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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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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.

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.

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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.

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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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