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Boston College Transfer Essay Samples

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Boston College was ranked #31 in the 2017 US News and World Report rankings of National Universities and #41 on America’s 2017 Best Value Colleges List. BC has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,856 students (2,359 class size) who study on a beautiful 338 acre campus in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts about six miles from downtown Boston.

Boston College, which is actually a university because of their graduate schools, has a Roman Catholic Jesuit religious affiliation and competes in 31 NCAA Division I varsity men’s and women’s sports in the Atlantic Coast Conference. 30% of BC students are AHANA (African American, Hispanic, Asian or Native American), 54% are female, and only 6.5% are international.

Over 4,000 BC degrees a year are awarded, in over 50 fields of study, throughout eight schools and colleges including: The Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Lynch School of Education, School of Social Work, School of Theology and Ministry, Carroll School of Management, Connell School of Nursing, Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences and Boston College Law School.

The student-faculty ratio at BC is 12:1, and the school has 49.2% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. In undergraduate admissions, students can choose from 58 areas of study; the most popular majors are: Economics, General, Finance, General, Biology/Biological Sciences, General and Psychology, General. The issue of a field is important, as when you apply to Boston College, you must submit your application to one of the four undergraduate divisions:

If accepted and if you choose to enroll at Boston College, you must remain in the undergraduate division to which you applied for your first year at the University.  Matriculated students wishing to transfer from one undergraduate college to another within Boston College must receive approval from the Associate Dean’s Office of the school to which admission is sought. Students seeking to apply to transfer into the Connell School of Nursing or the Lynch School of Education should note that enrollment is limited in the professional schools and internal transfer may or may not be possible in any given year. For example, currently, as of 2017, the Carroll School of Management is not accepting internal transfer candidates.

For applicants who are truly undecided about their area of study, but whose academic interests align with the arts, the humanities and/or the sciences, BC advises they submit an application to the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. NOTE: while BC does require applicants select an undergraduate division before they apply to Boston College, applicants CAN be ‘undecided’ about the specific major they’d like to pursue. At Boston College, students do not have to choose a major until the end of their sophomore year, as is the case with most colleges.

In addition, each of the four undergraduate divisions at Boston College offers an Honors Program. Admission to the honors program is offered to approximately the top 5% of admitted students. There is not a separate application for the honors program; all applicants are automatically considered.

Boston College offers two application deadlines for freshmen: Non-binding Early Action (due Nov. 1, notifications are sent by Dec. 24), or Regular admission (due Jan. 1, notifications are sent by April 1).

Under BC’s Early Action policy, you may: apply to other EA schools, may NOT apply to a binding Early Decision school, but may apply to a binding Early Decision II school. Given this, we would say this is a Restrictive Non-Binding Early Action policy, as students cannot apply, for example, to a binding ED program at Columbia and then also apply EA to Boston College. They could, however, apply Early Action to schools such as Georgetown, Notre Dame, University of Virginia, and MIT.

BC does not offer interviews and states that they do not track student campus visits or tours. This is interesting as many school DO track level of interest, BC does not.

Boston College’s Office of Undergraduate Admission admitted 2,900 students early to the Class of 2021 in December 2016, ~33 percent from a pool of 9,000. The previous year’s early action acceptance rate was 32 percent, with a pool of about 8,500 applicants, marking a 5 percent increase in early applications. Accepted students in the EA round come from 46 states and 30 countries with underrepresented students (including Asian students though) making up 27 percent of admits. BC aims to fill 30 percent of the Class of 2021 with its EA admits.

BC hosts their annual Admitted Eagle Day for EA admits each January where academic and student presentations are held, an activity fair to attract admits is put on, campus tours with glimpses of residence halls are given, and breakfast and lunch are served at various locations all across campus. BC is aiming to increase their yield with this event we would say. They are still rebounding from 2013 whenBC saw its number of submitted applications decline by 26 percent after they made an effort to raise admissions requirements and add a supplemental essay. In 2012, 34,061 students applied to BC; in 2013, the number dropped to about 25,000.

