Application Requirements

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Please note: Boston College does not conduct interviews as part of the admission process.

Common Application

For our undergraduate admission process, Boston College uses the Common Application. We require that all candidates submit their application electronically. 


Selecting an Academic Division

Candidates are required to apply to one of the University's four undergraduate academic divisions: the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Carroll School of Management, Lynch School of Education and Human Development, or Connell School of Nursing. Boston College strongly encourages students to apply to their first choice undergraduate division, as this can be challenging to change later in the undergraduate process. Students do not have to declare a specific major at this time (with the exception of Nursing). Learn more about choosing an academic division.

 

The Office of Undergraduate Admission deeply values the contributions made by a diverse community of scholars. Learn more about Boston College's notice of nondiscrimination.

 

Boston College Required Personal Statement

体育365The Boston College Personal Statement must be submitted along with your application to Boston College at . Please do not mail or email your essay response.

Boston College Required Personal Statement

体育365Boston College strives to provide an undergraduate learning experience emphasizing the liberal arts, quality teaching, student formation, and engagement of critical issues. Please provide a statement that addresses your reasons for transferring and why you are choosing to apply to Boston College. (650 word limit)

 

Standardized Testing

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Boston College requires standardized testing as part of our application review. We accept the ACT (College Code: 1788) or SAT (CEEB Code: 3083) and we do not require any Optional Writing portion. If you submit multiple scores, we will superscore the tests for our evaluation.This requirement can be waived if an applicant graduated from high school more than five years prior to applying. 

  • Official standardized test results must be sent directly from the testing agency to Boston College. If having score reports sent from the College Board or ACT to Boston College presents a financial hardship, applicants should have their high school guidance counselor contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Alternatives may be explored on a case-by-case basis. 
  • SAT subject tests are not required. You are welcome to submit SAT Subject Tests for consideration with your application. Subject Tests, particularly in foreign languages and the sciences, may be used for placement during the first year. Learn more about advanced placement at Boston College.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that we receive all of your standardized testing by the stated application deadlines. For spring term admission, we will accept October standardized testing results.

In addition to the ACT or SAT, international applicants must submit TOEFL IELTS, or examination scores. Learn more about standardized testing requirements for international applicants.

体育365It is your responsibility to ensure that we receive all of your standardized testing by the stated application deadlines.

Official Transcripts

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Associate Director Danielle Wells

The quality of your academic achievement is one of the most important measures of your preparedness for Boston College; special consideration is given to the balance and difficulty of the program you have carried.

In addition to the official high school transcript (sent directly from the high school) or Certificate of GED, official transcripts of all courses taken in all semesters at other colleges or universities (post-high school graduation) must be submitted. Faxed transcripts or transcripts issued to students are not considered official and cannot be accepted.

Supporting Materials

体育365In addition to the Common Application, Boston College requires that you also submit the following forms. These forms can be printed and mailed (see below for address) or submitted electronically at 

Academic Evaluation

An instructor's recommendation is helpful in assessing your academic achievement and your contributions to your school. Complete the Personal Information section and submit it to a college professor or instructor who has recently taught you in an academic subject. Applicants who have been out of school for more than one year may present this form to an adviser or employer for completion.

Official College Report

This report is necessary to assess your personal standing at all体育365 of the institution(s) you have attended on a full-time basis. Complete the personal information section and submit it to the Dean of Students at each institution you have attended full time. The completed form must be sent directly to Boston College by the evaluator. Failure to submit all required information and documentation will result in an incomplete application.

If you have a mark on your disciplinary record, we strongly urge you to submit a separate statement explaining the circumstances of the incident.

Mid-Term Report (recommended, but not required)

This report collects information about courses in which you are currently enrolled.

Application Fee

体育365The application fee or an application fee waiver request* must be submitted in order for your application to be reviewed. Your application fee should be submitted with your Common Application at .

