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Reviews 1396 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The T is fine, but Taxis are mad expensive. The school-run buses are ok, but a little slow and far between at times.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I drink, but I don't do drugs. Most people drink but a lot smoke weed too. During the week many people smoke. On the weekends binge drinking is common and can be supplemented with cocaine or molly. Many people use adderall before finals. Overall it's pretty much like anywhere.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They can be pretty strict but as long as you don't make a ton of noise and get wasted and be an idiot, you'll be fine. If they catch you though you will get something. They won't just let you off, especially the BCPD.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Looks nice..architecture is great. Buildings, even the old ones aren't bad. They're pretty clean. But it's a stuck up rich preppy high-achieving people ruin the nice place.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: We live in the Boston area so we have lots of stuff to choose from. You name it, you can order it from somewhere. Don't know how long it will take though

College Sophomore


3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Its ok they give you tons of free pills and don't really do much for you if you're sick.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not to bad. Average Northeast preppy place with: lots of WASPs, red-haired Irish Masshole dudes, Miami drug children, Ecuadorean Internationals, boatloads of studious Koreans and Chinese, a few Indians, a couple Muslim dudes, a smattering of Europeans, and a ton of Jersey smokeshows that you will never get with.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you have people to go with you off-campus and you're 21 or have a good fake, it is 'possible' to have a good time (if by have a good time you mean down cheap beer at expensive prices with 25-year old grad students). Be prepared to stay until 2 am and then the bars close and you have to get a $40-50 cab ride home. On campus...well you either know somebody and get into a dorm party or you wander around a little plot of run-down, s****y modular apartment houses (intelligently nicknamed 'The Mods') in the middle of lower campus. Both suck and won't be much fun unless you know every person in them by heart and consider yourself king of the school (so if you are a D1 Hockey or Football player, or a Latin Rocksbury prep boy you're golden...everyone else GTFO bro).

1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This school sucks completely. The people are stuck up and cliquey. No one will give you the time of day socially if you aren't in their crew. Parties are smallish and only good for close-knit friend groups. The work is mad hard and you will spend all your waking time studying and doing homework in order to stay level with the people here. Honestly, I came here thinking I would have a great time and freshman year was pretty good. It deceived me into thinking things would get better but this year blows. People are fake and shallow, not something that changes. It looks nice on the surface, but beneath the veneer BC's true colors show. Good luck trying to have fun here.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It can be a rat race. There are lots of apartments but kids snatch them up left and right. Boston prices are quite high so you have to hunt to find a deal.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Don't try to park on campus with out a pass, you will have a ticket in a few hours.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a ton of houses right off of campus. BC runs a shuttle with a few stops in the main off campus area. Juniors typically move off campus.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Vineyard Vines, J. Crew, and BC clothing are standard. Most people fall in to the 'preppy' stereotype.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Anything you could want is no more than 20mins away.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are a ton of options and the quality is very high. Not all of the dining locations are on meal plan.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It is very easy to get in to Boston to go hang out on Newbury or visit other schools (BU, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern)

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The social scene revolves around drinking anywhere form one to three nights a week. If you're into it it's really fun, but if you're not there are not many other options.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: Living on Newton and having to deal with the shuttle is kind of annoying, but it is pretty reliable.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some freshman are put on the Newton satellite campus which is about a mile and a half down the road. There is a bus that runs back and forth and another that runs down Com. Ave to the area of most off campus housing. Freshman live in standard doubles and then most people move in to suite style housing.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: A lot of the parties are off campus and you it helps to know someone there. Sports teams throw a lot of parties.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: If you are calling attention to what you are doing you will get written up, but the concequenses are minimal the first few times.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Winter is long and cold, but they do a good job managing the ice and snow around campus.

College Freshman

Computers: Most people use their own personal laptop.

3 College Freshman

Majors: There are not a ton of options for majors. If you're undecided you apply to A&S but if you have any chance of wanting to do something in ones of the specialized schools its best to apply to them. Inter-school transfers are difficult.


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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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