It was originally founded in Boston in 1863 as a Jesuit institution. Boston College is one of the oldest Roman Catholic institutions of higher education in the United States. Although always a university, Boston College did not really begin to markedly grow until the 1920s.
Bachelors, master's, and doctoral programs are offered through the Woods College of Advancing Studies, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, the Lynch School of Education, the Carroll School of Management, the Connell School of Nursing, the Graduate School of Social Work, and the Boston College Law School.
The Boston College campus is located six miles west of downtown Boston on Chestnut Hill. The campus is roughly bordered by Commonwealth Avenue on the north and Beacon Street near the south end of campus. The school's sports teams are called the Eagles. They participate in the NCAA's Division I-A and in the Big East Conference. In 2006, BC will leave the Big East and join the Atlantic Coast Conference. Its hockey program competes in Hockey East.