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

In all seriousness, as cliche as it sounds, I would tell students to find a place where they feel at home. However, I would a...

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

In all seriousness, as cliche as it sounds, I would tell students to find a place where they feel at home. However, I would also tell them that this "home" shouldn't be too comfortable. College students should be challenging themselves and stepping outside of the box, as well as their individual comfort zones, while, at the same time, placing themselves in an institution where they feel included. For parents, I would say to really try their best to let their child make the decision. Although it's coming from your pocketbook, your child is the one who has to live with the decision, not you.

What's unique about your campus?

The versatility and the sudetn atmosphere. Everyone is so friendly, which I didn't expect from a school in New England!

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

That it's so diverse in its student population, and that we get the best of both worlds as a school in the suburbs, and a school in the city of Boston. We can be a part of the city and go into it whenever we please, but we aren't stuck there, we can always come back to the green pastures of BC.

Jeffrey
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are engaging, focused, friendly, and have an overwhelming desire to do well.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are engaging, focused, friendly, and have an overwhelming desire to do well.

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

Finding the right college is a huge and difficult choice for anyone. The advice that I would give is to apply to a lot of schools because no school is a gurantee anymore. To find the right one, students and parents should look at all the school has to offer and make the wisest decision based on the entirety, not just academics or athletics.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thig about Boston College is the million dollar stair case in the middle of campus because it gets very slippery in rainy and snowy weather.

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

A rather un-diverse place, very focused on academics and very into the school sports with the social scene based around the l...

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

A rather un-diverse place, very focused on academics and very into the school sports with the social scene based around the local bars, the mod lot, and community service.

Describe the students at your school.

Some work really hard, others do enough to get by, not all show up for class everyday, but in general, people are fairly intelligent.

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

Stay overnight at the college, away from parents and the all too happy tour guides to really get a feel for the school and what it is actually like. Don't just go to a school for the repuation, find the school that fits you best.

Madeline
Why did you decide to go to this school?

This is an answer to the questions: How did you choose to come to BC? Was it your first choice? And what do you know now that...

Why did you decide to go to this school?

This is an answer to the questions: How did you choose to come to BC? Was it your first choice? And what do you know now that you didn’t know when you got to BC?

Why did you decide to go to this school?

This is an answer to the questions: How did you choose to come to BC? Was it your first choice? And what do you know now that you didn’t know when you got to BC?

Why did you decide to go to this school?

This is an answer to the questions: How did you choose to come to BC? Was it your first choice? And what do you know now that you didn’t know when you got to BC?

Why did you decide to go to this school?

This is an answer to the questions: How did you choose to come to BC? Was it your first choice? And what do you know now that you didn’t know when you got to BC?

Why did you decide to go to this school?

This is an answer to the questions: How did you choose to come to BC? Was it your first choice? And what do you know now that you didn’t know when you got to BC?

Describe the students at your school.

Answer to the questions: What is your favorite movie? What is the best class you’ve ever taken? What do you do when you have an hour to kill?

Describe the students at your school.

Answer to the questions: What is your favorite movie? What is the best class you’ve ever taken? What do you do when you have an hour to kill?

Describe the students at your school.

Answer to the questions: What is your favorite movie? What is the best class you’ve ever taken? What do you do when you have an hour to kill?

Describe the students at your school.

Answer to the questions: What is your favorite movie? What is the best class you’ve ever taken? What do you do when you have an hour to kill?

Describe the students at your school.

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Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

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Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Answer to the question: Describe the stereotypes about the students at Boston College. Are they accurate?

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Answer to the question: Describe the stereotypes about the students at Boston College. Are they accurate?

Describe the dorms.

View of a typical freshman dorm at BC.

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

Follow a senior walking from a senior dorm up towards middle campus.

Tell us about the food and dining options.

A popular spot on campus, Hillside Café, is always busy in the morning.

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

The Quad is known to be one of the prettiest spots on campus.

Tell us about the food and dining options.

The main dining hall on Boston College's campus.

Valeria
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bc's campus is beautiful!! It is not very high tec. And there is lots of school pride.

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bc's campus is beautiful!! It is not very high tec. And there is lots of school pride.

Describe the students at your school.

This I really hate about BC: there are so few international students. There is practically NO diversity at all. It is almost an all american college and I think this is ridiculous because you can learn soo much when international students participate in class because they bring in diversity and challege to all topics discussed because of their different cultures and ways of thinking!

What are the academics like at your school?

