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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I really havent heard of any problems or dangerous crimes at BC. The students are kind, smart and well-rounded, so I haven't seen anyone get hurt. I've heard that stealing laptops at BC is common, but I haven't seen it happen yet

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People at BC are very attractive and very desirable. They're often the whole package. However, BC is a hookup school, not a dating school. That can be tough in 4 years when all your high-school friends have long-term relationships from college but you graduated single.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are an OK amount of restaurants, but no student discounts at all.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Because of the lack of fraternities, the parties tend to take place at either the "mods" or modular senior housing on campus or on the streets that branch off of Comm Ave. While at other schools you may be able to get in by paying a small fee, at BC, at least you know someone in/running the party or are in a sea of girls, your chances of getting into the party are slim to none. People tend to have a work hard/play hard attitude that really limits the desire for most people to head into Boston on the weekends so that they don't miss out on any of the "fun" they may miss.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There never seems to be any trouble getting a computer. There are plenty of computer stations and labs around campus that I've never had trouble gaining access to one.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Boston isn't really a city which enables in the BC bubble life. It can be annoying at times but livable. People food etc are nice enough.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug use is not at all prevalent at Boston College, but the drinking scene is much, much bigger than I had hoped. Multiple students are being taken to the infirmary on a weekly bases for alcohol-related incidents and it's easy to get away with due to the help-seeking policy that BC offers.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I don't agree with Boston College's policy that it does not offer any merit-based scholarships, but claims to meet 100% of all need-based aid. I believe that they should reward students for their high school grades, so that in cases like mine, where my non-custodial parent does not provide enough money that is necessary for me to attend, I would be able to receive aid in another fashion.

5 College Freshman

Majors: What I like most about the Carroll School of Management at Boston College is the Business curriculum that you have to fulfill in addition to the fine arts curriculum. This allows for any student to both pursue an interest in many different fields such as finance, accounting, management, leadership, economics, and more, while also maintaining a strong foundation in religious studies, philosophy, the arts, languages, history, etc.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather can be very sporadic and unpredictable at Boston College, which can really take a toll on your physical health. As somebody who grew up in Florida, it was very hard for my body to adjust to the freezing cold one day and then hot and sunny the next; I got sick more than I would have liked to.

4 College Freshman

Majors: As a student in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, I am extremely satisfied with way that the program is set up. I would definitely do my first semester over again, if need be, because it was very easy for me to figure out specifically what I liked and didn't like within the general field of business. I'm currently interested in becoming an investment banker or possibly working on the stock exchange when I am older, so I am not too worried about finding a job, as Boston College has plenty of information and internships within this field.

4 College Senior

Majors: When you apply to BC you apply into one of four separate schools (education, arts & sciences, business, or nursing). It can be hard to transfer out of these schools, depending on your GPA and what school you want to get into. But once you are in a school you can select whatever major you like.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: The food is very good on campus. There are a lot of options of where you can eat and what kind of food is available. You can also go off campus and eat even better food for cheap. Freshmen and sophomores are required to have meal plans, but most juniors and seniors (depending on where you live) are not required to have one.

4 College Senior

Computers: There is a computer lab on campus with plenty of computers and printing stations. It can get busy, but I have never had a problem getting a computer. There are also computers available in each of the several libraries on campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Half of the freshman class lives on Newton, which is a 10 minute shuttle ride from academic buildings. Total bogus. Even upper is a bit far from classes.

The rooms are pretty small, sometimes smaller than promised.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Boston College flaunts it's proximity to the city: it's not close at all. On a good day, it would take at least 40 minutes to get from Upper Campus to Fenway. Worst case scenario, it could take over an hour.

If you live on upper and you need to get into the city at any time before 5pm, forget about it: you aren't going anywhere. The shuttle doesn't go through there, so you'll either have to walk to the D line (20 minute walk) or down to B (15 minute walk, extremely slow service). If you're crafty, you can walk down to lower, catch the shuttle there, then take the D at Reservoir.

Either way, the only convenience store nearby is on the B line and that'll take a minimum of 10 minutes whether you walk to take the shuttle.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food at Boston College is absolutely incredible.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: It's really hit-or-miss at Boston College. I've found that some of the professors are very interested in helping you learn and are excited to have conversations with you about the topics, even outside the classroom. On the other hand, I've found some of the professors to be very dry and boring--and even some that are not interested in helping you learn the material at all, but instead are trying to make the course as difficult as possible for their own satisfaction.

1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol? Yes. Marijuana? Yes. Study drugs? Absolutely.

Most people drink and if they don't, they usually smoke. If you don't use drugs or drink, it's not like you won't have any friends, but you will certainly be a part of a separate group of people. A few of my friends at BC have used cocaine and ecstasy, but that's definitely uncommon.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It only snowed once or twice this semester. The ice does get pretty dangerous, especially because there are so many stairs and hardly any salt is used on them. Overall, the wealthy is pretty fair--only a bit nippy in the winters. The weather can be a bit unpredictable from time to time, but it's not that crazy.

1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Sex is not allowed on campus (although this is hardly enforced, it does send a pretty close-minded message to the students), and you can't buy condoms in the school store or get them at health services. The housing administration does not make an effort to help you when you are having serious issues with your room. For me, personally, the situation became pretty drastic before Boston College was forced to take action. Freedom of speech for select clubs is pretty horrendous. The RAs are somewhat lenient about drug use and noise, but it differs wildly from floor to floor.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is great at BC. For underclassmen, people come to clean the shared bathrooms every other day or so, and the rooms (while they aren't huge) provide a bed, dresser, closet, and shelves for freshmen. Upperclassmen housing is even better, with fridges, common rooms, full kitchens, etc.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: BC is pretty strict about noise, more than anything else. It depends on your RA, but you're more likely to get written up for noise than anything else. If you plan to drink underage in your dorm room, you just have to be smart about it. Throwing a party with 20 people in a tiny room is likely to get you in trouble, but hanging out with a few friends isn't a big deal. Also, drinking games aren't allowed on campus, so you could get written up for having a table that looks like it's for beer pong, or having red solo cups/ping pong balls out.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The BC buses are very convenient. They provide free transport on and off campus until 2 am, and there's an app (TransLoc) that shows you where the buses are at any given time, so you know which stop to go to.

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather in Boston is not that great. It drizzles almost every morning and it rains a lot. You better have an umbrella and good rains boots or you are screwed. In the winters there are cold as hell but, during the spring and summer, the weather gets nicer. If you don't mind the cold and the rain then BC is not a problem.


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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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