College Junior 2012-01-11T16:06:56Z
Health & Safety:
Boston College has it's own police that constantly drive around the campus looking for anything that doesn't seem right. They have a very organized system also when it comes to football games to ensure safety and take reasonable security measures. Also, stealing is very rare, people feel comfortable to leave their things at their table and get lunch,etc.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-05T01:31:31Z
If You Get in Trouble, You Get a Slap on the Wrist. There are many rules in place. BC police is pretty strict, as well as the residential staff in place. However depending on how many times you have gotten in trouble, and the severity of the incidents, the punishment is more obnoxious than serious.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-05T01:27:25Z
Apartments can be very expensive if you don't have planned roommates or early planning for a rental. If you plan ahead you can find something for a decent price, but it will still be more costly than living in other cities. Many of the apartments are very old too, and the insulation isn't always great. I've heard of students plastic wrapping their windows to keep the heat in and save on bills.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-05T01:22:15Z
There is a sufficient amount of computers at the computer lab and in several of the libraries. Other than random issues that any campus would experience, the internet network is reliable and fast. There is the option to print from the libraries or you can instal remote access to the printers so that you can send print jobs from your computer and pick it up within the next 24 hours. During exam periods it can be difficult to get a computer but it is still possible. It is possible to work at BC without owning a personal computer.
College Junior 2012-01-04T20:44:08Z
You want to get 4 years of housing so you don't have to worry about it.
College Junior 2012-01-02T17:42:22Z
Pros and Cons – The availability of transportation is phenomenal: the BC bus system around/off campus, the green line, shuttles to Logan and South Station on holidays. One of the only downfalls of BC is living on Newton, which requires taking the Newton bus to main campus on a daily basis. At times, it can be inconvenient, but if you plan ahead and are on time, it's fairly reliable. You get used to it eventually, and a heated bus is always better than a freezing walk to class from Upper.
College Junior 2012-01-02T17:36:11Z
Hard, but Helpful – The classes required for a Biology major are, to be completely honest, fairly difficult, at least compared to the classes required for other majors. The workload is quite hefty freshman year, but it's doable. On the bright side, I did come out of those classes with a pretty broad basis of knowledge.
College Junior 2011-12-28T23:09:54Z
New England: Get Used to It. I've lived in Boston my whole life, so I guess the weather isn't that shocking to me. It tends to rain often, and it gets cold in the winter, which takes some adjusting to get used to. It hasn't seriously snowed yet, so I've yet to see how people react to inclement weather. However, it's not all bad... it can be really nice in the fall and spring!
College Junior 2011-12-28T23:07:13Z
The T – Public transportation can be kind of a pain around BC, but once you get used to it, it's fine. You can take the shuttle bus to the Reservoir stop on the D-line and that'll get you downtown in about 20 minutes. You can get pretty much anywhere in the city from there, actually. People complain about the bus, but it's not that bad. Also-- don't take the B-line unless you absolutely have to. It sucks.
College Junior 2011-12-28T23:06:32Z
No Hard Drugs – Though there is obviously some Adderall and other sort of drugs, I don't hear much about anything more serious than weed. Drinking is definitely much bigger.
College Junior 2011-12-28T23:03:23Z
Upper Campus – Far superior to Newton Campus (though they say that Stuart has better food). We are so close to campus and the environment is so open and friendly.
College Junior 2011-12-28T23:01:13Z
Cleveland Circle – Though I love this area, Cleveland Circle is essentially an extension of BC students. If you have enough people in your apartment, then it's probably cheaper than on campus living. Plus, it's in "downtown" Chestnut Hill.
College Senior 2011-12-27T19:23:54Z
Changing majors is pretty easy when it is within the school. Transferring out into another school varies. Carroll School of Management and the Nursing school are the hardest to transfer in. CSOM is high competitive and there are limited spots in nursing. It is easy to transfer into the Arts ans Sciences and Lynch School of Education. For me, I was in A&S and transferred into Lynch. It was fairly easy.
Changing majors matter at the end of your sophomore year. Your major when you entered into BC gets wiped out at the of your freshman year. You have to declare by the end of your sophomore year. It's best to come in undecided and take course that you're interested in.
College Senior 2011-12-27T19:18:04Z
There is always something for anyone to join. Out undergraduate government system are run by students for the students.
