Boston College: Narrative Description

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140 Commonwealth Ave.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3800
Tel: (617)552-8000
Free: 800-360-2522
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Independent Roman Catholic (Jesuit), university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates (also offers continuing education program with significant enrollment not reflected in profile). Founded 1863. Setting: 240-acre suburban campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $1.2 billion. Research spending 2003-04: $24.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $14,055 per student. Total enrollment: 13,814. Faculty: 1,201 (650 full-time, 551 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 22,451 applied, 32% were admitted. 74% from top 10% of their high school class, 95% from top quarter, 99% from top half. 7 National Merit Scholars, 138 student government officers. Full-time: 9,059 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 51 states and territories, 100 other countries, 72% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 6% black, 9% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 21% 25 or older, 78% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 95% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; communications/communication technologies; English. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Boston University, Brandeis University, Hebrew College, Pine Manor College, Regis College (MA), Tufts University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/2, 11/1 for early action. Notification: 4/15, 12/24 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $60. Comprehensive fee: $39,016 includes full-time tuition ($28,940), mandatory fees ($456), and college room and board ($9620). College room only: $5970. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 171 open to all. Most popular organizations: Ski Club, The Bostonians, Boston College Bop. Major annual events: Homecoming, Middlemarch Ball, Student Leadership Awards Banquet. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 7,068 students; 7,341 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Thomas P. O'Neill Library plus 6 others with 2.2 million books, 3.9 million microform titles, 22,266 serials, 162,202 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $20.9 million. 1,000 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Boston College considers, and the students concur, that the suburban location of the campus six miles from Boston is the ideal setting for a University. The campus boasts superior academic, residential, and recreational facilities, and the dynamic Greater Boston area offers unlimited cultural, educational, and personal opportunities for individual development within a cosmopolitan atmosphere.