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.
College Senior 2011-07-21T17:55:30Z
Present but Not Always Integrated – The diversity on campus is present, but not overwhelming. It is surprising how many cultural/racial groups stick together. I believe the AHANA program at Boston College almost encourages segregation.
As for economic diversity, that is definitely present. It is primarily Catholic and the sexual orientation diversity is very much limited.
College Senior 2011-07-21T17:51:10Z
Health & Safety:
Safe and Secure – Located in Chestnut Hill and Newton, I have never felt unsafe at Boston College. Everyone is very friendly and have never even been hackeled on the streets.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-17T18:40:01Z
Granted we may not have the best of teams, but they are all generally respectable. With that, our fair-weather fans are of little help but at times they do come through. Many students come to BC not as sport fans but learn to have a certain level of appreciation for our Athletic programs. Students who never come to any football games their entire BC career tend not to be in popular social circles. The average student will attend at minimum several athletic events a year.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-17T18:34:28Z
Best Education Outside the Ivy League – As a Chemistry major, and also in the pre-med program I can affirm that I am receiving a top notch education here at BC. As our chemistry program ranks among the best in the nation, the faculty here are mostly all scholars in their respective fields. With respect to many other academic programs we excel when compared with the highest quality universities.
College Senior 2011-07-16T23:50:28Z
Everyone Drinks, a Few People Smoke, Not Much Else – Almost everyone drinks (usually thursday through saturday nights) and alcohol is definitely an integral part of sporting event attendance. As far as smoking goes, a good amount of people smoke weed although this is much less out-in-the-open and you'll definitely have to look a little harder for it if that is what you're into. Every once in a blue moon I'll encounter hard drugs at a party. Adderall is also very popular around exam time.
College Senior 2011-07-16T23:45:04Z
Limitless Options – If you are 21 (if you have a good fake), the nightlife options are almost limitless. One of my favorite things about BC is the fact that there is a very good party scene on and around campus, with the mods, off-campus apartments, suites and dorms that all throw parties on the weekends (these parties become easier to find and get into the older you get and the more people you know), but there is also all of the nightlife that Boston has to offer (bars, clubs, sporting events and other shows, etc). There are also plenty of other colleges nearby whose parties are pretty easy to get into. Nightlife is definitely very exciting and abundant for BC students.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-15T22:47:17Z
Community Service – Boston College provides you with the many opportunities. The one I will focus on is the Boston College really emphasizes the importance of being men and women for others. For that reason Boston College provides countless Community Service opportunities inside and outside the country. Personally I have been able to go to a service trip to New Orleans to provide Hurricane relief for Hurricane Katrina. It was an experience I will always remember. Even though it's been more than 5 years much of New Orleans is still in terrible condition, which was shocking to me. If many more people had this chance, they would be aware of the injustices that occur in this country.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-15T22:20:27Z
I think Boston College does a really good job with having computers accessible for the Boston College community. There are many computers available in the library as well as the computer labs on access. I think printing should be available on both Lower and Upper Campus as well though, but I think there are a lot of printing stations available on middle campus.
The wireless could be a bit slow at times, but it is pretty reliable.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-15T22:14:41Z
Although there are numerous attempts to try and create awareness throughout the campus with various talk and discussions, most students are just not concerned with understand the minority (Boston College calls it the AHANA) community. Many of these individuals come from wealthy families around Massachusetts and Connecticut. I am not going to say all of these students that come from wealthy families aren't concerned with diversity and equality issues because that would be a gross generalization, but there are issues on this campus that many aren't aware of nor are they willing to learn about them. There has also been a lot of controversy in the past few years with the way the campus police treats the member of the AHANA community which is obviously a major issue. I am going to give Boston College a "C" because I think Boston College is trying to raise awareness to the rest of the community, but I believe they have yet to face the continuous problems the AHANA community is having with the police though. I think that is a major issue that has to be confronted.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-11T13:57:17Z
Health & Safety:
The Boston College Police Department are very helpful with safety and issues on campus. Especially on weekends to make sure everyone is staying safe. Also, the campus provides an Eagle Escort, which is a car that takes you home to your dorm safely during the night no questions asked which helps a lot of students get home safely.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-08T00:28:41Z
Great Food, but a Little Inconvenient for My Taste – Boston has great food, but getting there is a little inconvenient. Delivery service abound though, and they're pretty good.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-08T00:27:04Z
Chocolate Bar - awesome! Addy's Loft - awesome! everything else - mediocre. off-campus dining with mealplan money - nonexistent.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-08T00:22:38Z
Professors are great and always willing to help, curriculum is reasonable, workload is reasonable.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-29T02:20:00Z
Guys & Girls:
Typical Preps – Overall, everyone at Boston College is welcoming once you know them, but many people look hard to approach. People generally find their own group of friends by sophomore year so it's hard to meet new people unless you're active in clubs, activities, etc. While most people appear to be upper middle class preppy kids, there are a lot of down to earth, nice people.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-29T02:13:27Z
This is one of the first co-curricular majors that BC created. The biology and chemistry departments work really well together to provide a good solid background in both subjects. The teachers for the required courses are all very knowledgeable. The courseload can be tough but in my experience, professors are always willing to help. There's lots of research opportunities on campus as you can work in a biology or chemistry lab so theres more options. Also, as you go further on there are a lot of interesting classes to choose from for advanced electives, which gives you some freedom to learn about things you are actually interested in.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-26T00:54:01Z
A Little Tough – It's a bit difficult to get the amount of aid you want at BC; however, you will always get the amount of aid you need. I had to go back to the office numerous (6?) times to complete my financial aid award. Persistence is key.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-26T00:51:01Z
I love that I chose BC as my undergraduate university. This school grows with you. It's full of smart people and incredible professors, the campus is beautiful, and it's a place that's truly conducive to learning. In the classroom or outside, I've enjoyed my time and learned more about myself in 4 short years than any other time in my life.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-26T00:41:04Z
The core curriculum (mathematics, social science, natural science, fine arts, cultural diversity, etc.) is one typical of a liberal arts university. The workload is intense, and worthy of a Top 50 national school. Registration isn't too bad; you're bound to get a "bad pick time" at some point in your 4 years, but professors and departments can be flexible if you're persistent enough. The Carroll School of Management and Connell School of Nursing have some of the busiest, most involved students on campus. All in all, I'm very satisfied with the breadth and difficulty of BC's academics, and believe it's a great place for a student to narrow their interests while keeping a broad view of the world outside BC.
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