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5 College Freshman

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

5 College Freshman

Academics: We take pride in academia at BC. Total work hard, play hard school.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Boston College is home to easily one of the top 30 academic programs in the United States, along with one of the top 3 business schools.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Excellent professors, so personable and available regularly for office hours

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: BC provides a quality education in every meaning of the word. You must work for it, but hard work is rewarded and the reputation of the school gives any degree meaning.

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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 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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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 18 responses

  • 28% Doug Flutie - former NFL quarterback, BC legend
  • 24% Amy Poehler - comedian, actress
  • 10% John Kerry - secretary of state
  • 10% Chris O'Donnell - actor
  • 8% Matt Hasselbeck - NFL quarterback
  • 6% Matt Ryan - NFL quarterback
  • 4% Elisabeth Hasselbeck - co-host of "The View"
  • 4% Leonard Nimoy - "Star Trek" actor
  • 4% Tip O'Neill
  • 2% Luke Keuchly - NFL stud
  • 0% Jack Kerouac - beat poet
  • 0% John Mara - New York Giants Owner

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 46 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • 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.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • 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 51 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 9 responses

  • 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 9 responses

  • 44% This was my dream school.
  • 56% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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