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2 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The facilities and buildings themselves are really nice. Everything is clean and "pretty." But, campus doesn't have many activities or events that I actually enjoy.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe at BC, even after the recent Boston Marathon Bombings. BCPD is great.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: My major is math and I'm having a good experience with it.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: A lot of parties are held in "the mods" which are on-campus senior apartments, and I don't think I've ever had a good time in a mod in my life. Off-campus parties can be fun (but usually aren't) and are extremely annoying to get to.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus strictness is average, I'd say. Certain things are more lenient than others.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of "good looking" guys here who are polished and put together, but everyone is exactly the same! Since that's not my type, I'm turned off by a lot of the guys here.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Almost no one gets financial aid, which is ridiculous for such an expensive school. I received almost no aid.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Hockey is fun but no one goes to the other sports, really, because our teams are bad. Also, they just started doing a new "gold pass" which limits the amount of sports events you can go to if you're not an avid fan.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Over half of students have to live off-campus at least one year because of limited on-campus housing. BC makes you do the off-campus housing process completely by yourself. There's a lot of variety and a lot of places really close to campus but there is no guidance.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The people here are extremely preppy and cliquey. It's hard to branch out and meet new people.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: At BC, you get all three college seasons (excluding summer obviously). You get a gorgeous fall and spring, and a miserably cold winter. Whether you like it warm, mild, or cold, you'll be happy with the weather about half the time here regardless.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: I could not be happier in Chestnut Hill. While we have the classic college campus feel at BC, with Cleveland Circle as our local hangout, Boston is just a short $2.50 T ride away. Whether it's visiting one of the tons of other colleges in Boston, going to Bruins/Celtics/Red Sox/Pats games, or going out to the bars in the city for a change of scenery on the weekends, Boston has it all. I could not imagine going to school anywhere else.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: BC is not a convenient school to bring a car to. Spots are extremely expensive and difficult to get. Thankfully, getting around Boston is easy and cheap, so a car really isn't necessary at BC

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4 College Senior

Local Area: There are a lot of things to do as a college student in Boston--the whole city and surrounding area (basically the state of MA) is full of colleges. That being said, the bars close at 2a.m. and the public transportation stops running at 1am.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The only real problem we have is excessive drinking.

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4 College Senior

Transportation: Close to multiple T stops (but... the T is pretty bad compared to NYC subways for example) and the shuttle is actually pretty convenient and stops at a lot of places.

2 College Senior

Diversity: There are a LOT of whites, and a lot of them are upper middle class. The minority students are categorized as "AHANA" -- African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American--which just shows that they even need to push for diversity and tolerance. Black history month is a really awkward time here, because the advertisements can get pretty cringe-y.

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4 College Senior

Scholarships: The Fin Aid advisors are willing to talk to you and negotiate if need be.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: People drink drink drink all day everyday. Some people smoke, but that's a small percentage compared to those who drink. It's Irish, it's in Boston, and people don't really go much further than pot or Adderrall/Xanax.

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4 College Senior

Academics: There are a lot of classes to choose from, though some of the departments lack interesting electives--or, if they do have them, they are very hard to get into. But professors are usually okay about letting kids in if you email them and beg a little.

3 College Senior

Academics: English is awesome and there a bunch of professors that are great, but I think that the professors get overworked and therefore not all of them can get really deep into a text. I've had a couple of grad students teach who were really great and loved the material, but they would bring their dissertations into it and have specific ideas of what student writing should be like. Overall, since there is a undergraduate business school, English gets a bad rep and you will occasionally face some major snobs who think that being an English major is a waste of time. But overall BC has a great humanities program, and the English department continues to grow every year.

2 College Senior

Administration: They recently changed the disciplinary system, but for a while it was the "matrix" which was very strict and didn't give the students or the Resident Directors any leeway to judge everything case-by-case. They take underage drinking very, very seriously in the entire city of Boston, and fake IDs are a huge no-no. On-campus drinking obviously happens no matter what year you are, but if you get caught more than 3 times, you can be in some big doodoo.

4 College Senior

Technology: We have a ton of computer labs that are never completely full because everyone at BC has their own computer.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: We get A LOT of space--if your pick time is good. The housing process overall is pretty brutal and ruins friendships.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: As a senior, I'm looking back on my years, and it was definitely the people I met that made it so amazing. The school itself definitely has a lot to offer, but it depends on what kind of person you are. If you are the type who wants a more homogenous student body (there are, of course, exceptions and everyone still has a story, etc), then this is perfect. If you're looking to interact with people from all different backgrounds (not just in terms of their ethnicity), and really get genuine diversity, maybe look somewhere else.

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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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