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Reviews 1302 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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!

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

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Roommate Selection Can Be a Bitch – Beware the freshmen girl population during february and march goes crazy trying to figure out rooming for next year. Rooms all generally pretty nice everyone hates CoRo and Greycliff and the mods rooming wise are not all that they are cracked up to be.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: North End Groupie – Its boston great food abounds. Some of my personal fans, Color Korean Deli, Assagio in the North End, Barking Crab down on the wharf.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: BC is one of the safest schools you can find. I feel very comfortable walking around even late in the evening. For women take the R.A.D class it gets you in touch with the police officers on campus and once they know you if you ever need a problem they are very available. Also they have blue lights everywhere and the campus is very well light. If you feel even a little bit uncomfortable about walking back to your dorm from the library they have vans or walking services and the police officers are very nice. Sometimes they can be hard asses on off campus parties but always better to have the BC police break it up than the actual Boston police.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: A Great Place to Live – freshman dorms are ok but after that the dorms offer a great variety. easy access to all and alot of different options.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: At Boston College you will find the facilites to be quite good. The athtletic centers are a hub for many students. The sporting events and the gym is top notch. The libraries are accessable and a great place to study. Dorms are very nice and dining is exceptional. Always dorm or campus activities available and well attended

2 College Freshman

Administration: Police and RAs can be strict about drinking and drug use. You get written up the first time and the next it gets more severe. I would say be low key about it and be cooperative when you do get caught.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs aren't as prevalent, you really have to ask for it and when you do it's difficult to get a hold of. Drinking is popular however BC has no frats or sororities so you have to go to senior housing to get access. BC police can be intense, specially with freshmen about drinking, but they have a policy that if you call for emergency help for yourself or your friend they will not write you down.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The BC dinning experience is very varied. There are many options and we are on a money based system rather than meal based so you really have the choice to go for meals that are truly very very good or just decently priced. We have a Chocolate bar that is very popular with students where you can use your eagle bucks. I had a friend visit and she, who attends American University, said that the food was definitely better at BC.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Convenient and Constant – Boston College has buses constantly running two routes (until two in the morning). One bus runs around Chestnut Hill campus and out to Newton Campus (where some freshman dorms are. The other runs down Commonwealth avenue and transports people from off campus housing. The B-line t stop is across the street from lower campus and provides easy access to boston. Overall I wouldn't advise a car, because parking is horrendous and expensive, but the public transportation is wonderful.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Tasty at Times, but Nothing Special – I've certainly eaten at worse dining facilities. Yet the fact that that description is the first to come to mind says a lot about the food. It can be good, but food is generally overcooked, and by the end of the year the repetition becomes grueling. Addie's Loft is a dining area that sources locally grown and organic food, and generally has delicious options. Overall I feel that I can't complain.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Beautiful, Safe, but Quiet – Boston College is surrounded by safe, beautiful, quiet suburbs. Newton and Chestnut Hill are lovely, but more of the sort of place I'd consider retiring to. Though boston is only a 35-40 minute T-ride away, BC is definitely separated from the expansive city. For a college student the area can become somewhat dull, despite its beauty.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: BC has great academics. Professors truly care and are always willing to go the extra-mile with you whether it's being open to scheduling an individual appointment, pushing you to your limits, etc. You will receive a top-notch education here.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Very Easy – Choosing a major is completely simple. All you have to do is declare, then take the classes required. There are a few specialized programs with an application process, but the average student has it easy.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Great; Housing Selection Process Is Complicated – I have had a great experience with the dorms at BC. Dorm life is one of the best experiences at BC, but the housing selection process in Sophomore, Junior, Senior years is semi-complicated.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: At a first glance, BC may seem to be predominantly Caucasian. However, minorities have an extremely strong presence on campus. Although they may not be as large in number, the minority students have a large impact on the BC community via a branch of the student government designed to focus solely on the needs of the AHANA (Asian, Hispanic, African American, Native American) community.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: Not Overbearing – Although BC has my major, a lot of my friends came into BC not having a major because there is a somewhat limited selection. I love my major because I never feel overwhelmed and I think Political Science classes gear you to be a great thinker. There's a lot of reading to do and most of your exams will be papers, but with that in mind there's always an opportunity to ramble on an easy and possibly get a good grade versus selecting the wrong answer on a multiple choice bio quiz. I'm always getting constant emails about internships available to me and I have a fantastic support system in my mentors and adviser.


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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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