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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love Boston College because it is a big school so you're always meeting new people and making new friends, but its not so big that you never see a familiar face. I also love that we have a strong sense of school spirt; football games are always huge for tailgating and popular hockey and basketball games have a strong attendance. Additionally, I love that we are close to Boston because it is fairly easy to get into the city, although sometimes I wish we were directly in the city because its sort of a pain to take the T in. Parties are okay at BC; its all about knowing places. Most places aren't big enough to have good parties and there are no frats, social houses, or sports houses-- therefore no designated places that are having parties. With that being said, once you're a sophomore and have some friends, its easier and you mostly party with them. Also, people go to bars on Thursdays which is pretty fun too. Lastly, academic are good but school is definitely challenging, especially if you're a science major.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I enjoy the beautiful campus. The availability of teachers and easiness of registering.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: As a minority and a low income student, the first year at Boston College was very difficult. It seemed that there was a lack of diversity in many areas, including racial diversity and ideological diversity. Although I did consider transferring schools, I have found my niche within BC and have realized the abundance of opportunity and excellence of education. I have also been able to realize my ability to stand out at BC -possibly because I do not come from much of the same background as a vast majority of my classmates.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Challenging classes, great professors, so many activities and organizations that everyone finds their place in a community within the greater community of BC.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am minority and I feel that BC doesn't support our causes. I know that it happens at a great majority of schools, but I am a paying student and I deserve the same respect as everyone else.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love going to my school. I think a lot of the reason why is that I'm in the Honors Program, which offers me so much. I would give it a higher score if it was more forward-thinking about issues like GLBTQ rights, birth control, etc.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys are attractive at BC but it is hard to find someone interested in a relationship as opposed to a hook-up. I'm not saying there aren't any but it's hard to find especially in your first two years.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Athletics: BC has Division 1 sports. The most notable sports are football and hockey. The stadium and rink will be packed for most games.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's hard finding a fun party scene early on, especially if you are a freshman. Join some clubs, meet some upperclassmen and I guarantee you will have a great time. If you want to crash some random party, go to a mod. Note: there's a ratio and girls are more likely to gain entrance than guys. Mods can grow old so afterwards, you'll find yourself going off-campus or to other upperclassmen dorms.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Administration: Just be smart. You can do what you want but be safe and keep it private.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Food: After a while, much like other food, campus food will get boring. Sometimes the dining halls will have speciality desserts, fruits, and made-to-order options.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Boston College is only a T-ride away from Boston. I find myself going into the city very often and trying new places. Locations nearby that I would highly recommend are El Pelon and White Mountain Creamery!

2 people found this useful Report
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."

8 people found this useful Report
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.

6 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.

3 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

1 person found this useful Report
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
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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
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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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