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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe and Secure Campus – I've never felt unsafe at BC. Our school is located in a very wealthy, safe suburb of Boston, so obviously the crime rate isn't bad. Walking back from the library or a party late at night is not intimidating or scary at all. BCPD is always around in case of emergencies and we have the Blue Light system like many colleges. If you press the button a police officer is guaranteed to be there withing 2 minutes.

2 College Freshman

Administration: VERY STRICT – The RAs in freshman dorms are on the look out for underage drinking/pregames in dorms. You can get written up for just being in the same room as alcohol, even if you weren't drinking, weren't planning on drinking, and didn't know there was alcohol in the room. Getting written up isn't that big of a consequence however, because you meet with your Resident Director and get to explain yourself/make excuses. Usually, it ends well and you don't get in trouble. If you get written up a lot, it's rare that any real consequences are involved. Most people just get asked to write a paper on why it's bad to drink/possess alcohol if you're underage. BC will also make you meet with someone and get lectured on why it's bad to drink, etc.
Also, for off-campus parties, there are off campus RAs! They have the right to enter your party and break it up. BCPD is a bitch when it comes to breaking up parties. Somehow, they ALWAYS know where the party is and most get broken up.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Lots of Options, Above Average – Dorm life at BC is either hit or miss. For freshman, Upper is the place to be. Anyone who says Newton campus "isn't that bad" is a liar. They live 2 miles away from campus and have to take the bus to and from class. The best dorms on Upper are either CLXF or Fitzpatrick/Gonzaga, since they are the biggest dorms (with about 500 students in each). Most pregames go down in these dorms. Kostka is generally considered the worst because it's all girls, has no study lounge and no laundry rooms.
Sophomores really want an 8 man suite in either Vandy or 90. Really unlucky sophomores live on College Road (CoRo) in traditional doubles right near Upper campus. Most juniors live off campus but those that live on campus are guaranteed housing in either townhouses or suites. These are new and updated, especially Gabelli and Voute and all have air conditioning, kitchens, etc. For seniors, the Mods are the place to be. These are basically houses on campus with a lawn, where lots of dance parties happen on the weekends. But if you don't have a mod, I guess that works too because you can just visit other peoples mods and don't have to deal with the mess afterwards. Seniors have apartment style housing on campus, with kitchens, a living room, and 2 bathrooms. So they really can't complain.
Basically, housing is above average at BC, except for the unlucky freshmen on Newton and sophomores on CoRo

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5 College Junior

Majors: Math and Philosophy Double Major – I love that BC is a Liberal Arts school. I probably never would have become passionate about Philosophy had I not been required to take a course because of the core here at BC. I would recommend taking a wide variety of courses in anything that might at all interest you.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Overall I'm Happy – Looking back, I regret not having applied to a few schools because not knowing if I could have gotten into them is bothersome. However, I am very glad I came here. BC is one of the best schools in the area and I feel that I am prepared for life after college.

4 College Junior

Academics: Extremely Well Rounded – Everybody at BC is so well rounded and interested in such a variety of things. Students here have been Varsity captains, band members, artists, etc. in high school and it is very awesome to have such a variety of perspectives on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletes of course get the best...being on a club team doesn't grant you access to the amenities that Varsity athletes have and students who aren't athletes compete for spots on open machines

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Every single person is the same. Very little variety...relationships not often common amongst underclassmen, majority of students take part in alcohol and drug scene

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Many places around campus...can get tired of eating the same food...not often reliable

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: A Small Town – Boston College's campus itself sets it apart from other colleges. The cathedral like buildings are marvelous especially during the night. Although parties at BC for freshman doesn't start off well, it gets really exciting as you progress and become older trust me! Faculty are really nice and negotiable, Tutoring is available for all students and is really helpful! The unique thing about Boston College is the nice people that live here. Everyone feels accepted and and everyones happy!

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Everything You Need! Plex (gym) is great although it is really hot in there, its has really great equipment
BC has a lot of different libraries around campus which have study lounges, coffee machines and free earplugs!

