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Campus Quality


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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Architecture is beautiful, but they put way more effort into putting a good face on the school than providing a good atmosphere for students.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Campus itself is beautiful. It's utopian. The buildings all match and it's unbelievable. There's a lot of green space and it looks great. A lot of the classrooms are really nice too. However the school is lacking in science and technological resources and artistic resources like fine arts and film. The registration system is prehistoric which is very weird and seems behind considering the amount of money this school steals from us each year.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Campus is a beut... Every building is so beautiful and amazing. I feel proud to walk around campus and tell people I go to BC.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Campus is beautiful, lots of green space

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The Bapst Library is known to look a lot like the Hogwarts dining hall. Other than that, the rest of the architecture is still pretty interesting. The outside of almost every building looks like it's very old, but they're actually not.


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The facilities at Boston College always receive mixed reviews. The athletic center for the student athletes is exceptional, but unfortunately, isn’t open to non-athlete students. The Plex is where everyone else works out, and while it does have a wide variety of amenities—group workouts, indoor track, tennis courts, pool, sauna, weight machines, cardio machines, basketball courts, and more—it is usually extremely crowded and hot, so be prepared to wait for a machine.

When it comes to the student center, don’t bother looking—there isn’t one. This doesn’t really seem to be a problem for BC students, though, because everyone functions just fine without one. McElroy, a building on Middle Campus, currently acts as a sort of student center. It has an area with couches and vending machines where many students gather in between classes, and it also has three dining halls—Eagle’s Nest, The Chocolate Bar, and Carney’s—which are very popular during lunch hours.


Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
240 acres
Student Centers
There isn't an official one, but McElroy has a nice area with couches and vending machines that students commonly meet in.
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Bapst Library
  • O'Neill Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Dustbowl
  • Hillside
  • McElroy Commons
  • The Quad
Bar on Campus
None, but Mary Ann's is right down the street!
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Hillside Café has a coffee counter that features a huge selection of Starbucks beverages
Movie Theater on Campus
School Slang
  • CoRo: College Road, located on Upper Campus, where unlucky sophomores have to live
  • The Mods: Modular housing on Lower Campus where seniors live. Notorious for huge parties and lots of hook-ups
  • The Plex: The student gym
: Most of our traditions center around sports. Students at BC go to games to cheer for their team. They tailgate before and party after. They also know every word of the fight song.
Favorite Things To Do
Favorite things to do include play Frisbee or catch in the Dustbowl, hang out in Hillside Café, catch a show at Robsham Theater, get a coffee or chocolatey dessert in The Chocolate Bar, or play sports in The Plex. Student activity on campus is usually very dependent on the weather! In the warmer months, you're likely to find your friends hanging out in the Dustbowl-playing Frisbee or soaking in the sun while they read. The Quad is also a popular place for students to congregate and is used especially to advertise upcoming student events. During the wintery months, students avoid the outdoors like the plague. Although there have been a few snowman sightings, students are more likely to be found hanging out in The Rat or Eagle's Nest dining halls drinking hot coffee and spending time with friends. McElroy Commons has an area with couches and vending machines that is commonly used as a meeting spot for BC students. And, of course, there are also school-sponsored events to attend, such as athletic events, shows, dances, and more. Keep your eyes open and you're sure to find something fun to do!
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
O'Neill Library has recently undergone some serious changes! The library is now open earlier, is adding more electrical outlets for laptop users, and even has free earplugs for those who want to study in total silence. Additionally, there is a new leisure reading kiosk on the main level of the library where you can stop in between classes to catch up on your newspaper and magazine reading.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 80 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 23% Hockey Games
  • 23% Football Games
  • 16% Plex
  • 10% Chilling with dormmates or friends
  • 7% Club Meetings
  • 6% Culture events
  • 4% Talks by celebrities/professors
  • 4% Run the Res
  • 3% Watch Netflix
  • 1% Piano
  • 1% Addies

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 24 responses

  • 38% Marathon Monday
  • 19% Beanpot
  • 10% Showdown
  • 9% Modstock
  • 7% ALC Boat Cruise
  • 5% Mudstock
  • 5% Concerts here suck.... Shwayze, seriously BC?
  • 5% Retreats
  • 2% Arrupe

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 27 responses

  • 11% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 41% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 37% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 11% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 80 responses

  • 36% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 48% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 9% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 8% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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