73.1%
Berklee College of Music51.4%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology6.7%
Bentley University46.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Boston College (BC) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading660 - 730
Math680 - 770
Total Score1340 - 1500
ACT®Score Range
English33 - 35
Math28 - 33
Composite Score31 - 34
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