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

Off-Campus Dining: We're close enough to Boston, so that's all the options you could ask for. Some restaurants are expensive, but join groupon or restaurant.com and you can get a ton of discounts. There's also Newton Center which is close to the Newton Campus for freshman that has a few really good places.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you wanna do drugs I guess you can go for it, but it'll be you and few others. People smoke weed, but not many. That's about as bad as it gets, unless its exam week and people take Adderall.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: BC isn't that strict because they don't have to be. Everyone is pretty smart about things. If you're drinking in a freshman dorm just don't scream alcohol and you'll be fine. Strictness on drugs isn't really an issue because they aren't big here. If you do end up having a problem with a BC officer just be respectful and cooperate and it won't be bad. Also, there's the help seek policy like there is at most schools now where if a friend drinks too much and isn't doing well you can call for help without a punishment. He or she will probably just have to take an alcohol safety course or something.

1 College Freshman

Nightlife: The parties at BC are fun for people who never left their house in high school because they get to see alcohol for the first time but once that thrill is gone you might as well stay in unless you're 21. The bar/club scene isn't a thing for many reasons until you're an upperclassman. First, Boston is really strict on fake IDs. So, if you're going to use one it better be good and you have to look old. Second, people just love school here. Plato on a Thursday night is 10x better to 90% of the BC population than being a college student and going to a bar. Also, the T closes at 12:30, so it means taxi back to Chestnut Hill. On top of your bar tab, that makes for a pricy night. Weekends are better right? No. People still just love school. Got a paper due Thursday at 4? You should stay in and work on it Saturday night. Or at least thats what a lot of people think.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a lot of need based money. Private schools can usually give more because it's up to them unlike at the state schools. Merit scholarship is really really hard to get here though.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Because BC isn't right in the city it can take an hour to get to most places, and taxis in Boston are absurdly expensive. BC does make an effort to make the T accessible though. There is a bus stop on the Boston College busses right at the Reservoir stop on the green line. If you can get to the T you can get to south station or the airport with no problem.

5 College Freshman

Academics: It's only my second semester freshman year, but I have loved all my professors so far. They have all been very knowledgeable and available for help when it is needed. BC has a core curriculum, which as an undeclared student is a great way to explore potential majors without feeling like you're wasting your time. It's also nice to get something well rounded, rather than only in one subject for four years. There is a lot of work, but it is manageable if you work hard. There are plenty of study areas all over main campus and Newton Campus if you live there as a freshman.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Students love to attend football, basketball, and hockey games. The majority of the other sports are over looked. Football games are a huge deal on campus as tons of alumni venture on to the campus several hours before the game to tailgate on Shea field. Boston College has a very good hockey team that does well each year. The football team did terribly last year and improved a little this year, but still was not that great. There is a lot of school spirit and support for these three main sports. The athletic facilities are really subpar. There is not enough equipment, the space is small, and it is really depressing and dark inside the facility. There is usually not enough equipment for the student's demand and the school really needs to work on this problem, because the entire campus is very fit and concerned with health.

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1 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school offers very little financial aid and basically no scholarships which wouldn't be so horrible if the school was not as expensive as it is.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: There is basically no where to park on campus. Permits are not cheap and the Boston College police write up so many tickets; they are extremely stringent. You really do not need a car on campus, because the majority of people live on campus and everything students need is on campus. If a student desires to venture into the city, the transportation system in Boston is very good and cheap even though it is a bit slow. Also, there is a great taxi service called Uber that a lot of students use; the drivers are very professional and extremely well-mannered.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is frequently advertised across campus. Most students decide to live off campus during their junior year. Due to the school's ideal location in the suburbs of Boston, housing is no very cheap, but it reasonable especially if you have a group of people to split rent with.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Our gym (aka "The Plex") really stinks to put it quite simply. It is tiny and depressing and basically everyone envies Boston University's amazing fitness center. The libraries are awesome, especially Bapst library which basically looks like Hogwarts. The other main library, O'Neill library, is also really nice, especially during finals as both these libraries are open 24-7 and give the students free cookies and coffee. While the months that students usually reside at Boston College are covered in snow and usually quite cold, the fall and spring is quite lovely on campus as there are many green areas and the school does a beautiful job of landscaping the campus. Boston College is full of traditions such as the student fair day down Linden Lane and convocation. In addition, Boston College students are very supportive of the football, hockey, and basketball team. These events often have quite lively and inappropriate chants that really show the school's spirit. White Mountain ice cream right off of lower campus is a frequent meeting place for many students and groups.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Boston College has an amazing closed in campus with all the building recently refurbished. While Boston College is technically not in the city of Boston but rather Chestnut Hill, there is not much roar and chaos up near the school, however due to the city's amazing transportation system, it is quite easy to take a simple and cheap T ride into the city. One of Boston College's greatest assets is its proximity to the city of Boston, not only for the social scene but also for future internships and job opportunities. Due to the proximity to Boston, I have already attended four concerts in just my first semester of school, so there are plenty of cool events happening right near by. The Carroll School of Management is currently ranked number six for undergraduate business and the program is really good, as students are immediately immersed into the field of business even in the first semester of freshman year.

College Sophomore

Majors: I have an internship on campus, but it is not paid. The time commitment is about four hours a week.

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College Sophomore

Majors: I'm only a sophomore, but so far I'm happy with my program.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: People often say BC does not have much diversity, which is fairly true, but most students are very accepting of other backgrounds despite this.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers are fine, and there is wifi in most places on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is very all over the place throughout the year, but that's typical New England weather.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really like BC. It has it's downsides, but overall it is a very good school with many interesting, kind people and lots of opportunities.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places to eat in Cleveland Circle, and if there's nothing that you want there, Boston is close.

1 person found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid, but I've heard mixed things from friends.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The plex is the athletic center on campus, and it's always crowded because most people are into working out to some extent. The scenery on campus is beautiful; the buildings are impressive and the grounds are well kept.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are many clubs at school, and it is easiest to make friends through them. People also tend to make friends in their dorms and at parties, and sometimes through classes.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Cars would be convenient if you want to go somewhere not in Boston, but most people don't and can't have them. But you can find basically everything you need by campus or in Boston.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If you look for a house/apartment early, there are places that are quite nice.

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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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