College Junior 2012-08-01T15:24:57Z
It's often cloudy and yes it rains and snows but it's just the people from New Jersey and California that seem to think this is terrible. I call it normal. You need to get used to weather with precipitation and seasons people. It can always be blue skies and sunshine.
College Senior 2012-07-24T17:00:56Z
Students come to BC from all over the world (literally), and part of the experience is learning about other people's cultural backgrounds, even if that only entails the accents they pick up from their home state. Many people comment on how little ethnic diversity we have on campus, but we are about 30% AHANA students (Afr. American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American), and that number is growing every year.
College Senior 2012-07-24T16:56:18Z
Don't Plan on Bringing a Car to School. Parking is readily available for weekday visitors. On the weekends, expect some kind of ticket.
College Senior 2012-07-24T16:55:19Z
Cleveland Circle, Newton Centre, and the City of Boston! Cleveland Circle is closest to campus, with great places to eat that span from fast food to sit-down restaurants. The great restaurants Boston has to offer are also just a short train ride away from campus.
College Sophomore 2012-07-24T14:49:39Z
Hockey Hockey Hockey – Hockey is the sport to watch if you want to see good game and many students have student tickets to the hockey games. I like going to the football games more however because of the pregamming and tailgating. Basketball isnt as big but still draws a crowd. Theres something for everone.
College Sophomore 2012-07-24T14:47:05Z
Excellent Professors – 99% have the highest degree in their field and all are very interesting and easy to approach.
College Sophomore 2012-07-24T14:45:21Z
Never a Dull Moment – BC itself is always full of things to do but if you are still looking for something else to do, hope on the B line and you'll be in downtown Boston in about 20 minutes. Boston is a phenomenal city and is always fun to go to.
College Sophomore 2012-07-24T14:35:55Z
Dont Expect Much If You Are Middle Class or Above. I got 3K in loans and im middle class. Very big investment but I'm hoping its worth it. Other than that, the financial aid process is easy and the help lines are always very helpful.
College Sophomore 2012-07-24T14:30:02Z
The Majority of Professors Are Luminaries in Their Fields. I've always been very impressed by how distinguished the professors are here at BC. Never a dull class.
College Junior 2012-07-23T03:02:59Z
Good but Repetitive – The meal plan at BC works like a debit card. When you swipe your card, you pay for each item you put on your plate.
The food is actually really good on campus but eating in the five dining halls gets tiring after a while. A good alternative is eating out on the weekend at one of the thousands of restaurants in Boston or Cleveland Circle.
College Junior 2012-07-23T02:58:23Z
Internships Available – BC has a really great career center that is very willing to find students internships. There are many options in Boston especially but the staff will help you find an internship anywhere really. They are very involved and excited to help students, but the student has to take the first step to visit the career center.
College Junior 2012-07-23T02:55:27Z
The Wifi Great! WiFi is available practically everywhere on campus and is pretty fast and reliable. Also, the computer labs don't usually fill up except maybe around finals. However, printing is sometimes inconvenient because of weird hours of the printing stations in the dorms.
College Junior 2012-07-23T02:50:31Z
Health & Safety:
Never Felt Unsafe – Boston College is located in Chestnuthill, MA which is a completely safe suburb of Boston. The BCPD are also very diligent in keeping the campus safe. Our dorms don't have security desks where you must sign guests in because there has never been a problem like there would be for a school in the city.
College Sophomore 2012-07-21T15:10:38Z
Drugs really not a thing – There are students who drink, this is general knowledge. When there's a party you can expect there to be alcohol. You, however, are never pressured to do something g you don't want to do. Drugs, on the other hand, is something that happens but on an extremely smaller, more private scale. Drugs are really not present, as alcohol is, at the college. The strong majority of students really don't do drugs.
College Sophomore 2012-07-21T15:03:43Z
great food – The food is great. There is every sort of option available: vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. There are plenty of dining halls to choose from.
College Sophomore 2012-07-21T14:54:50Z
Just Be Yourself – Yes, there are a lot of students that like to drink at parties; however, if you don't drink there is no peer pressure for you to drink. Everyone has a good time whether drinking or non-drinking. Drugs are not really a "thing" here. If people do drugs it's basically just an individual/small group thing. Overall, students really don't do drugs.
