Boston College Acceptance Rate, Average GPA, SAT and ACT Scores

Boston College was founded in 1863 by the Society of Jesus, a Roman Catholic religious order commonly known as the Jesuits. The college was established to provide an education for young men from Boston’s growing Irish immigrant population. In its early years, Boston College offered courses in theology, philosophy, and the liberal arts. Over time, the college began to expand its curriculum to include other disciplines such as business, engineering, and nursing. Today, Boston College is a top-ranked research university with more than 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled across nine schools and colleges. The university is known for its rigorous academics and commitment to service learning opportunities both on campus and in the local community. It also has strong ties with many of Boston’s most prestigious medical centers and hospitals. In addition to its academic programs, Boston College offers numerous extracurricular activities such as student clubs and organizations, athletics teams (including Division I football), theater productions, and other cultural events that promote diversity on campus. In recent years the college has become increasingly involved in international outreach through student exchange programs and research initiatives with universities around the world.

Boston College, as one of the top colleges ranked by major educational institutions, has impressed us by its high selectivity and student friendly application process during admissions. The following tables detail 2018 class profile, including total applications received, average high school GPA, SAT scores/ACT scores, and acceptance rates of Boston College. To learn more about GPA, SAT and ACT scores information, please follow the links below. If you want to find even more about Boston College, such as tuition fees and scholarships, you can click the link after tables to visit the school’s official website.

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Admissions Stats

Boston College is an elite private school located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The admissions process is highly competitive and the acceptance rate for the class of 2020 was only 27%. Of the 32,000 applicants, 8,400 were accepted and 4,200 enrolled. The average SAT score at Boston College is 1410 out of 1600 with a middle 50% range of 1320-1490. The average ACT score is 32 out of 36 with a middle 50% range of 29-34. Boston College also considers extracurricular activities and essays along with academic performance when making admissions decisions. In addition to strong grades and test scores, applicants should demonstrate leadership experience in their extracurricular activities and have a well-written essay that stands out among other applicants. It is important to note that while Boston College does not have any specific requirements for its applicants, it does prefer that students take challenging courses throughout high school such as AP or honors courses. Furthermore, Boston College strongly encourages students to apply for financial aid if needed as it offers need-based grants and scholarships to help make college more affordable for students from all backgrounds.

Fall 2022 Selectivity

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2022 acceptance rate 31%
Early decision acceptance rate N/A
Early action acceptance rate N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early action and early decision students) 31%

Fall 2022 Applications, Acceptances & Enrollments

Applicants 29,933
Female applicants 16,787
Male applicants 13,146
Applicants accepted 9,310
Female applicants accepted 4,991
Male applicants accepted 4,319
Freshman enrollment 2,359
Female freshman enrollment 1,249
Male freshman enrollment 1,110
Early decision applicants N/A
Early decision applicants accepted N/A
Early decision applicants enrolled N/A
Early action applicants N/A
Early action applicants accepted N/A
Early action applicants enrolled N/A
Total enrolled incoming freshmen who were accepted under early acceptance or early action N/A

Fall 2022 Wait List

School has a wait list Yes
Applicants placed on wait list 6,026
Students accepting place on wait list 2,686
Students accepted from wait list 103

Fall 2022 High School Rank

Freshman students submitting high school class standing 28%

Fall 2022 High School GPA

Freshman students submitting high school GPA N/A
Average high school GPA N/A
High school GPA 25th-75th percentile range N/A
GPA breakdown N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman SAT Scores

Freshman students submitting SAT scores 80%
SAT Critical Reading average score 655
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th percentile range 610-700
SAT Math average score 685
SAT Math 25th-75th percentile range: 640-730
SAT Writing average score N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th percentile range 630-720
SAT Essay 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman ACT Scores

Freshman students submitting ACT scores 20%
Average ACT Composite score N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th percentile range 29-32
ACT English 25th-75th percentile range N/A
ACT Math 25th-75th percentile range N/A