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Everything About Boston College

Everything About Boston College

Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 9,377

Curricular Flexibility: Less Flexible

Academic Rating: 4.5

Institutional Type: Private

Top Programs

Applied Psychology and Human Development

Chemistry

Communication

Economics

English

Finance

History

Nursing

Who Recruits

1. MullenLowe Mediahub

2. Oracle

3. Epsilon

4. Liberty Mutual

5. Accenture

Notable Internships

1. NBC Sports Boston

2. Pfizer

3. IBM

Top Industries

1. Business

2. Education

3. Finance

4. Operations

5. Sales

Top Employers

1. PwC

2. EY

3. Deloitte

4. Morgan Stanley

5. Citi

Where Alumni Work

1. Boston

2. New York City

3. Washington, DC

4. San Francisco

5. Los Angeles

Median Earnings

College Scorecard (Early Career): $72,500

EOP (Early Career): $71,800

PayScale (Mid-Career): $115,400

Inside the Classroom

Along with Notre Dame, Georgetown, and Villanova, Boston College, home to 9,300 undergrads and an additional 4,700 graduate students, is among the most academically renowned Catholic universities in the world. The college offers fifty-eight majors across four schools that award undergraduate degrees: the School of Management, the School of Education, the School of Nursing, and the Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences. Certain majors that one takes for granted as being offered at a large research institution, such as engineering, do not yet exist at BC. However, the school is breaking ground on a new $150 million science facility that will offer a full spectrum of engineering degrees in the not-too-distant future.

The core curriculum lays out an extensive series of academic requirements that includes two courses in the natural sciences, social sciences, history, philosophy, and theology as well as one course in the arts, cultural diversity, math, and writing. All told, the core curriculum accounts for three full semesters of coursework. The breadth of the requirements is far from accidental—BC’s program is designed to expand students’ intellectual horizons and build character at the same time.

This odyssey unfolds in a caring and personal atmosphere. Approximately half of the college’s sections contain nineteen or fewer students; there are some larger lecture hall classes, but those are fairly rare. Working closely with their professors pays off for students. In their own self-assessment, 95 percent of graduates reported learning how to think critically at BC, and 93 percent said they learned how to write clearly and effectively. Fifty percent of BC grads pursued a semester abroad in one of 200+ locations around the globe, and 90 percent cited the experience as a source of personal growth. BC offers highly respected programs in communications, psychology, and business through the renowned Carroll School of Management. Other popular and well-regarded majors include economics, biology, and chemistry. Graduates fare decently in procuring prestigious awards, especially in the realm of fellowships to study abroad.

Outside the Classroom

Unlike Boston University, BC is not located in the heart of its namesake city. Fortunately, downtown Boston is only six miles away and easily accessible from the Chestnut Hill section of Newton where BC’s main campus is located. With 70 percent of students identifying as Catholic, it is little surprise that religion and spirituality are a big part of campus life. Clubs in this arena are well represented among the 273 student organizations on campus, but there are a multitude of pre-professional, special interest, performing arts, and political offerings as well. There are no Greek houses at BC, a void that is filled by tightly-knit groups with common interests. One such galvanizing force is the school’s athletic teams. The Eagles compete in thirty-one NCAA Division I and forty-four intramural sports. The men’s ice hockey team is always in the national spotlight, regularly appearing in the Frozen Four. For those seeking charitable opportunity, the Volunteer & Service Learning Center connects students with a plethora of organizations all over the US. One of the most popular of those experiences is the Appalachia Volunteers Program that sends around 500 students each year on spring break to forty impoverished cities and towns in the United States.

Career Services

The Career Center is manned by sixteen professionals whose specialty areas include career counseling, exploration, and employer engagement. Not counting the five graduate assistants and nine peer coaches who also are available to work with undergraduate students, this calculates to a student-to-advisor ratio of 581:1, below average compared to the pool of institutions included in this guide.