Depending on the classes you take (seminars, or big introductory classes) professors dont always get to know your names. Professors do respond rather quickly to emails. BC students are very competative. Class participation is very common.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There are so many activities to keep you busy. Very few international oriented ones ofcourse.

Caroline
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Football. I would'nt change anything. its location was perfect, and I felt its size was just right for me. i spent most of...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Football. I would'nt change anything. its location was perfect, and I felt its size was just right for me. i spent most of my time eiether in the dorms or on campus. I would not say that it was a college town, because that would mean that the town existed because of the college but it wasnt like that. BCs administration was unliked by many students for different reasons, but i find thats common on college campus. the biggest controversy at BC involved the administration and their decision to strike down a gay/lesbian/bisexual club on campus. but BC is a private, catholic institution and I understood the pressures on the administration not to allow such a group.

Describe the students at your school.

students are active in issues involving race gender religion and sexuality. of course there are some issues, as there are on all college campuses. BC students are dispersed all throughout the political spectrum. the students are open-minded.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

for some, yes. but for the majority of the students this stereotype is false.

What are the academics like at your school?

professors know your name if you want them to know your name. the size of classes vary from 200 kids to 5 kids which i found was great. studying is necessary at BC, but doing so every night is not common. being prepared for class discussion is always expected, and participation is highly desired by professors. I can't think of a class i thought to be unique, but my favorite class was Media, Law and Society. I loved the professor who taught it and the class was extremely interesting. I majored in Communications and minored in History. both departments were great and very helpful in directing me through courses over the years. BC is also extremely helpful in finding their students jobs and internships

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

BC is able to attract a wide range of guest speakers, many of whom are well know throughout the country. these events are always packed with students. athletic events are equally as important to students--and its doesnt hurt that BC has amazing teams (hockey, football, basketball...) these events are always a good time. there is always something going on at BC....parties are common on and off campus and drinking is always involved. but whats great about BC is that if that sort of culture doesnt fit you, there are so many ways to get away from that scene because of the schools location.

Chris
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school is a good size to give the feeling of a tightly knit class feeling, while still having new people to meet every da...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school is a good size to give the feeling of a tightly knit class feeling, while still having new people to meet every day. People tell me congratulations when i say I go to BC and they typically are impressed. I spend my time at the workout complex or in the study lounge. BC's administration is interested in squeezing as much money as they can out of its students. The town is not a college town but is very nice, and the campus itself is very secluded. I can't remember the biggest recent controversy. There is a ton of school pride and people love the sports teams. Everyone wears BC clothing. BC is a very typical catholic university in my opinion, but its the only one i've ever attended so I dont have a great basis for comparison. I'll remember the comeback football wins, and the Hockey National Championship. Students ALWAYS complain about housing issues, because BC's housing placement is very unfair.

Describe the students at your school.

BC is not very diverse. Most kids are white, middle class kids from private schools. Many kids wear sweatpants and T shirts to class, some wear jeans and a polo shirt. In general, EVERYTHING has a BC logo on it. Different types of students interact, often so that kids can go home and tell everyone that they have a diverse group of friends. If there are four tables at the dining hall, one table has 6 football/basketball players, all above 6'5" and 215 pounds, wearing 100% BC Football clothing, and one cheerleader sitting with them. The next table is full of rich white kids who used to play sports in high school, talking about the previous night's flag football game as if it was some monumental sporting event. The next table is a small group of kids with black clothing and pins all over their side-bags, discussing worldly topics that they have just read about in some random news-page article, throwing out quotes and statistics about a subject they truly know nothing about. They last table is a 20 foot long table with 30 Asian kids speaking languages other than English, so I don't know what they're talking about to be honest. The last table is not my racial stereotype, I've seen tables like that every, single, day at BC.

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

I had a great freshman year at BC and lucked out on housing for next year. I enjoy BC and find the academics very challenging but doable. The girls are extremely good looking here, and a lot of pompous guys can be a pain in the...neck. There are some great people at BC, however, and I am glad i came here and would never transfer.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Generally, yes. Obviously not in all cases.

What are the academics like at your school?

