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Boston College

Boston College was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1863 and, with 3 teachers and 22 students, opened its doors on September 5, 1864. Through its first seven decades, it remained an exclusively liberal arts institution with emphasis on the Greek and Latin classics, English and modern languages, and philosophy and religion. Originally located on Harrison Avenue in Boston's South End, where it shared quarters with Boston College High School, the University outgrew its urban setting toward the end of its first 50 years. It moved to then-rural Chestnut Hill, on the site of the former Lawrence farm, where ground was broken on June 19, 1909 for the construction of Gasson Hall. Gasson, known at the time as the Recitation Building, opened in March 1913. The three other buildings that would form the core of the campus ­ St. Mary's Hall, Devlin Hall, and Bapst Library ­ opened in 1917, 1924, and 1928, respectively. During the 1940s, new purchases doubled the size of the main campus. In 1974, Boston College acquired Newton College of the Sacred Heart, 1.5 miles away. With 15 buildings on 40 acres, it is now the site of the Law School and residence halls housing more than 800 students. In November 1999, Boston College launched a $400 million fund-raising campaign. "Ever to Excel: The Campaign for Boston College" will create 100 endowed faculty chairs, add $50 million to undergraduate and graduate financial aid, target support for academic centers, libraries, and selected undergraduate and graduate programs, and help fund new construction, including a planned student center and humanities building.

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  Address 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467 USA

   Phone(617) 552-8000

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   Exe-NameSend Enquiry
   DesignationWilliam P. Leahy, President
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