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Reviews 1210 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Senior

Academics: Biology and Studio Art – I'm a bit of a nontraditional student because I'm a Biology major with a Studio Art minor. That being said, I find these subjects to be quite manageable at BC, and I've found amazing professors (and peers!) in both areas of study. Biology majors have 12 required classes, but the spring electives are always really interesting and inspire students to take on more. Facilities are great, but I've found that if you're not a 4.0 student, it's difficult to find work in a professor's lab. BC has a really thorough premedical program, including advisors, the committee, and presence through e-mail and premedical meetings. Though BC is not known as an art school, the faculty of studio art is really wonderful, and open to a wide range of talent.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: Athletic AND Intelligent? You can tell which students at BC are varsity athletes: they're usually about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. Otherwise, there are plenty of intramural and club sports, but beware: the competition is fierce! Boston College takes great pride in its fit students, and campus is never more bumpin' than when football season comes around. In addition, we have some of the smartest athletes around - 14 of our sports are in the top 10 percent of the nation, according to NCAA stats.

3 College Senior

Local Area: As one of the most fit universities in America, Boston College knows how to eat. Whether it's the local sushi bar, the nearby Thai restaurants, the quick slice of pizza or Newton Centre's lovely cafes and restaurants, the students here never go hungry. In addition (and I know this because I'm a resident assistant), BC Dining has done an impressive job to improve on campus dining as well. "Frips," BC's special potato chips, complements any "Chestnut Hill panini" or "Tuna Delight."

5 College Junior

Academics: Courses offered vary greatly, and there is much opportunity to explore many fields of study.
Professors are amazing, and extremely open to helping students.
The curriculum requires all students to study each subject, which is a great opportunity to study many things and learn exciting material.
The registration process was difficult, but everyone was very helpful.
The workload is difficult, but that is to be expected at a university.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Really NOT That Strict – All of the other reviews on this site in this category make it sound like BC is some kind of prison, and that every party that ever occurs on campus gets broken up within half an hour. This is not the case.

Ok maybe we have some obnoxious RAs and a campus police force that probably has a little too much time on its hands, but as long as you're smart you shouldn't have too much of an issue. I frequently attend parties on campus and off campus, and I think there has been maybe one party I was at that was broken up by the cops, and it's not something that I hear about happening often. If a party does get broken up, it's usually because a) it was not registered or b) it was truly causing a disturbance. Dorm parties are definitely the norm for underclassmen, and as long as you pay attention to which RA is on duty and try to keep things to a dull roar once quiet hours start (midnight on weekends) then you're fine. And even if you're caught drinking/hosting a party on campus, you aren't in any 'real' trouble. Housing probation is such a joke. Marijuana is decriminalized in Massachusetts, so if the cops catch you with an ounce or less, they just make you dump it and slap you with a $100 fine.

Considering that BC is a Catholic school, the fact that guys and girls aren't prohibited from living in the same buildings as each other and from visiting each other at all hours of the night puts us miles ahead of most other Catholic schools. Technically we have a 'no cohabitation' rule that says that guys and girls aren't allowed to sleep in the same room as each other, but this is a rule that exists in writing only. Since people aren't required to sign themselves or any guests in and out of any of the buildings, how could it be enforced? Overall, I don't think BC is as strict as people make it out to be.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Good Housing – Freshman dorms are pretty nice. They are coed by floor, as the whole floor shares a bathroom. And being housed on the Newton Campus freshman year is not the worst thing ever. The upperclassmen dorms are all coed and are suite and apartment style. These are all pretty nice, very spacious. Most of the dorms at BC were built within the last twenty or so years, so they are pretty modern and comfortable. The only thing that kind of sucks is the housing lottery can be a very stressful process.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: BC does have a lot of core requirements, but these courses are oftentimes very enjoyable and make for a very well-rounded, liberal arts education. Professors are very knowledgable and very dedicated to what they do. If you take the initiative to get to know your professors, you will find a lot of support and will be challenged to fulfill every ounce of your potential as a student.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Shabby Chic – BC has a gorgeous campus. Some buildings are older (the plex, carney, and mac are the big 3) but there are plans to replace all 3 in the next ten years and even those are definitely not reasons not to come to Boston College.