Class size ranges from 300 to 10. Students are very competitive, and most come from a high-level high school in which the student is used to getting straight A's (therefore they expect the same in college). Students have intellectual conversations outside of class but often times it's just to make themselves seem smart in front of others, most likely out of insecurity so that they can tell themselves that even though they don't get perfect grades, they're still smart. I've been taking core classes so far and none have been unique.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Sports teams are great to watch, Basketball is up and down but everyone watches football and hockey. Students always leave dorm doors open. My closest friends are kids i met on freshman dorm floor or through orientation. on a 2AM tuesday, I'm finishing up homework I left for 1AM, due the next day and my room mates are watching TV or playing video games. Some people party every night, and fail classes. Others study every night, and go to bed at 9PM. everyone goes out on weekends. There are NO frats and NO sororities. Last weekend was summer, i didn't do anything. Last weekend at BC was finals, so I studied. The weekend before that I visited my friend who has an off-campus apartment and had a grand time! Saturday nights involve drinking. Off campus has parties at various places in Brighton, or one could visit other colleges in the surrounding area of which there are thousands.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That they are all rich, over privileged catholic school kids who claim to be progressive and active in making society and the world better, but don't actually believe in or care about the changes they are trying to make.

Christine
What is your overall opinion of this school?

BC has a very good reputation so when some one asks "where do you go to school?" and you answer "Boston College" there is alw...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

BC has a very good reputation so when some one asks "where do you go to school?" and you answer "Boston College" there is always a reaction of "oohhh!" with eye brows raised. Everyone knows the school and how good it is. The Jesuit education, if you choose to embrace it, teaches you to educate your whole person and learn about many things you would never think you would learn. The size of BC is just right because you could run into someone every day or never have to see them again if you so choose. Being outside of Boston is amazing. You don't have to deal with the craziness of Boston traffic, but your only about 20 minutes away from a great city. Some big controversies are the battle between very conservative and catholic views against the many liberal and social justice views. The gay and lesbian community has been fighting for equal rights and acceptance for a long time, and has made some strides but there are the occasional racist attacks, which put most of campus up in arms. The BC community does come together in support of each other which is a blessing. School pride is definitly present every day through the wearing of BC's maroon and gold colors, especially at sporting events.

Describe the students at your school.

Socio-economic issues sometimes do arise. There are often a lot of rich students so it's hard to keep up with the social life that comes with that. But there are also plenty of students who are poor college students and try to make fun with out spending money.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

You do find that most students do dress in the "preppy" style but there are just as much people who will dress in sweats. There are some gym rats and it there is some pressure to look good. All students who attend were the best in their high schools so this carries into college. Everyone wants to be the best which motivates everyone. As hard as students work, they party just as hard if not harder. Drinking is very popular, but there are mixed answers if you ask "is there pressure to drink?" I guess it depends on the crowd you're with. I never felt pressured, but sometimes you find it's just less frustrating and more fun to go with the crowd. Volunteering, especially service trips, is very popular. Applications are necessary for some trips which can be very frustrating, but in the end very rewarding.

What are the academics like at your school?

Some classes are good and some just plain suck. You'll find that at any college. The PEPs on the UGBC website are great to read. Students really try to give a clear view of what a class or professor is like. The math department is pretty dry, but there are a few shining professors that you will want to take for every class. They are working to change the curriculum for education and math majors which will be golden for the future, because the math major is pretty darn difficult. Some classes like Capstone and PULSE really allow you to bond with your professors. The core requirements sometimes are a real damper, like the history, but it does force you to take a class that you would normally overlook which adds to the Jesuit education.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Dance groups are really popular for girls and guys alike. Newton campus, despite rumors, is an amazing place to live. You are forced to make friends as freshman because you are all isolated on a separate campus, but these will be your best friends for life. Dating is scarce, hook ups are popular which is not always a good thing. People always complain about the lack of dating, so it's wanted but no one knows how to do that anymore. Not having fraternities and sororities is amazing. There's no need for that added pressure and cliquiness, there's enough partying on and off campus that you don't need a frat row to go to. There are a lot of speakers, theater shows, music performances and places to go in Boston that you don't have to party. Boston is tough with IDs so just wait until you're 21 to go bar hopping, try the mods instead, but beware of BCPD on game days and holidays.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Very preppy students, all body concious and workout 24/7, goal oriented, highly motivated, very into volunteer work, work hard and party hard

Greg
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Perfect size. Know many people when walking around campus, but meet new people up until you graduate. Social scene improv...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Perfect size. Know many people when walking around campus, but meet new people up until you graduate. Social scene improves every year your there. Each year is more fun than the previous one. Academics are taken very seriously by the students. Most kids have a lot of pride in their work. This leads to a great recruiting office which provides a ton of opportunities for people after school. Sports drive a lot of the school pride. BC is unusual in that people continue to live on campus for 3 of 4 years, with most kids living off their junior year. Most frequent student complaints are about the neighborhood surrounding BC.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Preppy; athletic; self-absorbed; snobish

