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4 College Junior

Transportation: Going to the city is easier than for other colleges, but it can be a pain still. A 15-minute car ride to the city becomes a 1 hour commute via a bus to the train station, then the train ride to the city. This is decent enough though, kids who desperately need to get away can easily go to the city every day. Around campus you need to deal with lots of stairs and hills, but it's not too bad. The walkways arent smoothly paved because BC is this old campus. There's a bus that goes around the campus that you can take to the train stations, to off-campus housing sites nearby, to off-campus eating areas and stores, and around the campus if youre lazy, although the campus can be walked across in 20 mins or so. The buses stop running at 2 AM though, which is a pain for the kids who live off-campus who are in the libraries til 4. Some kids sleep in the libraries because of this, although you can call for vans to escort you to where you live around campus within a 2 mile radius, but sometimes they don't show up.

1 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Super Strict Ras – BC is scary strict, especially with the freshman class. The RAs are not to be messed with. They are allowed to come into your room anytime and look around, they just can't open your closets and friges. They will knock on your door if you make a lot of noise. Campus police regularly prowls on weekends, busting parties sometimes before 12, so the party scene suffers, and people have to be super quiet.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Hard Drugs Are Hard to Find, Cognative Enhancement Drugs More Popular – In the study lounges and on the bus you'll regularly hear about kids taking adderall and ritalin or caffeine pills to study, but that seems to be a regular university thing, and it's not like you feel pressured to get into that too to compete. Aside from that, not many kids do hard drugs, or talk about them openly. It's very easy to avoid coming across that crowd. Weed is the most common drug, but alcohol is the main "drug" of choice. Most BC kids seem hard core drug-free being Jesuit and all that.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: There is no need for a car on BC's campus, but if you need one for some reason, it is difficult to find parking due to the popularity of our sporting events. You can rent spaces but there is a monthly fee. If you are a senior there is one lot free but spots fill up fast. Parking spaces can be rented off campus, but again, there is a fee.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer labs at BC include Mac and PC computers, as do the two libraries on campus. Printing at BC is easy and each student is allotted 500 free pages a semester. I've never gone over that amount. Printing is easy at the allotted printing stations and there is satellite printing from your dorm to certain printers. I've also never had a network problem, and it's fairly fast. Wireless is pretty much everywhere on campus. I'd highly recommend getting a personal computer, because every college student I know has one, but a printer is optional.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Hard to Find Parties and If You Do So Did Everyone Else – If you are 21 you have all of boston at your fingertips, which is really nice. Also seniors are allowed to register parties. However Boston is strict with IDing so unless you have a legit fake ID don't bother going to certain bars. Since campus police and RAs have started to crack down it has become more and more difficult to go out and not get in trouble. It is hard to find something on the weekends and if you do 90% of your class heard of the same party and then it gets broken up by BCPD.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Sea of White Biddies and Bros – Not only is there barely any racial diversity, but 85% of the white population are the same. Everyone is a biddy or a bro.
They are admitting more and more AHANA students. I think the current freshman class is 30% AHANA.

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Veryyyyy Strict – BC is trying to expand so they are trying to crack down on partying in order to please the surrounding community. This means that there is absolutely no partying in dorms. The RAs are very strict. I think I know one person who has not been written up. Most people get in trouble at some point or another. They are also cracking down on off campus parties meaning people are becoming even more exclusive as to who can enter the party, making it even more difficult to find a party to go to.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the location of BC. It has a close proximity to a big college city, but still has its own campus. I can't complain about classes too much. And the more I get my core classes out of the way and begin to take classes more related to my major the happier I am with them. There are also TONS of extracurriculars to get involved with. The only issue is that they are quite competitive to get into.
The nightlife is pretty lame. You cannot party in dorms because the RAs are super strict. And off-campus always gets busted by BCPD if the party is too big. There is no greek life so there is never a definite party to go to. You have to know older students to find out about parties. BC is like a fine wine, it gets better with age- basically when you're a freshman you'll probably hate it and once your a senior you'll love it.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: they have a good bus system to transport people to and from campus. The buses stop at common areas for off campus housing as well as the reservoir T stop (which is on the D line). However, the bus drivers take breaks all the time and there is no one in charge of spacing out the buses. The other day there were literally 3 buses on break at once- meaning only 1 bus was running. This can cause some people to be very late.
Also the B line (which stops every couple of yards) leaves from directly across from campus, which is very handy.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Libraries Are Nice, the Gym Isn't – Our Bapst library is BEAUTIFUL- it looks like it could be in harry potter. O'neil library is ugly from the outside, but still a quality library.
The plex (the gym) needs some serious work. There is no air conditioning and not enough fans. Also for a school with students so obsessed with working out there are not enough machines.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: there are loads of not to expensive restaurants and whatnot near campus- either directly across the street or on the BC shuttle line. Or if your feeling like a particularly nice meal you can jump on the T and head a little further out.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: It All Depends on the Professor – I'm in the carroll school of management at BC and I've been happy with my classes so far. However, what grade you get is mostly determined by the professor you get rather than the work you put in (this is most likely and issue at any school). Also BC has a core curriculum which I love and hate. There are also many core classes I have to take for CSOM as well so my schedule is pretty packed.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no Greek life at Boston College as it is a Jesuit school.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: It was pretty easy when you have everything you're suppose to have

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls- The girls know how to dress...lots of different styles I guess

Guys- they are striaght

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Process Is Somewhat Frustrating – BC's financial aid process is similar to most other schools, but what is frustrating is that they do not give out any academic scholarships besides their 15 full-rides.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Boston Is So Close – A great aspect of BC is that you have a closed campus thats not directly in a city, but you are close enough to Boston to enjoy everything it has to offer.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Living Off-Campus Junior Year – As a BC student chances are you will only have 3 years of on-campus housing. Most students decide to live off campus their junior year. You wind up getting together with your friends and getting a house that resembles a small frat house. Its close enough to campus but you do have to take a bus to class, but all in all its much more fun, with no RA's or rules to live by.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Winter Is Not Too Bad – I guess it depends on the person though, but it does get pretty cold in January and the snow builds up quite a bit. The fall and spring are gorgeous, however, and the long wait for spring is worth it.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's Not Overwhelming – There is a drug presence, and if drugs are your thing they aren't hard to come by. However, you won't ever feel pressured into using or even into being around them.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Newton Campus – As an incoming freshman, you should pray you don't end up being placed on Newton Campus. As much fun as the Boston College social life can be, residency on Newton Campus is as good a way as any to kill your involvement in it.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Chestnut Hill is gorgeous. A road runner's dream. BC isnt too far from Newton Center either, which is a great little town; everybody there is super friendly and there's a bunch to do. Not far from downtown Boston either, LOADS to do.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Pretty Good, but Repetitive – They're good at what they do, but the menu cycle starts to seem pretty short after a few weeks

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Super Safe – I have never once felt in any sort of danger here. The BCPD is not hard to contact either, what with the blue light stations all around campus.


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Samantha Durant
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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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