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Boston College

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA Faculty AccessibilityA-
Useful SchoolworkA Excess CompetitionB+
Academic SuccessA Creativity/ InnovationB
Individual ValueA University Resource UseB
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA+ FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceA Social LifeA+
Surrounding CityA+ Extra CurricularsB-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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Date: May 23 2011
Major: Political Science (This Major's Salary over time)
Boston College is truly a great place to spend your college years. The school has just about everything a student could ask for—a gorgeous, well-maintained campus, the best college city in America a short train ride away, an awesome sports scene, tons of school spirit and pride, challenging, enriching academics, and a world-class reputation. Professors are friendly and caring if you take the initiative to get to know them, and the jesuit tradition really emphasizes personal development in every way possible. The resources that the university offers are excellent—the alumni network is very connected and very active on campus. Very helpful when it comes to finding a job or internship. I have felt challenged to fulfill every ounce of my potential as a student, and I really feel that I am becoming a more conscious and engaged citizen.

The BC experience is really enhanced by its location. The school is situated right on the Boston city line (not WAY out in the suburbs like some people might believe). A section of the campus actually does sit within the city limits. Downtown can be reached in ten minutes via cab or 20-30 minutes via the T (subway). The T does shut down at midnight, so most people take cabs back to campus when they are out late. Split between all your friends, a cab is not a bad option.

Some people complain about the party scene on campus—that parties are exclusive/lame and the authorities are overly strict. I can say that I have NOT been disappointed with the nightlife at BC. Weekends at BC typically start Thursday night. Thursday nights the students head out to the bars. Most underclassmen have fakes, so if you are under 21, invest in a legit fake and jump on board. Typically there is some kind of BC student-sponsored event at a bar downtown on a Thursday night, and these parties are a lot of fun. Friday nights students typically stick around campus—they either party with their friends in their rooms/suites or they head to the mods (senior housing) or off-campus (where most of the junior class lives). This is where a lot of the student complaints regarding BC nightlife lie. These parties are typically crowded and as a result can be hard to get into (unless you know the people who live there), and some of them can be pretty short-lived, as cops or RAs are likely to break up anything that appears to be too rowdy. However, if you don't get into a party or the party you're at gets broken up, just leave and move on to the next one. Odds are you're bound to have a good time at one of the places you happen upon. You won't get in too much trouble for partying on campus as long as you are smart about it. If a party/pregame appears to be getting rowdy and will likely attract unwanted attention, you should probably grab your friends and go. Once you become an upperclassman, it is your turn to throw the parties. Upperclassmen can register parties, and as long as things are kept to a dull roar and effective crowd-control measures are put in place, it shouldn't get broken up.

Some students are under the illusion that having greek life would improve the party scene. I don't see why—the only way greek life would help is by forcing underclassmen to form connections with upperclassmen and therefore giving them a definite party to go to on weekends. BC has enough extra-curriculars that people can join and form these kinds of connections, and a lot of times different sports teams and other groups on campus will throw parties on the weekends for their friends. The key is to be proactive enough about meeting people/getting involved. If you aren't pleased with the on-campus options on a given weekend, you can always head to the clubs/bars downtown (although this can get expensive) or to one of the dozens of other colleges in the area for a good time. Oh, and if you're not into drinking, the school provides dozens of alcohol-free events on campus every weekend, and there is obviously a TON of stuff you can do in Boston that does not involve alcohol. No one is going to make you feel weird or out of place if you don't drink.

In the fall, Saturdays are devoted to football games. You wake up, put on your superfan shirt, get together with your friends, get your pre-game/tailgate on, and then stumble into alumni stadium and cheer on the team. Games are a lot of fun and really bring everyone together. If you're not crazy about sports, it is still possible to go to the game and have a good time. In the winter, a good amount of people go to the hockey games on friday nights. Hockey games are also a lot of fun, and, by the way, it does suck to BU. Basketball is a pretty big deal too, but the games are during the week and at odd times and therefore aren't quite as heavily attended as football and hockey games are.

The best part about BC, aside from everything that is has to offer, is the people you'll meet. Everyone is incredibly friendly. Those people on this site who think that every single one of the 9,000 undergrads is snooty and close-minded can think what they want, but I personally have met some of the greatest people at BC who I can see myself staying friends with for the rest of my life. And no, I am not a wealthy boarding school student from New England. Some of the most unlikely people have surprised me with incredible life stories, wits, and intelligence. If you come to BC, give everyone a chance and you're bound to end up with a tight-knit circle of friends.

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