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Bianca
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I would describe the big picture as "students study hard, but party even harder." Students at BC are smart, case in point. Ev...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I would describe the big picture as "students study hard, but party even harder." Students at BC are smart, case in point. Everyone worked hard in highschool, and they carried that drive into collge, otherthan the occasional athlete who slipps through the cracks. Students at BC have no problem holing themselves up in the library for five hours at a time and come finals time there isn't a seat in sight. But, once the weekend rolls around, students are just as dedicated to the party scene. Students at BC party hard and late into the night, whether they flock to the mods to celebrate a football victory and hundreds of other students or travel to some off campus house with a keg. Partying is just as important as academics at BC, and more often than not, you'll hear "I wrote this paper hungover and got an A!"

Describe the students at your school.

BC's student body is not diverse at all. Most kids are rich, white, fit and insanely preppy. These studenst seems to fit into the mold. BC is a conservative Jesuit school, and the students seem to fit this image. There aren't crazy piercings, visible tatoos, or tattered clothing found on BC students, they just seem to look like the kid next door (from Greenwich Connecticut). However, with division one athletics the school does bring in some minorities and the insane athletic scholarships help diversify the socioeconmic backgrounds. The athletes are respected and they help unify the school. Honestly, a minority will not be discriminated against, a fat person at BC will probably affront the most discrimination.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

On the surface most of the stereotypes about BC are true. When I first set foot on campus I wasamazed by how beautiful and how wealthy everyone was. Everyone just looked insanely put together. I was like, what about going to class in your pajamas? However, once I learned the names designers jeans and why cashmere is better than cotton, I also learned that BC students are the most down to earth and friendly kids out there. Somone will always hold the door for you or offer you advice about classes and what teachers to take. There is a tremendous sense of community on the campus, and all of the students have a sense of pride in the school.

What are the academics like at your school?

Academics at BC are what you want them to be. There are a variety of classes to chose from, and depending on what you major in, you may find yourself in a 300 person lecture hall or a discussion setting with ten students. Most students have a combination of big and small classes. Depending on your major, your academic experience differs. Those enrolled in the premed program have twice as much class time as other students and find themsleves in a competive environment. However, for many other majors the experience is more centered on learning, especially from eachother. However, regardless of your major, students are expected to work hard.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The Bc scene revolves around athletics and partying. Students party to go to athletic events and then party after to celebrate. Athletics, however, creates a huge sense of community and pride amongst the BC student body. Unfortunately, due to the huge party scene, the dating culture at BC is nonexistent. Students get drunk and hook up, and occasionally it might turn into a friends with benefits thing, but it is very rare to find many couples at the school.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Jcrew models with a hangover, Harvard's rejects, materialistic, anorexic, perfectionists, the overachievers in highschool - the class presidents who also were tri-captains and on prom court, work hard but party even harder, white Irish Catholics

Dan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

In my honest opinion, Boston College is by far the best all-around school in the country. With a little over 9,000 undergrad...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

In my honest opinion, Boston College is by far the best all-around school in the country. With a little over 9,000 undergrads, it is the perfect size: not too big, and not too small. It's only a few minutes from Boston, America's college town, and Chestnut Hill is a beautiful suburb, not to mention the fact that it was recently ranked the safest town in the US. The sports are incredible; they're all division one and are competitive every year. Football is HUGE during the fall semester, and hockey is arguably the best program of its kind in the nation. Not only are all sports games fun to watch, they foster a huge sense of school pride. In short, BC has a great academic reputation, an awesome party scene, prime location, the perfect size, competitive sports, school spirit, a beautiful campus, and a bright, friendly, and good-looking student body.

Describe the students at your school.

I'm not gonna lie; BC is pretty much Whitebread U. A large majority of students are white, middle-class, and from the northeast. If you're really serious about immersing yourself in diversity, don't come here. However, beyond the lack of diversity, the student body is amazing. Virtually everyone is intelligent, friendly, social, and involved. Everyone is happy to be here and loving college life. Not to mention, the girls are incredibly hot.

