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Reviews 1396 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere of Boston is really great. Boston is a college town, so you are constantly surrounded by other college students when you go out into the city.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Boston College housing, either on or off campus is really great!

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: it's pretty safe here most people know how to not let these things rule their lives.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms at BC are generally really nice compared to other colleges. The housing process for sophomore year sucks though.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They aren't too overbearing but they can be strict at times.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Not very much diversity on campus. The Ahana students make up approximately 30% of the student body but certain ethnic groups are lacking in representation. Also socioeconomically, most BC students tend to be pretty well off.

3 College Freshman

Academics: You will definitely be challenged at BC in multiple ways, no matter what your major is. The best part about BC academics is that it incorporates a broad range of courses so that its students experience a truly liberal arts education. You will be challenged morally and spiritually at BC in ways that you never thought were possible. It will most certainly be worth in the end. Most of the professors here actually care about their students so reach out to them and make the effort.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The snow can be a hassle to navigate through but overall BC does a great job of clearing the pathways so that students can get to class.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Off campus and the Mods can be fun but they are often unpredictable and hard to get into for Freshman. Your best options as underclassmen are typically off campus parties at other schools or bars off campus.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: Almost everyone has their own computer. There are some available at the libraries however if you don't have one. There are usually open computers. The internet can be slow, but that is probably because so many people are using it at the same time. The school gives you 500 pages to print for each semester. It's a lot of pages. Even if you do go over it's only 3 cents a page. Also, it automatically prints everything double sided, so you actually get 1000 pages.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The best part of BC is the proximity to Boston. There is so much to do in the city. Even closer areas such as Newton Center have things to offer students.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The school is not very diverse, but that does not mean it is not open to differences.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The school has a policy that treats drinking as a medical issue. If you or a friend drank to much and are in danger, if you call for help you will not get in trouble. There is alcohol at all parties, but it is possible to go and not feel left out. Drugs are very uncommon. The only drug is weed and that's not out in the open ever. Few kids smoke.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus is a little difficult to understand at first, but there is a phone app that tells you where the bus is and how long it will be until it gets to your stop. There are also 3 T stops (subway) close to campus. One is right across the street, but it is on the slowest line. Another stop is about a ten minute walk from the freshman dorms, and the bus drops off at a third stop. It is very easy to take public transportation to the airport and the school organizes buses to popular destinations around break, such as NJ and Long Island.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am currently in the process of applying for the International Studies major and was a Political Science major previously. International Studies is the only major you have to apply for. The rest you simply sign up for. Another thing, it is difficult to switch between schools, so if you think you want to specialize in business, apply to the business school. It is much easier to switch into A & S.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I enjoy classes a lot. The workload is completely manageable. This experience differs for everyone though.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school is very expensive and many things are counted against your need. They say they fulfill 100% of student need, but their opinion of need will most likely be lower than what you think.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The varsity sports are great, particularly hockey. As football and basketball have struggled recently, hockey is the most popular sport. With a new athletic director football and basketball are looking to improve. Students still attend most of the football and basketball games however. The gym is not good. It is probably the worst aspect of student life. BC has a plan to fix it but not in the near future. It is dark and dingy, but usable, some of the machines are new. Also, there are many free exercise classes taught by students.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are top notch. All the professors are knowledgable. It can be a tough transition first semester because all of the students were some of the best from their high schools. I am a political science major which is heavy reading. Unless you are pre-med or in a specific school the work is not thrown at you right away.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing process can be rough, but the fact seniors all choose to come back and live on campus shows that being on campus is the place to be. Housing for freshman is pretty average. The school over enrolls so some students are stuck in forced triples. They are not as bad as they sound. As long as no roommate has too much stuff and everyone gets along it works out.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls at BC are hot as shit and smart, but more into partying than studying.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Better than most, the way the meal plan works is really convenient, compared to the "meal swipe" and buffet style most schools have. Some dining halls are better than others, but they are all about the same. Good, mostly healthy food for being prepared cheaply and in bulk.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: So many opportunities for every major- whether you want to intern at a business, shadow a doctor, be a research assistant in a lab, BC will make it happen.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: Love psychology B.S. at BC. Though it is not officially a neuroscience major, I feel like I am learning everything I need to to go forward in my field, without having an overbearing workload.


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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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