Boston College

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$59,050
4% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$30,192
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
0.91%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
26.4%
29,382 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
14,934
87.2% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
91.7%
2,140 Graduates

About

Boston College is a higher education institution located in Middlesex County, MA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Boston College were General Finance (344 degrees awarded), Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (304 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (213 degrees).

In 2020, 4,890 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Boston College. 54.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 45.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,848 degrees), 6.33 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (450 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Boston College is $59,050, which is $30,421 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Boston College is $59,050, which is $30,421 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $30,192.

In 2020, 48% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 36% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$59,050
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Boston College was $59,050. The cost of tuition at Boston College is $30,421 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$30,192
2020 Value
6.48%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Boston College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $30,192. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Boston College grew by 6.48%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,188
Room and Board
$1,250
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Boston College was of $13,188 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,250. The cost of room and board increased by 3.12% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

48%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
36%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

48% of undergraduate students at Boston College received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2019, when 48% 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.
0.91%
2018 Default Rate
18
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Boston College was 0.91%, which represents 18 out of the 1978 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 29,382 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 17.4% annual decline. Out of those 29,382 applicants, 7,752 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 26.4% acceptance rate.

There were 14,934 students enrolled at Boston College in 2020, and 64% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Boston College has an overall enrollment yield of 31.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

26.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
7,752
Accepted Out of 29,382

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Boston College was 26.4% (7,752 admissions from 29,382 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 27.2%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −17.4%, while admissions declined by −19.9%.

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SAT Scores

64%
Submission Percentage
1,539
Scores Submitted

64% of enrolled first-time students at Boston College in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Boston College has a total enrollment of 14,934 students. The full-time enrollment at Boston College is 13,028 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,906. This means that 87.2% of students enrolled at Boston College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Boston College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 53.2% White, 9.2% Hispanic or Latino, 8.53% Asian, 4.08% Black or African American, 3.27% Two or More Races, 0.0335% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0268% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Boston College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (30.6%), followed by White Male (27.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.38%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (26.8%), followed by White Male (18.7%) and Asian Female (3.3%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

87.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Boston College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 14,934 students. The full-time enrollment at Boston College is 13,028 and the part-time enrollment is 1,906. This means that 87.2% of students enrolled at Boston College are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

93%
2020 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 93%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), Boston College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    7,938
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,374
  3. Asian
    1,274

The enrolled student population at Boston College is 53.2% White, 9.2% Hispanic or Latino, 8.53% Asian, 4.08% Black or African American, 3.27% Two or More Races, 0.0335% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0268% 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 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% 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, 1,672 students (11.2%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 460 more women than men received degrees from Boston College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Boston College is white (2,848 degrees awarded). There were 6.33 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (450 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Boston College is General Finance (344 degrees awarded), followed by Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (304 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (213 degrees).

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 (116 degrees awarded), Legal (268 degrees), and Theology (108 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Boston College are Postsecondary teachers (133,367 people), Clergy (120,262 people), Secondary school teachers (117,838 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (117,082 people), and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (114,555 people).

The most specialized majors at Boston College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (116 degrees awarded), Legal (268 degrees), Theology (108 degrees), Math & Statistics (191 degrees), and English (170 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Boston College are Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Surgeons, Other financial specialists, Physicians, and Architectural & engineering managers

The most specialized majors at Boston College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (116 degrees awarded), Legal (268 degrees), Theology (108 degrees), Math & Statistics (191 degrees), and English (170 degrees).

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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 (321,852 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (244,268 people), Religious organizations (136,014 people), Computer Systems Design (126,411 people), and Legal services (108,348 people).

The most specialized majors at Boston College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (116 degrees awarded), Legal (268 degrees), Theology (108 degrees), Math & Statistics (191 degrees), and English (170 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 344 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 304 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 213 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Boston College was General Finance with 344 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

2,215
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
2,675
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 2,215 degrees were awarded to men at Boston College, which is 0.828 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,675).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 268 degrees were awarded to men at Boston College in General Finance, which is 2.25 times more than the 119 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 182 degrees were awarded to women at Boston College in Social Work, which is 4.67 times more than the 39 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

88%
100% Completion Time
92%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 88% 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 93% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

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

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Boston College is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 2.62% of graduates (56 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,848 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    450 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    435 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Boston College is white (2,848 degrees awarded). There were 6.33 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (450 degrees).

5.56% of degree recipients (272 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,541 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,307 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    265 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Boston College is white female (1,541 degrees awarded). There were 1.18 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,307 degrees).

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Operations

Boston College has an endowment valued at nearly $2.58B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $137M (5.32%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, Boston College had a total salary expenditure of $870M. Boston College employs 297 Associate professors, 294 Professors, and 205 Assistant professors. Most academics at Boston College are Male Professors (197), Male Associate professors(154), and Female Associate professors (143).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Boston College are: Management, with 537 employees, Service, with 456 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 329 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$2.58B
2020 Endowment
5.98%
growth from 2019

Boston College has an endowment valued at about $2.58B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Boston College grew 5.98% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $2.28B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $35.6M - Federal
  2. $1.46M - State
  3. $5.48M - Local

As of 2020, Boston College received $35.6M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $1.46M from state grants and contracts, and $5.48M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$392M
2020 Salaries
2.53%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Boston College paid a median of $392M in salaries, which represents 45.1% of their overall expenditure ($870M) and a 2.53% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.1% growth from 2018 and a 4.03% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$124M
Instructional Salaries
882
Number of Employees

In 2020, Boston College paid a total of $124M to 882 employees working as instructors, which represents 31.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
297 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
537 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Boston College were Associate professor with 297 employees; Professor with 294 employees; and Professor with 205 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Boston College were Management with 537 employees; Service with 456 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 329 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Boston College was Male Professor with 197 employees, Male Associate professor with 154 employees, and Female Associate professor with 143 employees.

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

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