25 Facts About Boston College


Boston College is a private Jesuit research university in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

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Boston College is ranked among the top universities in the United States and undergraduate admission is highly selective.

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Boston College has graduated three Rhodes, 22 Truman, and more than 171 Fulbright scholars.

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Boston College was the first to articulate a vision for a "College in the City of Boston" that would raise a new generation of leaders to serve both the civic and spiritual needs of his fledgling diocese.

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Meanwhile, the vision for a college in Boston was sustained by John McElroy, S J, who saw an even greater need for such an institution in light of Boston's growing Irish Catholic immigrant population.

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Boston College's enrollment reached nearly 500 by the turn of the 20th century.

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Boston College organized an international competition for the design of a campus master plan and set about raising funds for the construction of the "new" university.

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Boston College's effort brought BC worldwide praise and recognition for "leading the way on Church reform.

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Between 2004 and 2007, Boston College acquired 65 acres of land from the Archdiocese of Boston.

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In 2020, Boston College bought Pine Manor College, a small liberal arts college in Chestnut Hill with a high amount of first generation college students and inner city students that was undergoing financial struggles.

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Class of 2025, Boston College received 39, 875 applications, of which it admitted 18.

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Boston College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

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The Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program is very competitive; out of the Boston College applicants invited to apply to the GPSP program, approximately 18 are awarded the scholarship.

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AHANA is the term Boston College uses to refer to persons of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent.

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Boston College, which has registered the term AHANA as a trademark, has granted official permission for its use to over 50 institutions and organizations in the United States.

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Alma Mater was written by T J Hurley, who wrote For Boston and was a member of the Class of 1885.

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Up to that point, Boston College was the only Big East member affiliated with the Catholic Church that played football in the conference.

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Boston College is one of only thirteen universities in the country offering NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision football, Division I men's and women's basketball, and Division I hockey.

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In hockey and baseball, Boston College participates in the annual Beanpot tournaments held at TD Banknorth Garden and Fenway Park, respectively.

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Boston College competes in the Beanpot against the three other major sports colleges in Boston: the Northeastern University Huskies, Harvard University Crimson, and Boston University Terriers.

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Boston College athletes are among the most academically successful in the nation, according to the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate.

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Boston College Eagles have achieved repeated success in college football.

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Boston College was selected third in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons, making him the highest-chosen BC player in NFL Draft history.

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Boston College used a red bandanna that he often carried to keep from breathing in smoke and debris.

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Boston College students have enjoyed success in winning prestigious post-graduate fellowships and awards, including recent Rhodes, Marshall, Mellon, Fulbright, Truman, Churchill, and Goldwater scholarships, among others.

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