College Senior 2011-08-18T16:33:42Z
Not Overbearing – Although BC has my major, a lot of my friends came into BC not having a major because there is a somewhat limited selection. I love my major because I never feel overwhelmed and I think Political Science classes gear you to be a great thinker. There's a lot of reading to do and most of your exams will be papers, but with that in mind there's always an opportunity to ramble on an easy and possibly get a good grade versus selecting the wrong answer on a multiple choice bio quiz. I'm always getting constant emails about internships available to me and I have a fantastic support system in my mentors and adviser.
College Senior 2011-08-18T16:23:32Z
If your not familiar with the BC bubble chances are you don't go to BC. At Boston College there are tons of things to do in town because Boston is college town, but I feel many students don't take advantage of what they're given. There's Fenway, local shopping centers like Cambridgeside Galleria, Natick, and Copley. Plenty of bars and places to eat, and even movie theaters.
College Senior 2011-08-10T15:25:17Z
Drinking Is More Presemt – The drug scene at Boston College is pretty limited, depending on who you hang out with. Smoking pot is the only drug I have heard of some using. Drinking is much more widespread and popular
College Senior 2011-08-10T15:21:09Z
Sports Events Are Huge – D1 Sports at BC are a big deal - especially Football and Hockey. If you're not going to the football games in the fall, during those times you might as well study because the rest of the campus is dead. The spirit is amazing and the events and tailgates are so fun. Club is pretty competitive, so I tend to stick to IM. IMs are really fun, can be hard to get into because of limited space for teams.
College Senior 2011-08-10T15:15:12Z
Profs Truly Care – I am in the Business school, and I love it. All of my professors (in any of the schools) really care about not only how you're doing in class, but you're well being as well. They put a lot of time and effort in you if you return the favor.
College Senior 2011-08-09T23:52:00Z
Drinking Is Much More Popular Than Drugs. Drugs are not a very big thing at BC. If people are using drugs, it's usually just smoking. Drinking is much more popular and it seems like a pretty big part of life at BC. However, there are plenty of people who don't drink too. It all depends on what you want to do with your time at BC.
College Senior 2011-08-09T23:49:12Z
Beautiful Campus – BC's campus is absolutely beautiful, and there are some really gorgeous buildings. The library is great, very big, with a lot of room to study. There are several different buildings for classes to be held in and they are all top-notch. THe athletic center is a little dated, but it's still great and accessible, with a lot of work out machines/equipment, a pool, and rooms where group fitness classes are held. There are also several dining halls on campus; a very popular spot in Addie's organic cafe, which serves only organic and locally grown food for dinner. All the dining halls are very nice.
College Senior 2011-08-09T23:44:18Z
Chestnut Hill/Boston Area – BC is located in a suburb of Boston. The campus itself is absolutely beautiful, and there are several restaurants and little shops in walking distance of campus. The best part however is that it's only about a ten minute subway ride into the heart of Boston. Boston is such a fun city to explore, and there are so many awesome concerts, museums, restaurants, parks, etc. The location of BC is great because it's not right in the city, so there's a very well-defined campus feeling to it, yet you can easily get quickly into the city whenever you want.
College Junior 2011-08-04T16:08:12Z
Forms, Forms, So Many Froms – My experience so far with the financial aid process has been somewhat confusing. There are numerous forms that must be sent and the directions/ specifity of those forms isn't all that clear. Overall, I wish the process was more clear- cut.
College Junior 2011-08-04T15:58:02Z
It Cost How Much? considering I am an entering freshman, there is a limited amount of information I can indulge on this subject. From what I've heard, the apartment facilities off campus are relatively nice while also being a comfortable distance from the campus which makes transportation easy. The downfall would appear to be price/ affordability of the off- campus housing.
College Junior 2011-08-04T15:51:43Z
Traveling out of the realm of the boston college gates, one will find a variety of eating facilities. From the well- known chessecake factory to the northeastern specialty legal seafoods, whatever your tastebuds crave, there's a good chance you'll be able to find what your looking for off- campus. Following your meal, the only to go is the local ice cream shop, which can only be found on the realms of the boston college campus.
College Junior 2011-08-03T21:44:09Z
Its an awesome school! You get to meet awesome people who are very enthusiastic about the school they are attending.
College Junior 2011-08-03T21:43:01Z
BCPD is pretty strict when it comes to football games,etc. But we have services that lets you call the police/hospital if someone is way too drunk. It has a no questions askedpolicy and the person won't be in trouble
College Junior 2011-08-03T21:40:49Z
Guys & Girls:
Guys and Girls – They are all generally good looking people on campus
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-25T17:18:16Z
Its New England, What Do You Expect? College Tours usually happen in the Spring or Fall because that's when campus looks its best ( and the campus is beautiful). Those are the two best seasons in New England.
The winter is very cold, with lots of snow ( usually) but since most students live on campus, or conveniently close to campus ( if they live off campus), then BC rarely shuts down due to snow storms.
However, the maintenance staff usually do a good job of cleaning snow and ice to make it safe for students and staff. Just wear lots of layers.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-25T17:12:49Z
The BC shuttle( free) takes you to most off-campus residences, including Cleveland Circle, which gives you easy access CVS, bars, and fast food options like Bolocco and Eagle's Deli. Cleveland Circle is also close to the C and D lines, part of Boston's "T" train/subway system. The T cost 1.70/ride with a charlie card. Students can get discounts on semester passes if they plan on going into Boston frequently.
