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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Completely Safe – Boston College is a relatively safe campus. All the residential buildings are equipped with key pads and require a card to swipe in. In all the buildings there are RAs or the resident director on duty at night who sit by the entrance and make rounds every few hours. If an issue arises they are there to help. There have been few incidences on campus where someone was endangered, but mostly due to their own fault (girls out alone after midnight). The campus police are available 24/7 for your needs, and there is an escort service that you may call in the evenings if you feel unsafe walking through campus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: BCPD is a pain sometimes, especially during school events and probably any weekend, but they do their job with purpose and definitely try their best to maintain a respectable response time to emergencies. No matter where you are on campus, you can always see a blue light for an emergency call station. Allegedly, the average response time for BCPD to arrive on scene is around 15-30 seconds. That's pretty safe.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Predominantly White – There are definitely a lot of white people around campus, but if you're a minority, or a member of AHANA (African-American Hispanic Asian Native American) as BC likes to say, you will definitely be able to find plenty of friends who share your ethnic background. You definitely won't see as many Asians or Hispanics around campus as you see white people, but if you like to hang out with AHANA members, you won't have any trouble finding a very friendly AHANA community.

2 College Freshman

Administration: Strict RA's – Some RA's will do anything to get you in trouble, and if you are in any party or room with alcohol (including apartment style housing), you get written up for being in the presence of alcohol (even to saying you didn't drink any) and get on probation for 6 months.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Awful Process – The BC housing process is awful. The first process is registering for 8-mans, and if you don't get that, you go to a 4-man. If you don't get that, you go to a 6 or 9-man, meaning you have to ditch 2 members of your original group or pick up a random extra. And for sophomores, if you don't get that, you get the shaft and are all the way up on a separate campus than all of your other friends.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The best foods on campus are in Eagles Nest or Hillside, which are very small and crowded. You spend most of your time waiting in line as the workers are not very efficient in getting your food to you quickly. Otherwise, the main dining halls get repetitive but are pretty good if you aren't used to having the same thing every week.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Upperclassman Dorms – Students are given the opportunity to live in suite-like facilities. Many students also have the choice of living in apartment style suites as well. Student can make the choice of receiving a meal plan or opting out of the meal plan (in the apartment style, with kitchens.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The department is good, but I wish there were more professors in the Comm department.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is almost impossible, few students have on campus parking.

5 College Freshman

Technology: The printers are extremely reliable, can get crowded during exam time and passing time during classes but you get 500 free pages and I've never even come close to using all of them. You can also print wirelessly from anywhere on campus and then go pick it up from a library or computer lab - extremely handy.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Personal Safety – I have never felt unsafe here, I love it, the police are friendly and are just looking out for your security.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's Pretty Good – From what I've heard and the off campus stuff I've been to, it seems fine.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Sigma Phi Epsilon MA SEC - Boston C. There is only one fraternity at Boston College: Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Since their founding in 2009, SigEp has become the first independent student organization of its kind. Currently in the process of chartering, the Chapter has reached a manpower level of over 50 undergraduates, comprised exclusively of Boston College men. Under the direction of the National Fraternity, SigEp has been in open dialogue with the University regarding their future endeavors.

