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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.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Above Average for the Most Part – Students (both guys and girls) aren't amazing, but most know how to take care of themselves. They're above average in terms of physical appearance. There is a lot of drinking, a lot of hookups, but comparatively little serious relationships

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3 College Freshman

Technology: Possibly Tedious but Overall Decent in Every Aspect – The computer labs have both mac and hp computers. The hp computers are pretty old and a bit slow. I would definitely recommend a personal computer/laptop. You can print either in the library or at the CTRC; it can be a little tedious to have only two printing locations, but I have not had a big problem with it. Internet-both ethernet and wifi-are decent. The weather frequently interferes with the signals, though.

1 College Junior

Diversity: VERY BAD – There's an asian table, a black table... There are three white guys who hang out with the asians and are known by all the asians as "the white guy who hangs out with the asians" and are accused of having asian fetishes. You feel like a minority as a non-white individual. Race is such a touchy topic because people like to avoid conflict or seeming like a racist, so it's not acknowledged. Personality diversity is bad too, students are all conservative, and preppy. There won't be any people with pink, purple dyed hair, or goths and skaters, or that many hipsters.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Jesuit. Conservative. Community Service. If you're conservative you'll fit right in, if you're liberal, you'll notice and have issues with the conservatism. BC is Jesuit. And you can feel it. It's obsessed with community service, which is good. They seem to want to push you towards devoting your life to service, or helping other people. A few have noted that BC is very good at inspiring kids to do community service, but not to fight for justice. BC is a very "nice person" school- people are obsessed with holding the doors for others too, and being polite, but one thing is that kids aren't upfront when they should be about stuff- like people are too "polite" to talk about race because they fear offending people. In general though, the school is very concerned with student spiritual well-being, they inspire you to think about life seriously, and doing what you love while if not serving God (Jesuit), helping other people. The school main activities that kids participate in are spiritual, not strictly Catholic, retreats, and service trips. Other cons include that BC's official policy is homophobic- they banned a GLBT dance a couple of years ago- while a lot of kids aren't homophobic, a number are. This is not a school where GBLTs will come out of the closet or where kids explore sexuality. As loving as the Jesuits are, this is a big issue.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: I Hope You Like Sandwiches and Fast-Food Type Food – The food's was ranked amazing by someone, and I don't see why. They serve something that changes everyday, home cooked-type food, sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bland. It's your typical campus, buffet style food. They also have a vegan, vegetarian prepackaged food section which is alright. They have sandwhiches and wraps pre-made too, and there's a dining hall which features sandshiches and burgers. A lot of kids live off yoghurt or cereal or the salad bars in the dining halls. There are two large dining halls and two smaller ones that are only open sometimes. One problem is that no freshmen get kitchens, and not many sophomores do, and if you don't have one you're forced to pay 4400 a year for a meal plan, forced. And so many kids don't eat this much, and so are left with tons of money that doesn't carry over to the next school year so kids buy others meals or buy bulk packages at the end of the year. A few creative kids buy food and give it to homeless people when they go to the city.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Going to the city is easier than for other colleges, but it can be a pain still. A 15-minute car ride to the city becomes a 1 hour commute via a bus to the train station, then the train ride to the city. This is decent enough though, kids who desperately need to get away can easily go to the city every day. Around campus you need to deal with lots of stairs and hills, but it's not too bad. The walkways arent smoothly paved because BC is this old campus. There's a bus that goes around the campus that you can take to the train stations, to off-campus housing sites nearby, to off-campus eating areas and stores, and around the campus if youre lazy, although the campus can be walked across in 20 mins or so. The buses stop running at 2 AM though, which is a pain for the kids who live off-campus who are in the libraries til 4. Some kids sleep in the libraries because of this, although you can call for vans to escort you to where you live around campus within a 2 mile radius, but sometimes they don't show up.

1 College Junior

Administration: Super Strict Ras – BC is scary strict, especially with the freshman class. The RAs are not to be messed with. They are allowed to come into your room anytime and look around, they just can't open your closets and friges. They will knock on your door if you make a lot of noise. Campus police regularly prowls on weekends, busting parties sometimes before 12, so the party scene suffers, and people have to be super quiet.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Hard Drugs Are Hard to Find, Cognative Enhancement Drugs More Popular – In the study lounges and on the bus you'll regularly hear about kids taking adderall and ritalin or caffeine pills to study, but that seems to be a regular university thing, and it's not like you feel pressured to get into that too to compete. Aside from that, not many kids do hard drugs, or talk about them openly. It's very easy to avoid coming across that crowd. Weed is the most common drug, but alcohol is the main "drug" of choice. Most BC kids seem hard core drug-free being Jesuit and all that.


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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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