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2 College Senior

Diversity: Everyone Is More or Less Alike – Although there are exceptions, most people at BC are alike-- Irish Catholic and middle/high class. This can be frustrating at times.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: Let me go on a rant about this.

As far as majors go, BC doesn't really like to give its students a wide range of choices. Want to be an engineer? Don't come to BC, it's not there. If you didn't already know that you wanted to be a business major before you started college. Then you're most likely not going to be one. You have to apply to get in before you're a freshman and then its almost impossible to transfer in. International Studies major, you have to apply to get in freshman year, if you don't get it then you can forget about being an IS major. BC is entirely limiting.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not Too Strict – Boston College isn't too strict at all. Walsh dormitory does require students to check in their friends, but it doesn't stop anyone from having visitors as long as they have their ID. And it's not like BU where EVERY dorm requires you to check in friends.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's Alright – You can get diversity if you really are willing to put yourself out there. But as far as the entirety of the campus goes, its not happening.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: It's Alright – THe library is great, but the recreational center needs help

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Convenient, Delicious! There are a lot of off campus options and many places will deliver. Eagle's Deli is my favorite, their food is delicious! I wish some of the places had student discounts, but in general the food is affordable.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing Lottery Needs Improvement – The housing isn't that great, though I've never had a problem with it. As a freshman, Newton campus is the best place to live. The dorm rooms are bigger than on main campus and it is like living in your own community. All of the seniors love living in the mods but they definitely need some improvement. Walsh should be knocked down. The housing lottery doesn't seem fair and it is very stressful.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are plenty of police officers and they arrive quickly when you call them. I have never been in a situation where I have needed to call the police for a safety concern. I wish there were more lights on campus for students walking around at night, and more emergency call buttons.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs Aren't Too Noticeable to Me – I don't find drug use to be TOO huge of a problem. But maybe that's just in my immediate group of friends.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Covers Many Subjects, Close Department – The Theater Department at BC is a very tight community. Most students have personal relationships with all the professors within the department. The professors know their area of expertise well and the department as a whole covers a wide array of subjects within the world of theater.

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1 College Freshman

Diversity: Jersey Trash and White Wash – Too many Jersey kids. Barely any diversity at all. The international students all know each other and any minority students have their own little cliques. The white students are the majority of all students at BC. People don't care about diversity as much as they should.

1 College Freshman

Parking: With the lack of parking space and construction going on, there's absolutely nowhere to park for free on campus. Pricing for parking is around $300 a month! Ridiculous! No way am I bringing my car on campus if I have to pay that much. I'll wait till I live off-campus...

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Police Have Eyes in the Back of Their Heads – The police force is strict about underage drinking and drug use. First-time offenders get a letter home and a mandatory drinking awareness class, and second- and third-time offenders are in danger of losing their housing. It's a serious if you get caught, so do everything discreetly if you're going to do it at all. If you're going to drink, don't start advertising keg parties or wild ragers in your room. You'll be sorry. Just be discreet.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Never Felt Unsafe – The area around Boston College is known to be one of the safest places in the country. There is minimal crime if any at all and campus police are always around. If you need help, an emergency intercom tower is usually within sight with a glowing blue light on it. All in all I'd say our campus has great security measures and is very safe.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: BC Bro is the primary type of guy that you'll find at Boston College. Lax pinny, high socks, oakleys, blond hair, salmon shorts. They can be really sweet and funny and nice, but a lot are just jerks. I would recommend trying to form friendships with these guys instead of trying to date them. Get to know they guys that have similar interests as you and genuinely try to get to know you. Those are the ones worth dating.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Boston Is So Cool! Being to close to the city of Boston is absolutely amazing. There's so much to do all the time. There's awesome shopping and places to eat. There are museums and aquariums and we're 20 minutes from Fenway Park! The arts are absolutely fantastic. There's always an inexpensive and awesome concert to see! There's also so many other schools to visit and other college students to meet. Boston is the perfect college city.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Repetitive, but Very Good – There are a lot of choices at BC for dinning. There is no fast food near BC, but a lot of small chain restaurants not too far.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: the libraries are easy to get to and there is always an open computer. They are print stations there also for quick printing

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Teachers Are Brilliant – Every teacher is held to high standards if they want to continue to work at BC

1 College Senior

Parking: Take the T – Parking is very difficult to find if you do not have a permit. The permits are really expensive and are only available for upper class students. Honestly the train stop is very close to the school and you're better off taking the train to grocery stores, bars, malls. It is easy to do and more convenient.

2 College Senior

Health & Safety: Recent Happenings – I used to think it was very safe but recently an abducted student was found in the nearby reservoir and another female student was attacked. It isn't as safe as I thought.

1 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The Truth – The school's located very close to the city and the social scene on campus is actually pretty great. However, if you are a minority student it can be very difficult for you both on campus and in the city. Very difficult.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: BC offers many options to students for their safety including an escort service for students walking to their dorms late at night. The campus has been pretty safe since I've been here and security is top-notch.

4 College Student

Nightlife: Pretty Good – There are a lot of options between city scenes and the campus for student 18+ and 21+. People here like to stay on campus, but we do get a lot of students from other schools too.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: There Is Almost None – If you want to have a car, you will pay 200 per month, plus 15 bucks a day to park on campus if you want to drive to class, but the great aprt is, you dont need a car, or really want one


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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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