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

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I was a Psychology and Communications double-major. Psychology was my secondary major that I took for interest and the workload was mixed - some of the classes were really tough (especially Behavioral Statistics which was a 2 semester requirement when I was there) Communications was my main focus and where I planned to puruse my career. I enjoyed almost every Communications class but it is really up to you to define your own curriculum - there are no focus areas within Communications. It would have been nice to have a tract focused on the area you wanted to go into such as Public Relations or Advertising. I did 2 internships both of which I found myself. The school will host "job fairs" but they are almost always solely focused on CSOM (the business school) and never were very inviting or intered in anyone with any other major.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: If you are a good fit for this school and used to a rigorous course load you will be fine. The classes aren't easy and most time the workload isn't light but most students here came from demanding high schools and excel at balancing the work with their social lives. I can count on one hand the number of nights I was overwhelmed or felt like I had to stay up all night to get the work done but I can count on the other hand the same number of nights I had no work at all I could be doing. I had some great professors and some not so great ones - it is the same at every school. The registration was a nightmare when I was there but sometimes academic advisors can help if you don't get into a class you need.

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

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