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Reviews 1290 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: This is not a party school. The parties are usually at "the mods", senior housing. The most you will get out of them is a packed, sweaty, small living room. As a freshman, it has already gotten very old. The kids here in general are NOT fun. There is a very pretentious, judgemental vibe here (you know how rich kids are).

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1 College Freshman

Weather: Coming from California, the winter here makes walking to class a miserable experience. It absolutely affect my happiness level.

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As a freshman, living on Newton is terrible. The bus is a complete hassle, especially when you are waiting out in the cold. You always have to make sure you are out during the bus schedule hours and have to leave for class at least 20 minutes before it starts. Some people will try to justify living on Newton, saying there's more of a community, but I have not experienced this and would certainly give up the "community" here to live ON CAMPUS. It would help if we were located next to something useful or interesting, but we are literally in the middle of no where.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms aren't that bad, but the availablity is difficult. Especially during junior year

4 College Senior

Academics: Academics are one of my favorite parts about BC. I've learned so much, and I've had mostly great professors. The workload is challenging but rewarding. It also can be difficult to get into the classes you want, if you are an economics or history major, for example.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: While there are many down to earth, friendly, and social people at BC, there are also many pretentious, stuck-up, anti-social people. Girls are, on average, very good looking, and most guys are very athletic.

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4 College Senior

Academics: Being a history major at Boston College provides students with a diverse list of course offerings. Professors in the History Department are rivaled by few in terms of approachability, depth of knowledge, and interest in subject matter. The workload is challenging but fair. Also, the career services office frequently communicates available internship/job opportunities to students.

5 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Most students have a computer, however there is a computer lab, and more computers in the library. Mostly-students use those to print things out. There are printing stations at both those locations as well so you don't have to waste your own ink. The campus is WiFi and I never had a problem with it. A personal printer isn't necessarily needed unless you would like to have the option to print in your room. Computer labs can get crowded but plan accordingly, and give yourself time to come in and it's not a big deal.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Living off-campus is an experience. It's mostly juniors because everyone else is encouraged to live on-campus/provided housing. Since Boston is filled with students, and tons of apartments finding a landlord or place to live near campus isn't too hard to find. It's mostly group housing though unless you want to live in an apartment. It makes it fun though. I lived off Lake Street (five-ten minute walk from BC) with six other girls. That's a pretty average number of people to live in a house but can go up to 12-14 people in a house. Most landlords have made their homes/leases student friendly. Saying this, make sure you cover your ass and don't let the landlord walk all over you. BC has an off-campus bus to pick up students that runs all day until 2am. The worst part is dealing with your non-student neighbors (more prevalent on some streets than others) so make sure you ask previous renters what their experiences were.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Since most students live on campus (and 3/4 are underage) campus police are very strict about drinking. You'll get a letter sent home on your first offense, and on your second or third you're on probation, which effects your ability to live in the Mods senior year (which everyone wants!). However, students still drink and they still have (tons of) fun. Junior year (when everyone turns 21) you live off-campus, and have more freedom to do what you want. When you move back to campus your senior year (optional but highly encouraged to be at the center of everything) you register your parties with your RA and are free to do as your please. You can only have a certain amount of beer (the rest can be hidden under the bed). No kegs or central sources of liquor are allowed on campus so beer cans are popular , and liquor bottles can't be pre-mixed with mixers. BC is concerned with everyone's personal safety when drinking. But trust me, everyone still has a blast.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: There isn't a very big drug scene at Boston College. Most students just drink socially with friends at events, or on the weekends. The school does offer counseling for those who overindulge. Depending on who you hang out with, you can find marijuana but it isn't everywhere.

4 College Junior

Academics: currently in pre-med. advisors and profs have been helpful. Classes are challenging but not impossible. The pre-med office is very helpful and stays on top of all deadlines etc needed to apply to med school. Plenty of opportunities for interns or lab work IF you have a high GPA

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: houses close to campus are very pricey. Some have mice problems or cockroaches. For the most part all the neighborhoods are safe. parking is tight since you may not be able to park in the street, only the driveway. Everyone seems to be able to find a place...it just may not be their first choice.

3 College Junior

Facilities: good challenging academics. rarely got closed out of classes. Really no co-op program. College does make most all juniors live off-campus so it's very competitive to find good housing. Food is ok but pricey.

4 College Junior

Facilities: D1 athletics, top athletic facilities, library and green space are top notch, many traditions with 150 year old college, Lots of club activities.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Boston College has the amazing benefit of being outside yet close to the city; the surrounding area is quiet and safe, and students can easily get to attractions in Boston. Residents of Chestnut Hill, Brighton and Newton are very supportive of BC; they attend football games, put flags outside their houses during big games, and show an incredible amount of support and enthusiasm during Marathon Monday. Running is very popular in this area, and it is easy to find running trails and friends to run with here. The most popular area for running is the Chestnut Hill Reservoir (called "The Res"), which is a little under 2 miles around. There is very easy access to grocery and convenience stores, either by walking or taking the free shuttle.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol use is fairly prevalent at BC; it's a very "work hard, play hard"-oriented campus. Thursdays are popular days for going to bars in the area. Smoking is a less prevalent activity. All students are required to take an online alcohol education tutorial before they start their freshman year.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm at Boston College and am studying to be a nurse. The classes in my major are great; you go and do clinical rounds as an upper classman for a requirement and these opportunities plus getting to know your nursing department professors really makes getting a job easy after graduating.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Boston College has a great free bus system that is very convenient if you live off-campus or on Newton Campus. The frequency of buses coming to each stop is fairly predictable but can be variable during times of construction or very heavy traffic. The T is very easy to get to from campus, with the B line right across the street from main campus and the faster D line a few bus stops away.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is ok but there is not enough switching of the menu options

2 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is typical Boston weather, it snows, its rainy, its gross 6 months out of the year. If you like skiing or other outdoor/winter sports there are tons of places to go enjoy that around the campus and within a few hours drive if you want to make a weekend of it. Once the weather gets nice, everyone is outside enjoying the beautiful campus.


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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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