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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: If your not familiar with the BC bubble chances are you don't go to BC. At Boston College there are tons of things to do in town because Boston is college town, but I feel many students don't take advantage of what they're given. There's Fenway, local shopping centers like Cambridgeside Galleria, Natick, and Copley. Plenty of bars and places to eat, and even movie theaters.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Presemt – The drug scene at Boston College is pretty limited, depending on who you hang out with. Smoking pot is the only drug I have heard of some using. Drinking is much more widespread and popular

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Events Are Huge – D1 Sports at BC are a big deal - especially Football and Hockey. If you're not going to the football games in the fall, during those times you might as well study because the rest of the campus is dead. The spirit is amazing and the events and tailgates are so fun. Club is pretty competitive, so I tend to stick to IM. IMs are really fun, can be hard to get into because of limited space for teams.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Profs Truly Care – I am in the Business school, and I love it. All of my professors (in any of the schools) really care about not only how you're doing in class, but you're well being as well. They put a lot of time and effort in you if you return the favor.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Much More Popular Than Drugs. Drugs are not a very big thing at BC. If people are using drugs, it's usually just smoking. Drinking is much more popular and it seems like a pretty big part of life at BC. However, there are plenty of people who don't drink too. It all depends on what you want to do with your time at BC.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Beautiful Campus – BC's campus is absolutely beautiful, and there are some really gorgeous buildings. The library is great, very big, with a lot of room to study. There are several different buildings for classes to be held in and they are all top-notch. THe athletic center is a little dated, but it's still great and accessible, with a lot of work out machines/equipment, a pool, and rooms where group fitness classes are held. There are also several dining halls on campus; a very popular spot in Addie's organic cafe, which serves only organic and locally grown food for dinner. All the dining halls are very nice.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Chestnut Hill/Boston Area – BC is located in a suburb of Boston. The campus itself is absolutely beautiful, and there are several restaurants and little shops in walking distance of campus. The best part however is that it's only about a ten minute subway ride into the heart of Boston. Boston is such a fun city to explore, and there are so many awesome concerts, museums, restaurants, parks, etc. The location of BC is great because it's not right in the city, so there's a very well-defined campus feeling to it, yet you can easily get quickly into the city whenever you want.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Forms, Forms, So Many Froms – My experience so far with the financial aid process has been somewhat confusing. There are numerous forms that must be sent and the directions/ specifity of those forms isn't all that clear. Overall, I wish the process was more clear- cut.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It Cost How Much? considering I am an entering freshman, there is a limited amount of information I can indulge on this subject. From what I've heard, the apartment facilities off campus are relatively nice while also being a comfortable distance from the campus which makes transportation easy. The downfall would appear to be price/ affordability of the off- campus housing.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Traveling out of the realm of the boston college gates, one will find a variety of eating facilities. From the well- known chessecake factory to the northeastern specialty legal seafoods, whatever your tastebuds crave, there's a good chance you'll be able to find what your looking for off- campus. Following your meal, the only to go is the local ice cream shop, which can only be found on the realms of the boston college campus.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Its an awesome school! You get to meet awesome people who are very enthusiastic about the school they are attending.

3 College Freshman

Administration: BCPD is pretty strict when it comes to football games,etc. But we have services that lets you call the police/hospital if someone is way too drunk. It has a no questions askedpolicy and the person won't be in trouble

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – They are all generally good looking people on campus

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Its New England, What Do You Expect? College Tours usually happen in the Spring or Fall because that's when campus looks its best ( and the campus is beautiful). Those are the two best seasons in New England.

The winter is very cold, with lots of snow ( usually) but since most students live on campus, or conveniently close to campus ( if they live off campus), then BC rarely shuts down due to snow storms.

However, the maintenance staff usually do a good job of cleaning snow and ice to make it safe for students and staff. Just wear lots of layers.

