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Reviews 1280 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

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.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: It's "okay" because dating is not really a thing. There are few instances of people just asking other people out on dates, and the hook-up culture here is pretty intense. It can get emotionally draining fairly quickly, but there ARE happy couples. A lot of people seem to fall into either extreme--totally casual random hook ups only, or basically married because they spend so much time together. In the middle, there are your usual college friends with benefits, unrequited love interests, secret hookups, random drunk texts, etc.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are some really amazing options around, including El Pelon, a Mexican place that is run by this guy with a crazy beard (what the restaurant is named after).. There are a couple of locations but the BC one is always full of students and serves some amazing burritos and platos. They also do a lot of events with the on-campus clubs to help them raise money, and it's cool. If you go often enough, the people start to remember your name... There's also a great ice cream place that makes their ice cream in house called White Mountain, a Dunkin, a City Convenience, a Crazy Dough's pizza, and a Flatbreads place. If you take the campus shuttle or get a car on campus, then you can easily get to Chipotle, Fin's Sushi, Eagle's Deli, Starbucks also. There's a 24 hour convenience store in Cleveland Circle also which is great for the drunk munchies after getting out of Mary Ann's or Cityside (bars).

3 College Senior

Weather: The winters can get pretty cold--Massachusetts is further up north than New York, and you can feel it. The New England fall is beautiful, but short-lived. Spring is amazing! Especially after months of bundling up in huge jackets and spending walks to class with teeth chattering.

4 College Senior

Athletics: athletics are pretty important and pretty fun to watch

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4 College Senior

Transportation: pretty easy to get around

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: pretty good in this area

3 College Senior

Diversity: it could be a lot worse

3 College Senior

Campus Food: it's pretty expensive but good

4 College Senior

Scholarships: it was pretty easy and helpful

2 College Senior

Weather: IT is too cold and snowy.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: It's pretty fun. It's average for a small city.

1 College Junior

Parking: Parking at BC is extremely expensive and there are a very limited number of spots. Every time that there is an on-campus event (which is almost every weekend), any student who pays an exorbitant monthly rate for a parking space is forced to move their car from main campus to the Newton campus, which is a 15 minute drive from campus. Furthermore, BC claims that it allows paid overnight parking during the week. However, this is not the case; I have several friends who have been towed from BC lots despite this claim. BC parking imposes very unreasonable ticket fines and is very inflexible.

2 College Freshman

Parking: It's annoying to have to find a spot

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The food is not bad except the chicken can be a little sketchy some times. I like the variety and I definitely have my go-to favorite meals. There are quite a few cafeterias to get food from.

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4 College Junior

Administration: The school does a good job of making sure its students are following the law and not doing anything to harm themselves or others.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs are not popular. If they are, its a quiet topic. The school could do a better job about educating and promoting Drug Safety.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: There's the bus, which only does a loop around the campus and Cleveland Circle. But the T is the form of transportation that everyone uses to get anywhere besides Cleveland Circle. If you have a Charlie Card, it's $2.00 for every ride - I think this is pretty steep, especially since if you don't have a Charlie Card, it's $2.50. If you want to get anywhere in Boston, the T is what you want to use, unless you're going after 12:30 AM, which is when the T shuts down. So then you need a taxi. Calling a taxi isn't too hard though, fortunately.

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5 College Student

Academics: Academics is Boston College's strongest area. We pride ourselves on having the best teachers and some of the best resources for those who need them. Our core curriculum helps shape us into excellent well rounded individuals.

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3 College Student

Athletics: Our varsity sports are average at best. We have the third most D-1 sports in the country but aren't exceptional at any one sport.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Transportation: You have the T which brings you into Boston and it is right next to campus. They have an excellent bus system that runs until 2am.

1 person found this useful Report

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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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