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Reviews 1396 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Not Quantitity, but Quality – There's really only a couple options for any given facility, but they're all well maintained and have good amenities/resources.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I Wouldnt Have a Car at School – there are a couple parking garages; they're more than sufficient normally but on game days they're AWFUL. there's really no use for a car here anyway

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Better as You Become an Upper Classman – almost all freshman get the standard double. They're nice, but its either on the outskirts of campus or a bus ride away. Once you get older however, the dorms are suit style and much nicer

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Options – Whether its right around campus, in Newton Center up commonwealth a little bit, or in CC, there are a lot of different options. Heck, its not too long of a ways into the city, either; head up to the north end!

4 College Freshman

Weather: Lots of Precipitation – LOTS of rain and snow in Boston. For those who don't like that, it can be a pain, but above all the seasons here are spectacular. The leaves in fall have great colors, the snow in winter is like a postcard, and a sunny day in spring gets nice and warm too.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Not Very Diverse – The student body isn't incredibly diverse, but it's not difficult to feel accepted and there are a lot of cultural club opportunities

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Process Was Okay – the financial aid process was expectedly long, but I had hoped that I could get more aid from BC than I did

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Cheaper Than on-Campus – some apartments very close to campus are actually cheaper than on-campus housing

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Although located at the end of the Green line of the T, travel to other universities and parts of Boston is very convenient. Many shopping, dining, and historical sites to visit


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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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