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Reviews 1562 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus and don't know what it's like to.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: GrubHub all the way. Plenty of options and usually pretty good with prices.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Mods get really hot, off-campus gets really cramped, and if you live off campus or on Newton you really don't have options. Still fun.

3 College Freshman

Administration: If you don't make noise, you generally don't get caught. Noise violations are the most documented; looking even slightly intoxicated will, however, get you written up. Freshman can't have water boilers, which is annoying.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Headache getting the documents in. Also stressful because documents don't always get processed by the time they're due. Get everything in and have proofs ready in case. Be prepared to argue your case if you don't receive enough, which is more than often the case.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Very pricey. Menus get repetitive/predictable fairly quickly. Some dining halls (Addie's, Stuart) prepare food better than others. Eagle Bucks and Optional Bucks run out very quickly.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are somewhat removed from the rest of campus. Sophomore options: College Road dorms are best for proximity to classes, Lower dorms are best for social life. Edmonds Hall has no mandatory meal plan. Only some dorms contain water filters in the bathrooms. Social atmosphere has a lot of variety. Cost is very high and not everyone gets the rooms they want, or roommates they agree with, but you learn to deal.

2 College Senior

Diversity: BC is widely known as one of the least diverse schools in American, and a few days on campus will show you why. The vast majority of the student body is the personification of the phrase "white privilege."

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4 College Senior

Academics: After majoring in both Marketing in CSOM and Political Science in A&S, I can say I vastly preferred A&S. CSOM appears to be much more concerned with finding name-brand job placements for their students, regardless of what they want to do (which is great if you only care about making money, which some people do and is fine). A&S, in my feeling, helps you develop as a person and create a sense of self and your place in the world.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Academics: The one thing that I have absolutely loved here is the academics. Almost every professor I've had is intelligent and personable, and have helped figure out what I want to do with my life.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Architecture is beautiful, but they put way more effort into putting a good face on the school than providing a good atmosphere for students.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Local Area: Chestnut Hill is wholly unremarkable, but Boston is Boston. One of the best cities in the US, if you can get over the prices.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Guys & Girls: People are very attractive, but there's only one of two types of girl:

1. Very, very into the hookup culture OR

2. Thinks they're God's gift to BC

There are some that are very attractive and cool, but they are few and far between

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Never had any problems with getting treatment when I was sick; nor did I ever feel unsafe

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Had I not been an athlete BC would not have even been on my radar

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: It is what it is. I didn't love it, mostly because I don't particularly fit into the "preppy" thing and I didn't have time to go find friends that weren't athletes or hangers-on, but I feel that were I a normal student I would have enjoyed it at least a little more.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: They have a lot of events to help you network for internships and jobs, but also seem to encourage "following" people that are already successful. Especially in the business school, they emphasize working for a Big 4 firm or big consulting group rather than individual entrepreneurship or government/public-betterment.

3 College Senior

Athletics: I was on a varsity sport at BC, and the student support is abysmal. They seem to want every sport to do poorly (except hockey) so they can talk about how much their school sucks at sports.

1 College Senior

Greek Life: There is no greek life at BC, except for the one "fake frat" that is not recognized by the university and is generally looked down upon by the rest of the student body.

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Undergrad athletes were not allowed to live off campus

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: If you haven't noticed the trend yet, most things around here are very expensive. Other than that, it's a pretty typical suburb-type dining experience, with the big caveat that the culinary wonderland that is Boston is only a 30 minute train ride away

4 College Senior

Administration: As long as you aren't being too crazy they understand what college is; however the problem arises with the seemingly large number of RAs, RDs, and even some BCPD that have a God complex

College Senior

Scholarships: I can't personally speak on this, since I was a varsity athlete

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Parties are generally hot and too crowded and the bars are overpriced, but everyone is usually having too much fun too notice (also techno music is way too prevalent, but that's more of a personal thing)

3 College Senior

Campus Food: The food is decent freshman year, but gets very boring and there are many times I can't find anything I want to eat. Even worse for SAs, who only have the option to eat at Lower/Mac for every meal


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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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