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

Majors: The program is fantastic and there is an above 90% chance of getting a job immediately after graduating.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Good distance away from city, easy to get in, but not in the midst of the hustle and bustle.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Good amount of effort out into transportation needs of students.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: One Greek group and they are not even associated with the school.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Very cold for very long!

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not as exciting as it is in other schools, system is weird.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The price I have to pay is FAR above RDOC, did not meet necessary aid.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are an abundance of places to eat off campus in Boston.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's there for the students that want it, and not there for the ones that don't.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The BCPD are so helpful and the health center in located in the nursing school and is great.

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek Life at BC.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The strictness is pretty average on campus. Sometimes some RAs are stricter than others.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of international students on campus and many organizations and clubs for different ethnic groups.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Nightlife: BC can be said to be a bar school. There are a ton of great bars and clubs through out Boston and some even very close to campus. There are also parties in upperclassmen housing and as a freshman if you know someone then you can most likely get in. There are a lot of students here with older/younger siblings so it isn't hard to find a connection.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Transportation: The university bus is on transloc so we can track where it is and how many minutes it'll take to get to the next stop. The MBTA in Boston is very easy to use after the first couple times. It is also pretty cheap and quick.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As a freshman, I lived on CoRo because of the overflow of freshmen. It was just one floor of freshmen with the rest of the building sophomore transfers, international students, or really unlucky sophomores and there is basically no social life. Even on upper campus where the majority of the freshmen live, most students say they don't even know their entire floor. The students I know on Newton Campus say they know most of their floor and their RAs have a lot of programs for you. There must be some sort of higher standard to be an RA on Newton than upper because it is just not the same.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: It is almost impossible to be considered fairly for scholarships or financial aid. Even though I was told I was awarded some, I have still been charged the full tuition for the year and am still dealing with this problem second semester.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Computers: The wireless internet is much faster than even my network at home!

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is so much to do in Boston on the weekends and the weekdays. BC can be considered a bar school, and the upperclassmen definitely take advantage of the numerous bars and night clubs in the city. This can be frustrating for the underclassmen who can't legally go there.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is very very friendly. I can't say much about the hookup culture because I've been in a relationship from home, but I've noticed there are many people in my situation too.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Weather: It's New England. Winter will be cold and it will rain and snow. You'll see more white/grey skies in the winter than blue. Spring and fall are gorgeous though. Not too hot.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Many dining halls mostly with the same options. It's expensive food, but your meal plan should cover it so it doesn't matter.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Computers: You get 500 pages of free printing from BC, which is nice. Wireless is fast and works mostly everywhere but some places outside near the academic buildings, which I've noticed on my phone.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Diversity: BC can't even pretend to be a diverse school. It really is full of white preppy kids. But, I don't think its hard or you feel discrimination if you fall out of that demographic.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It really depends where you live. It's the luck of the draw. Freshman can live on Newton or Upper (which is on main campus). Living on Newton actually is great you just have to plan for time to get to Main and the busses run pretty regularly. I haven't experienced it yet but I've heard horror stories of the housing lottery for upcoming years. The newer dorms are insanely nice, but there are certainly some you want to avoid.

1 person found this useful Report
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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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