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

DON'T TAKE WOLFMAN FOR CHEMISTRY-HE BLOWS... SAVE THE MODS!!!!!

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

A lot of students are rich and white, but that certainly doesn't define everyone. BC is lacking in diversity, but that doesn't mean everyone falls into this stereotype. You are guaranteed to meet a large majority of good, stand-up people at BC.

What are the academics like at your school?

Academics are what you make of them. Some people take really hard classes, and some people can pull off close to a 4.0 with almost no work. I was in the pre med program for a while, which was really competitive and classes were extremely difficult. The major classes freshman year (introductory courses) will have 150+ students, but most have about 20 students. The vast majority of kids here follow the "work hard, play hard" mantra and are smart (they have to be to get into BC). However, while the students here are bright, this isn't Tufts or Harvard, and you won't get into conversations about U.S. foreign policy at a party.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There are tons of clubs and activities on campus- a bunch of club and intramural sports, and a club for any interest/hobby you might have. Most kids here are athletic and play sports-I played IM hockey, which you actually get to play on the Conte Forum ice. Besides a sport, I'd definitely recommend joining at least one club on Student Activities Day. As for the party scene, BC is a drinking school (what school isn't nowadays) and there is definitely a ton of drinking on the weekends and before sporting events, but if you don't drink, you'll find people who don't either. The kids here are all pretty chill and leave their doors open-everybody's really friendly and open, so you're bound to find your group of friends very quickly. I'm not just saying that either, it really is mad/hella/wicked friendly and open here. Also, I had to mention one of my favorite experiences at BC: for the Boston Marathon, everyone gets up at 9, starts drinking at 10, and then line up along Commonwealth to go crazy and high five and cheer on the runners. DO NOT MISS THAT!!!

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Rich, white, subrubanites, and preppy; "J Crew With a Hangover"

Morgan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The athletics at BC make the school. The school pride is overwhelming, and it makes you proud of your school. If I could chan...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The athletics at BC make the school. The school pride is overwhelming, and it makes you proud of your school. If I could change one thing I would want it to be smaller, but then again I may not have been admitted if that were the case, so I think it is just perfect.

Describe the students at your school.

Four tables: athletes, very religious, business students, volunteers Students are very politically aware. When Chelsea Clinton came to campus this year, I think the students surprised the administration with their turnout when students were pouring out of the room she was in and into the surrounding halls. Students are normally dressed casual/preppy to class, with the occassional sweatpants thrown in for the 9 a.m.. The athletes are constantly parading around in their sports clothing (especially when they are doing well). Uggs boots, skinny jeans, a Burberry jacket, and a Longchamp bag is practically the uniform for girls. Guys tend to wear just t-shirts or polos.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Although BC is vastly preppy, it is such a large school that this fact is diluted but the large student body. There is truly a group of every type, and more importantly, there are students that choose not to identify with any group at all. It is an easy school to find your niche. BC is composed of a very serious, intelligent student body and people that are not afraid to work hard. To add to that however, those same students are able to put their work behind them and take time to hang out and have fun. They are very well around and aren't afraid of the "work-hard, play-hard lifestyle." While many BC students are well-off and you will find the occasional snob, this by no means defines the student body. Those couple snobby kids find each other and go off and exclude themselves from the rest of the student body, which benefits everyone in the end. Overall though, there are many kids that are from lower income and on scholarships and it would never be known unless they offered the information.

What are the academics like at your school?

Depending on your program, academics are very challenging. Some majors are easier, and one can get away with and do well with minimual work. The pre-med and business programs tend to be more challenging, and these students can be found in the library at all hours of the night. As a finance major, I am in the library everyday for 4-7 hours. Students do have intellectual conversations out of class, often about politics. People want to learn from their peers, and students go to events when speakers are brought to campus or there is an opportunity to learn out of the classroom.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Preppy, dorky, Stuck-up, J. Crew catalog, eating disorders

katie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

One thing I would change about BC is that students only get three years guaranteed housing making students move off campus ju...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

One thing I would change about BC is that students only get three years guaranteed housing making students move off campus junior year. This is very problematic if one plans on going abroad since it is nearly impossible to find subletters and the school does little to help you (and rents in the area are very high). Furthermore, they do give fifty percent of students on-campus housng and a good deal of the students are chosen randomly...so good luck if your friends get four years housing and you don't.

