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2 College Senior

Drug Safety: A Step Away from BYU – Students definitely drink, but not as much as one would think. BU, Harvard, Tufts, Northeastern take the drinking title. Some people smoke pot, but not habitually.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Not That Big of a Deal – BC sports/the extent of the role of sports in students' lives is really exaggerated. About a quarter of the students body goes to the football games, and it isn't uncommon to see only 25-75 students at Basketball games. The facilities are among the worst in the country

3 College Senior

Greek Life: They exist. Oh the misconception.

There is greek life both on and off campus, you just have to know the right people.

You think middle march is secretive? Try organizations that are not even allowed to exist.

No cheat sheet here. You want in good luck.

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2 College Senior

Parking: Ok cheat sheet time people. Parking can be obtained from student services in the following ways. 1. Be a nurse. 2. Be a teacher. 3. Have a "medical condition" from therapy which is more than 2 miles from public transit to a doctors note saying it would impair you to walk x amount of feet. (I'm serious). Number 3 is obviously the way to go for the best chance. Find a good local doctor who will write the note. By the way you better be rich, probably are if you're going to BC and worried about parking you're land rover, it will run you 25 dollars a day. That's right. Every damn day. 25*7*4*4=2800 That's right folks. 2800 a semester.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: New Matrix – The administration has created a new "matrix" that outlines the potential punishments for different offenses.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Jesuit University – Boston College is a jesuit university. You can make as much or as little of this as you would like. Regardless of your beliefs, however, there are some great jesuit professors who are just fun to talk to!

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Special Interest Housing – Excellent, allows students to pick housing before the lottery

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Fun Place All Around – Even with all the work I had this year, I loved pretty much all of my classes and professors. My professors were great about being available outside the class through their office hours and email. You can have fun on campus or off. Also, because BC is right on the outskirts of Boston it was easy to head into town for dinner or whatever else you decide to do.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Commuting Is Relatively Easy – Overall transportation at BC is very convenient. The two BC buses are there for students who live on newton campus or off campus although sometimes(especially at night and on weekends) students may have to wait over 20 minutes for a bus. If going into the city, there are several options to choose from. The Newton Center T stop (D Line) is within walking distance from Newton Campus while the Chestnut Hill stop (D Line) is within walking distance from Upper Campus. You also have the option of walking to the Boston College T stop (B Line) which is accross the street from campus although it takes forver to get to the city because it has so many stops. Taking the Comm Ave bus to the Reservoir T stop (D Line) is also a good option and usually quicker than taking the B line. Regardless of where you live on campus though, plan on taking at least half an hour to get to the city.

College Sophomore

Weather: Winter Is Winter – Winter is cold, and dark, so that's no fun. Sledding is fun, in the snow, but mostly the cold, short days aren't great. But when the weather gets nice, you've never felt better and the world has never been so beautiful.

College Sophomore

Computers: Widely Available Technologies – You can almost always find an open computer to use in the library, and I've found that the 500 page per semester printing allotment is more than enough. The online "blackboard" system makes my life much easier aswell.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: It's All Good – The professors in my field have been very helpful and knowledgeable so far. Some of the classes I have taken in my one year of college have become my all-time favorites. I feel like I'm learning from intelligent people who care about their subjects and students.

1 College Junior

Parking: Unless you have a really rich father, don't plan on bringing a car to school. Regardless, it will be until senior year until you have a legit shot at a parking spot. The lack of parking is due to the proximity to Boston and is probably the cause for the lack of tailgating/fun surrounding football games. The only people able to buy a parking spot on game days are lame multimillion dollar parents who just want have a fancy mixed drink while hanging out to 80s tunes and talking about which building are named after their family.

1 College Junior

Athletics: School Spirit Sucks – If you are sober enough to watch the football games, you probably arent havent a very good time. The student section is the only part of the stadium that even acknowledges that a college football game is being played before their eyes. The tailgating sucks unless you are a senior and the "superfan" shirts are possibly the worst idea since the design plans for the "plex".

3 College Junior

Diversity: Basically diversity is the most talked about thing on campus. Everyone seems to care a lot about it, but yet each ethnicity forms almost completely segregated social cliques.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Boston is the land of apartments. My roommates and I found one in like two days with a realtor, but they're very expensive. There is no way to escape that-it's Boston. It's very easy to find an apartment, though, and they're close to campus. No one worries about finding one.

Or so I'm told.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Boston Dining – If you're willing to take the T to Boston for dinner and spend around 20 bucks you'll have plenty of good options. There's a few good restaurants within close walking distance as well.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: 1) No frats, I consider it both a pro and a con. I like it sometimes because it means my friends are from every sort of area and not just restricted to my "frat brothers". I dislike occasionally because it means that there aren't frat parties that are announced and that people can come to.
2) The Football games: great way to make friends and have a good time!! The stadium is right on campus so there's really no trip and the excitement of winning a close game is terrific.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'm fairly happy to be at BC. It's not the best school in the world, nor does it have the absolute BEST of anything, but it's pretty good. My classes are for the most part interesting, save for one or two classes. The sports scene is fairly strong, we really pride ourselves on our hockey, but for everything else we're not as prominent. For social life, I feel like it's sometimes a struggle to find something to do that you'd really enjoy. The school sponsored activities on weekends like "Nights on the Heights" are fairly laughable, I get emails for events like "Trivia Night" and "Arts and Crafts" and it's like, seriously??? I'm 20 years old and they expect people to come to that??? Basically the fun things to do are passed around by word of mouth. The big parties in the Mods are always packed but it's a challenge to find people you really know. Usually a Mod party is thrown by a sports team, so unless you're on the team you're not gonna know a whole lotta people there. I just finished my first year and I didn't really have any absolute CRAZY nights and I feel that's just because I didn't really know that many upperclassmen since I was on the Upper Campus.
But besides the occasional lack of things to do on the Weekends, and the cost of the school, I'm fairly excited to be at BC.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health and Safety – A very safe campus, absolutely no crime. School is in a very nice area so there are no bums walking the streets. Very quiet surroundings, not very urban. Police routinely drive around the campus and it seems that their sole function is to catch underage drinking which is fairly annoying and a little ridiculous.

I caught swine flu this past fall and the health center was very helpful in trying to get me better. They ordered medicine in my name and even picked me up/dropped me off from the Medical area.

1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs Aren't Really That Popular. Drugs aren't that big on campus, depending on who you hang out with.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: You Don't Need a Car! The T - the subway system in Boston - is great! You can get pretty much anywhere you need to go in a reasonable amount of time. There are also public buses and a BC shuttle takes you to some nearby T stops. Plus, you can track the buses in real-time on your phone, which is really nice when it's cold.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – BC is a good-looking school. There's the occasional tool and annoying girl, but almost everyone is pretty agreeable/attractive. The main thing, though, is that there are just a lot of really nice people.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Generally Very Nice – Everyone knows the campus is beautiful, partially because of the appeal of the old buildings. Thought the buildings may be old, they are perfectly functional and very up-to-date. The school does a good job of maintaining them. Right now, they are undergoing a big renovation/expansion project, so the facilities will only get better.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus Police Are Incredibly Strict – The title speaks for itself. It is not uncommon that you'll hear of several students getting written up on a saturday night for for alcohol violations. In addition, I've heard of people getting written up by RAs for being in the presence of alcohol even though there is no proof that they were drinking. The police are always synonymous with campus nightlife and it's not unusual that you'll have to walk through a metal detector to get to a dance party.


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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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