The better news is that the office is effective at what is most important—helping students achieve positive career and graduate school outcomes. In fact, five of the top six resources cited by job- holding recent grads as being most helpful in landing employment had to do with the Career Center—EagleLink interviews, BC career fairs, networking through BC, EagleLink listings, and internships. Over 200 companies recruit on campus each year with most offering in-person interviews. Career fairs occur throughout the year; some events are general while others cater to specific areas of interest including public accounting, government, and sports and entertainment. The Career Center regularly offers job shadowing opportunities, networking nights, Career Treks, workshops covering a host of topics, and the Eagle Intern Fellowship that provides a $3,500 stipend to selected students pursuing unpaid internships. The alumni network is 180,000 strong and is generally very active and willing to help current students.

Professional Outcomes

Within six months of graduation 96 percent of last year's Class had landed at their next destination, whether that was employment, graduate school, a fellowship, or a volunteer position. The most favored industries were finance/accounting/real estate (23 percent), healthcare/science (15 percent), business/consulting (14 percent), and technology/engineering (11 percent). More than forty newly minted alumni found employment at both Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Notable numbers also flocked to Oracle, Citi, Mass General, and KPMG. Across all graduating years, more than 150 alumni also work at Deloitte, Google, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs.

The median starting salary for a BC grad is $58,500. Those in the School of Education and A&S had a median salary of below $51k while those exiting the management and nursing schools enjoyed median starting incomes of $60k. By a wide margin, the locale where the most alumni settle is the university’s home state of Massachusetts; New York City also draws a sizable number of BC grads.

Examining the last five years of graduate data, enrollment in graduate, medical, or law school is a choice made by 18-23 percent of graduates. Of that higher-education-minded cohort, the greatest number are pursuing master’s degrees in education or business. Law school was next in popularity at 12 percent followed by a PhD or applied doctorate at 10 percent and medical school is at 8 percent. Of the law school attendees, a dozen continued in BC’s own program.

BC was also, by far, the most common graduate choice for those pursuing advanced degrees in education and business. Tufts was the No. 1 target for medical school and the natural sciences. Graduates also enjoyed acceptances into other elite medical schools including Georgetown, Duke, and Boston University.

Students' Voice: Pros and Cons of Location

Pros of Chestnut hill, MA

• “It’s super accessible to Boston. There’s a subway station right off of campus and it takes about 20-30 minutes to

get into the city by subway. It’s wonderful, it’s been so important to my experience.”

• “Boston is a college town with a lot of people our age. If you don’t want to hang out here, you go visit other

schools like MIT or BU.”

• “You aren’t really in the city, so if you don’t like the bustle you don’t have to be in it.”

• “You’re not necessarily in a big city and have a campus feel. It doesn’t feel like your school is built around the

city, it’s more like you have your own thing. At the same time, you’re very close to Boston and it’s easily accessible by

public transportation. You have the best of both worlds.”

Cons of Chestnut hill, MA

• “If you would like to be right in the city, I would suggest Boston University which is right in the city.”

• “Boston is a little bit further. It’s an event to go, you can’t just run in one day. Sometimes you find yourself not

leaving campus as much, so you have to push yourself more.”

• “The main con is there’s not much parking, so if you want to bring a car it’s a bit difficult. The easiest way to get

around is public transportation.”

Students' Voice: Reasons to attend and not to attend

To Attend

• “I think the principles and founding ideas that Boston College has really do shape you into a more thoughtful

individual who cares about what their impact is on their community in the future. You don’t realize that until you’ve

graduated that that’s occurred.”

• “I think the community atmosphere and the people you meet are unique. People are very well rounded and all

have varying interests. The people are very important to Boston College.”

• “The education teaches you how to work, how to study, and how to succeed in the future. If college was all easy

going than in the real world you probably wouldn’t do so well.”

• “Boston College is a great place to set you up for your career. There are a lot of opportunities in Boston and the

school prepares you well to excel at your career.”

• “We have a beautiful campus and awesome facilities.”

To Not Attend

• “If you want a more progressive and politically active student body, you might be disappointed. It’s a mix of

liberals and conservatives.”

• “The liberal arts education requires that you take a lot of core courses. I personally don’t have a problem with

that because I’m interested in a lot of different things and like the liberal arts education, but a lot of people complain

about that.”

• “If you want a good football school or a big party school, BC isn’t the place for you. Our football team isn’t that

good if you really care about that. Social life also isn’t always what you want it to be or as wild as you want it to be.”

• “We don’t have an LGBTQ center.”

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