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Reviews 1396 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: it's pretty expensive but good

4 College Senior

Scholarships: it was pretty easy and helpful

2 College Senior

Weather: IT is too cold and snowy.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: It's pretty fun. It's average for a small city.

1 College Junior

Parking: Parking at BC is extremely expensive and there are a very limited number of spots. Every time that there is an on-campus event (which is almost every weekend), any student who pays an exorbitant monthly rate for a parking space is forced to move their car from main campus to the Newton campus, which is a 15 minute drive from campus. Furthermore, BC claims that it allows paid overnight parking during the week. However, this is not the case; I have several friends who have been towed from BC lots despite this claim. BC parking imposes very unreasonable ticket fines and is very inflexible.

2 College Freshman

Parking: It's annoying to have to find a spot

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is not bad except the chicken can be a little sketchy some times. I like the variety and I definitely have my go-to favorite meals. There are quite a few cafeterias to get food from.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The school does a good job of making sure its students are following the law and not doing anything to harm themselves or others.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs are not popular. If they are, its a quiet topic. The school could do a better job about educating and promoting Drug Safety.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: There's the bus, which only does a loop around the campus and Cleveland Circle. But the T is the form of transportation that everyone uses to get anywhere besides Cleveland Circle. If you have a Charlie Card, it's $2.00 for every ride - I think this is pretty steep, especially since if you don't have a Charlie Card, it's $2.50. If you want to get anywhere in Boston, the T is what you want to use, unless you're going after 12:30 AM, which is when the T shuts down. So then you need a taxi. Calling a taxi isn't too hard though, fortunately.

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5 College Student

Academics: Academics is Boston College's strongest area. We pride ourselves on having the best teachers and some of the best resources for those who need them. Our core curriculum helps shape us into excellent well rounded individuals.

8 people found this useful Report
3 College Student

Athletics: Our varsity sports are average at best. We have the third most D-1 sports in the country but aren't exceptional at any one sport.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Transportation: You have the T which brings you into Boston and it is right next to campus. They have an excellent bus system that runs until 2am.

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5 College Student

Academics: I'm in the Carroll School of Management and everyone of my teachers has been in the field there are teaching or are an expert in that field. Great networking opportunities. Excellent resources.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: BC has some great green space - for freshmen, there's Upper and Newton, for everyone else, there's the quad, and Stokes' lawn, and O'Neill Plaza. BC has done a lot in adding more green space. These areas are important since we don't actually have a student center yet.

As for campus events and traditions, I love the way everyone gets pumped over the football games. Guys tend to pick up girls and people toss them up in the air for each point we've scored. We waggle our fingers and go "FIESTA!" at each kickoff. It's just the best.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: BC students have all of BC and Boston at their disposal. BC has a bunch of bars and places to drink around it, and on campus there's always a party at a mod someplace. I love Nights on the Heights, though not many do, but it basically gives you something to do on weekends when you don't drink - they'll have cupcake decorating, or Build-a-Bear, singers/comedians performing, etc - they're all fun. So yeah, there is a lot of stuff to do.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Boston College is pervasive, but the level of activity depends on which group you're a part of. The most popular activity is drinking, while smoking is the second. However, it is fairly easy to avoid drinking and smoking as there are groups that simply do not care for either of these activities. There is, of course, an unspoken pressure to drink, but if you state your intentions clearly, most people will be cool with whatever you choose.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus police is always around and ready to assist the students in any way they can. I have never felt like I was in danger while I was on campus, even at the dead of night, and there are many blue-light phones scattered around in case of an emergency. The Eagle Escort system also transports students who fear of walking alone back to their dorms and are reasonably quick. The student health center is also extremely helpful and even the nearby hospital has an ambulance ready for serious injuries. Of course, these are all simply precautions for the benefit of the student body.

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2 College Junior

Parking: The parking at Boston College can be dreadful, especially on game days. If you want to park on campus, you have to get a permit and those can be expensive. In fact, most people don't even have a car as the parking is headache-inducingly frustrating and instead take the T (the subway) to get around.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: On the brink of my first year as a Resident Assistant here at BC, and in the middle of training, I can honestly say that the strictness at this school is in place only to keep kids safe. BCPD will break up parties when called, but they make 0-maybe 3 arrests a semester. They are not here to get kids in trouble, but to call an ambulance to have kids that are too drunk get taken to Saint E's hospital. It is unfortunate that there are cases that the $750 ambulance/ hospital bill wasn't worth it and the individual really didn't need to go, but usually they do need to go and it is always better than getting arrested. We are trained to be hardasses about some things, and to be safe and not sorry in regards to someone who we suspect may hurt themselves or is in a dangerous situation. But for the most part, everyone is able to make what they want with their social lives without much interference, even if living in the residence halls. It's not a hard school to underage drink at, you just need to know how to stay relatively safe doing it.

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5 College Junior

Academics: The academics at BC are taken extremely seriously by professors and students alike. The registration process is fair, although it can be a bummer while an underclassmen because your pick times come after all students further along in their degree (by class). There is ample study space in academic buildings, very nice residence hall lounges, and libraries.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Boston College operates in an environment of students, professors, and administrators that take education in the jesuit tradition very seriously. Professors are more than qualified, and many are extremely passionate about their subjects. While the workload is daunting at times (particularly, from what I hear as almost unmanageable for PreMed students- many of which drop out of PreMed after freshman year), it is fair and reasonable in my program and many who I talk to. In my case, the Carroll School of Management has excellent programs in both of my concentrations of finance and accounting that are challenging but prepare me for my career. The facilities are unmatched in Boston. BC has a beautiful private campus with many new buildings and amazing plans for the future. My school has a very junior year internship-driven expectation that goes along with the experience, and amazing companies come to campus. The Career center is very helpful and you can organize many interviews online, as well as submitting resumes and CV's.

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5 College Junior

Transportation: MBTA Green Line is right there at BC, and you can also take the BC shuttle service which is run by BostonCoach and very efficient, clean, and comfortable to the D line which is even faster into the city.

4 College Junior

Majors: Once you apply into the school of your choice you are free to begin whatever major that interests you, within the school you are accepted to. Changing from school to school however is a more difficult process that requires meetings with deans and an application.

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2 College Junior

Majors: Last semester i had a very difficult workload of only major classes because that is what my advisor advised i should do and i horribly regretted it. if i could start over last year i would.

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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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