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Essay Breakdown: Boston College

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    Nestled in Chestnut Hill, a village just west of downtown Boston, Boston College is a private Jesuit Catholic research university that was founded in 1863. The idyllic campus contains over 120 buildings on a hill overlooking the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, but is also conveniently located near the bustling city, with easy access to Boston’s “T” public transit system with direct routes to the city.

    Boston College has 8 schools and offers undergraduate degrees in 4 of them: the Robert J. Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences; the James A. Woods, S.J., College of Advancing Studies; the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education; and the Carroll School of Management.

    Academics are top-notch at BC, which ranks among the highest among American research institutions in producing Fulbright scholars and houses eight research libraries containing over two million printed volumes. Students studying here are also given a chance to let loose and show some school spirit, especially while watching the men’s hockey team, which has won five national championships so far.

    BC has claim to fame in its alumni network as well, having graduated notable alumni such as John Kerry, previous U.S. Secretary of State; Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston; and numerous Rhodes, Truman, and Marshall scholarship awardees.

    Boston College has a competitive application process, having received almost 30,000 applications in the 2015-2016 cycle and accepting about 30% of those students. Because of this competitive admissions process, it is imperative that your essays stand out. CollegeVine essay specialists have put together a guide to the supplemental essay prompts below.

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