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Reviews 1286 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Transportation: The B line station is right across the street from campus and if you need to go further in the city you can take to BC shuttle to the Reservoir train station. The BC shuttle goes around campus and to several places on Commonwealth Ave. There's a taxi stand infront of the B line train station and the Reservoir station.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options for off campus housing, however, all options are expensive.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I love the campus police. I've had a couple run ins with them but they are good guys/gals and they really are there to help you. I also feel safer with them at certain campus events. Safety services are great! I in university counseling and one of the alcohol management classes and they really do put things in perspective for you and make campus life a lot easier. Our school also voted to pass a new drinking punishment matrix which I'm sure incoming students will love because it will lessen your chances of getting into a lot of trouble if your caught underage drinking or if you overdo it with the drinks

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3 College Junior

Athletics: School spirit has been sucking lately, but I blame that on the students for the most part. In the next few years i anticipate our sports team and awareness growing. The football and hockey games are number one, and you'll definitely want to tailgate and travel for Football and catch the hockey games when you can.

4 College Junior

Academics: Work Hard Play Hard – Work hard play hard has always been the mentality I seen at BC. Students take their studies seriously, the professors are always around to help, and unless your pre-med, nursing or in the school of business the curriculum is fairly simple. Registration is done by lottery times and you usually get into the classes you want and need for your major. If this isn't this case you can always email your teachers for an override.

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3 College Junior

Academics: I wish the course selection for political science was a little more advanced and that they offered a more diverse array of classes, however the classes they do offer are very challenging. With that being said I feel like many people go into majors that don't require you to do a lot of work so majors like political science, philosophy, and other writing intensive classes are overlooked.

4 College Junior

Computers: During passing minutes (when classes change) printing areas tend to be crowded. BC has this awesome rental program though for students interested in renting any type of technology. They also put a lot of free software on your laptop if you so choose.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol use at Boston College is fairly wide spread. It is definitely the most commonly used drug. Other than this, the ONLY other drugs I have heard of being used or seen myself are marijuna and adderal. There is not much of a drug scene at BC, you can have an active and fun social life without using drugs at all.

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1 College Sophomore

Diversity: The majority of students at this school are conservative, white, and Catholic. Many people are very grounded in their ways, often appearing ignorant, homophobic and racist. The school consists of a lot of wealthy people, very preppy attire, and little to no diversity. I honestly thought there was more diversity at my tiny suburban private school on the South Shore...

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The building overall are beautiful, but the recreation center needs to be renovated

3 College Freshman

Academics: As a biology major (also pre-med), I am in many classes with fellow aspiring pre-meds, which leads to competitiveness. Coming into this school, I was a stellar student, but grade deflation has shown me otherwise. Many departments, like chemistry and biology, urge teachers to keep test averages low and when the averages aren't kept low, the teachers either take it upon themselves to make the tests extremely hard(to the point where nobody can get a grade above 85, or the department pushes the teachers to make the tests extremely difficult. I am not saying this as a complaint, but I believe the tests that have 50 averages is a little extreme and proves my point of grade deflation. Besides this, I have met many intellectual classmates and amazing teachers who are very intelligent and experts in their fields.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dormitories themselves are nice, for the most part. Newton can be a hassle for Freshmen, but there are a large amount of students who loved it. The real problem with BC housing is the lottery system, which is VERY prone to screwing kids over. the lottery system is completely random, meaning that there is absolutely nothing that decides where you live besides pure luck. This is really only a problem in sophomore year, where students can either get lucky and live in beautiful 8-man suites on lower campus (which is widely accepted as the nicest part of the school) or live in traditional doubles and triples on upper with all the freshmen. Junior year, kids who live on campus get priority with pick times and therefore are pretty much guaranteed one of those 8 man suites on lower, but most kids live off campus. And you cant really go wrong with the senior housing. Every senior lives on campus in either the modular homes (the famous MODS) or in one of a few townhouse / apartment style suite buildings. So basically, the only time you can really get screwed with the BC lottery system is in your sophomore year, or freshman year, if you do not want to live on Newton.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Most students have their own laptops here, but both of the libraries have computers you can use or just use to print from. We have both Macs and PCs in the libraries. Each semester students get 500 pages for printing, otherwise it is $0.03 for each page beyond that. The internet here is pretty fast, and it is wireless. We have two networks: one for general use on the campus and one for students and faculty. The libraries also have a rental system if your laptop needs repairs so you are not without.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking, Not Smoking – Most students drink here no matter what grade. Not as many do drugs, but pot is the most common. Alcohol is a part of most weekend activities. It is really easy to get caught drinking in freshmen dorms because of the RAs. So go to upper classmen dorms or off campus to be safe. Also, we have a policy where if you are concerned for your well being or your friend's, you can call the police, and they will take you to the infirmary and you avoid getting in trouble.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The campus has its own shuttle that goes around the campus, the off-campus housing, and to the nearest subway T-stop to take you into Boston. There is another T-stop line at the base of lower campus which is convenient as well.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Boston College is mostly white, however, we are considered more diverse than other schools because we're small and 29% of our students are of color and 48 states and 60 countries are represented. 70% of students identify themselves as Catholic, which makes sense considering we're a Jesuit school.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Boston College is a prestigious school that has students who work hard during the week and play hard on weekends. Our gym (the Plex) is fantastic, however, it always appears to be full because of how health conscious our students are. We all seem to value our education and our friendships. One thing that I find unfortunate is how cliques determine a lot about you. People seem to get lumped together here, especially if you're a person of color. I am of African descent but am used to having friends of all races and backgrounds; some do not understand this. BC offers a very wide array of clubs and volunteers opportunities.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Boston College is not really a big thing, although it depends on who you hang out with. If people are doing drugs, they are usually just smoking. Drinking is a much more popular activity.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: At Boston College, most people are not guaranteed four years of on campus housing, so many people live in off-camus housing for a year, sometimes two. The landlords can sometimes be tough, but the biggest problem that kids have at BC is the police breaking up parties early on. Many are fine, but some get broken up very easily. Overall though, the living conditions of the off-campus homes tend to be very nice, and people really enjoy it.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Boston College is probably average compared to other universities. There are your very small handful of kids using hard drugs, and your normal amount using drugs like marijuana. It is very easy to avoid this part of BC. Alcohol is very prevalent, as many kids in college typically drink alcohol, but once again, it is very easy to avoid this culture as well. For alcohol, just as many kids do not drink as there are those that do. For drugs, I would say the majority of people definitely do not use drugs. The policies towards both drugs and alcohol are similar. It is basically a slap on the wrist for first offenders, but continuous violators tend to get in trouble sometimes. People get in more trouble for drugs.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Boston College's academic facilities are phenomenal. There is one building that is kind of a pain to have classes in called Carney, but there are plans to knock this down in the next few years. The rest of the buildings are top notch. Stokes Hall, the brand new building on campus (opened Winter 2013) is state-of-the-art, and really just a great building to take classes in.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are a lot of club to get involved in at Boston College. The sporting events are a lot of fun to attend. I make it a habit to go to just about every home game for football, hockey, and basketball. The student workout facilities are just okay. They have a lot of room for improvement in this category.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computer labs at Boston College are very good. The computers are extremely fast and efficient, and there are many print stations throughout campus. During finals time they tend to get crowded.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are plenty of different dining halls to choose from, which is always a good thing. i gave it a B+ because the food tends to get repetitive after first semester.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: i don't see many students involve in drug activities. the most i see is some kids smoking.


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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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