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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: The Best of Both Worlds – While the Gothic architecture brings life to the green spaces, the subway trolleys are just at the tip of campus to let you escape into the city of Boston. Currently, several new academic and residential facilities are being built, and the campus is expanding with the addition of Brighton Campus.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: What I believe is most important is that you find yourself at BC. Now I know that sounds cheesy and so "Jesuit" like, but I really do believe that reflection can be really beneficial during college. The biggest thing for me is that I have grown as a person, a friend and in relationships during my short time here. I would definitely choose BC again because... I don't know. The college experience is what you make of it, so if you really want to come here, then do.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Overall, the guys and girls at BC follow a similar archetype. They are usually preppy, wear North Face and nice jeans. Most people like to drink over the weekend, but there are some cool shindigs during the weekend. Social life can be quite tough and a little bit of a pressure cooker, but I think the most important thing I have learned is to try maintain at least most of your core values as you move through college.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Overall the off campus dining is decent but nothing spectacular. Some places that are free bus or short walk away are Sweet Tomatoes, Chipotle and Pizza places. Delivery is pretty good. New Hong Kong is decent chinese food and Roagies or Proper Slice Pizza is delicious. As I said, nothing spectacular nearby. However, if you're willing to take the T, then your options are wide open.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Minorities beware – I've never had my race be an obstacle socially before coming here. I'm half Asian and mixed with Hispanic, White and Black, but trust me when I tell you that I just look like a standard half Asian kid. Back home, my friends are all kinds of colors and I don't think anything about it. But at BC, what happened was, whether I liked it or not, I got caught in the "Asian Bubble."
This isn't just an emotional thing - it really prevents you from having as many friends, and feeling as welcome as you would at other schools. Just in this week alone, I have heard someone laugh from their window about "some Asian wearing a vineyard vines shirt" as I walked past, and a girl I've never met before say, to my face: "make sure to get A+'s on all of your tests!" (we hadn't even been talking to her, we were minding our own business).
I'd say that this problem is so bad for me, that I recommend anyone who isn't white to carefully consider this before coming here. I know that may sound stupid, and yes, even racist. I would've read this and felt the same way before I cam here - keep in mind I've NEVER had race be a major issue in my social life before coming here. You can quickly get sucked into a race bubble when you come here, even if you are like me and think you have the social skills to transcend it. I really genuinely want to warn as many prospective freshman about this as I can.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: Many Opportunities – The internship fair on campus is especially geared towards the kids in CSOM, but landing an internship in Boston is fairly easy to do. Nurses, education majors, business majors, especially have an opportunity to get an internship. The Career Center on campus kind of sucks, but because this is a major metropolitan area you can still get a good internship.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: "Lack of social diversity" doesn't describe BC's social scene accurately - it's more of a lack of assimilation. It's a serious problem here. I've never, ever in my life, felt as if my race was an obstacle socially until I came to BC. I've always had a very diverse set of friends, and never thought anything about it. Just in the last week, I have had two instances of racism against me: I heard someone laugh about "that Asian wearing vineyard vines" from their window as I walked past, and in an elevator my friend and I were simply minding our own business and chatting and as some girl left the elevator she said "Bye, make sure to get A+'s on all of your tests!"
Seriously unbelievable (I'm less than half Asian). I think if you're a minority here, being accepted is much more difficult than in other schools. So much so that I would advise minority freshman to not come here. You might get caught in what is infamously known as the "Asian bubble," or whatever bubbles exist outside of the douchy, bro bubble. Again, I have never had race, ever in my life, be an issue before coming here.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: At other schools, I know people who smoke every day. Not at BC; the one kid I know who does it is already on university probation. RA's knock on your door if they "smell" alcohol or weed (and they have a remarkably good sense of smell).

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1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overral Experience – My favorite experience at this school by far was when I realized I could graduate in 2 years and never have to set foot on this awful campus again. I look forward to the day that the University contacts me to donate and I can explain to them how they robbed me of four years of my life that I will never be able to do again and until they find a way to replace them I will never give them even one cent in donations. If you still have time save yourself and stay away from this dump.

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1 College Sophomore

Weather: Unless you enjoy freezing rain, perpetually gray days and high winds DO NOT attend this school

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1 College Sophomore

Technology: The internet here is slower and less reliable than the internet in my house. Multiple times I have gone to printing labs before class to print an assignment out and found that they are not working. The computers and printing stations in the library are out of order on a nearly daily basis

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Beautiful Buildings! The buildings on campus are beautiful and many people have compared it to Harry Potter. The faculty here are always excited to talk to students and are very supportive.


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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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