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Chestnut Hill, MA
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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: They're pretty strict but it's understandable and you can deal with it if you respect it

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: i think it's lenient in the right areas and tough in the right ones too

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: BC says they are strict on almost every topic - especially underage drinking and visitation in dorms but I never had any problem. In 4 years I never got written up and I never had problems having people stay over in my room. When I was there there was no sign in process for dorms and you were free to come and go whenever and with whomever you wanted - not sure if that has changed. You can easily get away with drinking in your room underage as long as you keep the noise down and dont have anything in plain sight when someone knocks on the door. It is practically a non-issue if you can get into one of the parties in the Mods.

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 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.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 642nd
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1166th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1399th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Samantha Durant
Cheshire, CT
Communications with Women's Studies minor
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The BCPD is definitely strict about underage drinking and drug use, so you’ll have to learn the ropes if you ever want to participate in the social scene. However, “work hard, play hard” is an unofficial BC motto, so serious fun certainly can and does occur. The first few months of every semester are always deemed “lock down,” when the PD goes overboard in the strictness department. Usually it tapers off after a couple of weeks, so sit tight and drink quietly in your room. Keep the Beirut tournaments at a less-than-audible level, watch out for RAs, and try not to make any foolish mistakes.

The campus usually maintains a level of strictness not unlike that of a federal penitentiary. (Well, not quite that strict, but you get the picture.) Truthfully, the school recognizes how hard Boston College students work in their academic life and how much the students like to reward themselves for their efforts in their personal lives. BCPD cracks down on drinking as much as they can, but historically, young people will always find a way to “play hard.” You won’t find many BC students running through campus drunk and naked at any hour of the day, but a good party can always be found at some locale during the week. Students who are willing to search for personal enjoyment usually find a just compensation.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Fire safety violation in your dorm
  • Noise violation
  • Underage drinking

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 73 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 81 responses

  • 6% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 15% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 54% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 25% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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