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Reviews 1396 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Police Are Strict. It's Out of the Way. Like the title says, the police on campus are very strict (even with those above the legal drinking age) so attending a party can be risky and most of them are short lived. There are a bunch of apartments off campus that offer parties however they are exclusive and hard to get to. I've never been to the clubs in Boston however I can tell you the city itself is not easy to reach. A friend and I went to go see a show and it took us nearly 55 minutes by train to reach the heart of the city. As far as on campus nightlife, there is the occasional dance party/concert and these are usually fun. There also is the occasional "Pub Night" in one of the school's cafeterias for those over the age of 21.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Between the City and the Suburbs – BC truly is at an ideal location because it is on the absolute edge of a great city yet right in the middle of the suburbs. The T train stops right outside main gate so Boston can be accessed very easily. Also, the Chestnut Hill/Newton area is a very upscale safe neighborhood with plenty of scenery and greenery. Finally, the Chestnut Hill Reservoir makes an excellent place to walk/run and offers a great view of the downtown Boston skyline.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus Police – Campus police are pretty strict, it doesn't take much to get written up. Also the lack of immunity for helping a friend prevents people from getting medical attention for those who need it.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Choose Wisely – There are lots of apartments, but also lots on unscrupulous landlords. If you get a good deal, you're golden, but there's also the risk of losing out if you're not careful.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is solid, not spectacular, the lines are usually pretty long. I wish the dining halls were open past midnight

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There is chipotle, which is the closest option that is most convenient and cheapest. There are also some pizza places like Eagle's Deli, Roggie's, and Pino's, but the food quality is poor. Applebee's is also a possibility, but again not the highest quality food. All of these are in Cleveland Circle.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: BC offers a shuttle bus that runs from 7 AM to 2 AM every day and has pretty good hours over holidays for those who stay. However, I wish they made a few more trips to local groceries and Targets rather than bi weekly or once a month if you're lucky.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: We are a Jesuit/Catholic university and apparently greek life is against our beliefs so we have no official ones but the Athletic teams (when living off campus) are practically like unofficial frats and there are some underground ones.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Hot Campus – All the guys and girls here are very good looking and fit! The only downsize is that being a girl and a size 6 I feel very fat on this campus due to the average dress size probably being a 2. I think if you didn't enter college with self esteem, confidence, or security issues you will definitely leave here with some. However, its not bad in the sense that because everyone is so into their appearance everyone is always dressed nicely and very in shape. The social life here is good, but if you are under 21 then you better like house parties because that is all you'll get into. Bars and clubs are very very strict in Massachusetts, but the plus side is there are so many colleges in the area and public transportation is cheap and convenient so you always get to go check out other schools!

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: BC has very good facilities. they have 3 main libraries, with sufficient service, a newly renovated gym complex along with a huge stadium for the college football games, a theater and a forum for ice hockey, basket ball, volleyball etc.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: i feel very at school. BC had the campus police force and blue light buttons throughout campus in case of emergencies as well as BCPD escorts. but other than that i feel safe walking around by myself for the most part.

4 College Freshman

Academics: it's a very difficult school and you must put in a lot of effort but the professors are always there to help.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Much More Popular – Drinking is much more popular than the drug scene at the school. Policy enforcement is strict

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are so many computers provided by the campus. Although most people have their own laptops, the computer labs always have people using the school's computers as well. The network is reliable and printing is always accessible

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Boston Area – The Boston area has a large variety of things to do and places to eat. Whether you want to visit the suburbs for a quiet dinner or go into the large city for a fun night, there is always plenty to do. Visit the Boston Commons when the weather is nice, it is a beautiful place. There are endless amounts of activities and it is always a good time. The 'T' helps you get around quickly and easily

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Extremely Homogenous in Both Student Ethnic Demographic and in Thought – All student dress alike, are apathetic to the same causes, or complain but never make it out. They go to football games, have great school spirit, but are not very tolerant of alternate styles of living. Most kids come from wealthy backgrounds or are accepted because they are legacy, thus offering a steady supply of students that are not interested in more progressive topics or class offerings. The Core Curriculum is extremely extensive and is a mirror image of high school courses. Generally higher level courses are not accepted to fulfill these requirements. Overall students lack originality.

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2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Parties at BC are a chance for the Hook-up scene to flourish. All girls wear similar clothing while trying to seduce the male student athletes. Parties are messy and of the typical college fashion, except with a bunch of white people and maybe the token african-american kid. International students generally live off campus as they aren't given housing, thus contributing to the Greater Boston party scene more.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good but Tiresome – Campus dining as a whole is decent. Generally everything is made on site whether it be the chips or sandwiches. As it stands, dining halls have delicious sandwiches that grow repetitive. Meals are a la carte and tend to be very expensive. A dinner can easily run one student ~$25. One dining hall does have Starbucks drinks though.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Studying Abroad – I myself and studying abroad for a full year in Japan next year. BC has an excellent Office of International Programs with a seemingly endless set of locations at which student may study. Also, BC's programs allow for a lot of credit transfers as well as cultural immersion.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Bad News Bears – Parking on campus is expensive and sparse. The two parking garages are not meant for student parking and there is no where to keep your car on campus unless you are premed or need a car to get to a teaching pre-practice or full-practice. Other permits are available based on necessity.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: All of the dorms are relatively nice inside, but their locations are almost more important than what's actually inside. Freshmen can be either very lucky or unlucky as they will either live on upper campus or they will live about a 20 minute bus ride away. Sophomores have the same problem because they will either live on upper again or lower where everybody wants to live. My dorm has a full kitchen which is awesome and is located right next to our gym. Dorms are as clean as the students want to keep them and the facilities staff is excellent.

4 College Senior

Weather: It's New England – You know what you're getting coming in, but the University is very good at controlling weather situations. Snow removal happens quickly and efficiently.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Everyone Loves the Eagles – But no one loves the club sports. Athletic facilities for non-athletes and non-varsity athletes are sub-par for a d1 athletic school

2 College Senior

Diversity: It's Not Good. We have a big diversity problem. Very talked about, we're trying to fix it. To be continued..

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Lots of Hookah – 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. Also, there is a lot of Hookah smoking going on around here. Drinking is a much more popular activity.


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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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