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Recent Reviews

Travis
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The school is probably best known for Doug Flutie, but in the acedemic realm, I would say that it is most well known for its ...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The school is probably best known for Doug Flutie, but in the acedemic realm, I would say that it is most well known for its English and Philosophy departments.

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

Don't stay at home. Try something different and see what the country (and world) have to offer. There's a lot out there and you won't get to experience it if you stick to your roots.

What's unique about your campus?

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.

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

Boston College has the extreme luxury and unique blend of being a relatively intimate small-scale suburban campus nestled rig...

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

Boston College has the extreme luxury and unique blend of being a relatively intimate small-scale suburban campus nestled right next to a major city. While I won't comment on the state of Boston's public transportation, culturally significant, fun, and interesting things were always a reasonable bus/T ride away.

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

On the whole, Boston College is a first rate institution of higher learning. Comparing my own experience with that of my high school friends, I can say that I am lucky to feel like every professor I had was fully devoted to teaching. However, if there was anything that really grinded my gears, it was the preferential treatment to the star athletes. I understand BC football and basketball is where the money is at, but cultivating this environment in college only extends to the pro's, and, well--I think we've all seen what pro athletes are capable of.

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

Where to begin? Well, if you're like me and happen to be the first of your family (parents included) fumbling their way through the college process (applications, finances, etc), you have a lot of work to do. But you must do what you can to keep college from becoming a chore. Delegate the responsibility of your education with those closest to you. Keep your parents as involved as possible. Don't be put off by the sticker price of an education. The average private school is going to cost you $25k+ a year--but there are a million different scholarship and grant opportunities out there to alleviate the stress of paying for college (and the subsequent student loans). Have fun, make friends, and don't compromise your beliefs to fit in or placate others (there will be plenty of opportunities to do so). Your niche is there; you just have to look. Embrace your school's colors--real and imaginary. Learn HOW to study. Think about that last statement, then ask upperclassmen to clarify it for you. Don't drink every weekend. Lastly, know how lucky you are to be in school and make it count.

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

The most important thing for choosing the right college is thinking about the first impression that the school makes upon you...

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

The most important thing for choosing the right college is thinking about the first impression that the school makes upon you. If the atmosphere feels right and is something that really intrigues you, chances are that the next 4 years at that particular school are going to be the best of your life thus far. It's also important while making sure that th eacademics are going to challenge you, but not too much, that you take into consideration things happening around campus all the time. Do you want to be involved in volunteer programs but also be an avid sports fan? There are so many things to do on a college campus that you really can't go wrong with whatever choice you make. If you can see yourself there, as part of that community and involved in the very things that you see going on during a tour, chances are that it is the right place for you and will be a great fit.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Anyone and everyone should attend BC. There is a wide range of students who come from various cultural, economic, ethnic, racial, educational, and family backgrounds, that no one is out of place. You still have the ability to maintain your individuality on campus while being a part of something much bigger.

What's unique about your campus?

The amazing sense of community at this school makes you really feel like you are part of something all the time. There is always something to do on campus, ranging from theater performaces to acapella groups to the various varsity sports. The people are very friendly, and the professors are very knowledgable in their respective areas. They challenge you to think above and beyond normal expectations, and to think in non-traditional ways as well, so as to expand your understanding of greater concepts.

erin
What kind of person should attend this school?

One academically oriented, driven, and ambitious

What kind of person should attend this school?

One academically oriented, driven, and ambitious

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

The campus & grounds, the city, the Jesuit environment

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

Pay attention to colleges that aren't your first pick. Each campus offers its own, unique environment. Jesuit colleges often have great faculties who care about its students - and they don't force religion onto their students

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

Make friends that share your values and passions. Always keep your door open, even when you have a paper due. Those friends...

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

Make friends that share your values and passions. Always keep your door open, even when you have a paper due. Those friendship are priceless, even if college is expensive. And seriously, consider a gap year before college. Once you are in debt and have to get a job, you never have that chance again. And take classes that make you want to get up in the morning. If you don't LOVE what you do you will never feel complete at college...or in life.

What's unique about your campus?

We are very warm people in a rather cold city. Boston is harsh compared to the midwest (personality-wise), but BC is REALLY friendly. You walk around campus and people smile at you, hold doors open, chatter about their most recent service project. Service is a BIG deal here, and nearly everyone does it. Often you might know someone for years before it pops out theyve been volunteering at a shelter or prison or something since before you met them. Then there are international trips, and appalachia...basically, we are a smart campus that does good in the world.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

It's a great place to be a student but it's wicked expensive--both tuition and living expenses. People don't understand what it means to HAVE to get a job b/c you can't afford things, or you have to pay back money when you graduate. Every year I've been here I've gotten less financial aid, and now I'm a senior and I'm frustrated at the limited income I will make and the HUGE debt that I have. If I could do it again...I hope I would, but I'm not certain.

