Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Brief Description

Boston College was founded in 1863 in the area of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Chestnut Hill is technically considered an unincorporated village. It is located only six miles west of Boston. The population is just over 22,000 people in this highly affluent area. The area can best be characterized as a residential community. The village has a lot of restaurants and shopping and its streets make up part of the route for the Boston Marathon.

Boston College is a private Jesuit, Catholic university. They offer over 4,000 degrees from their eight schools and colleges. Forbes Magazine ranked the school as the 26th best undergraduate program in the country . The most popular programs are economics, biology, English and human development. The graduate schools rank amongst the best in the country led by the Social Work program which was recently ranked 10th in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

The Boston College Eagles are a Division I member of the NCAA playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference for most sports. The athletic department supports 13 men's programs and 16 women's programs. The primary sports for men are basketball, football, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, swimming, track and field, volleyball and hockey. Women are represented in sports such as field hockey, basketball, lacrosse, track and field and volleyball. The men's hockey program is generally considered to be one of the best in the country having won national championships in 2008 and 2010.

The school offers open participation in a number of clubs and organizations. They have 29 residential halls that provide housing for over 7,100 students each year. The campus has entertainment facilities, athletic facilities and dining facilities. Living a Christian life is an integrated theme throughout campus.

Famous alumni include Leonard Nimoy (Actor, "Star Trek"), Chris O'Donnell (Actor. "Batmen Returns"), John Kerry (United States Secretary of State), Doug Flutie (former NFL Quarterback) and Tip O'Neal (former U.S. Speaker of the House).

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 9764

Total institution enrollment: 15240

School type: 4-year private, not-for-profit

School classification: Doctoral/Research Universities--Extensive: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the doctorate. They award 50 or more doctoral degrees per year across at least 15 Disciplines.

Campus Location

Main Address

Boston College
140 Commonwealth Ave
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


(617) 552-8000


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 48%

Female undergraduate population: 52%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree

Accounting And Finance
Administrative And Secretarial Services
American Studies / Civilization
Art History Criticism And Conservation
Biology General
Business Administration And Management
Business Marketing And Marketing Management
Chemistry General
Classics And Classical Languages And Literature
Communications General
Computer Science General
Counseling And Psychology
Curriculum And Instruction
Economics General
Education Other
Educational Evaluation Research And Statistics
Elementary Teacher Education
English Language And Literature General
Finance General
Fine / Studio Arts
French Language And Literature
Geological And Related Sciences Other
German Language And Literature
History General
Information Sciences And Systems
International Relations And Affairs
Italian Language And Literature
Law Llb Jd
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Other
Music General
Nursing Other
Operations Management And Supervision
Organizational Behavior Studies
Physics General
Political Science And Government General
Pre Elementary Early Childhood Kindergarten
Psychology General
Romance Languages And Literatures Other
Russian And Slavic Area Studies
Secondary Teacher Education
Slavic Languages And Literatures
Social Sciences And History Other
Social Work
Spanish Language And Literature
Special Education General
Theological And Ministerial Studies Other
Theological Studies And Religious Vocations
Visual And Performing Arts Other