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).
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.
140 Commonwealth Ave
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Male undergraduate population: 48%
Female undergraduate population: 52%
Undergrad visible minorities: No Data
Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree