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#T-95, overall score 50.67/100

Fun Fact:

BC holds an annual volleyball tournament called “Mudstock” — like beach volleyball, but in the mud.

Why should Jewish students attend Boston College? In my experience, students at BC are more excited to claim their Jewish identity than at a school with a higher Jewish population. Since it is a Jesuit institution, the Jewish students at BC feel empowered by their Jewish identity and seek out ways to embody it. I have never seen a group of undergrad students work so hard to make Shabbat happen—from doing all the shopping, cooking, and serving themselves, preparing their own divrei torah, and doing all of the student outreach—these students are really driven to make Jewish life accessible at BC. - Hayley Goldstein, Hillel Council of New England


  • Location: Boston, Mass.
  • Region: New England
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 9,309
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 200
  • Jewish population share: 2%
  • Student origin: 26% in-state / 74% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Heights
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Eagles
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Eagles / Flix

COST & AID Score: 10/15

  • Score: 10/15
  • Tuition: $53,346
  • Room & board costs: $14,142
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $38,238
  • Average loan debt: $20,481
  • Starting median salary: $59,200

ACADEMICS Score: 13.33/20

  • Score: 13.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 32%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 12.2:1
  • Median SAT range: 1320-1490
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 12/20

  • Score: 12/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 13
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Eagles for Israel
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 9.33/11

  • Score: 9.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 3.87/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 28.57/1,000 people (medium low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 6/34

  • Score: 6/34
  • Hillel: Yes
  • Chabad: No
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: No
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 30
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 30 (8 Orthodox, 9 Conservative, 13 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Bruce Pearl
  • Where do Jewish students come from?: All over the country
  • Kosher food details: Hillel runs a kosher kitchen for Shabbat dinners, but other than that, kosher food is available in the Greater Boston area for students to purchase and prepare in their dorms.

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