College Sophomore 2012-07-21T14:43:42Z
Works Seamlessly If You Plan Ahead – Yes, there may be lines at the printers during finals but Other than that it's fine. Mostly everyone has a laptop. If you don't have a laptop or don't want to carry your laptop around, there are more than enough laptops/computers students can use. All the residence halls, the whole campus, has WiFi; dorms also have Ethernet ports if you want to use them.
College Senior 2012-07-20T02:13:21Z
Great Food at a Cost – The food is great, but pricey. If you don't have a meal plan, it can really add up - and for many people on campus, meal plan money tends to run out at the end of the year. I like that it rolls over from semester to semester, but it doesn't from year to year (it expires at the end of the school year). The dining halls have definitely improved on the quality of food and how it's handled; I would know, I've worked in one the past two years. They definitely listen to suggestions from students and try adding new items to the menu. But the food is known to be overpriced (because dining halls practically have a monopoly over campus dining), and just last year the prices were raised again.
College Senior 2012-07-20T02:07:55Z
Good Aid – While the cost to attend is pretty high, the financial aid process is fairly simple and straight-forward, and the people at our financial aid office are very efficient, competent, and understanding. I believe the school really tries to award as much aid as they can.
College Senior 2012-07-20T02:05:15Z
Access Everywhere – There's wireless access everywhere you go on campus, and it's usually pretty fast. Once in a while it'll be slow for a few minutes or there might be a spot on the edge of campus where you lose connection. Nevertheless, they have great computer techs on campus and I love having remote printing to the libraries.
College Senior 2012-07-20T02:01:53Z
Almost There – Going to BC has been pretty great - if you meet the right people. It's true that it's a typically "preppy" scene, but it's definitely more diverse than I expected. The traditions, the sporting events, and even walking around campus at nighttime is fun and memorable. The professors really know what they're talking about, and in my experience, always have their doors open. If you're not "preppy" or "sporty", the hard part might be finding people you click with - but you definitely will sooner or later.
College Senior 2012-07-20T01:57:09Z
It's nearly impossible to have a car on campus, and the closest train to get into the city is well-known for being the slowest. I believe the only way to have a car on campus and have a parking spot is to either be a professor or have proof that you need a form of transportation that the buses and trains can't cover - such as nursing students who need to travel a lot. (And even then, a parking spot is pretty expensive.)
College Junior 2012-07-18T03:51:17Z
Lots of Options! They have nutrition facts online which is really helpful and the food is definitely better than your average university's. They also have a lot of good dining out options around campus. Fin's is excellent and delivers to your dorm!
College Junior 2012-07-13T22:55:32Z
Addition to review – Wanted to add to my review that there is no chance of living in a forced triple on Newton, while you might live in one if you get Upper.
College Junior 2012-07-13T22:53:01Z
Good housing, crappy sophomore process – Freshmen year, you either live on Upper Campus or Newton Campus (about 1.5 miles away from main campus...you can request Newton through email, but you can't request/guarantee Upper unless you apply for honors housing, special interest housing, or volunteer to live in a forced triple). As an upcoming sophomore who live on Newton last year (I was angry when I found out), I can tell you that the whole anti-Newton sentiment is so overblown. Newton, in my opinion, is better than Upper. It has a lot more green space (good for wiffleball, footballm frisbee), slightly bigger/nicer dorms, and a smaller all-freshmen community than Upper. Also Stuart dining hall >>> McElroy (where Upper kids eat). The shuttle can be a pain, but the ride is usually around 5 minutes (not 20 like some say... unless the traffic is god awful) and not too bad. I think Upper is better for convenience of location, but Newton is better for everything else. Sophomore year is the one that people should worry about, as sophomores either live in suite-stlye rooms on Lower (where the Plex, Conte Forum, Alumni Stadium, and Lower Dining hall is) or on CoRo in doubles near Upper campus (you don't want to live there). The process is crappy...I got lucky and got a nice 8-man suite on lower, but there are always unlucky sophomores who get CoRo. To be honest, I think Lower vs CoRo is a much bigger problem than Newton vs Upper.
If it wasn't for the sophomore housing situation and half the class getting only 3 years of guaranteed housing (google it for more info), I'd give Campus Housing an A or A+.
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