4 College Junior

Academics: Great Professor Interaction – I've found that the professors at BC are some of the most interesting and interested people I've met. They are genuinely interested in student success and are available for help not only in their class but also available as mentors in all aspects. There are always a few bad eggs but by and large the profs at BC are great teachers and people.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I am so appreciative of the need based financial aid. The school was very helpful and made it very easy to reapply and receive as much aid as necessary.

3 College Junior

Weather: It's the Northeast – Being from the northeast, I am used to the extreme seasons. Boston is hardly any different. They have a lot of snowfall during the winter (usually) and classes are rarely canceled. Thus, students need to be really prepared to face the elements. When the weather is warmer, all the student are outside, studying, reading, playing games, etc.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off Campus Assignment – Students living off campus were generally members of the junior class, who were not assigned to 4 years of on campus housing. While the surrounding towns had plenty of apartments, which were usually apartments rented by students passed down to other students, some were far from campus and required travel by bus to class. In some instances, off campus housing was cheaper; however, the closer to campus one wanted to live, the pricier the rent. The surrounding neighborhoods were safe and there were very few instances of mischievous activity. Parking was tight, and depended mostly on whether the apartment had a driveway.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's Awesome at Times – I feel like I'm getting a very good education. It sometimes seems as if everyone here is a polo wearing catholic white rich kid. The studying can be really tough at times. There is a lot of help available. Just don't expect to fit in quickly if you can't be a "bro".

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses and the T – You can get around most of the area on the bus and can get to anywhere in Boston on the T which is located right by the lower campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Close, Available, Safe – A lot of options. many buildings only rent to BC students to very easy to find spots. houses and apartments from 5-10 minute walk from campus. BC area pretty pricy. BC has off-campus group that plans events and other things for people off campus including helping people through the process of finding open spaces. Majority of juniors live off campus.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Off-Campus or Senior Housing – Being an Underclassmen compared to life as an Upperclassmen at Boston College is completely different. Freshmen and Sophmores' nightlife mainly consists of partying in Dorms or the occasional trip to the MODS (senior housing). Starting junior year, however, students begin moving off campus and throwing parties of their own. The bars surrounding campus are surprisingly strict so most students don't attend until they turn 21.

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1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Newton Campus – Although some of the dorms are nice, it is impossible to be placed in those dorms unless you are a senior. There is also a satellite campus for freshman which 40% of the freshman class lives on. This means you have to take a bus to get to class, and because the buses don't run on a schedule, it can take anywhere from five to thirty minutes to get to campus.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No Drugs – Alcohol Abundant, but no other drugs. Some weed. No peer pressure really, although could feel kind of left out if you don't go to parties on the weekend. Policy is strict, anyone found to have been drinking, anywhere on campus not just at parties, is taken to the infirmary. Slightly unnecessary sometimes, especially when that's full and they take you to the local hospital. Quiet hours start at 2 on the weekend. Really?

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Garage is expensive if you want to park a car for a night.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: It is a false statement that Greek Life does not exist at Boston College. Though the school does not formally recognize these organizations they do exist. There is a chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon which is a Boston-wide chapter encompassing BC, BU and Northeastern. There is also a Sigma Phi Epsilon students can join. These organizations are young and not up to par with big Greek school chapters but are still great options for students who want to have a good time and experience Greek Life.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Not Nearly as Bad as People Think – BC has a terrible reputation for being really homogeneous in population but there is actually quite a bit of diversity, not only in the traditional sense but also in the diversity of the way the students act, dress, etc.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great Food – You can take the free shuttle bus to Cleveland Circle which has Eagles Deli, Pinos Pizza, Boloco, Chipotle and more. Right next to lower campus there is a few places including Dunkin Donuts. Aside from that there's the whole city of Boston a quick t ride away.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Athletic center could use an upgrade, no student, very nice libraries, tons of on campus activities, gorgeous campus

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Very safe, blue light system, BC Police Department

3 College Freshman

Weather: Miserable Winter – It's warm for the first couple weeks to a month after school starts. Winter is pretty miserable with a lot of snow and rain. School rarely, if ever, gets cancelled. The campus is pretty small, so getting to classes isn't that bad. Once it warms up, everyone plays/studies outside.


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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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