BC is also close to the B line which leads you downtown, past Boston University. The city of Boston is a quick 20-30 minute T ride away!
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-25T17:03:14Z
Well-Rounded Students – As a liberal arts institution, Boston College offers a variety of courses and students are required to complete certain core courses despite whatever major they may choose. These courses let students become well rounded. Workload varies by subject, but excellence ( getting As) is something most students strive for.
Professors are usually approachable and available for help. There is a tutoring center as well. O'Neil and Bapst Libraries are very popular study areas.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-24T15:25:07Z
Good balance in my opinion – I feel like BC is definitely a good place to come if you want a good balance of research and teaching. Our professors do tend to lean more towards the research side, but they all seem to be really outstanding teachers as well (from my experience). I have taken a lot of classes from many different departments and schools, due to my majors/minor choices and the core curriculum which really forces you to become a well rounded thinker. The science classes are really big starting out and you'll most likely be dealing with TA's but the upper level classes get a lot smaller.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-23T15:57:30Z
Not as bad as people are saying – Although I think the BCPD are pretty strict, it doesn't seem like they are the ones usually breaking up the parties. We have a party registering system, which I haven't seen at most other schools which allows you to register a party and the RA's usually won't bother you until the end of the registered time (2am) so it's generally not that bad. It's definitely not as free as other schools, like Yale, but you will definitely have fun without getting caught if you are smart about it, in my opinion.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-23T15:49:57Z
If You Want It' It's There – I would say there are definitely enough parties to go to if you're looking for them. Most parties don't have cover charges (I've never been to one that did) so you won't go broke partying. We have a party registering system (someone 21 needs to register the party if there is alcohol obviously), where RA's wont break up the party until 2 AM (unless you're like burning the building down) so most underclassmen go to these parties with their friends.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-23T15:45:13Z
Good Food, but Expensive – Our dining halls have pretty good food. I think that they really try hard with BC dining, but I can't help but hate how expensive the food is! We don't have a swipe plan like most schools, our system is a debit system where you pay for a set amount of money and everything that you get detracts from that amount. Most people don't run out of money, but that's because they make you buy a pretty expensive meal plan. It's not completely up-surd but I think they could do more to lower the prices. The variety is okay... I can't help but feeling like I'm always eating the same stuff but I don't know if that's just me or if it's because of the options. I feel like when you first get here, it seems like there are SO many choices but like most schools it'll get old. We have 4 or 5 dining halls on main campus and one on newton campus. I love how they are open so late, unlike most other school dining halls. It's really convenient to grab food whenever you need it.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-23T15:40:22Z
Do It! I think that living on campus at BC, although expensive, is definitely worth it. The campus is definitely very residential so most people end up living on campus. The dorms are all okay in my opinion but I've definitely seen a lot nicer (and a lot worse) at other schools like BU and Northeastern. The social atmosphere is what you make of it. Freshmen year I lived on a Multicultural floor and it was the best experience of my freshman year. We always kept our doors open and walked into each other's rooms. Freshmen housing is traditional, with hallway style rooms and a common bathroom on each floor. You can get either Upper campus or Newton, which is about 2 miles away from campus. These freshmen have to take a bus to get to main campus where classes are. I've heard mixed reviews about living on newton campus (I lived on Upper) but the general consensus is that people just deal with it. Some people actually enjoy the "going home" feeling they get, but others hate relying on the bus to get to class. If you miss yours, chances are you're going to be late... Sophomores generally have suites but some have hallway style rooms if they live on College road (shafted housing for sophomores, but closer to classes). The newer suites in Vanderslice and 90 St. Thomas More rd are really nice, Walsh is really old so it's not the nicest, but most of the sophomores end up there. I really enjoyed my time there, but mostly because of the people I was living with. Things become more closed off after freshman year because after everyone moves into suite style living, you lose that community aspect. Juniors usually live off campus but some get suites as well (if they've been given four years of housing). Seniors either get apartment style housing (only real difference between that and a suite is that they get a kitchen). Most seniors wasn't to live in the Mods because that is where all of the parties go down, except they usually end up pretty trashed so I know many people who would rather live somewhere else and just go there to party.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-23T15:24:13Z
Parking at BC is so frustrating. You'll only get a permit if you're a student teacher or nurse and even then it runs you about $490. Parking tickets are $75 each and although tickets aren't always handed out like candy, the police officers don't think twice about slapping you with the 75 dollar fine.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-23T15:19:59Z
The CTRC, or computer lab area, is full of Macs and PCs and it's usually pretty full, but I never have a hard time finding a computer to use. We get 500 free prints and the internet network is pretty reliable. Freshmen dorms don't get wi-fi, at least we didn't when I was a freshman (two years ago) so this may have changed by now.
College Senior 2011-07-21T17:58:59Z
Encourging Development – At Boston College, I have found that the majority of students want to get involved in their school outside of academics and partying. It is a place where I have come to find both pride in who I am, but also have come to realize that I do have shortcomings and prejudices. It is an open and friendly school that brings out the best in people.
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