Describe the students at your school.

Definitely a lack of "artsy" people which has been disappointing. Most kids are pretty wealthy but BC gives very good financial aid so there are lots of exceptions to this. BC is pretty white but the percentage of AHANA students grows every year. For the most part students hang out with those who look like them - especially the Asian crowd. The one unique thing about the student body is how concerned we are with volunteering and participating in service/immersion trips. Many of the volunteering clubs are even competitive to get into since they are so popular.

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

BC is just beginning its 10 year plan and the campus will look entirely different when it's completed. But during the process construction promises to be a large nuisance.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Some are. It is not as big of a party school as people think because school is so important and because it's gotten harder to get into. I have found that students' taste in music and such is pretty generic - not too much variation from the mainstream. Also, students tend to stay on campus much more than I expected and not go into Boston. What would surprise people is how concerned BC students are and committed to service. It is the norm to go on alternative spring break and volunteer weekly. Also, they are very suburban and uncultured.

What are the academics like at your school?

The academic workload at BC is pretty tough, but of course that depends on your major. Professors are pretty willing to help students and for the most part want them to do well. I am in the School of Education and a Human Development major, which is considered easy(for the most part true). This department has a lack of good professors and I look for challenging but rewarding classes outside of my major.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

BC does not have any frats or sororities so it may be difficult for freshman to find the typical hhuge anonymous "college party" so many often drink in their dorm rooms and in doing so bond with the kids in their dorm. Students don't go out as much as I thought they would (although within certain groups they go out more) and I actually went out more in high schoool. Students really don't go to bars underage and are hesitant to use fake IDs because of Boston's reputation of being tough on IDs. But if you actually try them it's not that tough as long as you venture away from campus a little bit.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

BC students are wealthy white kids who like to drink beer.

Dan
Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

It seems ridiculous to imagine a school with B.C.'s reputation having the B.C. stereotype. Such an environment cannot produc...

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

It seems ridiculous to imagine a school with B.C.'s reputation having the B.C. stereotype. Such an environment cannot produce well-balanced, mature, young adults for a increasingly globalized and diverse world. I matriculated to Boston College with the idea that the stereotype was just a poor generalization and could not possibly be true. I imagined that there would have to be a broad, if at least a interesting student body and the school itself would provide ample opportunities and support for any type of student. Yet, after going to Boston College, talking to a multitude of students from as diverse of backgrounds you will find at B.C., and spending time meeting people from other schools, I can honestly say the stereotype is completely true, both about the school and the vast majority of the schools students. At B.C., if you do not conform, or if you reject such a environment and the attitude that comes along with it, you will feel like a black sheep and not receive the best education you could.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

The stereotype of B.C. is that it is a posh country club, a poorly balanced, lopsided environment, conservative, and extremely homogeneous. The stereotype of a B.C. student is that they are rich, white, preppy, immature, from New England, obsessed with sports, and extremely privileged.

Andy
What is your overall opinion of this school?

There is a lot of school pride. I think the size of the school is just right; it isn't too big nor is it too small. I've re...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

There is a lot of school pride. I think the size of the school is just right; it isn't too big nor is it too small. I've received many different reactions when I have told people I go to BC -- wow, that's a great school. A private school?? that's awesome. Isn't it cold? Oh, there's both Boston College and Boston University?

Describe the students at your school.

BC is filled with very nice people. It is almost as if the nicest students on earth come here.

What are the academics like at your school?

