Application Requirements

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

Common Application

Boston College uses the Common Application. We require that all candidates submit their application electronically:

commonapp.org

Boston College Writing Supplement

The Boston College Writing Supplement must be submitted along with your application to Boston College at www.commonapp.org. Please do not mail or email your essay response.

The writing supplement topics for Fall 2018 (400 word limit):

  1. Great art evokes a sense of wonder. It nourishes the mind and spirit. Is there a particular song, poem, speech, or novel from which you have drawn insight or inspiration?
  2. When you choose a college, you will join a new community of people who have different backgrounds, experiences, and stories. What is it about your background, your experiences, or your story, that will enrich Boston College’s community?
  3. Boston College strives to provide an undergraduate learning experience emphasizing the liberal arts, quality teaching, personal formation, and engagement of critical issues. If you had the opportunity to create your own college course, what enduring question or contemporary problem would you address and why?
  4. Jesuit education considers the liberal arts a pathway to intellectual growth and character formation. What beliefs and values inform your decisions and actions today, and how will Boston College assist you in becoming a person who thinks and acts for the common good?
 

Standardized Testing

All students must submit standardized testing. Applicants are required to submit official copies of either the SAT or the ACT. Applicants may not waive this requirement on the basis of completed college coursework. However, if more than 5 years have passed since an applicant's graduation from high school, the standardized testing requirement can be waived. Transfer applicants are not required to submit SAT Subject Tests. It is the responsibility of each applicant to have test scores sent directly to Boston College from the College Board or ACT. Boston College's SAT CEEB code is 3083. Boston College's ACT code is 1788.

We require the TOEFL examination or the IELTS for all international applicants whose primary native language is not English. If you are an international student who attended an English-speaking secondary school for at least three years, and you studied a traditional academic curriculum without ESOL coursework, the TOEFL or IELTS exam is not required.

Minimum scores of 100 on the iBT and 7.5 on the IELTS are recommended. Boston College's Institutional Testing Code is 3083. The Department Code is 00. We will only waive the IELTS or TOEFL requirement if you score 600 or above on the SAT EBRW or 27 or better on the ACT English section. 

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

Official Transcripts

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 must be submitted. Faxed transcripts or transcripts issued to students are not considered official and cannot be accepted.

Supporting Materials

In 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 www.commonapp.org.

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.

Transfer College Report

This report is necessary to assess your personal standing at all 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

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

Application Fee

The 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 www.commonapp.org.

*Fee Waiver Request
If submitting the $75 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:
Boston College Transfer Admission Processing Center
P.O. Box 67485
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Courier Service (FedEx, DHL, UPS):
Boston College Transfer Admission
Document Processing Center
124 Heritage Avenue Suite #14
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Application Status

You can check that status of your application at portal.bc.edu using the Boston College username and password that was emailed to you after you submitted your application.

Fall Enrollment

Deadline: March 15

Notification: May 20

Fall term applicants will be notified via email no later than May 20

Spring Enrollment

Deadline: November 1

Nursing applicants are not eligible for spring enrollment

Notification: December 15

Spring term 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 is 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. Summer coursework wil not count toward fulfilling the residency requirement. 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
 

Applicants after their first year should have completed ten courses, which include:

Mathematics
One course: 3 semester hours total of Calculus, Finite Mathematics, or Linear Algebra

English
Two courses: 6 semester hours total: 3 semester hours in Literature and 3 credits in Writing/Composition

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

History
Two courses: 6 semester hours of Modern World History (1500-1750/1750-present)

Fine Arts
One course: 3 semester hours of Fine Arts, Music, or Theatre

Other
Two courses: 6 semester hours of foreign language* or electives from any division at Boston College

*Intermediate 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 II exams.

Applicants after their second year should have completed an additional ten courses, which include:

Social Science
Two courses: 6 semester hours of Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology

Theology
One course: 3 semester hours of Theology*

Philosophy
One course: 3 semester hours of Philosophy*

Other
6 courses: Electives of choice from any academic division at Boston College; at least four should be in Arts and Sciences

*Boston College requires that students take at least one course (3 semester hours) each of Philosophy and Theology core requirements 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 of 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.

Applicants after their first year should have completed ten courses, which include:

Mathematics
One course: 3 semester hours

English
Two courses: 3 semester hours in Literature and 3 credits in Writing/Composition

Statistics
One course: 3 semester hours

History
Two courses: 6 semester hours of Modern World History (1500-1750/1750-present)

Economics
Two courses: 3 semester hours of Microeconomics and 3 semester hours of Macroeconomics

Other
Three courses: Electives of choice from any academic division at Boston College*

*Students in CSOM also complete a 1 credit course in Management Ethics that transfer students can complete upon enrolling at Boston College

Intermediate proficiency in a foreign language is required for all students in the Carroll School of Management in the Class of 2021 or earlier. 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 SATII exams.

Applicants after their second year should have completed an additional ten courses, which include:

Accounting
Two courses: 6 semester hours of Accounting I and II

Organizational Behavior
One course: 3 semester hours of Organizational Behavior (or equivalent)

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

History
Two courses: 6 semester hours of Modern World History (1500-1750/1750-present)

Other
Three courses: Electives of choice from any academic division at Boston College

Course Selection Guide for the Lynch School of Education

Boston College does not recommend that students apply to the Lynch School of Education later than after their first 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 LSOE requirements.

Applicants after their first year should have completed ten courses, which include:

Mathematics
One course: 3 semester hours total of Calculus, Finite Mathematics, or Linear Algebra

English
Two courses: 6 semester hours total: 3 semester hours in Literature and 3 credits in Writing/Composition

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

History
Two courses: 6 semester hours of Modern World History (1500-1750/1750-present)

Other
Three courses: Electives of choice from any academic division at Boston College

*Students in LSOE 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 later than after their first 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.

Students applying to the Connell School of Nursing should have completed the following prior to applying. Boston College is very cautious when accepting nursing credits from other colleges and universities.

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.

Applicants after their first year should have completed ten courses, which include:

Anatomy and Physiology
Two courses: 6 semester hours of Anatomy and Physiology I and II (with lab)

Life Science or General Chemistry I
One course: 3 semester hours (with lab)

Statistics for Health Sciences
One course: 3 semester hours of Principles of Statistics of Health Sciences or equivalent (See University Catalog HYPERLINK) for description

Other
Five courses: Core or elective courses of your choice from any academic division. We strongly suggest English Writing and Literature, Social Sciences, and European or World History.

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