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Chestnut Hill, MA
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$43,878
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Diversity: I would say that most of the students are white, but it's not like there aren't any non-white students. There is a group called AHANA, which is essentially all of the non-white students. You are signed up for it automatically if your application says you aren't white.

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Diversity: Boston College is not very diverse. The Princeton Review voted BC the most homogeneous college in the country. I've never witnessed or experienced any racism, though.

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Diversity: There's not much diversity in comparison with other colleges. But we do have people of all races and religions. In fact, my roommate was from Korea. There's less diversity at BC than at most other colleges but that's mainly because it's a Jesuit institution. However, you do not have to be religious to go to this school and you do not have to go to church. There are clubs where different groups gather and share their common background. Usually people integrate.

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Diversity: It's not the most diverse campus, but every year it gets better. We broke the record for the most AHANA students ever in one class this year, and I'm sure next year's class will break it again.

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Nightlife: The bars and clubs are good. Mary Ann's is a bar within walking distance where most students hangout and there is whole section of Boston behind Fenway that is mostly just bars and clubs.

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Nightlife: There are tons of clubs! There are streets that are lined with bars and clubs which range from sports bars to dance to goth to techno to pool, and anything else you can imagine. Some of the best spots are Lansdowne Street and by Fanueil Hall.

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Nightlife: There are always a million parties going on, so if you're willing to search, you'll never be bored. Freshmen can't have parties because the RAs are always on duty, but from sophomore year on, you can do what you want. Most of the good parties are off campus in the junior apartments. Once you go to a few, you'll have an in to all the other parties at that apartment for the year.

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Nightlife: Upperclassmen start the weekend on Tuesday night, usually at Mary Ann's. The line can start as early as 10 p.m., so get there early. Happy hour at MA's is big on Friday afternoons. Thursdays are usually somewhere on Harvard Avenue.

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Nightlife: Bars can be super strict at the beginning of each semester, but usually let up later on. Be careful for random raids!

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Nightlife: There are plenty of bars up and down Commonwealth Avenue, one of the main roads of the city, all of which are accessible via the T or a five-minute taxi cab ride. As far as clubs are concerned, you do have to venture further into the city to get to them, normally via cab, but once you're in the city there are many different club choices, and there are some 18-and-over nights.

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Nightlife: The White Horse was a frequent watering hole, as was Kinvara, the Avenue, Great Scott's, and even Tonic towards the end of my college career. CitySide isn't bad, it's just that the bar is too big for the room, so people can get really crowded.

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Nightlife: Go to T's for karaoke! It's the best on Tuesday nights.

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Nightlife: The club scene is really fun. Avalon Street is the place to go. The bars are fun too, but you need a pretty good ID and some backup to get into them. Some bars are known as `BC bars' and are somewhat easier to get into, especially on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Kinvara, Great Scott's, and Wonderbar are the more popular ones that we go to.

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Nightlife: Most clubs are either 19-and-over or 21-and-over on the weekends, but you can get into most clubs if you're 18 on Thursdays, so don't schedule early Friday classes.

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Nightlife: I'm more of a bar girl than a club girl. I love the bar scene at BC: Kinvara, my personal favorite and a BC hangout, has dancing and drinking and is generally a great time. Great Scott's, another good one, is kind of like Kinvara and Wonderbar, which is a more upscale and dressy jazz bar. Big City is okay, but there are so many more.

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Nightlife: On Lansdowne Street there are about a billion clubs and bars. It's very easy and very cheap to get there by cab or on the T.

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Nightlife: Practically everyone goes to a club during their first month of school and then many people keep going every Thursday when it's 18-and-over night. Bars are a bit more complicated since an MIT student died a few years back from alcohol poisoning. Everyone in Boston is incredibly strict about that whole scene and the Boston cops have really cracked down on it. One would need a really good fake ID to get into some spots, but most bars now scan IDs, so you would have to have a real license. I haven't gotten to go to a bar yet.

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Greek Life: There is no Greek life at Boston College. I like to think that it's because we all just party together!

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Greek Life: There are no fraternities and sororities on campus. At first, I wasn't happy about this, but now that I'm older the idea of cliques like sororities seems really stupid. Socially at BC there are no `cool' groups and no social hierarchies, which is a nice change from high school.

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Greek Life: There is no Greek life. Jesuit schools don't have fraternities or sororities. There are, however, plenty of off-campus parties to make up for that. Just walk up Commonwealth Avenue and you'll find plenty of parties, most of which you can just walk into and pay five dollars for a plastic cup for the keg.

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Greek Life: We do not have frats or sororities, which I love. No one is `cooler' or `better' than anyone else, it's a really even social scene. And it's not like we don't still have raging parties!

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Greek Life: There is no Greek life at all at BC. I really like this and I think that most other people here would agree. There are parties on and off campus, but not having different houses and rushing is definitely good.

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Greek Life: Boston College doesn't have any fraternities because it's a Catholic school and we're not allowed. But don't worry; we still have a good time. Most all of the juniors live off campus so they're always having parties, and I've been to quite a few frat parties at other schools around BC like Tufts and BU, and honestly, I wasn't that impressed. They're crowded, the people are trashy, and the guys are sleazy. We also have a huge emphasis on sports, so the teams, which are kind of our mini-version of frats, have parties a lot. Seniors that live on campus have good parties in the Mods, which is also a great to tailgate before football games-another huge part of BC social life.

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Drug Safety: Police are overly strict concerning alcohol. They treat it like manslaughter, but they brush all drug violations under the rug, which is mighty convenient for the growing number of cokeheads on campus.

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Drug Safety: You can't miss pot, and I've seen coke a few times. You can probably find most drugs if you look hard enough.

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Samantha Durant
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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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