All but one professor knew my name. Most of the classes.. probably around 95% have a class size fewer than 20. There are students that are constantly studying and others that may look like they never study. However, every BC student studies. Class participation does seem quite common. Many students speak out and express their thoughts. BC is filled with intelligent students. Although there are students that appear "incompetent" at BC, it is quite probable that the students perform academically at a high level. I believe the school has such a strong academic schedule that forces students to be intellectually competent in many subjects. The education at BC is geared towards both getting a job and learning for its own sake. It appears like CSOM (the business school) gears students in getting a job, but the College of Arts and Science gears students towards learning for its own sake. I have spent time with a few of my professors outside of class. It may seem like it's a very difficult thing to do, but they're only people, knowledgeable and old (usually) people. It doesn't hurt to talk to them outside of class.

Regina
What is your overall opinion of this school?

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...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

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.

Describe the students at your school.

A lot of the students are very preppy, and if not then they at least dress nicely to class. In the spring I make an effort to look decent, but in the winter I wear nothing but sweatpants. There is a large number of sweatpant wearers in the winter. 4 tables in the dinning hall- jocks, preps, racial groups, and everyone else. For the most part once you have found your niche you stick to it, but there are floaters. I would most people are either wealthy or well off, but there also a lot on financial aide. I think there is a place for everyone at BC, it may not seem like it at first, but once you look for people you realize they are there, the hardest part is finding your niche.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

The preppiness and tons of jocks are definitely true, and if not jocks then just athletes.

What are the academics like at your school?

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.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There are a lot of community service groups which are very popular, there are also a lot of racial groups, dance, art, etc. I got lucky and met most of my friends from my hall freshman year. at first people try and leave their doors open but after the first month its over. I met people in the communal bathroom, but if you have your own you wont meet many people in your hall. There are always cultural events available such as speakers, shows, athletic events. Almost everyone parties on the weekends but since there are no sororities or fraternities they are usually room parties. There is a non alcoholic option every weekend, it usually consists of board games or some kind of performance. My favorite event each year is the Arts Fest, each group on BC performs something, so you get to see what the group is like, its really enjoyable. There is a limited dating scene, one of BC's biggest problems is its hookup scene.

Jess
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Even though BC has 9200 undergrads, it certainly doesn't feel like that, unless you're at a football or hockey game. walking ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Even though BC has 9200 undergrads, it certainly doesn't feel like that, unless you're at a football or hockey game. walking around campus you feel like you're at a much smaller college. there is so much school pride, especially in and around boston. students are not the best travelers to away games, unless it's notre dame or bowl/tournament season.

Describe the students at your school.

there are definitely some students that are more religious than others, but no one pushes religion on anyone, per my experience so far. the students are very much a community, and having all freshman dorms helps that a lot. i think that most students are from the upper middle class at least and many have gone to private school, and many of those to catholic or jesuit school. the school is mostly liberal, but there are conservatives on campus that make their presence known during certain events.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

while a lot of students do dress in a preppy fashion, there are plenty who do not, or have their own twist on it

What are the academics like at your school?

Freshman year you will definitely take a few small classes (15-20 students) where the professor will know your name. even in 300+ person lectures, some teachers are very good at getting to know each and everyone of their students. the biology department is pretty good, but extremely demanding. if you are a bio major, and especially are in the pre-med program, it is nearly impossible to study abroad during the academic year, but there are tons of awesome summer programs in all areas and all over the world. to fill my fine arts requirement, i took a 3 week drawing course in venice, italy, which was an amazing experience

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There are no frats or sororities at BC, so don't rely on that as a way of making friends. freshmen year a lot of people leave their doors open first semester and that is a great way to meet people. I met most of my friends because they lived within a couple of doors of me and within 24 hours of moving in, i had 8 friends that i went to everything with. the two biggest sports at BC are football and hockey. campus pretty much shuts down on saturdays with home games and the tailgating starts early and goes late. hockey games are almost every friday night during the winter, which makes it a lot easier to go to than basketball games, which are usually during the week and start later than hockey games. club and intramural sports are really popular all year round because there is such a wide varitey.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

that the students are all preppy and look like they came out of a J. Crew or Ralph Lauren catalog.

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