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Chestnut Hill, MA
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9,533
Tuition
$43,878
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 1396 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus is fairly strict, but not extremely strict.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I really like the food on campus for the most part, but this year it's starting to get a bit repetitive. The food is good, they just don't change it up very much.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are a bunch of parties going on during the weekends, both on and off campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: BC is only 20 minutes outside of Boston, which is a great city for college students. There are lots of young adults living in Boston, and the city has lots of great restaurants, shops, and things to do.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: hockey is awesome, football is getting better

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There aren't very many drugs on campus, but there is definitely a lot of alcohol use. The party scene is everywhere.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am a freshman, so I'm not yet sure how the off campus hosing will look like since all students get 3 or 4 years of housing on campus.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys are an interesting bunch. Most are the same typical, New England, preppy guy, but there are some guys on campus who bring something a little different to the table.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have not yet felt unsafe on campus. Campus police could be found patrolling around when dark and the blue emergency lights can be found every couple steps. Although walking alone at night is a scary thing, not once did I feel as though I couldn't make it safely back to my dorm from where I was.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It is strict because they want to keep everyone safe and comfortable.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They are very helpful when you aren't feeling well.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: The Newton campus gets extremely slippery and is covered in ice during the winter. They do a good job keeping main campus clear though.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Boston College is very understanding with its financial aid awards just make sure you get all your forms in on time.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The BCPD is generally forgiving on regular Fridays or Saturdays, but on game days control is needed. When the general public comes to the campus strictness is increased. My freshman year RAs was pretty strict. Any night thursday-sunday if you were loud they would definitely say something to you, and even if you weren't you'd probably get a sassy comment anyways.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys at BC are generally very attractive. Whenever we go off campus we always question why we didn't stay in the "land of short walks and hot jocks."

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking at BC is up to you. If you want to drink alcohol is accessible. If you don't, thats fine too. There are always non alcohol related events on campus, and the city is at your fingertips. If you do like to drink, you'll be with the majority here on campus. Most students take the work hard play hard mentality to heart.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: There just aren't many spots. You're lucky if you get one.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are three T stops that are extremely accessible. The T is a bit slow, so for faster options call a cab and they will come right outside your dorm rooms. The bus works just fine, although its jam packed on friday and saturday nights and personal space becomes a figment of the imagination. Having a car on campus is nearly impossible unless you are a senior.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: There isn't greek life at BC. Since this is a Jesuit institution it is not allowed. We have the "BC Fake Frat" in which case a bunch of guys live off campus in a house, throw parties wearing bow ties, and state their "dominance over the pledges" but most students look at this as one of the biggest jokes around.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: BC health and safety gets great reviews. The police are always on campus if needed they will assist you nearly immediately. Also, we have Eagle escorts, so that you don't have to walk alone, or if you feel unsafe somewhere they will pick you up and bring you to where you would like to be. Walking inside the campus gates at night I feel extremely safe, but outside it there is little foot traffic and little lighting, so nightly runs are only done with a buddy, even though the surrounding area is safe.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather at BC is great if you like New England weather! I mean we don't have palm trees or sandy beaches, but for New Englanders we expect he rain, snow, and sleet. Get yourself a nice raincoat and boots, a heavy winter jacket with the thermal accessories and you'll be fine.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: I would say that the student body as a whole is very accepting of minorities, but the minorities tend to join clubs regarding their ethnicity, and then the majority of friends stem from that group, creating some not-so-diverse friend groups.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I could not say anything better about campus living and classes. The campus itself is small, but if you live on Upper your freshman year, it'll take you 5-7 minutes to reach any of your classes. Its wonderful when you are running late. The housing lottery is a bit of a challenge, and if you don't get scholarship here, expect that you will be missing a year of housing as well. The dorms are definitely small, with a lot of regulations. The nice part is there isn't really a "check in" system sos guests can visit without a hassle. On the flip side you are always in close proximity to an RA. Some are great, some are not, but that will be the same anywhere.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food itself does not taste bad, but the options are so mundane. There are always specials, and usually they are ethnic. Sushi comes about once every week and a half, they cook Chinese, Indian, traditional Hispanic, and Mexican food. If you're looking from a health standpoint you're not going to want to touch these options. Your best best is to stick to the salad bar, grilled chicken, or salmon… every…single…night. Late night options will service you until 2 am, but everything is a heart attack on a plate: chicken tenders, fries, mozzarella sticks, fries, onion rings, fries, milkshakes, and fries. We swipe for every single you buy, its not a "swipe an eat all you want" meal plan, so watch your budget!

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3 College Freshman

Majors: I am a communications major her at BC. I signed up mostly because I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do with my life. For every program at BC there are core classes that must be taken. Sometimes you get lucky with pick times and can snag an absolutely fabulous professor. In that case congratulations, and enjoy your semester. If not, theres a great chance you will get stuck with someone who is dull. The concept of the class is the same, but the passion won't be there. Facilities are extremely nice for com majors, and I would assume almost all majors. BC puts great effort into its overall "look."

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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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