Chestnut Hill, MA
Boston College


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Recent Reviews

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.

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

Make sure to select an insitution that allows the student to feel at home and accepted. A setting that permits such rapid in...

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

Make sure to select an insitution that allows the student to feel at home and accepted. A setting that permits such rapid integration into the university community will better facilitate the transition to the increased mental rigor of college class and permit students to pursue their interests unecumbered by social issues.

Aaron
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Trying to be all things to all people - unsuccessfully

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Trying to be all things to all people - unsuccessfully

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

A unique mix of opposites where conflict and flux dominate -- an ideal situation for education.

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

You have to visit a school on your own before you can really get a sense of what going there would be like. Get a plane ticket and book a hotel and go on your own. You get the freedom to make your own choice and build an independent assessment without the unhelpful pressure and commentary from friends and family. It's your education, and your life - so you better get used to responsibility before you're entirely on your own!

Nina
Describe the students at your school.

Engaging, fun, and thoughtful

Describe the students at your school.

Engaging, fun, and thoughtful

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

There is no greek life, yet the school is very social. The lack of fraternities and sororities lends to a more unified, less segregated social atmosphere that I love.

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

Everyone starts their college search process believing they will find the right school and have the great college experience that they?ve heard so much about. I was just like this, but found out quickly this is not true for everyone, and I had made a huge mistake in my choice of schools. I spent my first 3 semesters at Wake Forest University, trying to fit in but knowing deep down this is not where I belonged. After coming to terms with the fact that I would have to start all over through transferring, I became much more in tune to what aspects of a college would suit my needs and interests. I chose to transfer to Boston College, which I now consider the happiest place on earth. My advice is to make sure you like who as well as what you see on college visits. A campus may be gorgeous, but if all of the students are wearing the same J. Crew shirts and you have never set foot in that store, it is likely not the right place for you. Talking to professors is just as important. Search for passion, socially and academically, in all aspects of campus.

Leslie
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

BC is best known for their D1 athletic teams (football, basketball, and hockey). They are also well known as a great academic...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

BC is best known for their D1 athletic teams (football, basketball, and hockey). They are also well known as a great academic school, especially in my field (education)

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

The worst thing about BC is it's lack of arts. They try to inspire more participation with the arts fest, but so far it hasn't had too much of an effect. Students are more focused on getting a practical career in front of them; most art majors are also majors in something else that is more practical.

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

Almost any college can be academically challenging if you make the most of their resources. Most colleges can be fun, too, although commuter schools can make it hard to make friends sometimes. I'd say the most important factor is deciding what is right for you as far as urban/suburban/rural is concerned. To make the most of your college experience, just GET INVOLVED! Try out for as many activities as you can; you can always quit or go back later if you've signed up for too much or it's not something you're interested in. If you don't sing or dance, go to performances. If you don't play sports, still go to games. It's a way for different types of people to share a common experience, and it really gets you into the school spirit.

Tricia
What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

In some cases, it is too conservative--due to its founding on Catholic values, it does not accept people for themselves alwa...

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

In some cases, it is too conservative--due to its founding on Catholic values, it does not accept people for themselves always (specifically regarding friends of different sexual orientations). Overall it was liberal for a Catholic environment due to the student body, but some of the older alumni who supported the school hold strong to traditional Catholic values.

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

Find a place where you can picture yourself on the campus. That is the most important thing. I'm in the process of applying for graduate school in Higher Education because of my undergraduate experience and have been working in College Admission for the year since graduation. Students change their majors an average of three times, so if a student finds a school where they are comfortable and can picture themselves, that is the most important thing.

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

At BC I was able to make myself into the person that I want to be. I am proud of the things I did there--from community service trips during my spring breaks to leading retreats to being involved in an organization that is focused on helping students determine what they want to do after graduation. I am proud of the person that I became, what I did there, and where I come from. Go BC!

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

Boston College is great if you want a spirited, campus-based school, with the option of a city at your fingertips.

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

Boston College is great if you want a spirited, campus-based school, with the option of a city at your fingertips.

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

Firstly, and most importantly, keep an open-mind. You are going to have a ton of information being thrown at you from a thousand different directions. If you pick a "first-choice" too early, you might miss out on a lot of great opportunities. Ultimately, it has to be about what YOU want. Culture at school is a much bigger deal than I thought it would be, and it's different everywhere- so make sure you can really see yourself at the school you're attending. Once you've make a decision- the first few weeks are crucial. Meeting "friends" before-hand is overrated, but go into the first weeks of college extremely friendly and accepting. You'll hear it hundreds of times - but everyone is nervous. So meet everyone, be awkward, and get connected right off the bat. It'll make the next four years all the more worth it. Finally, don't forget why you're there. Everyone loves you while you're the partier, until you find yourself failing. However, don't be married to your books- find a happy medium. You'll feel better about yourself.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The students do not utilize the city as much as they should, and without frat-life the full-fledged party scene can sometimes be lacking.

Emily
Describe the students at your school.

Eager to learn but not as friendly as they could be.

Describe the students at your school.

Eager to learn but not as friendly as they could be.

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

It is crucial in the college selection process to know what you want in a school. Look at where you've been and what you've done, and carefully examine what has worked and what hasn't. This will help you to know what you should look for in order to succeed. Visiting your prospective schools can be helpful, but it is even more helpful if you stay with a friend who already goes there (if applicable). Getting involved right away will help you to adjust to college life not only because you will make new friends but also because it will keep you busy. One thing I found to be particularly helpful as far as study habits in college is to divide my space. I made certain spaces for studying only and others for relaxing only and I did exceptionally well academically. By staying involved and getting organized with academics you will make the most out of your college experience.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person who has done well academically and wants to learn but still have the full college experience with partying and school spirit.

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