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Reviews 1396 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: The buildings on campus are beautiful, and studying in Bapst is almost intimidating for that reason. Almost every classroom is equipped with a smart board and/or projector. The Power Gym where the athletes work out is great, but everyone else has to use the Plex. The Plex is that ridiculous concrete circus tent thing that everyone asks about on tours. In fact, the building's absurd shape prevents the installation of an effective central AC system, so the climate inside is comparable to that of a tropical rainforest, especially on weekends when it's packed. It was built in the 70s, so I'm pretty sure whoever drew up the blueprints was whacked out on LSD. Waiting for a machine is all but guaranteed, and the pool is really beat up too. No one knows why it hasn't been replaced yet. BC has twice the financial endowment and half the population of BU, but their rec complex is like 3 LA Fitnesses stacked on top of each other plus a lazy river. Apparently there's a plan to build a new one, but not on Lower. Well not really a plan, just everyone agrees that we need a new one. So they're thinking of planning to build a new one. Probably. Congrats if you read all this.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Pretty attractive campus. There's a good amount of impossibly hot girls wandering around, but for some reason all of them seem to be upperclassmen. Still, the average BC girl is definitely above average looking and in ridiculously good shape. Not sure about guys' looks but they definitely dress well and most are athletic. The overall fitness of the student body is tragically ironic because the Plex is one of the worst college rec complexes ever built. But that's a different review.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: BCPD takes their job very seriously. There is no doubt in my mind about BCPD's effectiveness in any would-be crisis situation. This is probably due to the fact that they treat pretty much everything, including underage drinking, like a crisis situation. Any student who is visibly drunk will be breathalyzed, taken into custody and made to spend a night in the infirmary. My only legitimate complaint about the school is the way that alcohol-related offenses are handled. It's a well known problem, and the student government is trying to pass a new system, but as of right now most alcohol violations will put you on some sort of probation for at least 6 months and enroll you in a safety seminar program. As far as RAs go, there are a few who will give you a warning before writing you up, but in most cases, if you're caught, you're done.

5 College Student

Computers: Always available in all of the libraries of BC. Most are updated Macintosh and Windows.

4 College Student

Campus Dining: BC dining is rated top in the nation. It offers high quality food. Although it may be exceptional, the fact that they serve the same things everyday, it starts to get old. So be sure to get the best food during culture nights!

3 College Student

Nightlife: Nightlife is okay in BC. It's pretty average for a college campus. People usually crowd in the Mods since we don't have frats. Freshmen guys will initially find trouble getting into parties. But as the year progresses and people start to know upperclassmen, getting invited gets pretty easy.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: BC is near the B-line of the T, and convenient transportation allows you to go to Boston easily to access a wide variety of food. Four stations from the BC stop is a place called "Harvard Ave" and it offers a lot of ethnic Asian cuisine. The place has restaurants ranging from Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, and some sports pubs. Boston quite obviously is pretty diverse and offers any kind of food there is.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The BC buses are relatively on time and can take you many places in the area.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The winters can get pretty cold and many years there is a lot of snow. But spring can also be a very nice time as far as weather goes.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It is pretty easy to get written up for underage drinking but you get a warning for the first few offenses.

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.


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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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