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Reviews 1395 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Better as You Become an Upper Classman – almost all freshman get the standard double. They're nice, but its either on the outskirts of campus or a bus ride away. Once you get older however, the dorms are suit style and much nicer

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Options – Whether its right around campus, in Newton Center up commonwealth a little bit, or in CC, there are a lot of different options. Heck, its not too long of a ways into the city, either; head up to the north end!

4 College Freshman

Weather: Lots of Precipitation – LOTS of rain and snow in Boston. For those who don't like that, it can be a pain, but above all the seasons here are spectacular. The leaves in fall have great colors, the snow in winter is like a postcard, and a sunny day in spring gets nice and warm too.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Not Very Diverse – The student body isn't incredibly diverse, but it's not difficult to feel accepted and there are a lot of cultural club opportunities

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Process Was Okay – the financial aid process was expectedly long, but I had hoped that I could get more aid from BC than I did

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Cheaper Than on-Campus – some apartments very close to campus are actually cheaper than on-campus housing

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Although located at the end of the Green line of the T, travel to other universities and parts of Boston is very convenient. Many shopping, dining, and historical sites to visit

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.


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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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