Chris
What is your overall opinion of this school?

the best thing about bc: its got a good community vibe. though its right next to boston, which is easily accessible, most peo...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

the best thing about bc: its got a good community vibe. though its right next to boston, which is easily accessible, most people stay on or around campus. the other best thing: the school is very involved in community service. one thing id change: the school could be a lot more environmentally friendly. Im not asking them to be obsessed about recycling or anything like that, but there is a lot of unnecessary waste. for instance, the cafeterias use big, bulky, plastic containers to transport food. why not paper boxes? WARNING: there is no art at this school. its artless. anyone interested in exploring his artistic side should go somewhere else or be prepared to do it independently. its really quite sad actually. there is a lot a lot of school pride. most people, especially the ones that buy into the mainstream 'bro' culture, love BC, especially their sports teams, which are increasingly successful.

Describe the students at your school.

the student body varies. like I said above there is a predominance of bros and bro-ettes who are generally rich, white, spoiled, politically unaware, ignorant and unopen to other cultures. of course, thats not everybody, but if youre not like that you will feel out of place until you find all the other quasi-alienated kids. if you dont like playing beer pong and listening to shitty pop-rap on the weekends, get out into boston or go somewhere else. what kind of students would feel out of place at BC? the arty ones. BC has NO ART DEPT. they say they do, but its a thinly veiled lie. and so there are not a lot of arty kids. you know the kind. hipsters and hippies. tight pants. that kind of thing. there is a small core constituency though, and Im a part of it. it centers around BCs radio station, WZBC, which is well respected within the independent music scene. it basically saved my college life. A lot of people listen to ZBC, but none of them actually go to school at BC; its all locals and people around the world via the internet. the 'hipsters' at BC are not so haughty, as say perhaps NYU, where they breed like rats. outside of that, there are arty, poetic kids around, pot heads, people that experiment with psychedelics, but you gotta seek them out. its not easy.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

oh for the most part. they perhaps a bit exaggerated. the stereotype applies to the majority of the student body, and its certainly the most visible, prominent portion. However, a lot of people actually study very hard and are very concerned with grades, perhaps too concerned. but a lot of those people are quiet and hidden away in their rooms.

What are the academics like at your school?

BC has quality academics, its the main reason i put up with all the bro's and stick it out. the classes range in size, but outside of the science (pre med) and business school classes, the classes get to an intimate size (10-40) after the initial, 'core' freshman year classes. Of course the professors vary, but I have met very many good ones and only a couple bad ones. Many make an effort to learn the students names, but if you reach out to them, they generally respond well. and UGBC, the student government, has an online database of student reviews for every class, which are very helpful for avoiding the bad professors. I have found my major/minor depts, history and philosophy, full of very friendly, open, accepting faculty. Many people find the core requirements annoying, but personally I didnt mind. Admittedly I got out of the majority of them with AP Test scores, but the ones I did take -first year writing seminar, sociology, and philosophy/theology -very intriguing. BC requires 2 semester of philosophy and 2 semester of theology, but you can fulfill all 4 classes by taking 1 two semester course called perspecitves, which covers all western philosophy and theology together, in context, chronologically, from plato/the old testament to nietzsche and kierkegaard, and is generally pretty easy, which is doubly good since an A in the class really means two A's per semester. highly recommend it. definitely the most painless way to get through two semesters of theology for irreligious people (which are somewhat rare at this catholic university) One major drawback: they offer virtually no theology/philosophy outside the western tradition (ie indian, chinese religions are neglected)

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

no frats/sorts, though there really should be, the student body would be all over it. of course theres a lot of drinking. people generally party thursday friday saturday, unless its a special occassion (like a football game). first few weeks of each semester (before add/drop period ends) people drink and party every night. if you dont drink, there are activities, though they are few and lame. there are quite a few people that dont drink, mostly the quiet, shy, religious, and asian types. drugs are not commonly used on campus, though coke is becoming (a little) more popular -its still shitty coke though. theres weed of course, but id say only 35% indulge at all, and maybe 15% at all regularly (ie outside of party smoking). Boston is right there though, so you can find what you want if you try. students do not leave the doors to their dorms open -are you crazy? the RAs are bitches about alcohol use (especially in freshman dorms).

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

most the guys are bros (jocks). super into sports, acting tough, hooking up with biddies, not thinking too hard, etc. most girls are prissy, materialistic, and gossipy. most people are fairly rich, catholic and white. the fashion is pure prep.

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