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Chestnut Hill, MA
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$43,878
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Hard
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Drug Safety: Drugs are definitely present, but you can avoid them if you want to. Most people smoke, and some people do more, but you have to look a little harder.

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Campus Housing: The dorms vary, but there's really no way to avoid any of them because it's the luck of the draw. Kostka (on upper) is the one I was in freshman year, and it's one of the oldest up there, but there's no way I could have picked it. A lot of dorms have no air conditioning, and even though the Mods are a BC tradition, they aren't the nicest housing. The nicest dorms are probably Gabelli, Voute, Vanderslice, and the Gate because they're the newest on campus.

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Academics: The teachers vary at BC. Some are amazing, some are boring, and some shouldn't be allowed to teach (and luckily these don't have tenure-yet). The workload is completely unpredictable because it varies by teacher, so you can never be sure until you get in the class and look at the syllabus. If you e-mail a teacher and ask to see the syllabus before taking the class, he or she will most likely let you, which can be helpful for figuring out how much you can handle. BC is a solid school for philosophy and theology-obviously, with the Jesuit connection-and CSOM (Carroll School of Management) is also fairly well-recognized. It's pretty solid all around, but I wouldn't say it's known for anything in particular.

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Campus Strictness: The campus police are more concerned with safety than getting people in trouble. If there's a party, they're more interested in breaking it up than writing people up for drinking. BC has a strong "no drinking games" policy, but it's enforced entirely by RAs and RDs, not campus police. The campus police are about safety, while residential life staff is concerned with rule breaking.

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Health & Safety: BCPD is so hardcore-they're all Boston police, too, so they carry guns, and have proper cars and uniforms. There's barely any crime, and if there is, it normally involves students doing something dumb. The school has emergency blue-light poles everywhere if there's a problem, as well as Eagle Escort to drive students places if necessary, but they're not the nicest people.

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Facilities: The libraries are really nice-and there are eight of them, which is helpful-and the athletic stadium is smaller but really nice, too. The Plex, where everyone goes to work out, is definitely lacking, though. There aren't enough treadmills, ellipticals, or other machines for people, which is annoying because BC is a very fitness-conscious school. The dining halls are nice and there are plenty of options.

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Weather: There's every weather you could ask for in a full school year-when you get to school in the fall, it stays hot until about October, and then it will get blustery and possibly rainy. Snow keeps coming later and later, but there's normally snow right before Christmas break and then all through January and February. The best weeks are right before finals in May-it's gorgeous. Bring rain boots (they're good for snow and rain), an umbrella, and a light rain jacket. Also, bring a warm coat and gloves for winter-and even though some people think they're dumb, Uggs are really good for keeping your feet warm. Oh, and lots of scarves-they're fashionable and practical!

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Transportation: The T is very convenient. At BC, there's either the D Line or the B Line-the D Line is faster, but if that doesn't work out, there's always the B Line. BC also has buses for helping students get around. They're pretty convenient, too, but it's hard to judge the times to figure out where they're going to be and when.

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Overall Experience: Although my experiences here have not always been great, I think they definitely prepared me for the future.

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Athletics: Basketball and football are the two biggest sports. They are very fan-based and exciting.

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Guys & Girls: The guys are interesting, and I find the girls to be somewhat superficial. But, I have met a lot of quality characters.

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Off-Campus Dining: There is definitely a diverse amount of food off campus, so you can always find food of great quality.

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Diversity: It's pretty diverse, but not as diverse as other schools.

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Computers: It is very convenient to have your own computer, but there are many computers on campus, and the labs are usually not crowded.

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Nightlife: The parties on campus tend to be dorm parties, which easily become sweatboxes. However, there are a few good parties at BC several times a year.

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Local Atmosphere: Northeastern, BU, Wheelock, Simmons, Bentley, and Berklee are nearby, just to name a few. In the city, you'll run into plenty of college students like yourself.

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Greek Life: BC doesn't acknowledge Greeks on campus. However, there are students who are members of city-wide campuses of Greek organizations.

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Drug Safety: You will spot a few people smoking marijuana or will at least smell it. Drinking at BC is a very big deal. I always tell people, you can find whatever you want at BC.

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Guys & Girls: It all depends on the crowd you are drawn into. For the most part, it seems as if everyone is pretty outgoing. Stay away from the athletes because many are jerks!

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Off-Campus Dining: There is a plethora of restaurants nearby or T accessible. Try menupages.com, which is really helpful.

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Drug Safety: It's not really that noticeable. Most people drink, and depending on who you hang out with, people will smoke. There are rumors about more hardcore drugs, but nobody really seems to know who does them.

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Diversity: It's not really diverse-everyone hangs out with people who look like them. There are a few exceptions to this rule. Nevertheless, it's still a great school!

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Greek Life: BC has no Greek life, so it's not a factor at all as far as I know. I think some people wish we did just so there would be an actual place for parties, and it would inspire a sense of tradition, but other people are perfectly happy without it.

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Facilities: The gym seriously needs improvement but does the job. The library is amazing, but, for the most part, you don't really need to physically be there because most everything is available online.

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Computers: Computer labs are always crowded, so definitely bring your own (with a printer) if you have one. There is wireless everywhere but the dorm rooms-there you have an Ethernet cord.

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Samantha Durant
Hometown
Cheshire, CT
Major
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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