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Boston College is a coeducational university with an enrollment of 8,900 undergraduate and 4,600 graduate students representing every state and more than 95 countries. Founded in 1863, it is one of the oldest Jesuit, Catholic universities in the United States. US News & World Report ranks Boston College 38th among national universities.
Boston College confers more than 3,800 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through 11 schools and colleges. Its 641 faculty members are committed to both teaching and research, and have set new marks for research grant awards in each of the last 10 years.
The University's 116-acre main campus is located in an open suburban setting six miles from downtown Boston, with direct access to the city via trolley. The past decade has seen the construction or substantial renovation of 10 campus buildings. Current projects include renovation of the Law School facilities and the sports and recreation complex, and a major expansion of the biology/physics building.
The University has also made a major commitment to academic excellence. It is in the process of adding faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as foreign study, internships, community service, and personal formation.
Boston College has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years, including a 21-percent increase in undergraduate application and a 100-percent increase in revenue from voluntary giving in the past five years. Its endowment stands at more than $1 billion, among the 50 largest in the nation.
In November 1999, Boston College launched a $400 million fundraising campaign. Ever to Excel: The Campaign for Boston College will create 100 endowed faculty chairs, add $50 million to undergraduate and graduate financial aid, target support for academic centers, libraries, and selected undergraduate and graduate programs, and help fund new construction, including a planned student center and humanities building.
Last Updated: 11-14-03