Boston College automatically waives the application fee for any applicant who is eligible to receive a federal Pell Grant

*Fee Waiver Request
If submitting the $80 application fee presents a financial hardship for your family and you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you may apply for an application fee waiver using our Transfer Application Fee Waiver Request Form.

 

Mailing Address

We strongly encourage you to electronically submit your application, fee, and supporting materials. If your school(s) does not support the online submission of the required documents, please use the appropriate mailing address listed below.

Application Mailing Address & Courier Service (FedEx, DHL, UPS):
Boston College Transfer Admission
Document Processing Center
PO Box 1481
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Application Status

You can check the status of your application on the  using the Boston College username and password that was emailed to you after you submitted your application. It is your responsiblity to check the status of your application and submit any missing documents prior to the application deadline.

Fall Enrollment

体育365Deadline: March 15

Notification: May 20

体育365Applicants will be notified via email no later than May 20

Spring Enrollment

Deadline: November 1

体育365Nursing & mid-year freshmen applicants are not eligible for spring enrollment

 

 

Notification: December 15

Applicants will be notified via email no later than December 15

Transfer of Credit and Course Selection

Transfer of Credit Policy

Boston College's transfer credit policies are established by the deans and faculty of each undergraduate division. Course evaluations are completed by the Office of Transfer Admission. In order for courses to be accepted, they must be equal in depth and breadth to courses taught at BC, and a grade of C- or better must be achieved.  Course descriptions for all Boston College courses and information on requirements according to academic division can be found in the University Catalog

The maximum number of transferable credits is 60 credits. All transfer students must enroll as full time students and spend a minimum of four semesters at Boston College to earn a degree. If you are interested in part-time studies, please visit the Woods College of Advancing Studies for more information. 

Transfer Course Selection Guide

Prospective students often call asking two important questions. First, which courses they should be taking at their current institutions to increase their chances of acceptance to Boston College? And second, which courses would most likely be accepted for credit should they be admitted and choose to enroll at Boston College?

Appropriate course selection is one of the most important factors in presenting a strong transfer application. The following guides are intended to help students interested in transferring to Boston College choose courses at their current institutions. Any questions regarding the selection and evaluation of courses, either before or after enrollment, should be directed to the Office of Transfer Admission.

Course Selection Guide for the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

体育365We recommend that students take a variety of liberal arts courses that can be used to fulfill requirements in the core curriculum. Most departments require students to take the majority of their major requirements at Boston College, therefore it is our recommendation that students take only three or four courses in their intended major.

体育365Intermediate proficiency in a foreign language is required for all students in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. We strongly recommend that students pursue a foreign language in their first year of studies if they do not fulfill this requirement through AP or SAT Subject Test exams.

For students that apply after one year of coursework, we recommend that they complete at least 30 credits. For students that apply after two years of coursework, we recommend that they complete 60 credits.  The completed coursework should be some combination of the academic areas listed below:

Mathematics (1 course, 3 semester hours)
Calculus, Finite Mathematics, or Linear Algebra

English (2 courses, 6 semester hours)
Literature and Writing/Composition

Natural Science (2 courses, 6 semester hours - lab not required for non-science majors)
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Earth/Environmental Science

History (2 courses, 6 semester hours)
体育365Modern World History* (1500-1750 and 1750-present)

Fine Arts (1 course, 3 semester hours)
Fine Arts, Music, or Theatre (Course must include a reading and writing component)

Social Science (2 courses, 6 semester hours)
Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology

Theology (1 course, 3 semester hours)
Theology**

Philosophy (1 course, 3 semester hours)
体育365Philosophy**

Other

体育365Electives of choice from academic areas that are comparable to the academic areas offered at Boston College.

*US History courses are transferable to Boston College, but they do not fulfill the core requirement in History.

**Two courses are required for the Theology and Philosophy requirements; Boston College requires that students take at least one course (3 semester hours) each of Philosophy and Theology at our University.

Course Selection Guide for the Carroll School of Management

The Carroll School of Management is accredited by the AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Students from sending institutions which do not hold the same professional accreditation may only transfer Accounting I and II, Micro/Macro Economics, Business Law I, Statistics I, and Computer Science.

