College Sophomore 2013-01-06T00:06:57Z
Half of the freshman class lives on Newton, which is a 10 minute shuttle ride from academic buildings. Total bogus. Even upper is a bit far from classes.
The rooms are pretty small, sometimes smaller than promised.
College Sophomore 2013-01-06T00:00:34Z
Boston College flaunts it's proximity to the city: it's not close at all. On a good day, it would take at least 40 minutes to get from Upper Campus to Fenway. Worst case scenario, it could take over an hour.
If you live on upper and you need to get into the city at any time before 5pm, forget about it: you aren't going anywhere. The shuttle doesn't go through there, so you'll either have to walk to the D line (20 minute walk) or down to B (15 minute walk, extremely slow service). If you're crafty, you can walk down to lower, catch the shuttle there, then take the D at Reservoir.
Either way, the only convenience store nearby is on the B line and that'll take a minimum of 10 minutes whether you walk to take the shuttle.
College Sophomore 2013-01-05T23:50:30Z
The food at Boston College is absolutely incredible.
College Sophomore 2013-01-05T23:43:10Z
It's really hit-or-miss at Boston College. I've found that some of the professors are very interested in helping you learn and are excited to have conversations with you about the topics, even outside the classroom. On the other hand, I've found some of the professors to be very dry and boring--and even some that are not interested in helping you learn the material at all, but instead are trying to make the course as difficult as possible for their own satisfaction.
College Sophomore 2013-01-05T23:33:21Z
Alcohol? Yes. Marijuana? Yes. Study drugs? Absolutely.
Most people drink and if they don't, they usually smoke. If you don't use drugs or drink, it's not like you won't have any friends, but you will certainly be a part of a separate group of people. A few of my friends at BC have used cocaine and ecstasy, but that's definitely uncommon.
College Sophomore 2013-01-05T23:30:42Z
It only snowed once or twice this semester. The ice does get pretty dangerous, especially because there are so many stairs and hardly any salt is used on them. Overall, the wealthy is pretty fair--only a bit nippy in the winters. The weather can be a bit unpredictable from time to time, but it's not that crazy.
College Sophomore 2013-01-05T23:28:00Z
Sex is not allowed on campus (although this is hardly enforced, it does send a pretty close-minded message to the students), and you can't buy condoms in the school store or get them at health services. The housing administration does not make an effort to help you when you are having serious issues with your room. For me, personally, the situation became pretty drastic before Boston College was forced to take action. Freedom of speech for select clubs is pretty horrendous. The RAs are somewhat lenient about drug use and noise, but it differs wildly from floor to floor.
College Senior 2013-01-05T19:04:42Z
Campus housing is great at BC. For underclassmen, people come to clean the shared bathrooms every other day or so, and the rooms (while they aren't huge) provide a bed, dresser, closet, and shelves for freshmen. Upperclassmen housing is even better, with fridges, common rooms, full kitchens, etc.
College Senior 2013-01-05T19:02:14Z
BC is pretty strict about noise, more than anything else. It depends on your RA, but you're more likely to get written up for noise than anything else. If you plan to drink underage in your dorm room, you just have to be smart about it. Throwing a party with 20 people in a tiny room is likely to get you in trouble, but hanging out with a few friends isn't a big deal. Also, drinking games aren't allowed on campus, so you could get written up for having a table that looks like it's for beer pong, or having red solo cups/ping pong balls out.
College Senior 2013-01-05T18:56:49Z
The BC buses are very convenient. They provide free transport on and off campus until 2 am, and there's an app (TransLoc) that shows you where the buses are at any given time, so you know which stop to go to.
College Senior 2013-01-02T16:34:39Z
The weather in Boston is not that great. It drizzles almost every morning and it rains a lot. You better have an umbrella and good rains boots or you are screwed. In the winters there are cold as hell but, during the spring and summer, the weather gets nicer. If you don't mind the cold and the rain then BC is not a problem.
College Sophomore 2012-12-31T05:11:35Z
Not a lot of students do drugs, but weed is common. Drugs are still there if you want them, it is just not something most people do. Mali is common among some students, but not many. Most students do drink but the few that do not are not judged. One of my roommates does not drink and she still comes out and has a great time. However, the school can be really stick about drugs and alcohol, sometimes sending drunk students to the hospital when it is not necessary. It an be annoying and a pain for them but it is BC policy.
