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Tristan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Gorgeous campus. Campus is beautiful, cozy, and extremely safe. Medium-sized school, but the community makes it feel smaller....

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Gorgeous campus. Campus is beautiful, cozy, and extremely safe. Medium-sized school, but the community makes it feel smaller. Jesuit mindset = lots of service opportunities and genuinely caring professors and students. Great school for students of any religious background (I'm Jewish.) Great sport teams (but horrible fans.) Close to Boston (and yet so far.) Enough conservatives to fuel good debates (as opposed to all liberals.) Senior-year housing is phenomenal. Strict underage drinking policies cut down on partying freshmen and sophomore year, but senior year at BC is absolutely amazing.

Describe the students at your school.

More diverse than it's given credit for, but not by much. Student body is pretty racially segregated.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

We do have enough snobs running around, propagating the stereotypes, that by senior year I'm ready for a slightly more diverse crowd. But the stereotypes certainly don't encapsulate the majority of the student body.

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors generally know you and care about you. Opportunities exist to take small classes and large ones, and most of the big lecture classes are supplemented with weekly discussion groups. Students are very competitive. Prof's do spend time with students outside of class.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Rich, White, Conservative, Private-Educated, Catholic, snobs who do all of their shopping at J. Crew and Banana Republic.

Shelby
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about BC is how Freshmen housing is set up. Whether you are on Upper or Newton, you are completely surrounded ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about BC is how Freshmen housing is set up. Whether you are on Upper or Newton, you are completely surrounded by other Freshmen, so making friends is so easy. The only thing I would change is how they do the lottery for housing as a sophmore. I think the school is just right, I always am running into my friends and other familar faces but at the same time meet someone new at least once a week. They seem pretty impressed, and usually say "you are sooo lucky". There is a huge amount of school spirit, football games are the best time, there is nothing like a sunny saturday home game where the beer is cold and BC is winning. The most unusual part about BC is that seniors live on campus. I will never forget when BC beat V-Tech in the last 2 min. of the game... The entire campus was outside celebrating all night, it wass one of the coolest expirences of my life. There really arent many complaints except if a sophmore ends up on College Road for housing.

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The BC ND rivalry, is HUGE here. We are playing them in football for only 3 more years, and as of right now BC is up in the series 1-0.... BC is by far the more fun and better school, its jsut as good academically speaking, better sport programs, and we are not in the middle of no where, I belileve anyone would take the city of Boston over Southbend. Bottom Line the "Holy War" is over, BC won that one.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Nope, havent seen one popped collar... there are tons of different kinds of people that go here.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Im involved with Club Lacrosse and it has made my expierence at c that much better. There are tryouts for the team, and about 50 girls come out for about 8 positions, however if you make the team it is an awesome time. Football games are extremely popular. We do not have Frats or Soroities but the varisty and club team houses act as places to hold parties. I personally like that we do not have GReek life, that way no one is left out and you dont have to work or pay for friends, or should i say "sisters". Last weekend started on Thursday and went through Sunday.. Usually freshmen start off on upper and then either venture to lower our off campus where there are bigger parties. You can pretty mch do anything you want, on a saturday, the city of boston is like a 20 min T ride away, just dont take the B-line take the D.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Jcrew wearing, stuck up snobs, with popped collars of coarse.

Tony
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing at BC is the attention to forming students who care about social justice and will make life decisions to affec...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing at BC is the attention to forming students who care about social justice and will make life decisions to affect change in the world. I would change the general conservative views of the administration which stifle conversation and prevent any possibility for change especially around issues like homosexuality. Size is great. Well it is a bit different in the midwest because people know of BC, but they don't all know of its reputation so there are usually questions to figure out what it is like. I spend most of my time during the day in class, in meetings, getting lunch with friends (I am often in McElroy where I often eat lunch and where many of my activities are centered). We don't really experience the college town because we are a bit outside of BC and there is such a strong BC bubble that people do not often get outside it. I already mentioned BC's admin they are way too conservative and out of touch with the BC population (or at least not willing to be in an active conversation with the students), BC runs as a business and so the students are secondary to the money they produce and the rankings that guide the college market, this is not a melodramatic metaphor, this college is business driven. Controversy - probably the student body pres election, but in terms of a controversy that actually matters probably the hate crime incident last year that resulted in outcries by persecuted minorities on campus. Yes there is a lot of school pride, and while I have a lot of negative commentaries I have school pride, its just it is limited...

