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The History of Boston College

Boston College Seal in Boston, MA

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Boston College is a Chestnut Hill fixture in April of 2015. Since opening its doors in 1864, the Jesuit college has expanded exponentially in enrollment, funding and program offerings. Although the school started out small, Boston College now boasts the following programs:

  • Nursing
  • Education
  • Law School
  • Social Work
  • Theology and Ministry
  • International Programs
  • Management – Undergraduate and Graduate
  • Arts and Sciences – Undergraduate and Graduate

As you can see, the college has expanded dramatically since its beginnings as a school for undergraduates only. With just 22 students and three teachers, Boston College offered an intimate setting in which to teach Latin and Greek literature, theology, philosophy, language and other classic liberal arts areas of study.

"Gasson Summer" - Boston College in Boston, MA

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Early on, only male students were admitted. The school mainly served the children of Irish immigrants. In its infancy, the college was located in the South End on Harrison Avenue but moved to the Chestnut Hill site of Lawrence Farm in 1909 as the student population grew.

The addition of Devlin Hall, St. Mary’s Hall and Bapst Library helped form the campus, as we know it. Development of the school’s academic programs accelerated in the 1920s and 30s with the addition of the law school, evening school, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Doctoral programs began to be offered during the following decade.

Women were admitted into Boston College in 1970. Now, in April of 2015, women make up the majority of all students. The vastly expanded population called for more campus additions, including one near the Chestnut Hill site in 1974 and another in the first decade of the 21st century. As the leading Catholic university, Boston College continues its efforts to maintain its status as a top research school and a vital part of the community.

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