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4 College Freshman

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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