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3 College Sophomore

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

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: it's really not that common, only a few people partake in it.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's a bit pricey but it's nice to live in a full-on house. It also makes it difficult to commute to classes sometimes

2 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I didn't qualify for any BC aid so I needed all government loans. Their financial aid program is not the best.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: I met my fiance while I was at BC but not on campus and he was not a BC student. We dated almost my entire college career and I can't say I ever found any BC guy that interesting or tempting romantically. There are a lot of nice guys though.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: One of the prettiest campuses. The athletic center could use some work and I think it is in the 10-year-plan.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: I dont know that there is really anything "unique" about it just that it was the best fit for me and a wonderful experience

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: It is an urban area - there isn't a lot of parking and what there is usually requires a resident permit

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: My friends and I have often discussed returning to BC for the weekend just to do an "eating tour." Enough said.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: It isn't the most diverse in terms of ethnicities but there is a large homosexual presence that is embraced on campus at least by the students. The faculty seems to be improving from what I hear. I am Catholic but not practicing and I never felt that Catholicism or any other religion was overt or being forced on me or anyone else. There is a theology requirement however but there are non-religious focused classes you can take to satisfy this. I took PULSE which is 2 semesters and satisfies both semesters of your theology requirement and both semesters of your philosophy requirement.

2 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: If you are under 21 it sucks - Boston is a tough town for under 21 nightlife and they are really strict about fake IDs.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: We aren't the best football team but the games are fun and a huge social activity. Hockey team is great, basketball is not. Sports are big but if you don't want to attend you won't be missing much.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Of course when you are a student there are always things you wish you could change but overall I loved my time at BC. I met some amazing, lifelong friends; the alumni network is worth the money; the education is above average. Like any school, it will be what you make of it. It doesn't matter how much your tuition is, how high your school is ranked, or how good your sports teams are - if a school is not a fit and you don't want to be there you won't have a good time. Even though I enjoyed my time this applies to me as well - I know people who got WAY more out of their experience because they were way more involved in clubs and organizations but I was happy with my experience and would have gladly stayed another 4 years (at least for grad school if BC had a Masters program in Communications!) I'm already looking forward to my 5-year reunion next year!

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: You are in an urban, college-town - the options are endless

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: 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 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I got lucky as a freshman and was on Upper (Gonzaga) in a natural triple - we had 2 rooms and our own bathroom. Luck ran out our sophomore year and we ended up on CoRo in a double with a shared bathroom. I moved off campus Junior year and stayed there Senior year. Housing was always a nightmare for everyone involved - the process in messy and when you don't get your 8-man on Lower be prepared to fight for your spot somewhere else because the claws will come out.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I had no problems getting into either of my major programs (Pyshcology and Communications.) I declared Psychology the second semester of my Sophomore year and Communications as my second major the following semester. BC does encourage students not in a specific focus-school (A&S students) not to pick a major until the end of their sophomore year.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I enjoyed both my programs (Psychology and Communications.) I enjoyed Communications more as that was what I intended for my career to be. However, do not expect to feel as appreciated, valued, or taken care of as CSOM (business school) students.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I only visited the infirmary once in my four years at BC and it was over a summer I was working on campus. I don't know many friends that had a good experience - heard they usually just throw a bunch of pills at you whether they will solve your problem or not.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: As someone who doesn't use drugs I didn't notice that much a problem. I never saw anyone doing drugs but I heard about it so I know they were there. That being said, drinking is a huge part of BC life (like most colleges) and anyone who says it isn't or you will have a ton of things to do if you don't drink is lying (or maybe I just never looked for alternatives?) There was an organization when I was there that tried to organize events that didn't include alcohol but from what I heard attendance was low - they did have free food a lot though!

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Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: BC does not have Greek life and, quite honestly, it's not missed.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I was a Psychology and Communications double-major. Psychology was my secondary major that I took for interest and the workload was mixed - some of the classes were really tough (especially Behavioral Statistics which was a 2 semester requirement when I was there) Communications was my main focus and where I planned to puruse my career. I enjoyed almost every Communications class but it is really up to you to define your own curriculum - there are no focus areas within Communications. It would have been nice to have a tract focused on the area you wanted to go into such as Public Relations or Advertising. I did 2 internships both of which I found myself. The school will host "job fairs" but they are almost always solely focused on CSOM (the business school) and never were very inviting or intered in anyone with any other major.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: If you are a good fit for this school and used to a rigorous course load you will be fine. The classes aren't easy and most time the workload isn't light but most students here came from demanding high schools and excel at balancing the work with their social lives. I can count on one hand the number of nights I was overwhelmed or felt like I had to stay up all night to get the work done but I can count on the other hand the same number of nights I had no work at all I could be doing. I had some great professors and some not so great ones - it is the same at every school. The registration was a nightmare when I was there but sometimes academic advisors can help if you don't get into a class you need.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: I never had any trouble getting a computer in the lab but I also did not use the lab that often. Free printing quota limits were put in place my sophomore year and they were limited to 500 pages at a time when professors were also moving away from text books toward a variety on online articles so the printing quota was definitely a problem for me. Tech support isn't great - they can help you quickly with minor things but if your computer needs to be fixed it can take weeks to get it back.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: I graduated in 2010 so I don't know what the transportation situation is now but I found it pretty good most of the time. The campus shuttle stops at 11 or 12 stops between on-campus and off-campus stops. The buses were pretty reliable during the day when classes were in session - on the weekends or at night they were a little harder to predict. BC did implement a tracking system to track the shuttles from your room so you knew when one was close - I found it useful when I lived on campus but some of my friends on campus had trouble with it.

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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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