Boston College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$62,950
4% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$30,559
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.51%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
16.7%
40,494 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
15,287
87.9% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
90.9%
2,102 Graduates

About

Boston College is a higher education institution located in Middlesex County, MA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Boston College were General Finance (332 degrees awarded), Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (325 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (180 degrees).

In 2022, 5,067 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Boston College. 54.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 45.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,995 degrees), 6.44 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (465 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Boston College is $62,950, which is $32,800 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Boston College is $62,950, which is $32,800 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $30,559.

In 2022, 44% of undergraduate students attending Boston College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 33% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$62,950
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Boston College was $62,950. The cost of tuition at Boston College is $32,800 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$30,559
2022 Value
1.33%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Boston College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $30,559. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Boston College grew by 1.33%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,576
Room and Board
$1,250
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Boston College was of $13,576 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 1.43% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,250. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

44%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
33%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

44% of undergraduate students at Boston College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 4.35% with respect to 2021, when 46% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.51%
2019 Default Rate
10
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Boston College was 0.51%, which represents 10 out of the 1959 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Boston College received 40,494 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 1.63% annual growth. Out of those 40,494 applicants, 6,748 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 16.7% acceptance rate.

There were 15,287 students enrolled at Boston College in 2022. 34% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Boston College has an overall enrollment yield of 34.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

16.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
6,748
Accepted Out of 40,494

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Boston College was 16.7% (6,748 admissions from 40,494 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 19%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 1.63%, while admissions declined by −11.1%..

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SAT Scores

34%
Submission Percentage (2022)
800
Scores Submitted (2022)

34% of enrolled first-time students at Boston College in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Boston College had a total enrollment of 15,287 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Boston College is 13,437 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,850. This means that 87.9% of students enrolled at Boston College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Boston College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 57.3% White, 9.62% Asian, 9.19% Hispanic or Latino, 5% Black or African American, 2.83% Two or More Races, 0.111% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0327% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Boston College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (31.2%), followed by White Male (26.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.89%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (34.6%), followed by White Male (19.8%) and Asian Female (4.4%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

87.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Boston College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 15,287 students. The full-time enrollment at Boston College is 13,437 and the part-time enrollment is 1,850. This means that 87.9% of students enrolled at Boston College are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

95%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Boston College was 95%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), Boston College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    8,766 enrolled students
  2. Asian
    1,470 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,405 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Boston College is 57.3% White, 9.62% Asian, 9.19% Hispanic or Latino, 5% Black or African American, 2.83% Two or More Races, 0.111% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0327% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 662 students (4.33%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 485 more women than men received degrees from Boston College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Boston College is white (2,995 degrees awarded). There were 6.44 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (465 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Boston College is General Finance (332 degrees awarded), followed by Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (325 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (180 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Boston College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Philosophy and Religious Studies (110 degrees awarded), Legal (280 degrees), and Theology (111 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Boston College are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (352,863 people), Other managers (253,394 people), Postsecondary teachers (156,952 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (148,070 people), and Clergy (124,663 people).

The most specialized majors at Boston College in 2022 are Philosophy and Religious Studies (110 degrees awarded), Legal (280 degrees), Theology (111 degrees), Math & Statistics (204 degrees), and Social Sciences (668 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Boston College are Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at Boston College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (110 degrees awarded), Legal (280 degrees), Theology (111 degrees), Math & Statistics (204 degrees), and Social Sciences (668 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Boston College are Elementary & secondary schools (377,199 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (313,012 people), Legal services (288,726 people), Computer Systems Design (238,606 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (183,309 people).

The most specialized majors at Boston College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (110 degrees awarded), Legal (280 degrees), Theology (111 degrees), Math & Statistics (204 degrees), and Social Sciences (668 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Boston College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 332 degrees awarded
  2. 325 degrees awarded
  3. 180 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Boston College was General Finance with 332 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

2,291
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
2,776
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 2,291 degrees were awarded to men at Boston College, which is 0.825 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,776).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 289 degrees were awarded to men at Boston College in General Finance, which is 2.92 times more than the 99 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 215 degrees were awarded to men at Boston College in Social Work, which is 5.12 times more than the 42 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

89%
100% Completion Time
92%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 89% of students graduating from Boston College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 92% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 92% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Boston College is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 3.28% of graduates (69 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    2,995 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    465 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    426 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Boston College is white (2,995 degrees awarded). There were 6.44 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (465 degrees).

4.97% of degree recipients (252 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    1,648 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,347 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    255 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Boston College is white female (1,648 degrees awarded). There were 1.22 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1347 degrees).

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Operations

Boston College has an endowment valued at nearly $3.72B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−3.95%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, Boston College had a total salary expenditure of 957M. Boston College employs 323 Professors, 273 Associate professors and 197 Assistant professors. Most academics at Boston College are Male Professor (218), Female Associate professor (137), and Male Associate professor (136).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Boston College are: Management, with 557 employees, Service, with 444 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 322 employees.

Endowment

$3.72B
2022 Endowment
1.59%
decline from 2021

Boston College has an endowment valued at about $3.72B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Boston College declined 1.59% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $3.34B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $60.9M - Federal
  2. $1.83M - State
  3. $4.73M - Local

As of 2022, Boston College received $60.9M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $1.83M from state grants and contracts, and $4.73M from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$415M
2022 Salaries
4.53%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Boston College paid a median of $415M in salaries, which represents 43.4% of their overall expenditure ($957M) and a 4.53% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$133M
Instructional Salaries
888
Number of Employees

In 2022, Boston College paid a total of $133M to 888 employees working as instructors, which represents 31.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
323 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
557 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Boston College were Professor with 323 employees, Associate professor with 273 employees, and Assistant professor with 197 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Boston College were Management with 557 employees, Service with 444 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 322 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Associate professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Boston College was Male Professor with 218 employees, Female Associate professor with 137 employees, and Male Associate professor with 136 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Boston College.

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