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Chestnut Hill, MA
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$43,878
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4 College Junior

Majors: Last summer I did an internship in the IT department at my school. The pay rate was 10$ an hour and i was working full time. I felt like i learned a lot about the field that i was preparing to enter.

4 College Junior

Majors: Boston College has given me the true campus experience. Living in dorms has made it very easy to communicate with advisors and and professors. The core curriculum at my school is extremely intense but I find it necessary for students who are interested in having a well rounded education. There is an on campus career center that helps prepare students for their journey into the real world.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I have had a great experience with BC food. The meal plan makes sense to me and the food is delicious. There are plenty of paninis, salads, wraps and other healthy options. BC is consistently rated on top for dining options.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: From the outside, people perceive Boston College to be entirely filled with rich white kids. From my experience, this is not the case. I've actually seen a pretty fair amount of diversity during my time on campus. BC is also aware of the stereotypes and is doing a lot to try and change them.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Very, very few people bring cars to BC because parking spots are absurdly expensive. A parking permit costs over $2,000, i'm pretty sure. What a shame, because I have an unused car sitting in my driveway at home that could have been put to good use.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I was really excited when I found out i was excepted to the International Studies major this summer. I was originally only in the Carroll School of Management, but I'm much happier with what I'll be studying now that I can double major. I'm just not really sure why International Studies is a major freshmen have to apply for, because I would have been pretty upset if I wasn't accepted for some reason. Why stop a student from electing a major they wish to pursue?

3 College Junior

Facilities: The gym (or Plex, as we call it) is old and doesn't have enough room for classes, but the machines are up to date and are plentiful. Still, it does get very crowded throughout the day, every day. The dining halls are very good, the best ones I've seen compared to a few other colleges. The libraries are nice, beautiful even, and plentiful. There is always enough study space. We have a lot of outdoor space for students to lounge in when its sunny outside. The athletic center is huge and athletes are entitled to a lot.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: The BC police department is everywhere, always patrolling. There are stations to go to if you feel unsafe and need to call up an escort, but I've never heard of that being necessary.

4 College Junior

Computers: Slowly internet but new computers that are accessible in every library. They are not busy at a particular time, except during finals season. Printing is hard where we only have a few places to do it.

4 College Junior

Facilities: While expensive, my school provides excellent financial aid. We have an excellent Nursing school and notable post-grad programs such as our School of Social Work and Law school. Some classes are huge lectures but they balance out nicely with our school's emphasis on smaller discussion sections. The Political Science program does a very good job on keeping the class sizes a reasonable level and encourage participation. Boston College also has so many volunteering groups and opportunities within the city that it is impossible or a student to be bored. The school also has a very extensive listing of student jobs that are available throughout the year, which is good for students who can't always rely on the money their parents give them or made during the summer. The school is very close to the city and even has its own metro stop.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: SUPER expensive. You can't get away with it being less than $800/month unless you want to share a room with someone.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: As a Nursing major, I am proud to be enrolled in Boston College Connell School of Nursing. The staff is great - the professors and advisors truly care for their students and try to be as resourceful as possible. I really like how Nursing students start clinicals as early as sophomore year. Students get hands-on experience as undergrads. Students are guaranteed a bright future with Boston College's education and nursing program. The classes, however, are challenging and can be difficult.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The student life at BC is incredible. There is always something going on, and always with such spirit and enthusiasm. Boston College sporting events bring the whole campus together, especially for hockey and football games. There is no better place to witness true school spirit. Groups at our school also put on incredible performances including aca pella, theatre, dance, and comedy. Students go out to support each other and have a great time. Community service groups, projects, and trips are also huge at BC. I would say that 99% of the student body is involved in some sort of service throughout the semester. It is a huge part of what makes Boston College so special. Most students also take full advantage of our gym, the Flynn Recreation Complex (AKA "the Plex"). There is a pool, cardio equipment, and weight machines, all available to students at no cost, along with a variety of popular group fitness classes. One finds that BC has a very fit student body. We have excellent libraries and academic buildings to study in, alone or with friends. Our dining halls are nothing to complain about, and bring people together just like you would be gathered around the dinner table at home. With all of these things and more, student life at Boston College can't be exchanged for anything else.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Boston College is diverse in a few ways, but it is a school that I think definitely has a "type." Many people will describe it as preppy, and I do think that can be seen. There are a lot of students who attend BC who come from well-off or very wealthy families. In fact, I would say that the vast majority of the student body comes from mid-upper to upper class families. BC is also primarily white. We do have a large Asian population and attract many international students, but white students easily make up the largest part of the student body. As far as sexual orientation, I would say that most people are heterosexual. However, the GLBTQ students on campus are very involved and active in promoting equality on campus and BC is very accepting of sexual differences. As a Jesuit university, Boston College is inclined to attract Catholic students, but all religious denominations are present and welcome. Political beliefs vary. I have found that most students come from conservative Republican families. At the same time, college students have a tendency to be very liberal and I see that as well.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: For my freshman year at Boston College I was given a significant amount of aid that actually made the most expensive school on my list of prospective schools the most affordable for me to attend. This year however I found that the aid I received was less and I had to submit several extra forms to get some of it back. If you think your financial aid award is too low don't hesitate to contact the financial aid office and see if they can tweak anything for you; it is worth it to save whatever money you can.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers at BC are accessible, fast, and easy to use. There is usually not much of a wait to use one at the library, unless it is during midterms or finals time. Still, I recommend having your own laptop. It makes things much easier.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: There isn't enough on campus housing to meet every student's needs. Not every student is guaranteed four years of housing.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It depends on the year, and which housing you have. As the years go by, the opportunity of having better housing goes up. Freshman most likely get placed in forced triples, but after freshman year, it is almost impossible to have that same scenario

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not many people at Boston College use drugs. Most students that do partake in drug activities have done so before entering college. There is no pressure on campus to do drugs, but it does exist in some smaller circles. Alcohol use is much more prevent than drugs.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Boston College has very strict rules and expectations for its students about underage drinking and drug use. The RAs are in charge of implementing the force, but as in any college environment more often than not, college students get away with underage drinking unless they are a public nuisance to their health or the health of any other individuals on campus, and then the BCPD take action.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus security and Boston College police always make our campus feel like a safe and warm environment.

3 College Senior

Majors: I am still hoping to find an internship. It is very difficult to find an internship when you are in Boston, as you are competing against many different college aged students in the area. I have checked in my own area, but I have had many family responsibilities this summer, and I have been unable to be home. I am not worried about finding an internship; even if I do not, I am optimistic about my future.

3 College Senior

Majors: Getting into my major was very easy. All you must do is declare at the end of Sophomore Year. The hardest part about Boston College is gaining admission to the school. They are very selective in their admissions process. I find the most important thing to be the extracurriculars, such as volunteer work. Anything that can set you apart from the pact is important.

3 College Senior

Majors: If I could go back and do it again, I would absolutely choose a different major. I would go into business if I could go back. Unfortunately, it is hard at 18 to know what you want to do, and by the time you do, you are already too deep into your existing major to switch. I am hoping that I can pursue something I like in my graduate study. I want to work in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. I do have concerns because finding a job outside of college is very difficult now, and my success largely depends on the economy, but I am optimistic.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: At Boston College, Financial Aid and Scholarships are based on financial need. There are very few merit based scholarships. As long as the income of you and your parents fall into the appropriate tax bracket, you will receive some financial aid. Submitting the paperwork is not difficult, and the people in the financial aid office are very nice. As long as you are organized, the process should not be difficult.

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Samantha Durant
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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
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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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