Chestnut Hill, MA
Boston College


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Recent Reviews

Sarah
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

College campus in a residential setting with lots and lots of students.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

College campus in a residential setting with lots and lots of students.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Start looking now and do everything you can to find as much money as possible

What's unique about your campus?

The clinical offerings for the Nursing program.

Elaine
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

College is only the beginning. Choose one that is affordable, will allow you to enjoy various extracurricular activities, an...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

College is only the beginning. Choose one that is affordable, will allow you to enjoy various extracurricular activities, and where the atmosphere feels right. It is not enough to want a prestigious or a brand name college, you must be able to handle the people and the environment that comes with it. Only then can you make the most of your college experience.

Kat
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

community/social service and sports

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

community/social service and sports

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't be afraid to look in places that you would not normally consider. Don't go for the schools with the biggest name, but rather the one that seems the best fit for you personally. Freshman year can be challenging, but try everything! Don't be afraid to participate in activities that you weren't active in during high school. Most of all, give yourself time. Don't put too much pressure on yourself. Remember, you're in a new place with new people, and basically a whole new life. There is plenty of time for achievement academically, but definitely have fun! Meeting new people and experiencing different points of few are just some of the many things that make college such a unique experience. Grades aren't everything. And parents--try to put pressure on your children. It is hard enough getting used to college without feeling external stress. Let them breathe and take everything in--they'll come to you when they need help or advice. Enjoy every minute--the years fly by!!

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Great School spirit, smart students, dedication to improving world and community

Laura
What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

hard to make friends once everyone has their group of friends, cliques. i feel like for how much tuition i pay, i deserve wa...

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

hard to make friends once everyone has their group of friends, cliques. i feel like for how much tuition i pay, i deserve way more than i am getting. the quality of the professors is much lower than i had hoped for.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

To students: Be true to yourself and what you want. Really think about what is important to you. Think deeply. Talk to students who go there, and go with your gut instinct. Try not to stress too much about it, you are allowed to change your mind, and you are allowed to not know. But, be open to new ideas, and make sure you visit! To parents: Be a resource for your child. Don't force your opinions on them, but offer guidance and support when they need it. Take them to visit many different colleges. Help them, but let them make their own decisions. And if you get there and don't love it immediately, put effort into getting involved, and trying to make the most of it. And if it still isn't the right fit, don't be afraid to transfer.

Christina
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

"Men and Women for Others" That is our slogan here at BC for the pursuit of excellence both in and out of the classroom.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

"Men and Women for Others" That is our slogan here at BC for the pursuit of excellence both in and out of the classroom.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit each college and pay close attention to the information sessions run by students. There will be a "typical" student that goes to each school, no matter how diverse the college or university. Go to the school that matches most accurately your personality to that "typical" student. Or at least consider that you may become more like that "typical" student during your four years at the school, so choose a college in which you respect and would not mind being like the type of students that are alumnae from that school. And good luck! Remember that it is supposed to be a fun process, and trust your instincts!

What's unique about your campus?

School spirit. There is a definite sense of community at Boston College and that brings the student body and the faculty together like nothing else.

Kathryn
What kind of person should attend this school?

Energetic, happy, fun, studious, engaging, hard working, outgoing

What kind of person should attend this school?

Energetic, happy, fun, studious, engaging, hard working, outgoing

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I think I would advise parents and students to focus on finding a college that is a good fit for the student, and not necessarily focusing only on college rankings and selectivity. Many parents and students get too caught up in school rankings, but in the end it is most important to be successful and comfortable at your college. I have also seen a lot of high school students participate in activities just because they think it will look good on their college application. It is more important to pursue your own interests and passions in high school rather than doing things just because they may impress an admissions committee. Once you are in college: be yourself. Do not change who you are to fit in with a certain group of people. Interesting and worthwhile people are those who appreciate you for who you are. Broaden your horizons! Try new things, college is a wonderful opportunity to experiment with potential interests. Do not be afraid to approach people and go into things alone. Remember that in the first year everyone is looking to meet new friends. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet a diverse group of people.

Caitlin
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Presumably most people would advise attending the school from which one receives "the feeling." Yes, if you are one of the l...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Presumably most people would advise attending the school from which one receives "the feeling." Yes, if you are one of the lucky few to have "the feeling" go for it. But for the rest of us "the feeling" is merely an ever elusive wonder. My decision process was quite arduous, as I came down to two terribly similar schools. In pursuit of "the feeling," I resorted to ridiculous practices like trying on each school's t-shirt, hoping one's billowing fit would in some way illuminate my college choice. My efforts proved to be futile and I was left utterly confused. So, I instead began to examine a different sort of fit ? how did I perceive myself to fit into this school? Such a question can only be answered by visiting perspective schools, participate in tours and information sessions, but most importantly meander through the grounds and try to picture yourself at the school. Once enrolled my advice is simple: get involved! Find something you are passionate about and pursue that interest. Challenge your high school perspective and formulate beliefs that are uniquely your own - rooted in self examination and experience. Carpe diem! Four years go by awfully fast.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

I would say the off campus housing situation. Although personally I have guaranteed four years of housing, about half of the student body does not. Most students live off campus their junior year . Based on friends' experiences, finding a place off campus can be difficult and sometimes neighborhood relations are not optimal. But almost all of the students return to campus their senior year and it is incredible - no one wants to leave. As far as on campus housing goes though - its great and the 10 year plan includes providing 100% guaranteed on campus housing.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

My friends probably get sick of me bragging, but there is so much to talk about - I love it here! The student body is incredible, great school spirit and a work hard play hard attitude. Mostly everyone makes academics his/her priority but there is also quite an emphasis on a well rounded college experience. Nearly all (about 80%) of students have at some point been involved in community service, research opportunities and advanced study grants are available and it seems that professors really care about their students. Some of my favorite moments have been discussions with peers or professors.

Katherine
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Find a college that when you walk onto the campus and look around, you just know that this is the place for you. It's like meeting a best friend. There may be things you don't like or could be better, but at the end of the day, the college you choose should be one where you can be yourself and will guide you as you become the person you are meant to be.

Amaany
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I think our community's level of school spirit is unique.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I think our community's level of school spirit is unique.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known that people in Boston are not as open to different kinds of people as are the individuals I am used to living with in New York City. I also wish I had known that I would have wanted to explore different concentrations instead of directly applying for the school of management.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Focus less on the academics and more about the students, the people, the environment because that will effect your child's learning experience more than anything else.

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