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Office of Undergraduate Admission

First-Year Applicants

selecting the class

Admission to Boston College has become increasingly competitive as more students with superior academic records, intellectual curiosity, and scholarly promise continue to apply. For the Class of 2021, there were 28,500 applications for 2,290 places in the four undergraduate divisions. 

Although the admission staff does not have a minimum test score or class rank in our evaluation process, we pay particular attention to your high school curriculum and your performance in that curriculum. Students who are competitive for admission to Boston College have pursued one of the most demanding programs of study at their high school or secondary school. We recommend that students pursue four years of coursework in English, social science, mathematics, foreign language, and laboratory science. We also recommend the pursuit of honors, AP and/or IB courses if those courses are available to the student. Coursework completed in 8th grade will not be considered.

The majority of incoming students to the University have achieved consistently high grades in their secondary schools and rank comfortably within the top 10 percent of their graduating classes. Competitive standardized test scores also have a bearing on the selection process. Test scores for the middle 50% of enrolled students in the Class of 2021 ranged from 1310 to 1450 on the SAT, and 31 to 33 on the ACT. The median SAT was 1390, and the median ACT was 32.

In selecting students, our admission staff looks for demonstrated evidence of academic ability, intellectual curiosity, strength of character, motivation, creativity, energy, and promise for personal growth and development. We also carefully consider recommendations by counselors and teachers, the required writing samples, and extracurricular activities.