Boston College (MA)

Boston College (MA)

Common Application: 

Early Action: Nov. 1, 2016
Regular Decision: Jan. 1, 2017

Essay Questions:

Common Application Essays:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

l   Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please          share your story.

l   The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn             from the experience?

l   Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

l   Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal                         importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

l   Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.


Supplemental Essay Questions: 

l   We would like to get a better sense of you. Please select one of the questions below and write an essay of 400 words or less providing your response.

1.         What contemporary issues or trend relating to politics, culture and society, or foreign policy particularly concerns you and why?

2.         Many human beings throughout history have found inspiration and joy in literature and works of art. Is there a book, play, poem, movie, painting, music selection, or                   photograph that has been especially meaningful for you?

3.        Contemporary higher education reflects a tension between preparing for a meaningful life and preparing for a career. What are you looking for in an undergraduate                      education? Which emphasis is important to you at this moment and why?

4.        "Magis", a Latin word meaning "more," is often cited in reference to the goals of Jesuit education, which seeks to help students become better, do more, and have as much        impact on society as possible. How do you hope to achieve the Magis in your life?

Documents Required:
  • A completed Common Application with Boston College Supplement
  • $75 Application Fee or Waiver
  • Official score reports from the SAT or ACT
  • Official score reports for 2 SAT Subject Tests
  • Official score of TOEFL
  • Secondary School Report
  • Mid-Year School Report
  • Two Teacher Evaluations 
Other Information:

Address: Undergraduate Admission Processing Center
               P.O. Box 11
               Randolph, MA 02368-0011
               United States of America

Phone: 800-360-2522 / 617-552-3100
Fax: 617-552-0798 
Application Info: 

SAT/TOEFL Code: 3083
ACT Code: 1788