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

Boston College is a place that changes students lives for the better.

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

Boston College is a place that changes students lives for the better.

Describe the students at your school.

Boston College students are the kind of students who know how to study hard and play hard.

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

Students: My biggest piece of advice would be to follow your heart. Visit the campus before deciding. Spend a day on campus and see if it is the right school for you. Once there, don?t be afraid to put yourself out there. Don?t worry about making best friends on the first day. Most of the time the friends you make the first days or weeks of school are not the people you will hang out with for the rest of your time at school; be patient. Finally, call home and let your parents know how you are. They want to hear from you. Parents: College is one of the most important steps of growing up. Remember to keep your children in mind when they are choosing their school. Although the school might not be what you would have chosen, what might be right for you might not be right for them. Try to give them space, but remind them that you are there for them. Send them a care package. It always feels great to get a letter in the mail to let someone now you are thinking about them.

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

The worst thing about my school is that most rich students act in a proud way that makes non-wealthy students feel uncomforta...

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

The worst thing about my school is that most rich students act in a proud way that makes non-wealthy students feel uncomfortable.

What's unique about your campus?

The environment is the best at my school. It is not too big and not too small. It is just right. The location is great because it is not in the city, just a little outside of it. It started promoting environment friendly acts, which I greatly appreciate and support.

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

I encourage students to go visit their interested colleges first before deciding which to attend. It is very important that the student enjoy the environment first in order to start his/her new life away from his/her parents. Secondly, even if it costs a lot to attend a certain college, it is worth the investment. Find scholarships and apply for financial aid to assist you with tuition. It is also very important to do research on colleges before applying.

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

It's in a beautiful neighborhood, close to the city of Boston, and has a great academic reputation.

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

It's in a beautiful neighborhood, close to the city of Boston, and has a great academic reputation.

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

Explore all of your options - don't limit yourself to places where you are sure you'll fit in! There are so many amazing places and people to be discovered, and if you visit enough schools you are sure to fall in love with one of them. Attend tours and orientations if possible, and ask the colleges for student contacts. You can write to them and ask as many questions about the school as you want - most students will be happy to help you. While at school, get involved! Try something new, whether it's the martial arts club or the school newspaper. You can also get involved in activities you already know and love. Extracurriculars are a great way to make friends. Create a relationship with your dorm RA - they can help you with any problems you may experience, and they are there to help you. Give everything a chance and be open to new experiences and you can't go wrong!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who are not open to meeting new kinds of people, people who don't like to socialize at all, people who don't like the cold, people who have a handicap.

Amanda
Describe the students at your school.

They are fairly wealthy, social, academically focused, competitive, and involved.

Describe the students at your school.

They are fairly wealthy, social, academically focused, competitive, and involved.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone serious about learning, but also very well rounded and social. Students are religiously active, but also like to party. Students who go here generally enjoy watching or playing in sporting events and the culture that surrounds that. Students need to be prepared for a larger size campus in which it is possible to get lost between the cracks of an overachieving student body.

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

*Stay true to the person you are, while finding the environment that will foster the person you might be.* Before you start considering which schools you might go to, begin by creating two different but equally important lists. The first list should include 'things that you hope to get out of college.' This list should include things like what major you will have and whether you want to pursue specific athletic or professional goals. These are functional and academic considerations. Then you should make a list focused on your personality. This list should consist of 'things that make you happy.' When forming your second list, consider what size community you thrive in; whether you like sporting games, volunteering, singing, or political debate; what geographic region you'd like to live in; and whether you value diversity amongst your fellow students. Both lists are crucial. You cannot focus on what you want out of a school and ignore what you bring to it. College is about learning academically, but it is also about personal growth and discovery. This means not only concentrating on the education and environment at a perspective school, but also considering how a school will help you grow.

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

BC has a strong sense of community and a work hard, play hard environment.

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

BC has a strong sense of community and a work hard, play hard environment.

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

I would tell parents and students to not just judge colleges on the facts and statistics but on their atmospheres and the connection you feel with a school. No matter where you choose to go, college is what you make it. Get involved, get to know as many different people as you can, work hard and play hard and make sure you've left a mark on your school when you leave so that you will always be a part of it just like it will always be a part of you. College is as much about life experience and growing up as it is about academics and getting a job so make sure you take the time to enjoy it and really experience it, it goes by fast!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who hates the cold/snow or who isn't willing to work hard academically or doesn't like a very competitive academic environment.

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