Academics

Location
Chestnut Hill, MA
Undergrads
9,533
Tuition
$43,878
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Junior

Academics: There is no better place to major in Nursing in the country. The ability to work as part of the school curriculum in some of the best hospitals in the nation such as Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital is second to none. The workload is rigorous but covers all aspects of Nursing care in order to prepare you for the hospital experience but also for the NCLEX. The job opportunities available after graduation are great due to Boston College's connection with local hospitals and other universities with large medical centers.

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5 College Junior

Academics: The core at the university aids in the development of critical thinking skills. Classes are taught by Professors or PhD students, no TAs teach classes. The registration process is fair and straightforward. The workload is doable but challenging and also engaging. Study options include study abroad, specialized classes, and class with community service aspects. Popular study areas include: biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and theology.

4 College Senior

Academics: Boston college is an excellent regional school, however, it competes heavily against other strong institutions such as MIT and Harvard. The curriculum and workload are acceptable.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The classics department is small but really friendly, with great staff

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Everyone's really driven and I liked the choice of classes offered

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 41st
    Smartest Professors
  • 68th
    Best Course Variety
  • 113rd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 186th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 496th
    Most Available Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Samantha Durant
Hometown
Cheshire, CT
Major
Communications with Women's Studies minor
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It’s fair to say that most, if not all, Boston College professors are extremely capable, and more often than not, they’re ridiculously intelligent. However, competency and good nature don’t necessarily always go hand in hand. Some of the professors are here just because it’s their job, and some care but just don’t know how to teach or help confused students understand better. Luckily, bad or misdirected professors are in the minority. Most of the professors at BC are passionate and extremely intelligent individuals who inspire their students to follow the BC motto, “Ever to excel.”

Of course, there are a few bad apples that just can’t seem to relate to their students, typically because of an age gap that can span decades. Unfortunately, many of these professors are tenured so there’s little to no chance that they are leaving BC anytime soon. If the professor makes you queasy on the first day, then drop the class and add something else as soon as possible. To increase your chances of finding a good professor or interesting class, go to ugbc.org and check out the professor evaluations (PEPs), where previous students have chimed in with their two cents regarding the teacher’s aptitude. The PEPs are usually right on target describing the positive and negative attributes of the teacher. There are plenty of great professors at BC, and there’s no reason you should have to remain in a class where you feel hesitant to shine.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
15:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
752
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
468
Total FT Faculty
950
Faculty with Terminal Degree
98%
Average Faculty Salary
$114,688
Full-Time Retention Rate
95%
Part-Time Retention Rate
25%
Transfer-Out Rate
6%
Graduation Rate
92%
Programs/Majors Offered
89
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 48%
  • 20 to 49 students: 38%
  • 50 or more students: 14%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Carroll School of Management
  • Connell School of Nursing
  • Lynch School of Education
  • Woods College of Advancing Studies
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Other
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Economics and Econometrics: 3%
  • Finance, General: 3%
  • Law: 3%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Addie's
  • Bapst Library
  • Dorm study lounges
  • O'Neill Library
Tips to Succeed
  • "Study hard, play hard," actually does work.
  • Always check the PEPS before class selection.
  • Expand your friendship circles! Just because people live in your hall doesn't mean there aren't thousands of other very cool individuals to form relationships with.
  • Go away for spring break, either on service trips or somewhere tropical. You can see your hometown friends during the summer.
Did You Know?
  • There are no fewer than six factions of the student government at BC: CSOM Government, CSON Senate, LSOE Senate, Student Alumni Council, Undergraduate Government of Boston College, and Woods College of Advancing Studies Student Senate.
  • The 120 Jesuits living on the Boston College campus make up the largest Jesuit community in the world. About half are actively involved in the University's faculty and administration; 22 are graduate students from 10 foreign countries.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 45 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 10 responses

  • 29% Doug Flutie - former NFL quarterback, BC legend
  • 29% Amy Poehler - comedian, actress
  • 12% John Kerry - secretary of state
  • 12% Chris O'Donnell - actor
  • 8% Matt Hasselbeck - NFL quarterback
  • 4% Elisabeth Hasselbeck - co-host of "The View"
  • 4% Leonard Nimoy - "Star Trek" actor
  • 0% Jack Kerouac - beat poet

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 50 responses

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Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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