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Reviews 1305 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: Overall, student services was helpful regarding my financial aid. It was a stressful process, but once I sat down with my financial aid counselor, he was eager to help me. I am able to afford school.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I would say drug use at BC depends on who you hang out with. You will definitely meet people who participate but the vast majority are just smokers. And usually this is done rather privately - if you want to partake, it's there for you, but if you don't want to, you most likely will never feel pressured to and it shouldn't interfere into your life. The majority of students do drink, but again most could care less if you don't want to do the same. As far as enforcing the rules, BCPD is definitely out every weekend but I think for the most part, as long as you aren't being stupid and you can get yourself home safe, you should be ok. If you DO get caught, they usually send you to health services or the hospital no matter what, but they're not wasting their time banging on every door to bust students - if you get caught, no offense but you probably deserve it.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Boston has tons of options. Each area has its own atmosphere so you can pick and choose what you want. Going downtown provides lots of additional options, but avoid the temptation of taking the B line. It's long and slow and packed. Take the walk to the C or D, you'll appreciate it.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of apartments in the area near campus but Boston is an expensive city! The average one-bedroom apartment costs $1300. It is very easy to find housing, but one of the main challenges is that all the landlords use realtors, and a realtor fee is usually a month's rent (although sometimes you can talk them down). Parking is also difficult and you should expect to have to rent a parking space as well.

4 College Junior

Athletics: They have a learning center for student athletes that provides counseling, tutoring, and a study center. They are very dedicated to supporting athletes in their academics.

3 College Junior

Weather: The parking lots on campus flood when there is rain and recently the library in the social work building was flooded. The "million dollar staircase" is also an added challenge when there is rain or it is slippery.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I know i received my financial aid package fairly quick and the amount i still have to pay i worked out a payment plan. However i do know that alot of my friends did not have such a smooth transition and their accounts are often put on hold. This doesn't allow them to register for class, housing, and other things.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife is for students who are 21 or older. There are a few 18-and-older clubs, but most of the clubs are in providence so if you dont have a car don't count on it.Off-campus parties or dorm parties are ok it all depends on the DJ and how sober you are(usually you are not so you'll have a good time). The only problem with off campus parties or parties at other schools like MIT, Northeastern and BU is that you have to pay for a cab back to campus. It's not that much money but is it worth it every weekends?

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4 College Senior

Computers: The computers in the labs are new, and there are several prints stations. You can almost always find an empty computer and there are rarely lines to print. One drawback is that the computers on the main floor are extremely slow, despite being new, and can take several minutes to boot up.

1 College Senior

Parking: Rubbish, with very little parking available and what is there is absurdly expensive. The good news is that there are lots of public transportation options, including three T lines that go right by the campus or are easily accessible by bus shuttle.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Mostly good dorms, with the exception of the freshman dorms which have been placed a 10 minute walk or bus ride from the rest of the campus.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Many people get sent to the hospital for drinking, but not so many kicked out for other drugs.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food is good, but you kind of get bored of eating the same things all the time. There are basically two main dining halls- Mac and Lower. There's also a Hillside called cafe and Stuart (if you live on Newton). The selection isn't great, but the food usually tastes good. You're almost always guaranteed to have fruit, yogurt, cereal, waffles, muffins, hash browns, sausages, bacon, eggs and omelettes and some breakfast sandwiches for breakfast. for lunch and dinner, you can always make your own salad, get pizza, soup, hamburger, chicken or steak tips with two sides, grilled cheese, pasta and meatballs, ect. Those things are pretty much the norm and you'll see them everyday, but they change up the other things you can get. They have quesidillas and burritos every Tuesday, lamb, steak, foods from other countries, wok away and sushi.
Also, they have great desserts. they always have fro-yo with whatever toppings you want, fo real smoothies, cookies, cakes and other baked goods. Then, everyday they switch up the dessert station. Sometimes they have make-your-own sundae, a special smoothie or apple cobbler.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: AHANA students (Asian, Hispanic, African, and Native American students) number about 25-30% of the population at Boston College. While this number may seem large, this means that 70-75% of the population is... well... completely white. The ethnic diversity is really limited on campus. The LGBTQ population is limited too, although people of all orientations are present on campus and there are MANY groups on campus for both LGBTQ students and multi-racial and multi-cultural students.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Everyone usually makes a big deal about campus strictness at Boston College. However, there are plenty of opportunities to have fun and not get in trouble by the campus police or RA's. You just need to be smart. Freshmen should find seniors and off-campus juniors to party with; NEVER party in freshmen dorms -- bad news. I'm a freshman, and I drink almost every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. You just need to not be stupid. When you're entering a football game or other event, just pull yourself together before going inside. Freshmen can make many basic mistakes that will get them in trouble. Just BE SMART.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus police frequently driving around, just to make sure everyone is safe. However, their presence is not overbearing -- they're just there to take care of the kids that need help the most. There are blue lights many places on campus. There is an escort service if someone needs a ride home.

1 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are OK in size and amenities. there is no air conditioning so fall and spring can really suck. The dorms are not super social if your not friends with your neighbors it is unlikely you will talk to them.

The housing process is horrible. People have lost friends over it.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: The school is fairly diverse, but it could be better.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The school is not very strict. If your not stupid or reckless with your drinking or parties then you should be fine.

3 College Freshman

Majors: The majors are pretty sparse and typical for liberal arts colleges - not much specialization. All majors are easy to select, except International Studies, which you have to apply to at the end of your freshman year.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Hockey is great! That is about it. The rest is mediocre.

3 College Senior

Parking: Very few if any of the people I know have a car. There isn't a lot of parking on campus but I know several people who park on a side street somewhere near campus or at a friend's house off campus.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene is not really that big, I only thing I've found is a lot of smoking. Drinking is much more visible around campus and everyone knows where to find the alcohol. It is sad to say but a large majority of the students drink Thursday through Saturday and it's no secret. We do have resident assistants that do rounds to make sure everything is under control and we also have our own police department that patrols the campus every night.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: As long as you work with your financial advisor and (please!) fill out your FAFSA, getting financial aid is really easy. Advisors here really want to help you further your education and will work with what you give them as long as you reach out and make contact with them.

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1 College Freshman

Diversity: I give this a D because, technically, the school is racially and culturally/religiously diverse. However, can you really call it diverse when everyone dresses identically, no matter what their ethnic background is? Everyone here is the same. Everyone is wealthy and superficial. You just can't go to a big name school without it being like this. The better the ranking, the more insufferable the people.

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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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