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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing process is not ideal but in the end it works out.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Again, Political science is great here. So is CSOM - finance jobs. Pre-med and nursing is also good and very demanding. Other than that other majors are definitely less respected which is sad.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I have not had one but I plan to have one this summer (after my freshman year) and every year following. BC has a TON of internship and job opportunities that they're very willing to help you out with if you seek help.

1 College Freshman

Diversity: This is one of the least diverse places to go to school. Mostly upper class, straight white kids who are religious/went to catholic school.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The Political Science department is great. There are some professors who are clearly conservative and others are clearly liberal, which is kind of a bummer because it makes me like/dislike them more or less based on that. The workload is very hard but everything we're studying is very relevant. BC is definitely a great school that looks good on resumes and will help you get jobs.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great academics, great professors, great classes. BC definitely emphasizes the whole person. Some professors of Core courses do suck and shouldn't be here. Overall, the work here is challenging and it was my safety school.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Campus itself is beautiful. It's utopian. The buildings all match and it's unbelievable. There's a lot of green space and it looks great. A lot of the classrooms are really nice too. However the school is lacking in science and technological resources and artistic resources like fine arts and film. The registration system is prehistoric which is very weird and seems behind considering the amount of money this school steals from us each year.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: It's great to be so close to Boston. I also love that we live on a beautiful campus and we're not in the city. But it's so easy to get to. There surrounding area is super welcoming and supportive of BC students. The surrounding residential neighborhoods are clearly very wealthy and nice. Also great shopping in Boston and at the Chestnut Hill mall.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People here are SO BEAUTIFUL for the most part. It can actually be pretty intimidating. It's the norm to go to the plex a few times a week. The hookup culture is strong, and dating is not super common, but that's the same on most college campuses. There are also a lot of serious couples. This is also the first place where I've ever met someone who's said they're "waiting for marriage."

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Honestly, BC is fantastic. There are so many great and smart people here who are passionate about learning and making a difference. However, there are also a lot of shallow kids here that are mostly white and went to prep school in New Jersey, New York, or New England and their parents are rich. I have had some negative experiences regarding rude guys who don't respect women or homosexuals and my liberal political views. Be warned: BC is very conservative for the Northeast. This is a very white and preppy school, although there are a lot of people not like that. Athletic games are highly attended and a lot of fun.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most students live on campus due to the hassle of living off and terrible landlords. However, off campus housing is close and convenient, and can often be cheaper.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Get into Boston!! Downtown is only a 20 minute ride away and the food options are endless.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: The administration is in a tough spot since the university is catholic. While they can sometimes be lenient, other policies are very outdated.

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1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: BC financial aid is supposed to be generous, however I have had a terrible experience with it. The financial aid department has unrealistic expectations for family finances and isn't helpful.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The party scene is what you make it. Since there is no greek life on campus, it's really about who you know.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: While there isn't always an extensive array of options, the food is high quality.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: While many of the buildings are old, facilities makes a huge effort to keep the buildings in the best shape they can be. The suites are also very spacious.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Health Services is average and they honestly do nothing for you if you're sick and they don't seem to care. Sexual Assault has been unheard of in my experience so far, but the administration thinks its nonexistent which is incredibly ignorant. And it perpetuates the fact that they think their religious campus is perfect. Rape statistics are false according to our president so that should speak for itself.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I love the school spirit that varsity sports bring to campus. However, the athletes are like on a pedestal as they walk around campus with white backpacks, differentiating themselves from the rest of the student body. Also, the plex, where average students work out, is subpar. Super hot in the summer/spring months and there's almost always a wait for machines at peak hours.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There's a bus that goes to all off-campus houses basically so it'll take 10 minutes to get to class. Most places are realistically within walking distance also.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So many great options. And they're not too far. This is one of the best aspects of BC.

1 College Freshman

Administration: The Administration here is actually the worst. It is the most conservative administration I think in the country, DEFINITELY in the northeast. They're all conservative catholics who hate demonstrations and protests and denounce free speech. They encourage the most inactive social justice campus perhaps in the country. They are anything but forward thinking. They don't want a cafe in the library because "jesuit tradition says food and books shouldn't mix." wtf? how about some practicality? it's 2015 not the 1500s. Also they of course are anti-birth control/planned parenthood because of its conservative nature and there's a pro life club on campus but (literally) God forbid there be a pro choice club to balance that out because BC cultivates the "whole person."

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I personally wasn't eligible for financial aid but I have a lot of friends who were and all of their need was met. I do have a couple friends for whom the aid process was absolutely miserable and they almost had to leave the school because of it.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: BC is definitely not a boring school, and there always are things going on. As a freshman though, the party scene sucks. You have to hope you get into a good mod party or that you know someone having a party. Other than that a lot of the parties here are in dorms/the mods and they aren't too crazy. Off campus parties are definitely more fun, but parties overall are more conservative/less crazy here than at your "typical college party."

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Initially I thought all the food was overpriced but I realized the a la carte format is the best. There are a lot of options and although it can get repetitive, it is on all campuses. I'd say the food quality here is definitely above average.

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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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