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The BC shuttle( free) takes you to most off-campus residences, including Cleveland Circle, which gives you easy access CVS, bars, and fast food options like Bolocco and Eagle's Deli. Cleveland Circle is also close to the C and D lines, part of Boston's "T" train/subway system. The T cost 1.70/ride with a charlie card. Students can get discounts on semester passes if they plan on going into Boston frequently.

BC is also close to the B line which leads you downtown, past Boston University. The city of Boston is a quick 20-30 minute T ride away!

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Well-Rounded Students – As a liberal arts institution, Boston College offers a variety of courses and students are required to complete certain core courses despite whatever major they may choose. These courses let students become well rounded. Workload varies by subject, but excellence ( getting As) is something most students strive for.

Professors are usually approachable and available for help. There is a tutoring center as well. O'Neil and Bapst Libraries are very popular study areas.

5 College Junior

Academics: Good balance in my opinion – I feel like BC is definitely a good place to come if you want a good balance of research and teaching. Our professors do tend to lean more towards the research side, but they all seem to be really outstanding teachers as well (from my experience). I have taken a lot of classes from many different departments and schools, due to my majors/minor choices and the core curriculum which really forces you to become a well rounded thinker. The science classes are really big starting out and you'll most likely be dealing with TA's but the upper level classes get a lot smaller.

4 College Junior

Administration: Not as bad as people are saying – Although I think the BCPD are pretty strict, it doesn't seem like they are the ones usually breaking up the parties. We have a party registering system, which I haven't seen at most other schools which allows you to register a party and the RA's usually won't bother you until the end of the registered time (2am) so it's generally not that bad. It's definitely not as free as other schools, like Yale, but you will definitely have fun without getting caught if you are smart about it, in my opinion.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: If You Want It' It's There – I would say there are definitely enough parties to go to if you're looking for them. Most parties don't have cover charges (I've never been to one that did) so you won't go broke partying. We have a party registering system (someone 21 needs to register the party if there is alcohol obviously), where RA's wont break up the party until 2 AM (unless you're like burning the building down) so most underclassmen go to these parties with their friends.

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: Good Food, but Expensive – Our dining halls have pretty good food. I think that they really try hard with BC dining, but I can't help but hate how expensive the food is! We don't have a swipe plan like most schools, our system is a debit system where you pay for a set amount of money and everything that you get detracts from that amount. Most people don't run out of money, but that's because they make you buy a pretty expensive meal plan. It's not completely up-surd but I think they could do more to lower the prices. The variety is okay... I can't help but feeling like I'm always eating the same stuff but I don't know if that's just me or if it's because of the options. I feel like when you first get here, it seems like there are SO many choices but like most schools it'll get old. We have 4 or 5 dining halls on main campus and one on newton campus. I love how they are open so late, unlike most other school dining halls. It's really convenient to grab food whenever you need it.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking at BC is so frustrating. You'll only get a permit if you're a student teacher or nurse and even then it runs you about $490. Parking tickets are $75 each and although tickets aren't always handed out like candy, the police officers don't think twice about slapping you with the 75 dollar fine.

4 College Junior

Technology: The CTRC, or computer lab area, is full of Macs and PCs and it's usually pretty full, but I never have a hard time finding a computer to use. We get 500 free prints and the internet network is pretty reliable. Freshmen dorms don't get wi-fi, at least we didn't when I was a freshman (two years ago) so this may have changed by now.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Encourging Development – At Boston College, I have found that the majority of students want to get involved in their school outside of academics and partying. It is a place where I have come to find both pride in who I am, but also have come to realize that I do have shortcomings and prejudices. It is an open and friendly school that brings out the best in people.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Present but Not Always Integrated – The diversity on campus is present, but not overwhelming. It is surprising how many cultural/racial groups stick together. I believe the AHANA program at Boston College almost encourages segregation.
As for economic diversity, that is definitely present. It is primarily Catholic and the sexual orientation diversity is very much limited.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe and Secure – Located in Chestnut Hill and Newton, I have never felt unsafe at Boston College. Everyone is very friendly and have never even been hackeled on the streets.


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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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