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Reviews 1396 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Excellent! The classes are great and the teachers are kind and understanding (most of the time). The deans really respond to requests of the students and we work hard but it's worth the credit we are given.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is extremely redundant and the lines are horrendous. The places around campus aren't very good and if you do eat dinner here it takes forever to get your food and pay.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't many places to eat off campus unless you go all the way to Boston. Newton Centre does have many delicious restaurants but for college kids the price is way out of our range.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The school is greatly connected and the Communications program is phenomenal. The teachers are kind and extremely smart; they really try to connect with their students. The Core Curriculum is a bit irritating but it helps you take classes you wouldn't normaly take.

3 College Senior

Weather: Very cold from November to March. Other than that, standard weather conditions.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Housing is pretty average underclassmen year. If you live on Newton Campus freshman year you have to take a bus, but the dorms are better in terms of living conditions. Upperclassmen housing is above average compared to other schools I have visited.

4 College Senior

Computers: Plenty of computers are available at the two main libraries, including a computer lab of about 30 Macs and 30 PCs. Printing is easy well, each student is allocated 500 free pages to print.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Public transportation to and from BC is very convenient, considering the Green Line has a stop right on campus. Also, BC provides a shuttle bus service that takes you down Comm Ave, including a stop at another T stop. From these T stops, its very easy to take the subway into the train stations at Back Bay or South Station. Only difficulty, however, is that it can take over an hour to get to Logan Airport, unless you're willing to pay a lot for a cab.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: We have a very nice and well-maintained facilities. Currently we are about to start the 10 year plan to build new dorms, a new workout facility, and a new student center. The academic buildings are very nice. One of the libraries looks like it could have been from a Harry Potter movie.


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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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