boston College

Boston College (BC) is one of the most frequently searched colleges in America, according to a recent internet keyword search of American colleges.

BC is a private, Jesuit Catholic research university, established in 1863.The school currently serves an enrollment of nearly 15,000 students, with roughly two thirds of them studying at the undergraduate level. Roughly one third of undergraduates who apply to BC are accepted. 

The school ranks 32nd among universities in America, according to U.S. News & World Report, and is also a top producer of Fulbright scholars. 

Notable alumni of the college include many famous athletes, businessmen, educators, entertainers, politicians, scientists, and writers. BC is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

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Boston College is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, along with the following 27 other colleges:

  1. Canisius College
  2. College of the Holy Cross
  3. Creighton University
  4. Fairfield University
  5. Fordham University
  6. Georgetown University
  7. Gonzaga University 
  8. John Carroll University
  9. Le Moyne College
  10. Loyola Marymount University 
  11. Loyola University Chicago 
  12. Loyola University Maryland
  13. Loyola University New Orleans
  14. Marquette University
  15. Regis University
  16. Rockhurst University
  17. Saint Louis University
  18. St. Joseph's University
  19. St. Peter's University
  20. Santa Clara University
  21. Seattle University
  22. Spring Hill College
  23. University of Detroit Mercy
  24. University of San Francisco 
  25. University of Scranton 
  26. Wheeling Jesuit University
  27. Xavier University

BC consists of the following schools:

  1. BC Graduate School of Arts & Sciences 
  2. BC Graduate School of Social Work
  3. BC Law School
  4. BC School of Theology and Ministry
  5. Carroll School of Management
  6. Connell School of Nursing
  7. Lynch School of Education
  8. Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences 
  9. Woods College of Advancing Studies  


boston college Q&A

Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about BC. 

1. Where is Boston College?

The BC campus is located in a wealthy area of Boston known as Chestnut Hill, roughly 6 miles west pf downtown Boston. Here is the official mailing and visiting address of the main campus of BC:  

Boston College

140 Commonwealth Avenue

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts


The visiting address of the BC Law School is:

BC Law School

885 Centre Street

Newton, Massachusetts


2. What types of degrees are available at Boston College?

BC offers Bachelors degree and Masters degree programs, as well as PhD programs in a number of disciplines. 

3. What undergraduate majors are offered at Boston College?

The college offers more than 60 undergraduate (Bachelor degree) majors, such as:

  • Accounting
  • American Heritage
  • Applied Psychology & Human Development
  • Art History
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology 
  • Business Analytics
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Studies
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Corporate Reporting
  • Criminal Justice 
  • Economics 
  • Elementary Education 
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Geosciences
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • French
  • General Management
  • General Science
  • Geology 
  • German Studies
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • Independent Studies
  • Information Systems 
  • International Studies
  • Islamic Civilization 
  • Italian Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Management and Leadership
  • Marketing 
  • Mathematics 
  • Music
  • Natural Sciences 
  • Nursing 
  • Operations Management 
  • Perspectives on Spanish America 
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Romance Languages 
  • Russian 
  • Secondary Education 
  • Slavic Studies
  • Social Sciences 
  • Sociology
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts
  • Theology

Above: An aerial view of BC, as Gasson Hall cuts a magnificent, gothic silhouette against a sunsetting sky.


4. What graduate programs are available at Boston College?

BC offers graduate (Masters degree) studies in education, law, management, nursing, theology, and more.

Click here for a list of Doctoral (PhD) Programs at BC.  

5. What courses are taught at the Boston College Law School?

BC features a comprehensive law college program. 

