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.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-25T18:53:57Z
Parking is available for faculty and staff, and commuters can get a special permit but it costs an arm and a leg. Best bet? Ride the T.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-25T18:50:10Z
Biology and Studio Art – I'm a bit of a nontraditional student because I'm a Biology major with a Studio Art minor. That being said, I find these subjects to be quite manageable at BC, and I've found amazing professors (and peers!) in both areas of study. Biology majors have 12 required classes, but the spring electives are always really interesting and inspire students to take on more. Facilities are great, but I've found that if you're not a 4.0 student, it's difficult to find work in a professor's lab. BC has a really thorough premedical program, including advisors, the committee, and presence through e-mail and premedical meetings. Though BC is not known as an art school, the faculty of studio art is really wonderful, and open to a wide range of talent.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-25T18:45:02Z
Athletic AND Intelligent? You can tell which students at BC are varsity athletes: they're usually about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. Otherwise, there are plenty of intramural and club sports, but beware: the competition is fierce! Boston College takes great pride in its fit students, and campus is never more bumpin' than when football season comes around. In addition, we have some of the smartest athletes around - 14 of our sports are in the top 10 percent of the nation, according to NCAA stats.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-24T17:01:02Z
As one of the most fit universities in America, Boston College knows how to eat. Whether it's the local sushi bar, the nearby Thai restaurants, the quick slice of pizza or Newton Centre's lovely cafes and restaurants, the students here never go hungry. In addition (and I know this because I'm a resident assistant), BC Dining has done an impressive job to improve on campus dining as well. "Frips," BC's special potato chips, complements any "Chestnut Hill panini" or "Tuna Delight."
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-24T03:47:26Z
Courses offered vary greatly, and there is much opportunity to explore many fields of study.
Professors are amazing, and extremely open to helping students.
The curriculum requires all students to study each subject, which is a great opportunity to study many things and learn exciting material.
The registration process was difficult, but everyone was very helpful.
The workload is difficult, but that is to be expected at a university.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-17T00:30:21Z
Really NOT That Strict – All of the other reviews on this site in this category make it sound like BC is some kind of prison, and that every party that ever occurs on campus gets broken up within half an hour. This is not the case.
Ok maybe we have some obnoxious RAs and a campus police force that probably has a little too much time on its hands, but as long as you're smart you shouldn't have too much of an issue. I frequently attend parties on campus and off campus, and I think there has been maybe one party I was at that was broken up by the cops, and it's not something that I hear about happening often. If a party does get broken up, it's usually because a) it was not registered or b) it was truly causing a disturbance. Dorm parties are definitely the norm for underclassmen, and as long as you pay attention to which RA is on duty and try to keep things to a dull roar once quiet hours start (midnight on weekends) then you're fine. And even if you're caught drinking/hosting a party on campus, you aren't in any 'real' trouble. Housing probation is such a joke. Marijuana is decriminalized in Massachusetts, so if the cops catch you with an ounce or less, they just make you dump it and slap you with a $100 fine.
Considering that BC is a Catholic school, the fact that guys and girls aren't prohibited from living in the same buildings as each other and from visiting each other at all hours of the night puts us miles ahead of most other Catholic schools. Technically we have a 'no cohabitation' rule that says that guys and girls aren't allowed to sleep in the same room as each other, but this is a rule that exists in writing only. Since people aren't required to sign themselves or any guests in and out of any of the buildings, how could it be enforced? Overall, I don't think BC is as strict as people make it out to be.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-17T00:15:49Z
Good Housing – Freshman dorms are pretty nice. They are coed by floor, as the whole floor shares a bathroom. And being housed on the Newton Campus freshman year is not the worst thing ever. The upperclassmen dorms are all coed and are suite and apartment style. These are all pretty nice, very spacious. Most of the dorms at BC were built within the last twenty or so years, so they are pretty modern and comfortable. The only thing that kind of sucks is the housing lottery can be a very stressful process.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-17T00:11:25Z
BC does have a lot of core requirements, but these courses are oftentimes very enjoyable and make for a very well-rounded, liberal arts education. Professors are very knowledgable and very dedicated to what they do. If you take the initiative to get to know your professors, you will find a lot of support and will be challenged to fulfill every ounce of your potential as a student.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-16T16:54:53Z
Shabby Chic – BC has a gorgeous campus. Some buildings are older (the plex, carney, and mac are the big 3) but there are plans to replace all 3 in the next ten years and even those are definitely not reasons not to come to Boston College.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-16T16:53:37Z
Great Professor Interaction – I've found that the professors at BC are some of the most interesting and interested people I've met. They are genuinely interested in student success and are available for help not only in their class but also available as mentors in all aspects. There are always a few bad eggs but by and large the profs at BC are great teachers and people.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-03T13:53:21Z
I am so appreciative of the need based financial aid. The school was very helpful and made it very easy to reapply and receive as much aid as necessary.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-03T13:51:10Z
It's the Northeast – Being from the northeast, I am used to the extreme seasons. Boston is hardly any different. They have a lot of snowfall during the winter (usually) and classes are rarely canceled. Thus, students need to be really prepared to face the elements. When the weather is warmer, all the student are outside, studying, reading, playing games, etc.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-03T13:46:31Z
Off Campus Assignment – Students living off campus were generally members of the junior class, who were not assigned to 4 years of on campus housing. While the surrounding towns had plenty of apartments, which were usually apartments rented by students passed down to other students, some were far from campus and required travel by bus to class. In some instances, off campus housing was cheaper; however, the closer to campus one wanted to live, the pricier the rent. The surrounding neighborhoods were safe and there were very few instances of mischievous activity. Parking was tight, and depended mostly on whether the apartment had a driveway.
College Senior 2011-05-23T12:25:43Z
It's Awesome at Times – I feel like I'm getting a very good education. It sometimes seems as if everyone here is a polo wearing catholic white rich kid. The studying can be really tough at times. There is a lot of help available. Just don't expect to fit in quickly if you can't be a "bro".
College Senior 2011-05-23T12:20:31Z
Buses and the T – You can get around most of the area on the bus and can get to anywhere in Boston on the T which is located right by the lower campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-15T22:44:21Z
Close, Available, Safe – A lot of options. many buildings only rent to BC students to very easy to find spots. houses and apartments from 5-10 minute walk from campus. BC area pretty pricy. BC has off-campus group that plans events and other things for people off campus including helping people through the process of finding open spaces. Majority of juniors live off campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-30T20:29:42Z
Off-Campus or Senior Housing – Being an Underclassmen compared to life as an Upperclassmen at Boston College is completely different. Freshmen and Sophmores' nightlife mainly consists of partying in Dorms or the occasional trip to the MODS (senior housing). Starting junior year, however, students begin moving off campus and throwing parties of their own. The bars surrounding campus are surprisingly strict so most students don't attend until they turn 21.
College Senior 2011-03-21T17:42:48Z
Newton Campus – Although some of the dorms are nice, it is impossible to be placed in those dorms unless you are a senior. There is also a satellite campus for freshman which 40% of the freshman class lives on. This means you have to take a bus to get to class, and because the buses don't run on a schedule, it can take anywhere from five to thirty minutes to get to campus.
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