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Reviews 1278 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletic facilities are getting updated (200 million dollar renovation), so in a few years they will be incredible. Attendance at football games largely depends on how the team is doing - fans go more for the atmosphere than anything. Fan commitment isn't as high as you would think (especially for our hockey team's which are some of the nation's best).

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The opportunities and people at Boston College are great - people are very motivated and it is awesome to be in an environment like that. The school is a nice size, I always see people I know but of course there are 9000 total students so I see a bunch of people I don't know. BC is doing a lot of renovating right now so that is very exciting for the future. The business school experience I believe is unrivaled - the classes are very interesting. I also really enjoy the dining program on campus - it is open basically all the time (7am-2am) and they host great special events. While the food may seem to be repetitive, that makes sense for BC when students live on campus all four years. The quality of the food is also really high.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's very safe campus, surrounded by a wealthy community. Stolen items are sometimes reported, but they're usually not an issue. Violence is not heard of often. There is growing awareness of sexual assault issues on campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Although a struggle to find your niche for many students who don't fit the mold BC tries to push, it can be a wonderful place once you find the right people in your life. There are many here who are rooting for you.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Good connections, professors who are willing to help, and many resources are available for your success.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is divided into Lower or Upper (and Newton for Freshmen). You learn to work with what you get.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm not too big on the sports culture here; however, it's a school that attracts many sports fans. High spirit.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I wish I had known more about my own academic interests before applying to schools. While BC is a good school in many regards, one thing it lacks is a comprehensive Ecology program. Potential Biology-majors, think about that.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletic facilities are great for athletes.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It is a great well-rounded education.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: While it's definitely not big enough of a deal to be a deciding factor about whether or not you should attend BC, the housing process is pretty bad. Students become cliquey about it sophomore year, but luckily off-campus housing junior year works well to break up the cliques that are formed only long enough for you to have to scramble to find 5 other people to live with by senior year, since the housing lottery goes by groups. However, if you communicate openly with your roommates and figure things out ahead of time, housing shouldn't be a problem.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: We don't have Greek life at BC since it is a Jesuit institution.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Football games and tailgates are very fun at BC, and varsity basketball and hockey games are a good time, too. Other than that, varsity sports really aren't paid much attention to, and club sports hardly at all. Intramurals are a really fun way to play sports with friends in a fun but still competitive environment, because everyone wants to win the mugs at the end of the intramural season.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: BC embodies the "work hard, play hard" saying that so many college students talk about. Yes, the academics are extremely challenging, but once you find your niche among the many clubs, sports, and/or other extracurricular activities that the school offers, you'll find that the people are amazing and are truly what makes BC the wonderful place it is.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Chestnut Hill is a very affluent area, so there is little crime. The BCPD is effective.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The academics are good and most of the professors are nice and knowledgeable about their subjects of expertise. The core curriculum, however, is pretty restrictive. Since there are no fraternities or sororities, the social scene is a little dull. The primary way to get into parties is to be involved with various clubs and get to know upper class-men. As a result, the social scene is pretty clique, hence the "BC look away." The classic looking buildings on main campus are nice, but the rest of campus is disappointing for the most part. Other than going to the Plex or taking the T to Boston, there isn't much to do during free time. The food is decent but the same options are served each day. Organic, healthy, and vegetarian options are limited. As an environmental studies major, the course offerings seem limited compared to other schools. Although there are some sustainable initiatives, such as recycling and composting at the lower dining hall, BC still has a long way to go in this area.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: BC is a well respected university, so a degree from here is valuable. The alumni network is extensive.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Overall, the housing is decent. I'm on upper campus, so its close to the academic buildings. About half of the freshman class, however is placed on Newton Campus and must take a shuttle bus to get back and forth from main campus. I've heard from upper class-men that the housing process is stressful.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletic center for the general student body is disappointing. The equipment itself is relatively modern, but the building it's in is archaic. There are no windows and it takes up more space than it should on campus. The hockey team is consistently good and the football team is hit or miss depending on the season. Most club sports are very competitive.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far, my experience at BC has been decent. I have liked most of my professors. However, the campus could use a few improvements and the social scene is pretty clique.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Boston College is located in Chestnut Hill, which is very safe. There is very little crime and I have had no experiences feeling unsafe.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in a particularly old building, which is going to be torn down soon, so I don't have the best idea of what housing is like in general. However, although the rooms are small and the building is old, overall the set up of having all the freshmen on either upper or Newtown campus makes for a nice community feel.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: If you're into sports and athletics then Boston College is the right place for you. Although our football team didn't do so well this year, BC fans never fail to show up and support their team. Intramurals are also pretty popular around campus and are taken very seriously. The Plex could be updated as it is usually very hot and crowded.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's a really good school with great academics, athletics and school spirit. Almost everyone you meet is nice and approachable, both students and faculty. There are many fun events on campus and the football games are always packed with spirit. The reason I gave BC a rating of 3 is not because it is a bad school, but simply because it's not for me. Most of the students although nice and friendly are all very similar; attractive, preppy, social, and hard working. This is definitely not a bad thing, either, but I was hoping to find people who are more low key, not so preppy and willing to skip the parties and games to just chill, this is not so easy to find at BC. Also, the idea of "ever to excel" is found everywhere, which puts a lot of pressure to do well in everything you possibly can.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: As a graduate student, I am not on campus that much. I do not have the pulse on how diverse the campus is and how accepting students are.

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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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