5 College Freshman

Technology: Very Good! Libraries have new Mac computers and Dell computers for students and wifi is available literally everywhere on campus! Because most people have computers, they are rarely crowded.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Boston Has So Much! BC has its own 'T' stop that you can use to take all the way into Boston. In Boston, you can explore the historical sites on the Freedom Trail, go to a restaurant, or go to one of the many sporting events. Or you could take it to Newbury street which has so many clothing stores and restaurants and dessert places. At BC there is always stuff to do as well including football, basketball, and hockey or going into the town of Newton.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I am very pleased with my current position with my many accomplishments at boston college.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Internships of All Kinds – there are a lot of different internships available. some are paid and some are unpaid. some are twice a week, while some are during the summer like a regular job. There are also internships through different classes, like pulse where you take this instead of theology and philosophy and it is a class once a week and then off campus internship.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Student Center – well there isn't a general student center on BC campus. There are dining halls and lounges for students within each building. The libraries are really big and there are a few on campus so theres plenty of space to study. The plex is a good size and depending on the time of day, you can usually get a nice work out in without rushing because people are waiting on a machine to use.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Labs Are Pretty Good – the labs are big. There is always a place to print even if it gets crowded during the end of a hour due to class. They have Apple and PCs so students get to choose what kind of computer they prefer. The network is really good and the printing process is usually fast, considering days where it might be down for a few hours.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: All luck – Freshman year, you're either stuck on Newton Campus (which means you have to take a bus to get to the main campus) or on Upper Campus (far, far away from anything, and you climb a lot of stairs to get there). Obviously upper is better.
Sophomore Year- Vandy and 90s. Those who are unlucky get stuck on college road, which is right next to where the freshmen live.
Junior Year- a lot of students go off campus, some people study abroad, more likely to live on Lower Campus, which has better dorms altogether
Senior Year- everyone wants the Mods (personally I think they're disgusting); but only 30% of the class can live there

All in all I think it's fine.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The school tries, the student don't.
Yes, it's very preppy and conservative. There are a lot students who are well off. People naturally gravitate toward those that look like them, toward people that they feel comfortable with.
It's really up to the students to make it better. The administration tries really hard, but it can only do so much.

If you're not used to it, it can be scary at first (I was terrified when I first came here.) But you get used to it. And you stand out really easily!

College Sophomore

Parking: Park Off Campus – Parking on campus is absurd. If you feel you absolutely have to have a car on campus, you can probably find a much better deal in a lot in some of the neighborhoods around campus. Cars are not necessary here, but it can be nice to at least know someone who has one. Trips to the grocery store, Target, etc are MUCH easier if you can take a car there and back. But the T is right there, cabs run through the area, and there are shuttle buses. You won't need a car at all on a day-to-day basis.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Very Comfortable – There are some drawbacks to housing at BC. Freshman year you live in a standard double and share a bathroom with your floor. You can either be put on upper campus, which is part of the main campus, or the Newton campus, which is 1.5 miles away and is reached via shuttle. Obviously most freshmen prefer upper, but living on Newton really is not that bad and actually has some advantages (community, better food, nicer dorms, to name a few). Then sophomore year, about three quarters of the class lives on lower campus in suites, and the other quarter lives in freshman-style housing on CoRo (college road) which is a part of upper campus (where the freshmen live). Obviously no one wants to be in that situation either. Junior year, if you have four years of housing, you live in a suite/apartment on lower campus; if you have three years, you live off campus. Senior year, you either live in the mods or an apartment on lower. Dorms are all very spacious and comfortable though. Some are older than others, but there is really nothing truly tragic about any living situation at BC.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Nothing to Complain About – Campus dining at BC is far superior to most other schools. It is true that they reuse a lot of the same menu items, and there will be times when you walk through the dining hall and there is nothing that appeals to you at the time. But all things considered, food here is pretty good.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It rains in the fall, snows in the winter, and is pretty nice in the spring. I am from nebraska and people complain about weather here all the time and its ridiculous. Buck up North Easterners.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: The only way to get parking is if you are seriously handicapped or in ROTC and even then it is around 200 a month. The thing is though you don't really need it. BC is located on three different T stops.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Monopoly Money – you really only need to carry your id on campus no one uses cash or credit/debit, it works for dinning vending laundry and you can use it at the convince store and some restaurants near by

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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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