Location
Chestnut Hill, MA
Undergrads
9,533
Tuition
$43,878
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Junior

Facilities: Campus is beautiful, lots of green space

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Variety of class sizes, lots of core requirements

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Career center active on campus

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus policies are very strict, but only if you get caught. Regardless though, one should abide by the policies.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The core curriculum makes it a bit difficult to take classes simply for enrichment, but it is possible. Talk to the academic advisors for help. Professors vary, but many are great.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Almost everyone I know value the degree they will receive one day. But they know that they're paying more for the connections and the degree than just for the sake of learning.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am not a fan of sports, so I have no opinion of the sports at my school.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Many of the girls are pretty attractive. One might not see it though. It's like looking for the prettiest flower out of a whole field of flowers.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no Greek life, but there are still parties, if one is interested in that sort of thing.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus itself is very safe. I have heard of people who take advantage of people, but these people aren't prominent.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity is ok. The stereotype is that the school has mostly white people, which is true; 28% of students are of a minority race. However, that doesn't mean students only hang out within their own race. Some do, but not everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Bapst Library is known to look a lot like the Hogwarts dining hall. Other than that, the rest of the architecture is still pretty interesting. The outside of almost every building looks like it's very old, but they're actually not.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial advisors help you get the most out of loans and scholarships. Talk to them if you need help. It's a confusing process, but with help, you'll soon get the hang of it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman have a possibility of being put on a campus separate from the main campus, which can be a hassle for getting to classes and sometimes even hanging out with friends. The "mods" are supposedly where all the parties are, but they're actually pretty old and disgusting. Upperclassmen housing is a lottery, and has been known to put strains on friendships. Also, not every student is guaranteed 4 years of housing; you might only get 3.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The city of Boston is amazing and very student oriented. The only problem is that BC is pretty far away from it.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: BC offers little to no financial aid and the application process is tedious. Every year they have lost my documents and I have had to resend them. They also notify you VERY LATE about financial aid, so late that if you cannot afford it there is not time to seek other options.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is fairly hard to get good off campus housing given the demand— most students only receive three years of guaranteed housing so thousands of students NEED off campus housing any given year.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have strong teams and school spirit is high. Unfortunately it's really just another excuse for people to drink.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: This campus is very safe. The neighborhood around the school is wealthy and family oriented and there is very little crime. The same environment can be seen at BC. When crimes do occur, the campus police are diligent, very nice, and approachable.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There is little selection, the meal plan is too extravagant, and food is too expensive. But the quality is decent.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are amazing and surprisingly spacious, provided you're not a Newtonite or CoRo sophomore. Food is decent, campus is beautiful and so small it's a five minute walk to classes from most housing. However, these amenities don't justify the cost of the university and many opportunities cost additional money (admission to sporting events, etc.)

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone is rich and stuck up and as the minority (poor and modest) I struggle to find quality friends. We have an unusually attractive and preppy student body (I'm talking vineyard vines, Gap, and Abercrombie) and the party scene is big but pretty limited given the absence of greek life.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: BC provides a quality education in every meaning of the word. You must work for it, but hard work is rewarded and the reputation of the school gives any degree meaning.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Bio-PreMed is the most rigorous courseload and it is very challenging, but it is rewarding. Unfortunately the school offers more internship opportunities to business school students than the rest of us.

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Samantha Durant
Hometown
Cheshire, CT
Major
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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