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Reviews 1396 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: I received a fair amount of financial aid, but BC is not known for being overly generous

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4 College Junior

Academics: The majority of professors are knowledgeable and willing to work with students. However, some are not that exciting.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Very Convenient – BC has shuttles that runs to various places in the area surrounding campus, and you can track where the busses are on your phone, that way you can time it so you don't have to spend forever waiting for the bus. For going into downtown Boston, taking the BC shuttle to the Reservoir stop on the D line is the best option. The shuttle ride takes about 5 minutes, and the train ride takes about 20 minutes. The T does shut down at 2 am though, so taking a cab is really your only option to get back to campus late at night. Usually about a 10-15 minute cab ride, and can cost up to 30 bucks. Overall though, transportation is very convenient and accessible.

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Labs Are Good – There are alot of computers on the Boston College campus and the printer system is pretty good. The network reliability speed of the internet is really good but there is a high need for a personal computer.

1 College Senior

Greek Life: Frats: NOT in the Jesuit Work Ethic – As a Jesuit school, Boston College does not support the existence of fraternities or sororities in the traditional sense due to the nature of exclusive student organizations and their tendencies to demonstrate the negative effects of competition and conformity.

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1 College Senior

Nightlife: While there is something to be said for the safe and quiet streets of Chestnut Hill and Newton, the small Boston suburbs leave a lot to be desired for you typical college student. Aside from the local college bars at Cleveland Circle, not much nightlife is available to Boston College students. The MBTA "T", which is usually accessible, is a reliable means of transport into the city.

4 College Senior

Athletics: There's not much more a student can ask for from a private university regarding its athletic program. Athletic events at Boston College are always popular, lively, and done in good taste and sportsmanship. Conte Forum is very accommodating to its audiences through all three seasons and Alumni Stadium is a well-known venue for the college football world. The student sections of all athletic events are always full of yellow-shirted Superfans ready to show off their Eagle Pride. And the fields are filled with the same smiling faces from the front rows of my morning classes. The athletic program is doing a great job of bridging the student-athlete gap on campus.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Perfect Location and Awesome Community – BC has an amazing location right outside the city of Boston. The campus literally sits on the city line, but even so, it is located in a suburban setting. The campus is beautiful, the architecture is beautiful...its picture perfect New England collegiate. Overall, BC is small enough to know a lot of people, but large enough to be able to meet new one each day. All in all, there is an incredible strong community feeling that people want to be a part of and are equally proud of.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Police and Administration Are Serious About Alcohol.. ..but it is really easy to get away with partying, you just have to be smart about it. Dorm parties and off campus parties are the norm and for the most part, RA's do not bother you unless you are being extremely loud. If caught hosting a party, or caught drinking at a sporting event, the punishment is serious. BC basically has a three strikes system.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Both Girls & Guys Are Hot – Girls at BC are almost all beautiful, thin, and well dressed. Many spend time in the rec center working out, or can be seen running around the streets around campus. Guys are also pretty good looking. Both guys and girls are very preppy.

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3 College Student

Health & Safety: Campus Safety – The campus feels incredibly safe. There are instances of verbal abuse because of the large amount of alcohol consumption that goes on but as far as physical safety goes BC is pretty solid. I did hear about a stabbing though that happened on campus a couple weeks ago. And there is a lot of talk of non BC students walking into various buildings without permission and doing some risque things. A BC employee told me that people from the surrounding area used the music rooms for drug use and sex. And the big rumor is that last year homeless people lived in the residence halls.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Popular – The drug scene at Boston College is not really big, although it depends on who you hang out with. If people are doing drugs, they’re usually just smoking. Drinking is a much more popular activity.

4 College Junior

Weather: Cold but No Problem – It is the Northeast so it's cold and often snowy but the public transportation makes it easy to still get around.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Clean but Old – I spent 2 years on campus and the dorms were all pretty similar. Clean but need some updating. Nice social atmosphere and very convenient. Cost is a little pricy but expected. Had a very good on campus experience.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Close to Campus – Found a big older home near campus. Very expensive, as expected, but clean and well maintained. Real estate agency that maintains the property is involved and easy to communicate with. Very accessible to the T and busing.

2 College Junior

Facilities: great school people kinda suck unless you find you group, college must be the best experience at BC you have to make it your own

1 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Sluts, Sluts and Ok – Three groups of girls at BC 1. Athlete Groupies- girls only like athletes 2. Single party girls- girls who go out for the soul purpose to hook up and get drunk (slutty, skanky) 3. Stuck up/Taken- girls who think they are the s*** and dont give any guy the time or day

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3 College Junior

Academics: I came to BC as a business major and quickly found out that i was not being tought by teachers but TAs and most of the money going to this school was a waste. although i changed into the communications department and have met some great teachers so it all depends where you are at BC

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have not felt unsafe on campus. Everything is well lit at night. You have to swipe your ID to get into your building, but people are generally willing to let you in if they see you and you have forgotten your ID. I haven't experienced any thefts on campus, but if there are, I'm sure they are few.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: You Must Find Your Own Place – Boston College is a beautiful campus, but there are many things missing. It needs to grow and become a more modern campus. We do have a gym that has basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts along with a pool and an inside track, along with weightlifting. However, there is no air conditioning on hot days, making the place rather unbearable. BC does not have a student center. They say our student center is the O'Connel House, a old house on Upper Campus, where some of the freshmen class lives, so it isn't even in the middle of campus. It is old and small, and is not really a place where students can just hang out and relax. Our food is not that great either. I've thrown up once from eating their potatoes. However, with all these facility problems, there are many campus groups and clubs that make do with what we have. There is a group for everyone to join, and make the most of what is available to us.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: All Needs Are Satisfied – There is always room at the computer labs at Boston College because most students have their own computers now. There is a laptop lounge available, but that may get crowded a bit, but there are always other places on campus available since our school is provided with WiFi. The only place without WiFi are the freshmen dorms. An ethernet cable is required to get internet there. The computer lab and the library all have printers available for use, along with scanners and fax machines. BC also allows for printing from anywhere on campus by using the network, which allows for easy printing without having to use their computers.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife is much better for students that are over the age of 21. Most of the bars and the clubs are for the age 21 or older. There are a few 18+ clubs, but they are kind of sketchy and dingy. I would recommend house parties or just chilling in the dorm with your friends. It is free and is fun.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Chestnut Hill has many great and cost effective restaurants. THe town pretty much revolves around BC, so there are a couple Chipotles, Applebees, and other non-expensive restaurants. It is especially great for struggling college students.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is okay. It is a bit on the unhealthy side and is overflowing with grease, mountains of oil and other fatty foods. The food is also extremely expensive and repetitive. Th dining halls are clean but you get tired of eating the same foods all the time. Also the meal plan is way too large. I had so much food remaining on my meal plan last semester.

1 College Senior

Parking: You can't park at BC unless you work there. Parking garage....meh...


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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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