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Boston College

Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Boston College was founded in 1863 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Today it is one of the nation's foremost universities, with an enrollment of nearly 14,700 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries.



Boston College was founded in 1863 by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) to educate Boston’s predominantly Irish, Catholic immigrant community. It opened its doors on September 5, 1864, in a building on Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End, a “small streetcar college” for commuting students.


Boston College builds upon its traditions. It seeks to be the national leader in the liberal arts; to fulfill its Jesuit, Catholic mission of faith and service; to continue to develop model programs to support students in their formation; and to seek solutions—as researchers, educators, leaders, and caregivers—that directly address the world’s most urgent problems.


Across disciplines, collaborative teams of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty are examining the complex problems of the contemporary world, proposing new solutions and new ways of thinking about religion and culture, science and technology, art and education, business and ethics.

Boston College is committed to providing an array of research opportunities for undergraduates. In the humanities, the sciences, business, and education, students have a chance to gain exposure to new methods and lead their own research projects.


The Boston College Career Center assists students in discovering their unique gifts and talents, offering a range of services to help students identify their interests and integrate them into meaningful careers and lives.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

Walk-In Help Support: Provides assistance to users needing technology help with their computer's software, networking, virus removal, computer rebuild/reimage, and other such issues

Housing services

The mission of the Office of Residential Life is to create a respectful, healthy, inclusive, and safe living community for our residents. The role in this formation is to promote the academic mission of the University, encourage responsible and ethical behaviors, engage residents in conversations regarding diversity, and to create safe, well-managed learning environments where students can seek the greater good.

Library services

As intellectual and cultural centers for Boston College, the Libraries acquire, preserve, and facilitate access to world-class collections, engage in collaborations that benefit scholarship, teaching, and learning, and support student formation and discernment in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

ICT services

The BC wireless network is available in residence halls, campus buildings, and outdoor areas. All residence hall rooms have an Ethernet network jack as well as most conference rooms, classrooms, and labs.

Medical services

The mission of University Health Services is to enhance the physical and psychological well being of Boston College students by providing multifaceted health care services in the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care for the entire person).

Student Life

Campus life

Boston College offers three main types of rooms: traditional, suite, and apartment. This page describes and gives an image of a standard version of each type of room. The actual room students live in might not look exactly like the images provided as layouts change from building to building.

Sports facilities

The Boston College Athletics Department offers a broad-based program of intercollegiate athletics, as well as intramural, recreation, and club sport opportunities. Through these activities, the Athletics Department provides an educational experience that promotes the development of the whole person intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually. Through its offerings, the Athletics Department plays an integral part in the personal formation and development of students, preparing them for citizenship, service, and leadership.

Student clubs

There are 298 clubs and organizations than can help students to develop leadership skills, and make a difference, on campus and beyond in areas such as:

  • Arts and culture
  • Politics and socioeconomics
  • Civics, service and social justice.

Student Reviews

My Time at Boston College
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

A great academic environment to pursue a religious education, and amazing opportunities to make career connections.

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I loved attending Boston College.

Boston College Biochemistry
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Diversity was lacking, but the quality of educators was excellent.

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