College Senior 2011-12-27T19:16:09Z
It all depends on your RA. But overall, it's harsh when your caught during freshmen year
College Junior 2011-12-26T09:20:10Z
School Policies – It sometimes depend on the RA. There are a lot of strict rules, but you can get away from them
College Junior 2011-12-26T09:18:24Z
Fan Support – poor fan support, they leave the stadium before the half of the game began if the are losing
College Junior 2011-12-25T17:27:10Z
Close-Knit Community – Classes are challenging, but that is a given when you go to a school like BC. The professors I've had have been pretty cool and most of them are really willing to help you do well. For example, if you have two or three final exams on one day they will either give you extra time to finish it or have you take it on another day when you're free. Most of the professors are really passionate about what they teach and you can feel that during lectures. I came to BC for the business program, which is especially close-knit. Your first year adviser is also your professor for your intro to business class so that really helps to feel comfortable and have someone to talk to about classes, etc.The people at BC really do their best to help you do your best academically.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-10T23:11:20Z
SO STRICT. If you are looking for a school that's fun, don't come here.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-10T23:06:54Z
Health & Safety:
Bike-Cops. So Safe. Don't worry about being safe here. BC is seriously in the safest suburb you can imagine. Boston/the T/Public Transportation in general is another story. But that goes for any city. Don't be stupid.
College Junior 2011-12-02T06:14:11Z
Alcohol and Pot – Alcohol is obviously the most popular and most abundant drug of choice at BC. Lots of students do enjoy smoking pot. If you're looking for it, you will most definitely find it in large quantities. Marijuana is de-criminalized in Massachusetts, so if you get caught smoking by Boston Police, you'll probably just get a warning or have to pay a small fine. If you get caught by BCPD, however, you're screwed. I've never heard of anyone get caught for smoking, but i can imagine the consequences are bad..
Also, there's a population of students who takes Adderall to study better or do work. I've heard rumors that the 5th floor of O'Neill is the place to go for any drug you want, and you can find it.
College Junior 2011-12-02T06:11:17Z
Not a Party School, but Still Lots of Fun – Since there are no frats/sororities at BC, there's not usually "one big party" but lots of medium sized parties. Finding where the party is tends to be a challenge for some, but it definitely helps to know people!!! Thursdays, nothing happens on campus because most students go to the bars, like Who's on First, Cantab, White Horse, etc. So you definitely need a fake ID. Mary Ann's is supposedly hard to get into and is mostly seniors. Some students go out multiple times during the week especially if bars/clubs are hosting events.
It definitely costs a lot of money to go out to the bars, between cab rides, bar tabs, and cover charges/tickets for events. So if you're a girl, find a guy to pay for your cab and don't pay for your own drinks! If you're a guy, start saving $$ now.
During the weekend, most fun parties happen off campus. Students usually pre game in their dorms or 8 mans. As a freshman, it's sooo important to have your "crew" of about 5 people.
Another thing I love about BC is that it's sooo close to Boston. It's so easy to take the T into Boston for dinner or shopping, especially Quincy market. And since it's a huge city, lots of bands/popular singers play shows in Boston throughout the year, which is fun and switches it up from the usual campus party scene.
While BC is definitely NOT a party school, a majority of the population DOES drink and enjoy partying. It's so easy to find alcohol whenever you want, but you will definitely encounter the people who are boring and limit the amount they drink because they have a test or whatever. Lame
College Junior 2011-12-02T06:03:00Z
Great Tech Support – The campus technology center is really helpful and always solves any problem you have with your computer. Most students at BC have Macs. I would say it's necessary to have a computer because lots of kids take notes on them, and obviously for writing papers it's easier to have your own computer.
College Junior 2011-12-02T06:00:05Z
The BC Shuttle is a fast and easy way for students to get around campus. It makes rounds throughout BC and brings students near off campus houses or to Cleveland Circle, where lots of restaurants/shops are and it brings you near the D and C lines for the train.
The bus is very reliable and most students have the app TransLoc on their phones. It tracks the bus and gives you an estimate of how long till it gets to a certain stop. It's always pretty accurate. One downside to the buses is they tend to get really crowded and students have to stand up, but it's a short ride and usually manageable. The bus also runs back and forth from Newton to main campus
College Junior 2011-12-02T05:57:47Z
I really wish there was more athletic support on campus. Football games are attending just for the tailgate, and many students don't even make it to the game. Those that do tend to leave before half time so the student section looks empty and kind of a joke.
Lots of students attend the hockey games since BC is nationally ranked. The BC vs BU rivalry is lots of fun.
Basketball games are notoriously empty, but a new student group Donohue's Disciplies, is trying to bring back spirit to the games.
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