The city of Boston is home to a slew of famous and revered educational institutions, and on the eve of its 150th anniversary, Boston College is making sure it has a place at the table with schools like Harvard and MIT. While the college is known for its substantial workload and comprehensive core curriculum, students say that a BC education, while demanding, is more varied than it gets credit for, with both lecturers who energize their charges even in a class of 300 and professors who give out their cell phone numbers so students can reach them twenty-four seven. In 2007, BC debuted
the “Master Plan,” a decade-long, 1.6 billion dollar project to revamp the campus and bolster the faculty line-up. The idea took some time getting through the city's approval process, but finally picked up steam in 2009. In the coming years, the school will add several new academic buildings, a recreation center, hundreds of spots for student housing, and even refurbish the campus green. With its commitment to academic rigor, a far-reaching improvement plan, and one of the largest endowments in the country, Boston College is ready to cement its place among the big boys of academia.