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To commemorate Businessweek’s 2014 ranking of the top undergraduate business programs, Forster Thomas is profiling the top ten.  Today is the #4 school, Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. 

By Ben Feuer


It’s a top ranked Jesuit business school in the Northeast, where business opportunities abound for young graduates.

• One of the more expensive and larger programs in the top ten, at 2000 students and $44,870 annual tuition

• Top ranked Jesuit business school

• Over $17 million in need-based scholarships in 2014

• 38% of students go to work in Financial Services

• An average salary upon graduation: $58,000



98 percent of admitted applicants each year are incoming freshmen.  Simply choose Carroll as your undergraduate division when applying to Boston College. 

Boston College does have a common app supplement, choosing one of the questions below and writing an essay of no more than 400 words.

1. St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, encouraged his followers to live their lives in the service of others. How do you plan to serve others in your future endeavors?

This question directly addresses the question of service.  Try not to define service too narrowly in your mind as you think about how to answer.  Remember that you can be of service to family, loved ones, friends – think about where in your life you have the deepest impact, not only on others, but on yourself, and factor that into your answer.

2. From David McCullough's recent commencement address at BC:

“Facts alone are never enough. Facts rarely if ever have any soul. In writing or trying to understand history one may have all manner of 'data,' and miss the point. One can have all the facts and miss the truth. It can be like the old piano teacher's lament to her student, 'I hear all the notes, but I hear no music.”

Tell us about a time you had all of the facts but missed the meaning.

This can be interpreted as a failure or setback essay with a very narrow range of scope.  (if you don’t know how to answer those questions … check out our book)  Although it is also possible to read this as a success story (after all, if you had the facts, missed the meaning, got the meaning and saved the day in the end, you’re still answering the question, technically) but to answer it in that way misses the spirit of the quote.  This essay is about the ‘soullessness’ of facts – which implies being misled in some way by facts.  Look for that quality in your response.

3. In his novel, Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann writes:

“We seldom know what we're hearing when we hear something for the first time, but one thing is certain: we hear it as we will never hear it again. We return to the moment to experience it, I suppose, but we can never really find it, only its memory, the faintest imprint of what it really was, what it meant.”

Tell us about something you heard or experienced for the first time and how the years since have affected your perception of that moment.

A rather artful and literary spin on a writing about a life-changing experience.  This experience might be transformative, like a powerful journey you would narrate in a personal statement, or it might be reflective of a value or a deeply held belief that stays constant over time.  It could also be a way to broach the question of diversity in an essay.

4. Boston College has a First-Year Convocation program that includes the reading and discussion of a common book that explores Jesuit ideals, community service and learning. If you were to select the book for your Convocation, what would you choose and why?

There are two components necessary to answering this question, each equally important.  One is a deep understanding of Jesuit ideals, and an ability to give examples of how they have shaped your choices in life.  The other is, of course, having read and been moved by a book.  Rather than describing the book at length, use points about the book to illuminate points about yourself – this is, after all, your application, and not the book’s.



If you wish to switch undergraduate divisions after your first year, you may apply for an internal transfer. However, transferring into the Carroll School of Management or the Connell School of Nursing has become increasingly difficult, and there have been years when these undergraduate divisions have not been able to accept any internal transfer candidates.


Each year, approximately 125 students transfer into Boston College. The majority enter in the Fall semester. A small class also enrolls each January.  Minimum GPA is 3.5, and students must spend a full academic year in school of acceptance. Calculus must be completed at time of application.


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