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Founded in 1863, Boston College. is a Private college. Located in Massachusetts, which is a city setting in Massachusetts, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 9,870 full time undergraduate students, and 4,596 full time graduate students.
The Boston College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 14:1. There are 821 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Boston College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at BC are considered More Selective, with ,65% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 8 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
99% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 96% were in the top quarter, and 81% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Boston College.
127 Students rated on-campus housing 3.5 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.
99 Students rated off-campus housing 3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
129 Students rated campus food 3.7 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.
129 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.
129 Students rated class size 4 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.
129 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 50 % gave the school a 5.0.
130 Students rated local services 3.8 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.
131 Students rated academics 3.6 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.
45 Students rated Boston College
I loved being a student at Boston College. It was an intellectually-challenging school with a focus on how to be a "man and woman for others": in other words, how to form meaningful connections with others, support and advocate for needy populations, and give back to the community. I found that Boston College was a "work hard play hard" school as well, with most students celebrating different sports games on the weekends but grinding in the library during the week. Other major highlights of Boston College included all of their student-led organizations, with many focused on service, and their vast array of intramural, club, and Division 1 sports.
I think that it is a very diversity school in which you can easily connect and make friends with everyone. You are open to new opportunities everywhere and you are free to interact and get new experiences. I like the community as a whole that seems together as a family.
Mateo's review hits the nail on the head, but for me, many of those things made it a 1-star experience overall. For that, I'm going to get a bit more specific, so if you want a good general overview, check out Mateo's review.
One of my biggest issues is probably how money-hungry the school is. $60k/year, drowning in loans that still haven't been paid off for a degree I don't use, yet I still get constant calls, emails, and mail asking for more money. Not to mention, now that I've been graduated for a few years, it costs $5 to retrieve my official transcripts. I know that's not much, but it's a little ridiculous that $240,000 doesn't cover a lifetime of transcripts. Come on.
I also had many experiences (particularly outside of my film major - those profs are great) where I did not feel supported whatsoever by professors. One of the worst examples in my opinion was that as an undecided freshman, I had a passion for a specific linguistic topic that only one Linguistics professor had the knowledge to potentially help me continue to pursue. I made multiple attempts to contact the professor and even spoke multiple times with the head of the department, but I never received a response on whether or not that professor was willing or able to find the time to help me learn her specialty. I found a different major, and my linguistic interests went unsatisfied. So much for that $240,000 price tag.
It's extremely preppy/sporty and not at all diverse. I'm whiter than snow, and even I started having trouble telling all the white dudes apart. They all look, talk, dress, and act the same. It's kind of creepy.
And now for the politics. I'm very liberal but mostly grew to be that way throughout college, so I didn't really know what I was getting into when I chose BC in high school. BC is VERY conservative, which wouldn't be an issue in-and-of-itself if it weren't for their incessant silencing of students.
I attended during the murder of Eric Garner, and honestly, BC's response to the protests and everything during that time was actually disgusting. I could write a novel on that alone, but I'm sure there are many better-articulated pieces on it out there if you do a quick Google search. And if you specifically want an idea of the black/POC experience at BC, check out the Instagram @blackatbostoncollege. Horrific.
Piggy-backing on the money-hungry problem but still more of a political opinion, they REFUSE to divest in fossil fuels. Again, I'm sure there are many better-articulated pieces out there with a quick Google search, but I find it infuriating.
I was extremely lucky in finding my people. Had I not won the random roommate lottery freshman year to get an angel of a roommate who put up with me for 4 years and had someone not shoved a camera in my face at the extracurricular fair freshman year, I don't know that I would've ever really had any moments of feeling welcome or at home.
I also lucked out finding the film department. Almost all of the film professors are gems.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Boston College is 31%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
Remember that job you had over the summer and how much money you spent every week? SAVE IT!! Put some money in your savings account please!! College is all about self independency and without a little chump change this transition will be very difficult! You will want to go out on your own and buy something for your room without borrowing from your mom oncce in a while. Also cut down on all the candy! The gym at BC is always packed and you will never get your turn on the treadmill, so cut down on the snacks for a while. Maybe you should asking use those new running shoes you bought because food at BC is great and you won't skip meals! Take your time with each class and expect the unexpected. You haven't had a class with more than 30 kids, but when you get to America and the world you will have over 100. Find a studious friend in each class to swap notes as usual and swap numbers. Last but not least HAVE FUN!
they are friendly people who care about each other.
I spent almost all my time in the library this semester because I was taking 6 classes and my first pre-prac. Socially it was a terrible semester. I think BC is a good size, it large enough that you can avoid people you don't want to see, but small enough that you do run into friends all the time. One of the biggest complaints on campus is the food. There are only 2 main dining halls on campus, one with a very limited variety and the other has much more variety, but not enough that you wont get sick of it by the end of the semester. There are also a grab n' go or sandwich place that is really good, where they serve Starbucks, but is only open until 8.
The preppiness and tons of jocks are definitely true, and if not jocks then just athletes.
There is a lot of core which is good and bad, because you graduate with a lot of knowledge in many different fields, but it limits your exploration process to see what you want to major in.
There is a lot of participation required, mostly in smaller classes, but in the seminars it is usually digital participation. Through the semester you at least have one group project which is also good and bad, because you get to meet people, but it is time consuming.
that the students are all preppy and look like they came out of a J. Crew or Ralph Lauren catalog.
Some popular activities on campus are usually centered around sports, as many students often attend sports games. However, there are other activities on campus, such as acapella groups, music groups, theatre clubs, and much more.
Boston College is a really nice small school yet at the same time has all of the excitement of a large school. We have amazing school spirit and great sports teams that are always fun to watch. Combined with this, we have a small school vibe where you can meet a lot of people and reconize them around campus. It's not too big and not too small. The campus is also beautiful and located in a perfect area. You can escape into the suburbs for some peace and quite and then take the T into Boston and have fun.
The best thing about Boston College is that the emphasis is on a broad-based, rounded liberal arts education--not a purely career driven education.
Football and academics
Without sororities and fraternities, it can be difficult to meet people right away and to make friends.
Financial Aid can vary enormously from year to year. Talk to your professors outside of class.
The kind of person that wants to be challenged by others and themselves. A person that isn't afraid to question who they think they are and open themselves up to their fears. A person who is looking for more than a party and is ready to work. A person who loves tbe thought of expanding their understanding and wants the best for themselves. A person looking for a strong and protective community spirit, who likes football and drinking on the weekends.
The worst thing about my school is the feeling of being alone in a huge school
The great kearning experiences I have had and good grades.
After we won the Vtech game at home, the stands rushed the field!
Even among the other college populations we get a bad rep for preppy, snobby, dunk, rich, white bros and hoes or j-crew with a hangover. There is even a blog called Bro-ston College. This is not true-yes maybe 5% of the population is made up of bros and hoes but the rest is a friendly, normal atmosphere. People still wear sweats around campus, most people get some form of financial aid, not everyone drinks on campus though I would stress that this is not even close to a dry campus but people who do not party still manage. We do have more diversity than people would think around here too and the cultural clubs are huge on campus the main one being AHANA. People here are definitely not racist in the slightest.
People here overall and in general are friendly, not always what you would call religious, not alcoholic, care enough about their schoolwork but not to the point of having no life.
View of a typical freshman dorm at BC.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
53% of students
attending Boston College receive some sort of financial aid.
13% were awarded federal grants.
While 38% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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