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4 College Junior

Athletics: Granted we may not have the best of teams, but they are all generally respectable. With that, our fair-weather fans are of little help but at times they do come through. Many students come to BC not as sport fans but learn to have a certain level of appreciation for our Athletic programs. Students who never come to any football games their entire BC career tend not to be in popular social circles. The average student will attend at minimum several athletic events a year.

4 College Junior

Academics: Best Education Outside the Ivy League – As a Chemistry major, and also in the pre-med program I can affirm that I am receiving a top notch education here at BC. As our chemistry program ranks among the best in the nation, the faculty here are mostly all scholars in their respective fields. With respect to many other academic programs we excel when compared with the highest quality universities.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Everyone Drinks, a Few People Smoke, Not Much Else – Almost everyone drinks (usually thursday through saturday nights) and alcohol is definitely an integral part of sporting event attendance. As far as smoking goes, a good amount of people smoke weed although this is much less out-in-the-open and you'll definitely have to look a little harder for it if that is what you're into. Every once in a blue moon I'll encounter hard drugs at a party. Adderall is also very popular around exam time.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Limitless Options – If you are 21 (if you have a good fake), the nightlife options are almost limitless. One of my favorite things about BC is the fact that there is a very good party scene on and around campus, with the mods, off-campus apartments, suites and dorms that all throw parties on the weekends (these parties become easier to find and get into the older you get and the more people you know), but there is also all of the nightlife that Boston has to offer (bars, clubs, sporting events and other shows, etc). There are also plenty of other colleges nearby whose parties are pretty easy to get into. Nightlife is definitely very exciting and abundant for BC students.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Community Service – Boston College provides you with the many opportunities. The one I will focus on is the Boston College really emphasizes the importance of being men and women for others. For that reason Boston College provides countless Community Service opportunities inside and outside the country. Personally I have been able to go to a service trip to New Orleans to provide Hurricane relief for Hurricane Katrina. It was an experience I will always remember. Even though it's been more than 5 years much of New Orleans is still in terrible condition, which was shocking to me. If many more people had this chance, they would be aware of the injustices that occur in this country.

3 College Junior

Technology: I think Boston College does a really good job with having computers accessible for the Boston College community. There are many computers available in the library as well as the computer labs on access. I think printing should be available on both Lower and Upper Campus as well though, but I think there are a lot of printing stations available on middle campus.
The wireless could be a bit slow at times, but it is pretty reliable.

2 College Junior

Diversity: Although there are numerous attempts to try and create awareness throughout the campus with various talk and discussions, most students are just not concerned with understand the minority (Boston College calls it the AHANA) community. Many of these individuals come from wealthy families around Massachusetts and Connecticut. I am not going to say all of these students that come from wealthy families aren't concerned with diversity and equality issues because that would be a gross generalization, but there are issues on this campus that many aren't aware of nor are they willing to learn about them. There has also been a lot of controversy in the past few years with the way the campus police treats the member of the AHANA community which is obviously a major issue. I am going to give Boston College a "C" because I think Boston College is trying to raise awareness to the rest of the community, but I believe they have yet to face the continuous problems the AHANA community is having with the police though. I think that is a major issue that has to be confronted.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The Boston College Police Department are very helpful with safety and issues on campus. Especially on weekends to make sure everyone is staying safe. Also, the campus provides an Eagle Escort, which is a car that takes you home to your dorm safely during the night no questions asked which helps a lot of students get home safely.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great Food, but a Little Inconvenient for My Taste – Boston has great food, but getting there is a little inconvenient. Delivery service abound though, and they're pretty good.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Chocolate Bar - awesome! Addy's Loft - awesome! everything else - mediocre. off-campus dining with mealplan money - nonexistent.

5 College Junior

Academics: Professors are great and always willing to help, curriculum is reasonable, workload is reasonable.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Typical Preps – Overall, everyone at Boston College is welcoming once you know them, but many people look hard to approach. People generally find their own group of friends by sophomore year so it's hard to meet new people unless you're active in clubs, activities, etc. While most people appear to be upper middle class preppy kids, there are a lot of down to earth, nice people.

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4 College Junior

Academics: This is one of the first co-curricular majors that BC created. The biology and chemistry departments work really well together to provide a good solid background in both subjects. The teachers for the required courses are all very knowledgeable. The courseload can be tough but in my experience, professors are always willing to help. There's lots of research opportunities on campus as you can work in a biology or chemistry lab so theres more options. Also, as you go further on there are a lot of interesting classes to choose from for advanced electives, which gives you some freedom to learn about things you are actually interested in.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: A Little Tough – It's a bit difficult to get the amount of aid you want at BC; however, you will always get the amount of aid you need. I had to go back to the office numerous (6?) times to complete my financial aid award. Persistence is key.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love that I chose BC as my undergraduate university. This school grows with you. It's full of smart people and incredible professors, the campus is beautiful, and it's a place that's truly conducive to learning. In the classroom or outside, I've enjoyed my time and learned more about myself in 4 short years than any other time in my life.

4 College Senior

Academics: The core curriculum (mathematics, social science, natural science, fine arts, cultural diversity, etc.) is one typical of a liberal arts university. The workload is intense, and worthy of a Top 50 national school. Registration isn't too bad; you're bound to get a "bad pick time" at some point in your 4 years, but professors and departments can be flexible if you're persistent enough. The Carroll School of Management and Connell School of Nursing have some of the busiest, most involved students on campus. All in all, I'm very satisfied with the breadth and difficulty of BC's academics, and believe it's a great place for a student to narrow their interests while keeping a broad view of the world outside BC.

1 College Senior

Parking: Parking is available for faculty and staff, and commuters can get a special permit but it costs an arm and a leg. Best bet? Ride the T.

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.

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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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