If your college-bound teen is undecided and seeking a solid medium size college with 5,000 to 10,000 students, Boston College may be worth a look. Boston College pursues its mission through rigorous intellectual development, advanced global research and integration of religious dialogue and community life. The Core Curriculum at Boston College requires students to take classes in these areas:
- the arts
- cultural diversity
- social science
The name Boston “College” is a misnomer because it’s actually a research university with 9 schools and colleges. (Boston “University” is already taken) By taking classes across varied areas of study and having access to specialized programs, students have a great opportunity to find the major that interests them.
Campus visit tip: Boston College is a Catholic institution and during your visit, make sure you’re comfortable with this aspect of their mission.
Additional quick facts about Boston College:
Freshmen from out of state: 75%
4-year Graduation rate: 89%
Most popular majors: finance, economics, communications
Housing: The majority of Boston College students live on campus. Housing guarantees are either 3 or 4 years. Students with a 3-year housing guarantee study abroad or live off-campus during junior year. Boston College is in a suburban location and only 20 minutes from Boston so the off-campus options are pretty good with varied public transportation options. Dorms are known to be comfortable and spacious.
Social life: As at other Jesuit universities, Boston College does not have Greek life. There are still lots of social activities like sporting events, movies, festivals, concerts, and plays, and “volunteer work is huge,” says one student.
Similar colleges to consider to develop list: University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University, Villanova, Columbia University
Financial aid: Boston College offers both need-based and merit aid, with 100% of need met. The cost of attendance is $65,000 and the average financial aid package is $35K, with 66% of students receiving aid.
What do you think about Boston College? Would the Core Curriculum be a good fit? Please post your comments below.
Author: Pamela E
Dr. Pamela has helped thousands of teens attend the college of their choice. She brings her 25 years experience in education to assist families, schools, and employers with college selection, admissions, financial aid, and more. Dr. Pamela holds a PhD from Stanford School of Education, and an MBA from Dartmouth.