First-year students must take the following courses at the BC law school: 

  • Civil Litigation
  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts 
  • Criminal Law
  • Deals and Disputes
  • Evidence 
  • Law Practice
  • Legal Interviewing
  • Negotiation
  • Property 
  • Torts 

Upper level law students can choose from more than 200 law courses, including:

  • Administrative Law
  • Advocacy 
  • American Indian Law
  • American Legal Education 
  • Appellate Law 
  • Business Law 
  • Business Immigration Law 
  • Children's Law 
  • Civil Litigation
  • Civil Rights Law 
  • Complex Litigation 
  • Constitutional Law
  • Consumer Bankruptcy 
  • Consumer Law 
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporations 
  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Violence and the Law 
  • Education Law and Public Policy 
  • Employee Benefits Law 
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Estate Planning 
  • European Union Law 
  • Federal Courts 
  • Feminist Jurisprudence
  • Foreign Relations 
  • Global Economy 
  • Health Law 
  • Human Rights 
  • Immigration Law 
  • Independent Studies
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Jurisprudence 
  • Juvenile Law 
  • Labor Law 
  • Law and Religion 
  • Law of Toxic Substances 
  • Law Practice
  • Legal Interviewing and Counseling 
  • Legal Writing 
  • Local Government Law 
  • Mediation 
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Negotiation
  • Philanthropy Law 
  • Private Equity 
  • Professional Responsibility 
  • Property Law
  • Prosecution
  • Securities Regulation 
  • Sports Law
  • Statutory Interpretation 
  • Taxation Law 
  • Torts
  • Trademark Law
  • Trusts & Estates 
  • War Crimes Law 

Most of these courses are electives, with the following upper level requirements:

  • A professional responsibility course
  • A course satisfying the “Perspectives on Law and Justice” requirement
  • A course satisfying the Upper-Level Writing requirement
  • At least six experiential learning credits
  • A class covering lawyering skills may substitute for the experiential learning credits.

Above: The BC Law School. 


6. How much does it cost to attend Boston College?

According to the BC website, the current estimated cost of tuition and fees for undergraduate students to attend the college full time for one full school year is:

  • $53,901 in tuition and fees
  • $14,142 for room and board 

TOTAL: $68,043 

The cost of enrollment at the BC Graduate schools are as follows:

  • The cost of the Nursing program at the Connell School of Nursing is $1,298 per credit.
  • For Law School admissions, the cost of tuition and fees is less than $55,000 for one full year. However, when you add in all your living expenses, the total budget comes to approximately $72,500. 
  • The cost of attendance at the Carroll School of Business is $47,340 per year for full time students, and $1,612 per credit for part time students. 
  • At the Lynch School of Education, the current cost of enrollment is $1,364 per credit for both full time and part time students. 

Additional fees may also apply, such as application fees, registration fees, textbook fees, technology fees, parking fees, insurance fees, and others. 

Students applying to BC are probably eligible for financial aid if they fill out the Federal FAFSA form. Roughly 88% of BC students receive financial aid. 

Shown above: Dorms at BC


Shown above: Downtown Boston


7. What is the Boston College campus like?

The main campus of BC spans more than 175 suburban acres in Chestnut Hill, an affluent enclave of Boston. The main campus features some very early examples of Collegiate Gothic architecture. In fact, the main campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Among the 120 academic buildings are classroom buildings, numerous labs, 8 research libraries, and several residence halls. 

The campus is bordered by Beacon Street to the south, and Commonwealth Avenue to the north. Needless to say, the neighborhood is bursting with cultural attractions, fine restaurants, and conveniences galore. Pubic transportation is abundant. 

The BC Law School is located in Newton, roughly two miles northwest of the main campus. 

The athletic teams at BC are called the Eagles. They play for Division I of the the NCAA. The school colors are maroon and gold. 

Intercollegiate sports for men and women at BC include: 

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse 
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

The school also features many club and intramural sports, such as 

  • Aquatics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Dance
  • Dodgeball
  • Fitness
  • Flag Football 
  • Health & Wellness
  • Ice Hockey
  • Ice Skating
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Karate
  • Rock Climbing
  • Softball
  • Tennis 
  • Ultimate Frisbee 
  • Volleyball
  • Walleyball 

Campus life at BC also includes numerous non athletic activities, such as musical groups, cultural organizations, about a dozen campus publications, and hundreds more student interest groups.  

Above: The BC men's hockey team wins National Championship. 


8. What are the distance learning options at Boston College?

Although BC is not especially known for distance learning, the school offers some online classes through a learning management system called STM:Crossroads. Many of these are theology courses. Check the BC website for a list of upcoming online courses. 

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9. What is the contact information for Boston College?

You can reach the main campus office of BC by calling 617-552-8000. 

To reach the law school of BC, call 617-552-4340.

Shown above: The BC logo

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