Boston College accepted 16 percent of the record high of 47,477 class applicants in 2026, according to a university release.
Four years ago, the university accepted the class of 2022 with a record-low acceptance rate of 27 percent at the time. Now this acceptance rate has fallen by almost 41 percent.
“BC is recruiting more ‘most suitable’ students than ever before in our group of applicants, who are considered to be in line with BC’s expectations and values,” Grant Gosselin, director of admissions for higher education, said in a statement.
The BC uptake rate fell by almost three percent last yearand students averaged 1,510 on the SAT and 34 on the ACT this year. Although the BC test is optional, 67 percent of students admitted submitted standardized test results.
Forty-two percent of admitted students identify as AHANA + students, with nine percent international and 11 percent first-generation students.
Early decision (ED) students make up about half of this year’s students. The introduction of BC’s ED I and ED II program in 2019 and the optional admission testing plan are responsible for recent trends in BC’s growing selectivity, according to Gosselin.
“We have every reason to believe that the degree of academic excellence among our undergraduates will continue to grow,” Gosselin said.
Lucy Michael, a current senior at The Harley School in Rochester, NY and MCAS ’26, applied ED II to BC and explained that she had chosen BC from all the other schools she applied to “in an instant”.
“I love his culture – the balance between sports and academics,” Michael said. “And it’s also just the most beautiful campus I’ve visited of all my college trips.”
Michael said she was also interested in the variety of BC’s offerings.
“I looked at the classes, [and] they all look really interesting, “said Michael. “Not that I’m really looking forward to class, but they seem better to me than other schools I’ve seen.”
Giovanna Giuditta, a senior at Ridge High School in New Jersey and MCAS ’26, said she decided to enroll in BC after hearing about her brothers’ positive experiences at the university and learning about BC’s strong Jesuit values.
“Now I do volunteer work at my church and my volunteering and my faith are a really important part of my life,” she said. “I’ve seen my brother get involved in volunteering through things like Appa in BC, and I’m really looking forward to participating in the culture of volunteers in BC.”
Ella Duchnowska, a senior at Newton North High School who plans to study neuroscience, said she had various motivations to apply to BC. Duchnowska grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and said she grew up in BC football games.
“I’ve been here most of my life,” she said. “It’s a beautiful campus and it’s the perfect size – it’s not too big, it’s not too small.”
According to Duchnowska, this year’s university process was unpredictable, with uncertainty about the admission rate and whether standardized testing centers would be opened as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Everything I thought I knew about the process seemed wrong,” she said. “I have an older sister, so I was prepared for the stress of applying and writing essays, but with all the decisions coming back, there are so many things I didn’t expect. … For example, so many students are within their reach [schools] and then get rejected from [safety schools]. It’s just crazy. “
Michael also said the college application process was volatile, with many initial delays, until she accepted admission to BC on February 4.
“I noticed that at every school, the admissions sometimes seemed random,” Michael said. “Even my counselor told me she thought the BC decision-making rate was below 10 percent.”
Duchnowska said that although she submitted her test results to the university, she appreciated BC’s decision that the test would be optional this year.
“Now it’s probably a much fairer system because the whole test system is so confusing and not really valid or predictable,” she said.
Giuditta said she believed the year could be particularly challenging as current high school students compete with students who could take a break.
“I think the freshmen who have a break now have actually increased the number of applicants that colleges receive,” she said. “I’m really happy and excited to have gotten in such a competition year.”
In anticipation of the upcoming school year, Giuditta said she was looking forward to meeting a diverse group of students on the BC campus this fall.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting different students from different backgrounds and areas,” she said. “I am so open to not only academic but also social growth.”
Brandon Alvarez, a current senior at the Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, Florida and CSOM ’26, said he was very excited to continue his passion for playing football in BC.
“I have heard that the club’s football team is competitive, but I am ready for this challenge,” Alvarez said. “I definitely want to try it next year.”
If she attends BC, Duchnowska said she is looking forward to both personal and academic growth.
“I’m looking forward to learning things that will have a direct impact on my future career,” she said. “And socially, I’m looking forward to meeting new people. I love people in my high school, but it will be nice to break through and meet new people with different backgrounds and perspectives. ”