Boston College

Boston College is a private Jesuit University located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, part of the city of Newton and just 6 miles west of Boston. The beautiful campus is nicknamed “The Heights” due to its hilltop setting. Though its name dates back to its early days as a liberal arts preparatory school, BC is now home to just over 9,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students.


Stay: Marriott |  Breakfast: Johnny's Diner

Lunch: Eagle's Deli  | Dinner:  Barcelona

Visitor Information: Tour Boston College

Stay: Many parents tend to stay in Boston proper, it’s not far, but depending on the traffic it can take 20-30 minutes to drive to campus. Closest to BC, the Courtyard by Marriott and Holiday Inn are just two miles away in nearby Brookline. Located in Newton, the Hotel Indigo is 5 miles from campus. Cambridge is also 5 miles away and another option as a home base. For Cambridge lodging and dining options see our itinerary here.

Coffee: Close to campus, start the day right at Fuel America in nearby Brighton.

Breakfast: For a quick morning fix, Jim's Deli is a staple in Brighton, serving breakfast fare cafeteria style. Students flock to retro Johnny’s diner. Tatte Bakery in Brookline is a charming, quaint spot with an excellent breakfast menu (also good for lunch.)

Lunch: What would a trip to Boston be like without a stop at Legal Seafood? BC has a shuttle to nearby Cleveland Circle where you’ll find family owned Eagles Deli serving students and locals alike their award winning burgers along with sandwiches and hot dogs.  Also at Cleveland Circle, students gather for drinks and grub at Cityside, a sports bar with a rooftop deck. Crazy Dough Pizza borders campus and is a good option. You can also try Pino’s Pizza just a short drive away. Looking for something green? Sweetgreen at Chestnut Hill Square, near the mall at Chestnut Hill, is good for a healthy salad fix.



Casual: Over at The Street, a new upscale outdoor mall, The Cottage has a delicious eclectic menu. Enjoy authentic Mexican at El Pelon Taqueria. In Brookline, The Abbey, a contemporary American bistro, is perennially popular for its cool vibe and comfort food. It’s sibling recently opened in Cambridge.


A Step Up: With numerous branches in Connecticut, Barcelona Wine Bar Brookline brings Spanish tapas to Boston, open late night till 1 am weekdays, and 2 am on the weekends.  Less than a mile from BC, Oishii is a favorite for sushi. Over at The Street, popular choices include Aquitaine, Davios’s Cucina and Del Frisco’s Grille.

Local Attractions: The city of Boston has so much to offer. Some ideas - walk the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail from Boston Commons to Bunker Hill, visit Quincy Market, stroll the shops of Newbury Street, or head to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, a short drive from downtown. Baseball fans must tour Fenway Park, one of America’s most famous stadiums, home to the Green Monster. 

— Quotes From Campus —

Boston College is my home away from home. It takes a large city and makes it familiar and safe. The student body, the athletics, the academics, and the extracurricular activities create a well-balanced environment that has a place for everyone.
— Jordyn
Boston public transportation is very easy. The Green Line easily takes you to and from the city – however the B Line has an additional amount of stops. It is more efficient to walk to the D Line “Reservoir Stop” than it is to take the B Line “Boston College Stop”. The C Line will also bring you close enough to campus to walk (view on a map top gage distances).
— Zane





Baldwin the Eagle

School Colors

Maroon & Gold

Acceptance Rate

29% (2016)

Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Action







New England
New England

Admissions Office

140 Commonwealth Avenue, Devlin Hall 208
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

(p) (617) 552-3100
(f) (617) 552-0798

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Doug Flutie
John Kerry
Amy Poehler

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