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4 College Sophomore

Technology: The computers at BC are accessible, fast, and easy to use. There is usually not much of a wait to use one at the library, unless it is during midterms or finals time. Still, I recommend having your own laptop. It makes things much easier.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: There isn't enough on campus housing to meet every student's needs. Not every student is guaranteed four years of housing.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It depends on the year, and which housing you have. As the years go by, the opportunity of having better housing goes up. Freshman most likely get placed in forced triples, but after freshman year, it is almost impossible to have that same scenario

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not many people at Boston College use drugs. Most students that do partake in drug activities have done so before entering college. There is no pressure on campus to do drugs, but it does exist in some smaller circles. Alcohol use is much more prevent than drugs.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Boston College has very strict rules and expectations for its students about underage drinking and drug use. The RAs are in charge of implementing the force, but as in any college environment more often than not, college students get away with underage drinking unless they are a public nuisance to their health or the health of any other individuals on campus, and then the BCPD take action.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus security and Boston College police always make our campus feel like a safe and warm environment.

3 College Senior

Majors: I am still hoping to find an internship. It is very difficult to find an internship when you are in Boston, as you are competing against many different college aged students in the area. I have checked in my own area, but I have had many family responsibilities this summer, and I have been unable to be home. I am not worried about finding an internship; even if I do not, I am optimistic about my future.

3 College Senior

Majors: Getting into my major was very easy. All you must do is declare at the end of Sophomore Year. The hardest part about Boston College is gaining admission to the school. They are very selective in their admissions process. I find the most important thing to be the extracurriculars, such as volunteer work. Anything that can set you apart from the pact is important.

3 College Senior

Majors: If I could go back and do it again, I would absolutely choose a different major. I would go into business if I could go back. Unfortunately, it is hard at 18 to know what you want to do, and by the time you do, you are already too deep into your existing major to switch. I am hoping that I can pursue something I like in my graduate study. I want to work in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. I do have concerns because finding a job outside of college is very difficult now, and my success largely depends on the economy, but I am optimistic.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: At Boston College, Financial Aid and Scholarships are based on financial need. There are very few merit based scholarships. As long as the income of you and your parents fall into the appropriate tax bracket, you will receive some financial aid. Submitting the paperwork is not difficult, and the people in the financial aid office are very nice. As long as you are organized, the process should not be difficult.

3 College Senior

Majors: My major is one of the more accessible majors at Boston College. The Psychology program does have some challenging courses, but on the whole, as long as you put in the effort, the coursework is manageable.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Not Bad, Could Be a Little Better – It's true. The majority of students at BC are white. However it's not like you'll never see a minority student; there's between 25-30% minority students and they're definitely around. I have African-American friends, Indian friends, Hispanic friends, European friends, Asian friends, etc. I've never seen racial diversity to be a problem. There's also the issue of religious diversity, as BC is a Jesuit college. But they don't try to force religion down your throat or anything even close. Yeah, you have to take a theology class. Big whoop. It doesn't have to be about Catholicism or Christianity, it can be anything, really. And I'm a self-proclaimed Catholic and I haven't once been to a church mass at BC. There is a large diversity among students' religions, and many students aren't religious at all.

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4 College Junior

Weather: Rain Every Thursday? This past year was very mild for winter time (it only flurried a handful of times), but I hear it can get kind of miserable most years. But there was a very odd phenomenon this year where it would rain EVERY THURSDAY. It was the weirdest thing. But you could guarantee it, even if there was no forecast for rain. But otherwise it's usually pretty sunny. It just gets cold and windy in the winter.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The "drugs" most people think of are hard drugs or weed. A decent number of people smoke weed and it just depends on if you're into that or not. I've heard that there's an "underground" cocaine scene, but I've never heard of it first hand and don't know anyone personally that does it, so it may just be a rumor. Drinking is very popular however. No one will pressure you to drink directly, but you may feel pressured to do it if everyone you hang out with does it. But there are actually a decent number of students on campus that do not drink and are completely content and popular, so whatever floats your boat really.

3 College Junior

Administration: As an underclassmen it's very easy to get caught for underage drinking in the dorms. Parties that get busted off campus usually just involve dispersing all the partiers from the house/apartment and no one really gets in trouble, but be wary of on-campus parties. It depends on your RAs in your building, but they can range from really strict to really lax and you just have to try your luck with drinking. Just be as quiet about it as you can and don't pack 12 people into a double or have 50 people in an 8-man, etc.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Depends on how far you want to travel off-campus from Boston College. Boston is a city with a HUGE and GREAT variety of foods, but if you only want to go a little bit off campus, you only have a couple of options. You've got ice cream, pizza, sushi, Chipotle, Starbucks, some great American food at Eagle's Deli and a couple other nearby eats that are good quality, but get a little tired if you eat out a lot. However if you're wiling to venture a little farther away, you have a seemingly infinite number of places you could eat that all seem to be of top quality.

5 College Junior

Majors: Boston College's Carroll School of Management is a well connected school where students are sure to find an internship if they try. There are always on campus recruiting events, as well as internship fairs. Boston College business students will usually be happy with the internships they land.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Locate along the B, C and D lines, any type of food imaginable is not too far out of the way. Cleveland Circle has multiple options for eating, and a lot of businesses deliver to BC. Eagle's Deli is a local favorite that offers great burgers and sandwiches. It was also featured on Man vs. Food.

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2 College Junior

Diversity: The students from Boston College are mostly white, and many come from private schools. It is not a very diverse campus ethnically, but most students have very different life experiences.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Boston College offers decent financial aid initially, but once you speak to the office of financial aid, they are very understanding

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics at Boston College are fantastic. The eagles are always competitive within the ACC and nationally. There is also a lot of student pride and a community surrounding the sports teams

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Varsity sports a large part of student life at BC. The football games are always a big event with tail gaiting before the games. We are especially known for our championship hockey team. Those games are exciting with the arena backed and all the fans chanting and cheering. Sports are definitely a great way to show school pride. As a member of a varsity sports team, I love the amenities athletes are provided with and the pride I feel for my school.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: BC is one of the top schools in the country. It has a very challenging curriculum, but people are often upset by the large amount of core classes students are required to take. Besides the core classes, you can choose from a wide variety of interesting classes. Academic advising isn't ideal, but if you find a good faculty mentor you will succeed.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: BC has one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. On a warm day students lay outside on the many grassy areas to study. There are also world class libraries with extremely helpful librarians and resources. There is always something going on on campus and the campus is never desolate. The only problem is the work out facility which badly needs air conditioning and a major renovation.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus police are very strict regarding underage drinking. This is understandable, but there is a problem with the way in which punishments are given. People tend to be given the same consequences for infractions that are very different and should deserve varying punishments. I advice staying safe and avoiding getting caught.

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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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