back to top Boston College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and has been accredited by NEASC since 1935. As part of CIHE’s guidelines, member institutions of NEASC undergo a peer review process every ten years which involves the preparation of a comprehensive self-study.

Boston College’s most recent accreditation review occurred in spring 2017.

Thirty years later, the University acquired a 65-acre parcel from the Boston Archdiocese, just across Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton.

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To honor its 150th anniversary, Boston College embarked in September 2012 on a three-semester celebration that began with a Mass at Fenway Park for 20,000 alumni, students, faculty, and friends, academic symposia, a naturalization ceremony, student and alumni service projects and a student concert at Symphony Hall.

In 2016, having surpassed its “Light the World” goal, Boston College embarked on a new strategic planning effort that will set the University’s goals and priorities for the coming decade. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education and adheres to the standards of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

From its beginnings in 1863 as a small Jesuit college for boys in Boston’s South End, Boston College has grown into a national institution of higher learning that is regularly listed among the top tier of universities in ratings compiled by publications such as U. Boston College offers its diverse student body state-of-the-art facilities for learning: a full range of computer services including online access to databases in business, economics, social sciences, and law, and a library system with over 3.5 million books, periodicals, and government documents, and more than 4 million microform units. Boston College also awards master’s and doctoral degrees from the Boston College School of Social Work, and the Juris Doctor and the Master of Laws from Boston College Law School, which is consistently ranked among the top 30 law schools in the United States.

The University, now located in the Boston suburb of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, enrolls 9,309 full-time undergraduates and 4,542 graduate students, hailing from all 50 states and more than 90 foreign countries.

The University Bands program supports the “Screaming Eagles” marching band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, pep band, and B. The Theatre Department presents six fully-staged productions each year.

There are also several student organizations which produce dozens of projects year round.

The annual Arts Festival is a three-day celebration of the hundreds of Boston College faculty, students, and alumni involved in the arts, a platform for student arts groups from all disciplines.

back to top The Arts Council works year-round to promote, develop, and celebrate the arts in the Boston College community, both on and off campus.

Originally located on Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End, the College outgrew its urban setting early in the twentieth century and moved to the former Lawrence Farm in Chestnut Hill, where ground was broken on June 19, 1909 for the construction of a central Recitation Building, later named Gasson Hall in honor of President Thomas I. The oldest and largest of the University’s eight schools and colleges is the College of Arts and Sciences. Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences in honor of 1960 alumnus Robert Morrissey, Boston College’s largest benefactor. The 1930s saw the introduction of the Graduate School of Social Work (now the Boston College School of Social Work) and the College of Business Administration—today the Wallace E. In 1974, Boston College acquired a 40-acre site, 1.5 miles from the Chestnut Hill Campus, which had been owned by Newton College of the Sacred Heart.