For students that apply after one year of coursework, we recommend that they complete at least 30 credits.  For students that apply after two years of coursework, we recommend that they complete 60 credits.  The completed coursework should be some combination of the academic areas listed below:

Mathematics (1 course, 3 semester hours)
Calculus or higher

English (2 courses, 6 semester hours)
Literature and Writing/Composition

Statistics (1 course, 3 semester hours)

Economics (2 courses, 6 semester hours)
Macroeconomics and Microeconomics

Business Law (1 course, 3 semester hours)

Accounting (2 courses, 6 semester hours)
Accounting I and II

Organizational Behavior (1 course, 3 semester hours)
Organizational Behavior (or equivalent)

Natural Science (2 courses, 6 semester hours - lab not required for non-science majors)
体育365Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Earth/Environmental Science

History (2 courses, 6 semester hours)
Modern World History* (1500-1750 and 1750-present)

Theology (1 course, 3 semester hours)
Theology**

Philosophy (1 course, 3 semester hours)
Philosophy**

Other

Electives of choice from academic areas that are comparable to the academic areas offered at Boston College.***

体育365*US History courses are transferable to Boston College, but they do not fulfill the core requirement in History.

体育365**Two courses are required for the Theology and Philosophy requirements; Boston College requires that students take at least one course (3 semester hours) each of Philosophy and Theology at our University.

体育365***Students in the Carroll School of Management also complete a 3 credit course in Management Ethics that transfer students must complete upon enrolling at Boston College.

Course Selection Guide for the Lynch School of Education and Human Development

体育365Boston College does not recommend that students apply to the Lynch School of Education and Human Development (LSEHD) if they have completed more than one year of study at another college or university, due to the specialized curricula students are expected to follow in this school. Students who have completed more than one year at another college or university should note that it will likely take at least two to three years to complete the LSEHD requirements.

体育365For students that apply after one year of coursework, we recommend that they complete at least 30 credits.  The completed coursework should be some combination of the academic areas listed below:

Mathematics (1 course, 3 semester hours)
体育365Calculus, Finite Mathematics, or Linear Algebra

Fine Arts (1 course, 3 semester hours)
体育365 Fine Arts, Music, or Theatre (Course must include a reading and writing component)

English (2 courses, 6 semester hours)
Literature and Writing/Composition

Natural Science (2 courses, 6 semester hours - lab not required for non-science majors)
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Earth/Environmental Science

History (2 courses, 6 semester hours)
Modern World History* (1500-1750 and 1750-present)

Other

Electives of choice from academic areas that are comparable to the academic areas offered at Boston College.**

体育365*US History courses are transferable to Boston College, but they do not fulfill the core requirement in History.

**Students in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development also complete a 1 credit course Professional Development Seminar that transfer students can complete upon enrolling at Boston College

Course Selection Guide for the Connell School of Nursing

Boston College does not recommend that students apply to the Connell School of Nursing if they have completed more than one year of study at another college or university, due to the specialized curriculum students are expected to follow in this school.

All students entering the Connell School of Nursing will enter as first semester sophomores and will take three additional years (6 semesters) to complete the BSN.

For students who have completed a BS or BA program prior to applying and have all of the coursework listed below, it will take three years to complete our program.

For any coursework that is specific to nursing, students must submit course syllabi to the Office of Undergraduate Admission in order for their work to be evaluated.

After their first year, applicants should have completed ten courses, which must include:

Anatomy and Physiology (2 courses, 6 semester hours)
体育365Anatomy and Physiology I and II (with lab)

Life Science or General Chemistry I (with lab) (1 course, 3 semester hours)

Statistics for Health Sciences (1 course, 3 semester hours)
Principles of Statistics of Health Sciences (or equivalent)

Other

Six courses: Core or elective courses of your choice. We strongly suggest English Writing and Literature, two Social Sciences, two European or World History, or one course each in Theology and/or Philosophy.

Transfer Student Outreach

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