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Reviews 1286 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Senior

Academics: Boston college is an excellent regional school, however, it competes heavily against other strong institutions such as MIT and Harvard. The curriculum and workload are acceptable.

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4 College Senior

Weather: The weather is generally nice. The last winter was extremely cold making the walks to class unpleasant.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Libraries and green spaces are great. However, the recreation center needs remodeling.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing lottery isn't the best, but the residential halls are all fairly clean and definitely nice compared to other schools' residential buildings.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived off-campus (I have 4 years of guaranteed housing), but most places where students decide to live off-campus are all relatively close to campus and to public transportation.

4 College Junior

Computers: The tech support and resources are great. However, the WiFi can be a pain sometimes, depending on where on campus you are.

3 College Junior

Diversity: It can be very diverse on campus, as long as you choose to befriend different people. Sometimes, it's hard to not feel discriminated against when you're the minority in class.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's been great so far, but it's very easy to get lost among the heavily white student population as an AHANA student.

5 College Junior

Transportation: The T is easily accessible from school and it's fairly cheap compared to taking a taxi.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: I don't really party a lot, but it's very easy to find a part on campus and off-campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I lived off campus and enjoyed the freedom, and it didn't take long to get to campus

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I haven't used drugs and haven't had social problems, it's not a big deal

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: It could be a lot better, although I haven't witnessed much harrassment

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Although it's a little far out, Boston is very reachable and provides plenty to do

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: They're pretty strict but it's understandable and you can deal with it if you respect it

Recent Alumnus

Majors: I haven't had an internship, and haven't seen much info about them

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I would definitely choose my major again, but make sure to make use of the opportunities offered

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The classics department is small but really friendly, with great staff

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Everyone's really driven and I liked the choice of classes offered

Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I didn't need financial aid as I was just an exchange student

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of things to choose from, and pretty cheap as well

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: They're all a bit same-y, can be difficult to fit in

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Really easy to get around

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Varsity athletics is popular, but our Gym facilities are subpar and don't even have air conditioning

1 College Sophomore

Weather: Boston is SO COLD and SO MUCH SNOW


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Samantha Durant
Cheshire, CT
Communications with Women's Studies minor
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The general feeling seems to be that Boston College is a wonderful school and an incredible experience. However, the first few years can be tough, as you may not be prepared for the enormity of the college experience. If you’re from a very diverse high school, you will certainly be shocked at the very different atmosphere that will surround you at BC. Furthermore, so many of your peers can appear like they’re having the time of their lives, and you might feel like you’re faking it, especially at first. Yet, staying the course is absolutely worth it, as Boston College is a wonderful institution with many dynamic people who will truly challenge and amaze you. If you give the school a little time to grow on you, it certainly will and you’ll be really glad you gave it
a chance.

Also keep in mind that while parties and tailgates are enjoyable, they are not the only things college life is about. Yes, you want to have fun, and you will once you get to know people a little better, but there are other reasons you came here. Remember that you are going to college to receive an exceptional college education, and Boston College will certainly deliver that and then some. Friendships flourish, enriching academics abound, and you’ll walk away a changed person.

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