Boston College (also referred to as BC) is a private Jesuit Catholic research university, the first institution of higher education to operate in the city of Boston. Founded in 1863 by the Society of Jesus to educate Boston’s predominantly Irish, Catholic immigrant community, today it is among the nation’s foremost universities, a leader in the liberal arts, scientific inquiry, and student formation. Its main campus is a historic district and features some of the earliest examples of collegiate gothic architecture in North America.
Boston College's undergraduate program is currently ranked 30th in the National Universities ranking by U.S. News & World Report.
Boston College students have enjoyed success in winning prestigious post-graduate fellowships and awards. Among Boston notable alumni are Philip W. Schiller, vice president of Apple Computers, John Kerry, United States Secretary of State, Ayla Brown, American singer and Idol, Steve Barry managing director of Goldman Sachs & Co. and many others.
About 28% of students are admitted, that reflects Boston’s high selectivity. The most popular specializations among students are Business/Marketing (21% of the total number of bachelors), Social Sciences (20%), and Psychology (10%).
Located in the village of Chestnut Hill, 10 km west of downtown Boston, the Boston College’s main campus is part of cultural and historical heritage. It is 710,000 m2 and includes over 120 buildings set on a hilltop overlooking the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.
Boston College Main Campus Historic District encompasses the historic heart of the campus of Boston College in the Chestnut Hill area of Newton, Massachusetts.