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3 College Senior

Weather: The weather here changes from day to day so you never really know what to expect. Weather channels will tell you one thing and the reality will be completely different. Rain/snow seasons here are brutal.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Diverse but Segregated – There are lots of ethnic/culture clubs on campus but minimal to no interaction between minorities and white students.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Public transportation is inconvenient. BC is located on the B line, but it is slow and makes many stops. To get to the faster D line, you have to take BC shuttle bus to Reservoir- there's always a lot of transferring to get anywhere from BC. We're pretty far from downtown Boston and from major public transportation stations (South Station, Logan airport, etc.).

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Mostly the Same – I feel like it is not very diverse at BC compared to my HS and other colleges. However, there is a group called AHANA that will help you in any way you need. Most of the students here are catholic and attend church, but its not forced upon.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking > Drugs – I feel like there is a huge drinking scene, but that's pretty common in all colleges. However the drug scene isn't that big. It just depends on who you hang out with. Personally, not alot of my friends do drugs

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Cleveland Circle – BC is located in Chestnut Hill. There arn't a lot of dining options to go to unless you're in Boston. Most people will go to Cleveland Circle which is the college hub for students to go to. There are some dining places, such as Chipotle, Thai Bistro, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel that BC's campus is very safe. I have never witnessed anything dangerous or harmful. I, myself have never directly been discrimated at or ever felt discriminated at the school. It is a very safe environment. There are also polices around to assist, if problems are needed. During late nights, there are escorts as well. Overall, it's very safe!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Great Apartments! The apartments near BC are great! Although the prices may vary, anyone can find an apartment. Most are suite styles which is great. They are located right near main campus so it's very convenient. Also, they are located near public transportation, such as buses and the Ts. The downside is that the apartments may be a little expensive and limited parking. Other than that, the apartments are great!

2 College Senior

Diversity: Everyone Is More or Less Alike – Although there are exceptions, most people at BC are alike-- Irish Catholic and middle/high class. This can be frustrating at times.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: Let me go on a rant about this.

As far as majors go, BC doesn't really like to give its students a wide range of choices. Want to be an engineer? Don't come to BC, it's not there. If you didn't already know that you wanted to be a business major before you started college. Then you're most likely not going to be one. You have to apply to get in before you're a freshman and then its almost impossible to transfer in. International Studies major, you have to apply to get in freshman year, if you don't get it then you can forget about being an IS major. BC is entirely limiting.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: Not Too Strict – Boston College isn't too strict at all. Walsh dormitory does require students to check in their friends, but it doesn't stop anyone from having visitors as long as they have their ID. And it's not like BU where EVERY dorm requires you to check in friends.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's Alright – You can get diversity if you really are willing to put yourself out there. But as far as the entirety of the campus goes, its not happening.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: It's Alright – THe library is great, but the recreational center needs help

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Convenient, Delicious! There are a lot of off campus options and many places will deliver. Eagle's Deli is my favorite, their food is delicious! I wish some of the places had student discounts, but in general the food is affordable.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing Lottery Needs Improvement – The housing isn't that great, though I've never had a problem with it. As a freshman, Newton campus is the best place to live. The dorm rooms are bigger than on main campus and it is like living in your own community. All of the seniors love living in the mods but they definitely need some improvement. Walsh should be knocked down. The housing lottery doesn't seem fair and it is very stressful.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are plenty of police officers and they arrive quickly when you call them. I have never been in a situation where I have needed to call the police for a safety concern. I wish there were more lights on campus for students walking around at night, and more emergency call buttons.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs Aren't Too Noticeable to Me – I don't find drug use to be TOO huge of a problem. But maybe that's just in my immediate group of friends.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Covers Many Subjects, Close Department – The Theater Department at BC is a very tight community. Most students have personal relationships with all the professors within the department. The professors know their area of expertise well and the department as a whole covers a wide array of subjects within the world of theater.

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1 College Freshman

Diversity: Jersey Trash and White Wash – Too many Jersey kids. Barely any diversity at all. The international students all know each other and any minority students have their own little cliques. The white students are the majority of all students at BC. People don't care about diversity as much as they should.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: With the lack of parking space and construction going on, there's absolutely nowhere to park for free on campus. Pricing for parking is around $300 a month! Ridiculous! No way am I bringing my car on campus if I have to pay that much. I'll wait till I live off-campus...

2 College Freshman

Administration: Police Have Eyes in the Back of Their Heads – The police force is strict about underage drinking and drug use. First-time offenders get a letter home and a mandatory drinking awareness class, and second- and third-time offenders are in danger of losing their housing. It's a serious if you get caught, so do everything discreetly if you're going to do it at all. If you're going to drink, don't start advertising keg parties or wild ragers in your room. You'll be sorry. Just be discreet.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Never Felt Unsafe – The area around Boston College is known to be one of the safest places in the country. There is minimal crime if any at all and campus police are always around. If you need help, an emergency intercom tower is usually within sight with a glowing blue light on it. All in all I'd say our campus has great security measures and is very safe.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: BC Bro is the primary type of guy that you'll find at Boston College. Lax pinny, high socks, oakleys, blond hair, salmon shorts. They can be really sweet and funny and nice, but a lot are just jerks. I would recommend trying to form friendships with these guys instead of trying to date them. Get to know they guys that have similar interests as you and genuinely try to get to know you. Those are the ones worth dating.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Boston Is So Cool! Being to close to the city of Boston is absolutely amazing. There's so much to do all the time. There's awesome shopping and places to eat. There are museums and aquariums and we're 20 minutes from Fenway Park! The arts are absolutely fantastic. There's always an inexpensive and awesome concert to see! There's also so many other schools to visit and other college students to meet. Boston is the perfect college city.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Repetitive, but Very Good – There are a lot of choices at BC for dinning. There is no fast food near BC, but a lot of small chain restaurants not too far.

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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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