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Reviews 1555 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: There is a ton to do in the Boston area and BC's proximity to public transportation means you can get downtown or to the popular Fenway area very easily. I always felt safe on and around campus and have lived near downtown my whole life so this was not new for me. Attitude toward local students varies but tends to skew negatively which is unfortunately considering the number of student volunteer programs BC promotes and participates in in the community. The problem is college kids being college kids in a mostly residential area.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's New England - you are going to have mild weather in the spring and crap weather in the winter but that isn't a surprise.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I lived off-campus for both my Junior and Senior years. I originally moved off-campus because most students at BC are only promised 3 years on on-campus housing and those 3 years are freshman, sophomore, and senior with the assumption that most people sutyd abroad in their Junior year. I decided the stay off-campus for Senior year because I enjoyed the freedom and the space - I had a 3 bedroom apartment with a common foyer, kitchenette, and bathroom with washer/dryer in the basement. My bedroom was double the size of the standard dorm room and all mine and the freedom to have people over whenever I wanted and do whatever we wanted without worrying about RAs was worth it. It was also much cheaper even with rent, utilities, and groceries to live off-campus though, depending on which apartment building you choose, this may not always be the case. Most of my friends decided to move back to campus so since I spent so much time with them I didn't miss out on the campus experience at all. I was also walking distance to campus and also had a BC bus stop right at the end of my street.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Lots of other schools. Most college students in the country.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys are f***ers. Girls are hot.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's often cold. It can be well below freezing...Spring is nice but often wet. When it is warm you're gone or just getting there.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Hockey team is the best in the country (usually). Football is on the rise but sucks from where it used to be. Basketball is horrible and will be there for awhile (except for the 'Cuse miracle).

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Not many labs if you need them. Laptops are a must. Wifi and lan are pretty fast and reliable.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Business school, ('CSOM'): Some good professors and lots of smart people. Be prepared to work your ass off whatever you're doing. I think it's overbearing and you end up spending 24/7 doing work for stuff you don't care about.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Core classes can be a pain. Non-religious people may hate theology. Top-40 school so be prepared to do everything.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The T is fine, but Taxis are mad expensive. The school-run buses are ok, but a little slow and far between at times.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I drink, but I don't do drugs. Most people drink but a lot smoke weed too. During the week many people smoke. On the weekends binge drinking is common and can be supplemented with cocaine or molly. Many people use adderall before finals. Overall it's pretty much like anywhere.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: 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 Sophomore

Campus Housing: Looks nice..architecture is great. Buildings, even the old ones aren't bad. They're pretty clean. But it's a stuck up rich preppy high-achieving people ruin the nice place.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: We live in the Boston area so we have lots of stuff to choose from. You name it, you can order it from somewhere. Don't know how long it will take though

College Sophomore


3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Its ok they give you tons of free pills and don't really do much for you if you're sick.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not to bad. Average Northeast preppy place with: lots of WASPs, red-haired Irish Masshole dudes, Miami drug children, Ecuadorean Internationals, boatloads of studious Koreans and Chinese, a few Indians, a couple Muslim dudes, a smattering of Europeans, and a ton of Jersey smokeshows that you will never get with.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you have people to go with you off-campus and you're 21 or have a good fake, it is 'possible' to have a good time (if by have a good time you mean down cheap beer at expensive prices with 25-year old grad students). Be prepared to stay until 2 am and then the bars close and you have to get a $40-50 cab ride home. On campus...well you either know somebody and get into a dorm party or you wander around a little plot of run-down, s****y modular apartment houses (intelligently nicknamed 'The Mods') in the middle of lower campus. Both suck and won't be much fun unless you know every person in them by heart and consider yourself king of the school (so if you are a D1 Hockey or Football player, or a Latin Rocksbury prep boy you're golden...everyone else GTFO bro).

1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This school sucks completely. The people are stuck up and cliquey. No one will give you the time of day socially if you aren't in their crew. Parties are smallish and only good for close-knit friend groups. The work is mad hard and you will spend all your waking time studying and doing homework in order to stay level with the people here. Honestly, I came here thinking I would have a great time and freshman year was pretty good. It deceived me into thinking things would get better but this year blows. People are fake and shallow, not something that changes. It looks nice on the surface, but beneath the veneer BC's true colors show. Good luck trying to have fun here.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It can be a rat race. There are lots of apartments but kids snatch them up left and right. Boston prices are quite high so you have to hunt to find a deal.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Don't try to park on campus with out a pass, you will have a ticket in a few hours.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a ton of houses right off of campus. BC runs a shuttle with a few stops in the main off campus area. Juniors typically move off campus.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Vineyard Vines, J. Crew, and BC clothing are standard. Most people fall in to the 'preppy' stereotype.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Anything you could want is no more than 20mins away.


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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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