2024 Comprehensive Report on Rankings, Costs, Graduation Rate and More

$30,159

Net Price

19%

Admitted

33%

Enrolled

90%

Graduation Rate

14/1

Student / Faculty

University Detail

Boston College

is a private not-for-profit, four or more years institution with a total student enrollment of 15,577. In 2021, there were 693 psychology and social work graduates. This institution ranks #9 in Massachusetts and ranks #103 in the U.S. for schools that offer psychology degree programs.

Psychology Degrees Offered

Bachelor, Master, Doctor

Psychology Graduates

693

Total Enrollment

15,577

Type

Private Not-for-profit, Four or more years

Institution Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education

Ranking for Boston College

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#9

Massachusetts Rank

Combining ranking factors for 53 schools that offer psychology degrees in Massachusetts, Boston College ranks #9.

#103

U.S. Rank

Combining ranking factors for 1,438 schools that offer psychology degrees in the U.S., Boston College ranks #103.

Psychology Programs Offered

For psychology degrees, Boston College offers Applied Psychology, Counseling and Applied Psychology and General Psychology at the bachelor level. At the master level, the university offers Developmental Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, Research Psychology and Social Work. At the doctorate level Counseling and Applied Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Psychometrics Psychology, Research Psychology, Social Psychology and Social Work are offered.

In the table below, see the programs offered and the number of graduates in each program.

Psychology Graduates in 2021BSMAPhD
Applied Psychology97
Counseling and Applied Psychology976
Counseling Psychology6
Developmental Psychology181
General Psychology119
Mental Health Counseling53
Psychometrics Psychology1
Research Psychology183
Social Psychology1
Social Work2649
Total Graduates31335327
US Department of Education

Psychology Program Accreditation(s)

  • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) – PhD Doctoral programs

Admission, Enrollment, Graduation

In the fall of 2021, 39,846 students applied to the Boston College. The university admitted 19% and 33% of those who were admitted also enrolled.

By comparison, the average number of applicants for Massachusetts universities is 11,143. On average, all Massachusetts institutions admit 66% and 23% of those who were admitted end up enrolling into the institution.

The percentage of Boston College students who return after their first year to begin their second year is 95%. Compared to all Massachusetts four or more years colleges, the percentage is 77%.

The overall graduation rate for Boston College is 90%, compared to 69% for all Massachusetts universities, while the number of students who transferred out of the program is 7%.

  • Credits Accepted: Credit for life experiences, Advanced placement (AP) credits

Compare BC to Massachusetts Four or more years Colleges
Offering Psychology Degrees

Compare admission, acceptance, retention and graduation rates of Boston College to the average of all Massachusetts four or more years schools that offer psychology degrees.

Why it Matters

Compare Admission and Enrollment

Low admission rates and high enrollment rates denote not only how selective a school is, but also how in-demand the school is. High graduation rates show the overall success of an institution.

BC

39,846

Applicants

19%

Percent Admitted

33%

Percent Enrolled

95%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

90%

Graduation Rate

MA Colleges

11,143

Applicants

66%

Percent Admitted

23%

Percent Enrolled

77%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

69%

Graduation Rate

Student & Faculty Information

In the fall of 2021, there were 1,123 or 60% full-time instructional or research faculty members of all faculty and there were 735 or 40% part-time faculty members employed at Boston College. The number of full-time instructional faculty was 880 or 47%.

Part-time teachers are paid less and cost less, so any organization with a disproportionate number of part-time teachers can invest money in more important areas. However, as part-time teachers, participants can work full-time in their profession and bring experience to the classroom.

Why it Matters

Compare Faculty Numbers

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional percentages indicate that institutions focus their investments in areas that matter most to students.

BC

14 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

60%

Percent Full-Time

40%

Percent Part-Time

47%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

MA Colleges

12 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

47%

Percent Full-Time

53%

Percent Part-Time

45%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

Tuition and Student Expenses

For the 2021-2022 academic year at Boston College the average cost of undergraduate tuition is $60,530, and the average cost for books and supplies is $1,250.

For graduate students, the average cost for tuition is $32,616 and the average cost for graduate fees is $106.

In the table below, find the average total expenses to attend Boston College in 2021-2022 including tuition, room, board and living expenses for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Note that the average total expenses do not include financial aid, grants, loans or scholarships. You can find the average financial aid and net price data in the sections below.

Expenses for Boston College2021-2022
On Campus Room & Board$15,602
On-Campus Living Expenses$2,100
Total Living Expenses$17,702
Tuition for In-State, Undergraduate$60,530
Books and Supplies, Undergraduate$1,250
Total Undergraduate Expenses$79,482
In-State, Graduate Tuition$32,616
In-State, Graduate Fees$106
Total Graduate Expenses$32,722
US Department of Education

Net Price

Average Net Price

The average net price to attend Boston College is $30,159. Average net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board, living costs, books, supplies together and then subtracting the average financial (grants, scholarships and loans) for federal financial aid recipients.

In other words, the average net price is the average amount students pay to attend this university for one year.

Average net price is calculated from the most recent data supplied by each institution to the US Department of Education and is found by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. The total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

Compare Boston College to all Massachusetts universitas that offer psychology degrees for the cost to attend, average financial aid, percent of students receiving aid and the average net price to attend.

For program ranking, we see a lower overall cost of tuition and cost of living expenses minus the average financial aid a student may receive as the ranking factor student may want to consider.

Why it Matters

Compare Average Cost to Attend and Net Price

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional professors indicates to us institutions that focus their investments in areas that matter most: the education of students by the best instructors possible.

BC

$79,482

Cost to Attend

$44,727

Average Financial Aid

51%

Percent Receiving Aid

$30,159

Net Price

MA Colleges

$47,729

Cost to Attend

$20,502

Average Financial Aid

89%

Percent Receiving Aid

$23,230

Average Net Price

Financial Aid

The number of beginning students who enter postsecondary education for the first time and receive financial aid is 1,224 or 51%.

The number of undergraduate students who receive a grant or scholarship is 4,537 and the average amount of their grant or scholarship is $44,727.

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid# Receiving AidAverage Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship Aid4,537$44,727
Pell Grants1,268$5,183
Federal Student Loans3,383$4,254
US Department of Education

Below, compare the financial aid students receive at the Boston College to all schools across the United States that offer psychology degrees.

We see higher percentages of those receiving aid and the percent that aid covers the net price of education as an indicator of the strength of the institution.

Why it Matters

Compare Financial Aid

Financial Aid can make the difference between being able to afford college or being priced out of college. Many students may find college far more affordable than they could imagine, when accounting for the various kinds of financial aid available.

BC

4,537

Grant or Scholarship Aid

49%

Grants or Scholarships

1,268

Number of Pell Grants

14%

Pell Grants

3,383

Federal Student Loans

37%

Federal Student Loans

MA Colleges

2,963

Grant or Scholarship Aid

51%

Grants or Scholarships

1,101

Number of Pell Grants

19%

Pell Grants

1,750

Federal Student Loans

30%

Federal Student Loans

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