Facilities

Location
Chestnut Hill, MA
Undergrads
9,533
Tuition
$43,878
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Junior

Facilities: Campus is beautiful, lots of green space

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Bapst Library is known to look a lot like the Hogwarts dining hall. Other than that, the rest of the architecture is still pretty interesting. The outside of almost every building looks like it's very old, but they're actually not.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The gym is fairly old, but i believe it is getting renovated soon.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: Its probably one of the most beautiful places to go to school, with some of the most beautiful student bodies.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Student life at Boston College is excellent as long as you take the initiative to get involved in different activities and meet people who share similar interests. The campus has excellent facilities. Some people complain about the "Plex," the student gym on campus, but it is actually a fairly good facility, and those who complain mostly likely do so only because they are used to attending $500/month athletic clubs. There are dozens of student clubs that students can join, ranging from service clubs to those regarding specific interests to intramural sports teams. If there's one thing wrong with the campus itself it would be that there isn't much open space or many places to hang out outside when it's nice out, although in Boston it's usually not nice out anyway except for about a month at the beginning of the fall semester and one or two weeks during the end of the spring semester. Overall, Boston College student life is great, but I would definitely recommend joining a club or two that you are interested in to find like-minded people with whom you can stay friends.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 323rd
    Best Library
  • 638th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 880th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 880th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 1380th
    Best Student Centers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Samantha Durant
Hometown
Cheshire, CT
Major
Communications with Women's Studies minor
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The facilities at Boston College always receive mixed reviews. The athletic center for the student athletes is exceptional, but unfortunately, isn’t open to non-athlete students. The Plex is where everyone else works out, and while it does have a wide variety of amenities—group workouts, indoor track, tennis courts, pool, sauna, weight machines, cardio machines, basketball courts, and more—it is usually extremely crowded and hot, so be prepared to wait for a machine.

When it comes to the student center, don’t bother looking—there isn’t one. This doesn’t really seem to be a problem for BC students, though, because everyone functions just fine without one. McElroy, a building on Middle Campus, currently acts as a sort of student center. It has an area with couches and vending machines where many students gather in between classes, and it also has three dining halls—Eagle’s Nest, The Chocolate Bar, and Carney’s—which are very popular during lunch hours.

 

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
521
Campus Size
240 acres
Student Centers
There isn't an official one, but McElroy has a nice area with couches and vending machines that students commonly meet in.
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Bapst Library
  • O'Neill Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Dustbowl
  • Hillside
  • McElroy Commons
  • The Quad
Bar on Campus
None, but Mary Ann's is right down the street!
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
Hillside Café has a coffee counter that features a huge selection of Starbucks beverages
Movie Theater on Campus
None
School Slang
  • CoRo: College Road, located on Upper Campus, where unlucky sophomores have to live
  • The Mods: Modular housing on Lower Campus where seniors live. Notorious for huge parties and lots of hook-ups
  • The Plex: The student gym
Traditions
: Most of our traditions center around sports. Students at BC go to games to cheer for their team. They tailgate before and party after. They also know every word of the fight song.
Favorite Things To Do
Favorite things to do include play Frisbee or catch in the Dustbowl, hang out in Hillside Café, catch a show at Robsham Theater, get a coffee or chocolatey dessert in The Chocolate Bar, or play sports in The Plex. Student activity on campus is usually very dependent on the weather! In the warmer months, you're likely to find your friends hanging out in the Dustbowl-playing Frisbee or soaking in the sun while they read. The Quad is also a popular place for students to congregate and is used especially to advertise upcoming student events. During the wintery months, students avoid the outdoors like the plague. Although there have been a few snowman sightings, students are more likely to be found hanging out in The Rat or Eagle's Nest dining halls drinking hot coffee and spending time with friends. McElroy Commons has an area with couches and vending machines that is commonly used as a meeting spot for BC students. And, of course, there are also school-sponsored events to attend, such as athletic events, shows, dances, and more. Keep your eyes open and you're sure to find something fun to do!
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
O'Neill Library has recently undergone some serious changes! The library is now open earlier, is adding more electrical outlets for laptop users, and even has free earplugs for those who want to study in total silence. Additionally, there is a new leisure reading kiosk on the main level of the library where you can stop in between classes to catch up on your newspaper and magazine reading.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 61 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 7 responses

  • 20% McElroy Commons
  • 20% O'Neill Library
  • 20% The Chocolate Bar
  • 13% The Quad
  • 13% Lower
  • 7% Hillside
  • 7% Student Athlete Lounge
  • 0% The Dustbowl

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 5 responses

  • 44% Marathon Monday
  • 33% Mudstock
  • 11% Modstock
  • 11% Beanpot

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 65 responses

  • 34% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 31% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 32% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 3% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 63 responses

  • 6% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 8% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 43% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 43% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 36% Hockey Games
  • 36% Football Games
  • 27% Plex

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 88% Million dollar staircare
  • 12% That people have sex in the bell tower

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