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Rank: 60

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MAwww.bc.edu
Boston College is a prestigious Jesuit university founded in 1863. Widely respected for its academics, it enrolls more than 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries. BC's roughly 9,000 undergrads are required to complete a comprehensive core curriculum with subjects ranging from science to theology. Classes usually have between 20 and 50 students, but there are smaller ones as well. With Boston in BC's backyard, students have a major city to draw on for entertainment, shopping and job opportunities. There's no Greek life on campus, but students can enjoy BC's many sports, music and special interest organizations (including improv group My Mother's Fleabag and a Slavic club). BC has an impressive graduation rate of 93%, according to MONEY's calculations. That's about 7% higher than would be expected based on students with similar test scores and economic backgrounds at other universities. Students also tend to do well in the job market, reporting average early career salaries of $59,200. Famous alumni include actress Amy Poehler and former Secretary of State John Kerry.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$72,300
% of students who get any grants
44%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$29,200
Average price for low-income students
$5,500
admissions
Acceptance rate
31%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1360/32
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
10,304
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
88%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
2%
Average merit grant
$19,645
student success
Graduation rate
93%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Average student debt
$19,000
Average salary within 3 years
$59,200
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
56%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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