College Sophomore 2012-12-31T04:50:35Z
Upon entering BC most students are in one of the four main houses (Carol school of Management, Arts and Sciences, Nursing, or Lynch school of education) The path is often set up for each of these programs, except arts and sciences, which is far more wide-spread. Getting into the per-profession programs is more difficult when applying from high school, because it requires knowing exactly why you want to be a part of the program. However, transfering into these programs is often difficult when you are in Arts and Sciences. In addition, the International Relations program at BC (part of arts and sciences) is very hard to get into. Admission is based on freshmen year grades (usually not the best year academically because most students struggle adjusting).
College Sophomore 2012-12-31T04:36:42Z
Everyone on campus is very accepting of other races. Although diversity has increased at the school in recent years, I still feel that this can improve further. However, most students are open minded and learn from each other, which makes the existing diversity at BC great.
College Junior 2012-12-31T03:32:48Z
Buses take you most of the places you'd want to go...they can be late and unreliable sometimes though.
College Junior 2012-12-31T03:31:30Z
The only part I have really enjoyed thus far at bc...professors are generally good at teaching and extremely knowledgeable about their subjects. They are also very available to help. Big lectures can be hard to keep up with, however, and the core classes can have a really detrimental effect on your gpa.
College Senior 2012-12-27T21:09:18Z
I have never had a problem with BC's computers. The library has a great system that allows you to print using your Eagle ID card. You get 500 pages free a semester, which I have never had a problem with.
College Senior 2012-12-27T21:06:03Z
Overall, student services was helpful regarding my financial aid. It was a stressful process, but once I sat down with my financial aid counselor, he was eager to help me. I am able to afford school.
College Sophomore 2012-12-27T00:31:52Z
I would say drug use at BC depends on who you hang out with. You will definitely meet people who participate but the vast majority are just smokers. And usually this is done rather privately - if you want to partake, it's there for you, but if you don't want to, you most likely will never feel pressured to and it shouldn't interfere into your life. The majority of students do drink, but again most could care less if you don't want to do the same. As far as enforcing the rules, BCPD is definitely out every weekend but I think for the most part, as long as you aren't being stupid and you can get yourself home safe, you should be ok. If you DO get caught, they usually send you to health services or the hospital no matter what, but they're not wasting their time banging on every door to bust students - if you get caught, no offense but you probably deserve it.
College Senior 2012-12-20T15:50:18Z
Boston has tons of options. Each area has its own atmosphere so you can pick and choose what you want. Going downtown provides lots of additional options, but avoid the temptation of taking the B line. It's long and slow and packed. Take the walk to the C or D, you'll appreciate it.
College Senior 2012-12-20T15:48:45Z
There are a lot of apartments in the area near campus but Boston is an expensive city! The average one-bedroom apartment costs $1300. It is very easy to find housing, but one of the main challenges is that all the landlords use realtors, and a realtor fee is usually a month's rent (although sometimes you can talk them down). Parking is also difficult and you should expect to have to rent a parking space as well.
College Senior 2012-12-20T15:45:00Z
They have a learning center for student athletes that provides counseling, tutoring, and a study center. They are very dedicated to supporting athletes in their academics.
College Senior 2012-12-20T15:44:04Z
The parking lots on campus flood when there is rain and recently the library in the social work building was flooded. The "million dollar staircase" is also an added challenge when there is rain or it is slippery.
College Junior 2012-12-12T04:51:05Z
I know i received my financial aid package fairly quick and the amount i still have to pay i worked out a payment plan. However i do know that alot of my friends did not have such a smooth transition and their accounts are often put on hold. This doesn't allow them to register for class, housing, and other things.
College Junior 2012-12-12T04:45:42Z
Nightlife is for students who are 21 or older. There are a few 18-and-older clubs, but most of the clubs are in providence so if you dont have a car don't count on it.Off-campus parties or dorm parties are ok it all depends on the DJ and how sober you are(usually you are not so you'll have a good time). The only problem with off campus parties or parties at other schools like MIT, Northeastern and BU is that you have to pay for a cab back to campus. It's not that much money but is it worth it every weekends?
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