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Chestnut Hill, MA
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$43,878
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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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Nightlife: Parties involve drinking lots of incredibly cheap vodka. If you don't drink, chances are you will feel uncomfortable. The bars nearby are cheap, and all the good places card.

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Parking: You can't park at Boston College unless you commute or are the starting quarterback. It really isn't much of a benefit though-it is much easier and cheaper to take the T into the city or wherever you need to go.

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Academics: I think it depends on the subject. Some teachers are truly compassionate and care about their students, whereas others are just in it for the pension. The only thing that makes up for these (mostly science) slackers is the fact that medical school's pity BC pre-med students because they know our workload is insane.

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Health & Safety: Boston College's campus is really safe, and the fact that we have our own police force is really comforting when you're out at night. Aside from occasional paranoia, there shouldn't be any real fear of getting attacked around school.

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Athletics: Varsity sports at BC play a big role in student life. The football, basketball, and hockey games are so fun to attend and come together as "superfans." Intramural and club sports are definitely also fun to join!

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Campus Dining: I actually love the food at BC! Whether you're eating at Stuart, McElroy, or Lower, you're guaranteed a good meal and plenty of variety. My favorite dining hall to study in is the Rat. My favorite for lunch is Eagle's Nest, and my favorite for dinner is Hillside. I love the coffee and deserts at the Chocolate Bar, too!

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Off-Campus Housing: It's easy to find housing. Also, students receive either three or four years of housing, so at the most, you will only need to find off-campus housing for a year.

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Transportation: It's so convenient! The T is literally at the University's gate, and there are buses to bring you around the city. There are also BC buses that bring students to the malls and grocery stores nearby.

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Local Atmosphere: Boston is an incredible place. There are so many different things to do that anyone can find something. There are 250,000 college kids in the area, so there are plenty of fun college parties and activities to take part in. For anyone who enjoys American culture and history, Boston is the place. The city is steeped in so much history-it's the "Athens of America". The Freedom Trail visits so many historic places within walking distance around Boston. There are also two great art museums-one contemporary and one classical. There are parks all over the city that are beautiful and green. I could go on forever-Boston is the best!

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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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