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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Never Felt Unsafe – Boston College is located in Chestnuthill, MA which is a completely safe suburb of Boston. The BCPD are also very diligent in keeping the campus safe. Our dorms don't have security desks where you must sign guests in because there has never been a problem like there would be for a school in the city.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs really not a thing – There are students who drink, this is general knowledge. When there's a party you can expect there to be alcohol. You, however, are never pressured to do something g you don't want to do. Drugs, on the other hand, is something that happens but on an extremely smaller, more private scale. Drugs are really not present, as alcohol is, at the college. The strong majority of students really don't do drugs.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: great food – The food is great. There is every sort of option available: vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. There are plenty of dining halls to choose from.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Just Be Yourself – Yes, there are a lot of students that like to drink at parties; however, if you don't drink there is no peer pressure for you to drink. Everyone has a good time whether drinking or non-drinking. Drugs are not really a "thing" here. If people do drugs it's basically just an individual/small group thing. Overall, students really don't do drugs.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Works Seamlessly If You Plan Ahead – Yes, there may be lines at the printers during finals but Other than that it's fine. Mostly everyone has a laptop. If you don't have a laptop or don't want to carry your laptop around, there are more than enough laptops/computers students can use. All the residence halls, the whole campus, has WiFi; dorms also have Ethernet ports if you want to use them.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Great Food at a Cost – The food is great, but pricey. If you don't have a meal plan, it can really add up - and for many people on campus, meal plan money tends to run out at the end of the year. I like that it rolls over from semester to semester, but it doesn't from year to year (it expires at the end of the school year). The dining halls have definitely improved on the quality of food and how it's handled; I would know, I've worked in one the past two years. They definitely listen to suggestions from students and try adding new items to the menu. But the food is known to be overpriced (because dining halls practically have a monopoly over campus dining), and just last year the prices were raised again.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: Good Aid – While the cost to attend is pretty high, the financial aid process is fairly simple and straight-forward, and the people at our financial aid office are very efficient, competent, and understanding. I believe the school really tries to award as much aid as they can.

4 College Junior

Computers: Access Everywhere – There's wireless access everywhere you go on campus, and it's usually pretty fast. Once in a while it'll be slow for a few minutes or there might be a spot on the edge of campus where you lose connection. Nevertheless, they have great computer techs on campus and I love having remote printing to the libraries.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Almost There – Going to BC has been pretty great - if you meet the right people. It's true that it's a typically "preppy" scene, but it's definitely more diverse than I expected. The traditions, the sporting events, and even walking around campus at nighttime is fun and memorable. The professors really know what they're talking about, and in my experience, always have their doors open. If you're not "preppy" or "sporty", the hard part might be finding people you click with - but you definitely will sooner or later.

2 College Junior

Parking: It's nearly impossible to have a car on campus, and the closest train to get into the city is well-known for being the slowest. I believe the only way to have a car on campus and have a parking spot is to either be a professor or have proof that you need a form of transportation that the buses and trains can't cover - such as nursing students who need to travel a lot. (And even then, a parking spot is pretty expensive.)

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Lots of Options! They have nutrition facts online which is really helpful and the food is definitely better than your average university's. They also have a lot of good dining out options around campus. Fin's is excellent and delivers to your dorm!

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Addition to review – Wanted to add to my review that there is no chance of living in a forced triple on Newton, while you might live in one if you get Upper.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Good housing, crappy sophomore process – Freshmen year, you either live on Upper Campus or Newton Campus (about 1.5 miles away from main campus...you can request Newton through email, but you can't request/guarantee Upper unless you apply for honors housing, special interest housing, or volunteer to live in a forced triple). As an upcoming sophomore who live on Newton last year (I was angry when I found out), I can tell you that the whole anti-Newton sentiment is so overblown. Newton, in my opinion, is better than Upper. It has a lot more green space (good for wiffleball, footballm frisbee), slightly bigger/nicer dorms, and a smaller all-freshmen community than Upper. Also Stuart dining hall >>> McElroy (where Upper kids eat). The shuttle can be a pain, but the ride is usually around 5 minutes (not 20 like some say... unless the traffic is god awful) and not too bad. I think Upper is better for convenience of location, but Newton is better for everything else. Sophomore year is the one that people should worry about, as sophomores either live in suite-stlye rooms on Lower (where the Plex, Conte Forum, Alumni Stadium, and Lower Dining hall is) or on CoRo in doubles near Upper campus (you don't want to live there). The process is crappy...I got lucky and got a nice 8-man suite on lower, but there are always unlucky sophomores who get CoRo. To be honest, I think Lower vs CoRo is a much bigger problem than Newton vs Upper.

If it wasn't for the sophomore housing situation and half the class getting only 3 years of guaranteed housing (google it for more info), I'd give Campus Housing an A or A+.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: great off campus dining in newton center and in boston!

4 College Senior

Scholarships: although they didn't originally give me the financial aid I wanted, when I resubmitted my application it was fairly easy for me to get more aid.

3 College Senior

Diversity: BC has been doing a lot to increase diversity recently, although it is by no means a diverse school, there are various minority groups present and growing on campus

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Available and Huge Screens – The computer lab (which also has print stations) is great for using a computer when you don't have your laptop or it's being worked on, etc. Those computers are big and they're Macs. So pretty pricey and great quality tech. Also there are plenty of computers in the library you can use, as well.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: You are literally right outside of Boston, which is a great city. You can just take the T in, go to the Museum of Fine Arts for FREE with BC ID or go to the North End to get some Mike's Pastries... Or you could just stay on campus and find plenty of things to do! Trivia on Thursdays, lots of clubs...

3 College Junior

Facilities: The Plex Is a Mess – BC is in the middle of a huge renovation plan, but it will take many years. At the moment, we do not have a tradition student union, and our gym (the Plex) is old, unairconditioned, and does not have great equipment. That being said, our libraries are unparalleled, and if there is not a resource on campus, we are subscribed to innumerable online resources and can order books from other libraries across the country. Also, Nights on the Heights is an organization that makes sure a variety of safe activities are happening almost every night of the week.

5 College Junior

Athletics: BC Hockey is growing every year, and though our football team isn't what it has been in the past, support does not waver. The Superfan culture is huge, and Eagles love to support these two teams. Every game is a golden event. Get excited.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: As Long as We Don't Catch You.. BC recognizes that students party, and try to educate their students enough to do it responsibly. Technically it is against school rules to party in dorms that house underage students, but if you are quiet and respectful of other rules, RA's are generally lenient. They are students too, and understand that you want to have fun. I've never had a problem, but repeated offenses can result in housing probation.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Very Preppy, but Generally Friendly – Both the guys and girls at BC are predominately wealthy and preppy. There are many "frat bros" and "snooty girls" but there are also plenty of down to earth, friendly guys and girls. The student body is generally very friendly.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Good Education, Hard Workload – The workload at BC is extremely difficult, but the professors are usually very accommodating and helpful. If you put the effort into the work and get outside help, there should be no reason not to make decent grades.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Lots of White Students – Boston College seems to consist mainly of wealthier white students. However, it is more diverse than most private colleges in that people of all backgrounds and cultures can be found there.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Hockey Is Huge – At Boston College, hockey is way more popular than football. The popular jocks at the school are hockey players, and the football team is a laughing stock. Even though football games are in the early afternoon and the team is not great, I gave sports an A- because hockey is so popular and so much fun to watch. It is definitely worth buying season tickets for.


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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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