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Boston College


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.


Our more than 35 research centers and institutes make significant contributions in scientific research, the exploration of the relationship between religion and society, and improved practice in education and corporate conduct.


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.

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
631 -70
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
501 -100
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

The office of the Registrar provides support and service to students, parents, alumni, faculty, and administrators of Boston College in the areas of records, registration, reporting, transcripts, graduation, scanning services for classroom assessment (e.g., Scantrons), classroom management, and scheduling.

The office also assists external audiences such as employers seeking degree verification and alumni who request copies of their transcripts.

Housing services

The mission of the Office of Residential Life is to create a respectful, healthy, inclusive, and safe living community for our residents.  We are committed to integrating the Ignatian tradition into the formation of each student by connecting their intellectual, ethical, religious, and spiritual lives through a multiplicity of programs and services.  Our 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

Boston College Media Technology Services provides a wide range of technology support and media production services for the entire university.

The staff of MTS assist members of the Boston College community who use technology in the areas of teaching, learning, research projects, conference planning, and event support.

Medical services

Not feeling well? University Health Services is here to help you by diagnosing and treating physical, emotional, or transitional issues you may be having. Appointments are available Monday through Friday in the Outpatient Unit. After hours (during the academic year), students can be evaluated in our Inpatient Unit. 

Campus life

Step inside Gasson Hall, cheer on the Eagles at Alumni Stadium, or take a stroll down Linden Lane. Our main campus is located in the picturesque Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Newton, just a short drive from downtown Boston and accessible by public transportation. This campus houses the University’s oldest buildings, most of its academic and residence halls, athletic facilities, and dining locations.  

Sports facilities

Boston College is home to 31 intercollegiate Division I teams, a variety of club sports, 44 intramural sports programs, and courses in aquatics, spin, yoga, and more. That means you have plenty of reasons to cheer and countless opportunities to stay active.

Student clubs

With more than 300 student organizations to choose from, focused on everything from arts and culture to politics and socioeconomics to civics, service, and social justice, you'll have opportunities to connect to a wide variety of students, develop leadership skills, and make a difference on campus and beyond.

Since 1935, Boston College has been accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Newton, Massachusetts, United States

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