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Class of 2021 Most Diverse in BC’s History

Boston College’s Class of 2021 is the most diverse in the University’s history, according to the Oct. 26 issue of The Chronicle. AHANA students make up 31 percent of the freshman class, which is a record high. International students from 41 different countries are another 8 percent of the class.

The Class of 2020 was made up of 29.6 percent AHANA students. The Class of 2019 was made up of 26 percent AHANA students and the Class of 2018 was reported to be about 28 percent.

The Class of 2021 will receive about $37 million in need-based financial aid this year, another record high. The total aid provided to all undergraduates was $120.5 million this year.

“Boston College is determined to make higher education accessible to excellent students of all socioeconomic backgrounds,” Director of Undergraduate Admission John Mahoney said to The Chronicle. “The University has made, and will continue to make, financial aid a major priority.”

Mahoney did not wish to provide comment regarding the diversity of the Class of 2021.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be flexible with applicants for the Class of 2022 from areas of the country that have been affected by natural disasters, Mahoney said to The Chronicle. BC will accommodate potential applicants  from Puerto Rico and parts of Texas, Florida, and California. Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida were hit with massive hurricanes this year, and California has been ravaged by wildfires.

Admissions has waived application fees for students from Puerto Rico and worked with early-action candidates to make the Nov. 1 deadline.

“We want to be responsive to families, because the college application process is stressful enough as it is,” Mahoney said.

Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Mahoney did not respond to an interview request, but that is not true. He did respond, and he said he did not wish to provide comment.

November 5, 2017