For the Class of 2021 they received 28,500 applications for an overall acceptance rate of 32 percent (9,000 students applied Early Action and 33 percent of those were accepted). 9,200 students were accepted in the regular round and 2,900 in the early round.

Are you applying to Boston College this fall? This Jesuit-affiliated college is one of few schools that don’t require any supplemental essays, which puts more emphasis on your personal statement. Here are 5 essay intro examples that were successful:


BC ‘20

When describing my home of—-, I would define it as a typical English village. But what is typical for me is not normal to everyone else. My normal is growing up in a village with a pub that can fit only ten people. It is going to boarding school in an area of ‘outstanding natural beauty’. Normal is joining a primary school, attended by Winston Churchill, which was built around a 14th century manor house, and had only 138 students. It is having the closest town of—- being named ‘one of the strangest places to live’ due to its many converging religions. Some might not call this normal, but I’ve always called it home. Keep reading.


BC ‘19

A frizzy mane of unruly ringlets crowns me as the owner of the Hair That Cannot Be Tamed. With corkscrew curls poking out freely from every inch of my head, I am quickly given the nickname “Fro-Fro”—half lovingly and half mockingly—by the children in my 5th grade class. Believing that there is truth in their ridicule, I decide to try out a new ‘do. I make a valiant attempt to tame my curls by creating two buns atop my head in a Minnie Mouse-like fashion, in what I thought would become the be-all and end-all fad of 2007: View full essay.


BC ‘18

From the bright orange Indian tapestry and the intricately woven Iranian prayer mat hanging on the wall to the Romanian tea kettle perched precariously among piles of ungraded papers and tests, Ms. Moore’s World Literature classroom can more accurately be likened to a room in the Museum of Natural History than a 10th grade English classroom. Contrasting with the typical “hang in there” and “math is fun!” posters plastered on the walls of my other high school classrooms, the unconventional décor of Ms. Moore’s room is the first clue to any visitor that Room 187 is a unique learning environment. Darting from one end of the room to the other, a just under five-foot woman with cropped brown hair and glasses greets me as soon as I walk in the door. Calling me a biscuit, a nickname she reserves for her students, Ms. Moore makes coming into English feel like coming home. The room is warm and filled with excitement, a community of people passionate about literature and global issues presented in our readings. Although 10th grade has come and passed, the room and its owner still welcome me and all other students. The room itself, the teacher, and the community of Room 187 make it a place where I was and still am completely content. Read more. 


BC ‘18

As I slow my stride to look around, I see others on my track team working through their exhaustion and keeping a steady pace. Most of the time I can push forward, as the track is where I find solace and really feel alive. Sports have always been a large part of my life, but today I can’t help imagine running off the track straight into my home to fill the mold of my bed. I normally don’t concede to my fatigue, but sometimes the early wake ups, long train rides, and hours of work at school leave me wanting nothing more than to go home to recharge and come back rejuvenated another day. Unfortunately, home has not always been the best place for me to do this. Continue reading. 


BC ‘18

I’m afraid of everything. I’m afraid of the dark. I’m afraid of getting sick. I’m afraid of ghosts in my basement. I’m even afraid to eat my Grandma’s cooking – those expiration dates are there for a reason! Being home alone frightens me because I never know what could happen. A robber could break in. A tree could fall and crash through the roof. The electricity could go out and I could fall down the stairs in the dark. I was never afraid of elevators until I went on the Tower of Terror at MGM Studios. Now I’m afraid of ending up in the “Twilight Zone” instead of the hotel lobby. All of these fears paralyzed me for years and I was unable to fully enjoy life. View full. 

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About The Author

Frances Wong

Frances was born in Hong Kong and received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She loves super sad drama television, cooking, and reading. Her favorite person on Earth isn’t actually a member of the AdmitSee team - it’s her dog Cooper.