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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This place is seriously great in every aspect. No matter where you come from I feel that you could make a home here. People come from all over and I've made a ton of friends in my first 3 weeks or so. So far, Freshman year looks incredible. There is just so much here: clubs, sports, service, parties, girls(boys), Boston, etc. You name it and BC has got it, or will get it for you. Academically it's no easy place, as long as you want to challenge yourself of course. For those who criticize BC I can only say they did not examine all it has to offer well enough.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Nightlife in the city of Boston is 21+ but on campus parties are always available and if the party scene isn't your thing, it is always possible to find another alternative.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Free campus shuttle, easy access to T stop and taxi

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5 College Senior

Majors: BC has a plethora of options! We have four schools within ourselves - William F. Connell School of Nursing (my personal favorite), Lynch School of Education, Carroll School of Management, and School of Arts & Sciences. There actually is something for everyone!

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3 College Senior

Diversity: Although BC has a diverse population, racial groups tend to stick together. BC has a general lack of assimilation, however the AHANA office has been working to blend people together. We definitely have a decent size LGBT community as well. Additionally, although there are a variety of middle class students, there is also a huge number of very well-off students given the nature of the school.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: BC has just created its own Office of Health Promotion. They're beginning to tackle issues such as stress, underage drinking, body image, and mental health. I anticipate this office will grow in the future. Additionally, we have an enormous volunteer EMS program, and a decent health services program. Furthermore, we have our own police force whom I've grown very fond of. BCPD is on your side!

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Most of the dorms are awesome! However, the lottery to get into various dorms is kind of dicey and can cause lots of drama between roommates and friends. If you get lucky, it's fantastic, but if you don't it really doesn't make too much of a difference.

3 College Senior

Administration: I personally have not had any issues, however policies about alcohol are strictly enforced based on the circumstances. If one is smart, you'll be able to combat this and still enjoy your college experience.

3 College Junior

Weather: We have our fair share of crazy weather here. The good thing is, the buildings with the classrooms are fairly close together and it's not too bad to walk between classes in the snow or rain. The bad part are the hills and stairs - you have to be extra careful of your footwear in the snow and rain, and sometimes they don't salt the stairways until later in the day - so if you have a morning class, you should probably leave early and walk slowly. On the other hand, they do a great job of clearing snow and salting walkways the day of / the morning of the storm. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but we very rarely have classes cancelled due to weather.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Totally Safe – I feel completely safe on campus - even walking around by myself at night. We have a great police force that's on duty 24/7, especially on the weekends. We have a "blue light" system, where if you feel you're in danger anywhere on campus, there are blue lights within short distances of each other around campus. You press the button, and BCPD will be there in less than a minute. The police force also hosts self-defense classes, the buildings on campus are part of an adopt-a-cop program, and there is a BC van called the "Safety Escort" that you can call at any time of night to pick you up and get you home safely if you feel you need it.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: It Is Boston Isn't It? I spent my whole life in California before coming to BC, so weather wasn't a huge priority for me. You know what you're getting if you choose to go to school in New England. For me, weather was only a problem when it prevented us from going out on the weekends. Besides that, as long as you bring your winter clothes, you'll survive the few months of cold.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not a Big Problem – Alcohol is extremely popular on campus, but not so much for drugs. Marijuana and ADD medicine are the most common, but the majority of people do not partake.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Solid Sports, Solid Support – The football team has struggled recently, but the tailgates before games are still a blast. Hockey and basketball are the other two most popular sports, with huge support for the former and surprisingly little interest in the latter.

4 College Senior

Technology: Pretty Solid – The tech help system is really quite good. I've gotten a great amount of help when I'm here.The computers aren't always the greatest.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: When it's good, it's very good. When it's bad, it's not the greatest. There are more good options than bad, though.

3 College Senior

Diversity: It's evident that there are more white students at BC, but the AHANA program is quite strong and growing and diversifying each year.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Police are everywhere. Everyone is really friendly.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drink, but Don't Smoke, Snort, Pop – Pretty much everyone drinks on weekends. Very few people smoke marijuana regularly. Almost no one does any hard drugs. If you're caught drinking you probably will get off with a warning, anything thing else, though, and you could get kicked out of school.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: Great Taste and Variety – BC Dining is great compared to home cooked meals, and exceptional when compared to other Dining facilities at other campuses I visited. There are always several options at any given meal, including vegan and vegetarian dishes. My one complaint, however, would be that sometimes the options are focused to much on being healthy, rather than filling you up.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Grad Students Not So Much – As a graduate student, there is more difficulty and less availability.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking is definitely the more popular choice on campus.

4 College Junior

Academics: So Many Options – There are a lot of good options to choose from and there is always room for specialization.

4 College Junior

Academics: Very Tough – The academics are tough at BC but they foster you.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Solid Education, Some Social Issues – BC is a prestigious university with a lot of great resources, connections, and history. However, there are certainly noticeable racial, socioeconomic, and glbtq/straight divides.

The students are predominantly rich, white, straight, and Irish Catholic. Students who stray from this mold will certainly find it harder, (though by no means impossible!) to fit in.

BC is cutting edge in terms of it's research and quality of student life, including dining, housing, and academics. However, it needs to make more progress on social issues if it really wants to improve it's overall experience. Even students who really enjoy it notice that minorities are often indirectly discriminated against by the administration, and sometimes it is reflected in the student body.

3 College Senior

Local Area: Local Scene Could Be Better, but Easy Access to Boston – Right near BC there are a few bars (Cityside, Roggies, and Mary Ann's,) that students frequent, as well as a few restaurants. However, it could be more exciting. Still, BC is close to 3 of the green lines (B, C, and D,) so access to Boston is never an issue!

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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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