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4 College Senior

Academics: After majoring in both Marketing in CSOM and Political Science in A&S, I can say I vastly preferred A&S. CSOM appears to be much more concerned with finding name-brand job placements for their students, regardless of what they want to do (which is great if you only care about making money, which some people do and is fine). A&S, in my feeling, helps you develop as a person and create a sense of self and your place in the world.

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5 College Senior

Academics: The one thing that I have absolutely loved here is the academics. Almost every professor I've had is intelligent and personable, and have helped figure out what I want to do with my life.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The Political Science department is great. There are some professors who are clearly conservative and others are clearly liberal, which is kind of a bummer because it makes me like/dislike them more or less based on that. The workload is very hard but everything we're studying is very relevant. BC is definitely a great school that looks good on resumes and will help you get jobs.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Great academics, great professors, great classes. BC definitely emphasizes the whole person. Some professors of Core courses do suck and shouldn't be here. Overall, the work here is challenging and it was my safety school.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Finance within the Carroll School of Money, I mean Management. Must apply to get into the program.

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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
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Economics and Econometrics: 3%
  • Finance, General: 4%
  • 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

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 20 responses

  • 27% Doug Flutie - former NFL quarterback, BC legend
  • 22% Amy Poehler - comedian, actress
  • 12% John Kerry - secretary of state
  • 10% Chris O'Donnell - actor
  • 7% Matt Hasselbeck - NFL quarterback
  • 7% Matt Ryan - NFL quarterback
  • 3% Elisabeth Hasselbeck - co-host of "The View"
  • 3% Leonard Nimoy - "Star Trek" actor
  • 3% Tip O'Neill
  • 2% Luke Keuchly - NFL stud
  • 2% John Mara - New York Giants Owner
  • 2% Jack Kerouac went to Columbia
  • 0% Jack Kerouac - beat poet

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 48 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 53 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 11 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 11 responses

  • 36% This was my dream school.
  • 55% This was one of my top choices.
  • 9% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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