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How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA- Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkB Excess CompetitionB
Academic SuccessB+ Creativity/ InnovationB
Individual ValueB University Resource UseA-
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB+ FriendlinessB-
Campus MaintenanceA Social LifeB
Surrounding CityA Extra CurricularsB+
Describes the student body as:
Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

Quite Bright
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Date: Aug 24 2008
Major: Business - Management and Administration (This Major's Salary over time)
I've only been at BC for a year, but I will give you my opinion of it. This post's purpose is to appeal to those who are driven away by the "J Crew with a hangover" stereotype, even though the stereotype is mostly accurate. I am one of those people who "ended up" at BC. Despite not fitting the BC stereotype (I am not White, Catholic, preppy, and I don't drink), I often say that I can't imagine myself being anywhere else. BC has a beautiful campus. It's gothic architecture makes you feel like you're walking in a beautiful snow globe during winter and everyone lays out in the Dustbowl when it's sunny outside. It's really an ideal college campus. The buildings are close to each other so you never have to walk far to your next class. Socially, as a non-drinker, it really isn't too hard to find things to do, especially being so close to Boston. I can't imagine not going to school near a city. Students at rural colleges must get pretty bored on weekends and have nothing to do but drink. The social culture at BC definitely revolves around drinking and it may be tough to find other non-drinkers, but they are definitely there if you look hard enough. Entertainment may involve going to the BC-sponsored events or going into Boston. You are literally bombarded with e-mails everyday about speakers to listen to, events to attend, and newsletters to read. BC does so much to help you in any way you need it (academically, socially, or in your career).

You don't even need to be friends with only non-drinkers. People don't drink 24/7, just on most Friday nights. It's easy to judge people and assume you wouldn't get along with certain people because they look like the stereotypical BC student. There are many people who I wrote off as doing nothing but party hard, but who suprised me when I learned that they are actually quite smart and very involved on campus. The main issue for me has been that I'm reluctant to introduce myself because a lot of people come off as snooty and unfriendly. If you get past the image, though, you will make valuable friends. Through making an effort and doing activities like Appalachia, I've found that I have a lot more in common with people than I believed. It's best to meet people outside of their cliques. You will find that most students are interesting and friendly. With a student population of around 9,000, there's bound to at least a few people like you.

Academically, BC is also quite good, although not worth the tuition. I've enjoyed all of my classes. If you get the right teachers (which you can, given enough drive), you'll have a rewarding experience. My professors have been very willing to help and have been very helpful. Most of them are truly passionate about what they do, making class exciting and interesting. The workload is very manageable. The only downside is that there is definitely a schism between the students intellectually. There are those people like me, for whom BC was a safety, and those for whom it was a reach. There doesn't seem to be much gray area. For example, in a randomly assigned group project, half of your team mates may be really excelling in the class while the other half is barely scraping by. Sometimes you wonder how or why some people got in to BC. Even still, I do have to work hard to keep up with at least half of my classmates. There are classmates who are very, very hardworking and intelligent. I feel proud to be at BC with people like them. I do wish there were more of them, though.

To sum up, in all honesty, college is really what you make of it. I suggest that you find a school that is a good fit for you socially and academically and go there if you get in. This may or may not be BC. However, if BC is a fit for you EITHER socially or academically, but not necessarily both, definitely apply. BC was a good fit for me academically but not socially. I applied because of the great business program, and have not been disappointed at all. Despite my expectations, I have found some amazing friends at BC. If you're like me and "end up" here, even if you don't see yourself being happy at BC, you will likely be proven wrong. With enough effort, happiness comes easily.

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