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Some of them are very true, although like all generalizations they cannot be fully true. BC definitely has a drinking culture that I think is out of control - for some drinking defines everything they do beyond academics, and yet some don't drink and others drink a lot less than some would assume. The hook up culture is also a phenomenon and a problem, but probably only a third to a half of BC participates in this culture and even then the vast majority of these are not satisfied with it, I mean who would be you are completely taking advantage of others and yourself. The other noteworthy thing is that some people actually date. There is a lot of academic pressure at BC most assume that everyone is studying and getting good grades and of course it is a competitive school so many are, but there are also those who would rather get dinner with a friend that spend hours in the library and others who struggle and don't get the great grades it seems like everyone receives. There appears in my eyes to be a bit of apathy that resonates when it comes to taking action on issues that students care about. Many students at BC do come from very affluent backgrounds, which perpetuates a problem because some of these students assume that everyone has the same experiences and upbringing as them when in fact most of the world and many at BC have not. There is a thin culture here, especially among women which perpetuates very unhealthy eating and exercise habits. And the problems and stereotypes continue.

What are the academics like at your school?

I actually have a midterm in a few hours so I will have to stop here I hope you appreciate the answers I have given, good luck with your survey.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Everyone drinks and parties hard, everyone is hooking up and not dating, everyone gets perfect grades in their classes, students are generally apathetic, everyone comes from an affluent background, everyone is constantly exercising and very healthy, and so on

Abby
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Probably one of my favorite parts about BC is the football games. Nearly everyone goes. They are always so much fun, and the ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Probably one of my favorite parts about BC is the football games. Nearly everyone goes. They are always so much fun, and the Superfan section usually takes up about a third of Alumni Stadium. Everyone tailgates before the games, so you can just walk around and see a lot of your friends. Another really great thing about BC is that its campus is in the suburbs, so you have trees, quads, etc, but the Green line is right on campus so you can take the T into the city. I grew up in Massachusetts, just south of Boston, and in my opinion, it is the greatest city on earth. You can do anything. Sports games, clubs, bars, concerts, museums, dinner... the choices are endless. This year, especially, living in Boston was fantastic. Boston College Football was ranked #2 for awhile, the Red Sox won the World Series, the Patriots went 18 - 1, and the Celtics are having a great season.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Well, some of them. Sure, you have those kinds of people around, but that's going to be the same as pretty much anywhere. I never had a problem finding people I could easily get along with, and I feel like I meet new people every weekend. And for those people that you're not a big fan of, you can easily avoid them. It's a big campus with a lot of students. Personally, I am not religious. Going to a Jesuit university hardly has any impact on my academic career. The only actual difference I can see is that our classes are sometimes taught by Jesuits, and you get a longer Easter Break.

What are the academics like at your school?

The only advice I have for choosing classes, is check the PEPs on the teacher first. Students can log on and rate their teacher and tell you their strengths, weaknesses, how hard the class is and how much work you usually have to do. It's a great tool, and I use it every time I have to choose my classes. They can be found at http://ugbc.org/peps.php .

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

One group that I'm involved with is the CCE, or Committee for Creative Enactments. It is an improv group on campus that puts on a murder mystery show each semester that is student written and directed by members of the club. We also do improv shows throughout the year, and always have a good time. Just about anything you want to do as an extracurricular, you can find. At the beginning of each semester, there is a student activities day, in which a lot of the clubs on campus set up tables in the quad and try and recruit new members. I met a lot of my closest friends, and my boyfriend, by joining this club.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

BC is full of preppy, rich, white kids. The girls are trashy and act like high schoolers, the guys are "bros" and act like assholes. As for the school itself, people usually get turned off by the idea of a Jesuit university.

Claire
What is your overall opinion of this school?

BC is a great combination of both suburban and urban environments. The PULSE program is one of BC's many excellent aspects, ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

BC is a great combination of both suburban and urban environments. The PULSE program is one of BC's many excellent aspects, and community service is a very common extracurricular activity.

Describe the students at your school.

BC is home to all sorts of ethnic groups, as well as religions. People often write off BC as a "Catholic" college, but in reality all faiths/or all beliefs are welcome. BC is also a politically active school, with frequent seminars and discussions led by political figures.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

In some ways, but there is also a prevalent group who does not fit the stereotypes. Drinking may seem like it is a big part of life, but there are always plenty of activities during the weekend that do not involve drinking.

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors are genuinely interested in the welfare of their students, they want you to succeed. BC students are generally very academically focused, and there is a wide range of unique classes to choose from. The core curriculum is a great way to ensure that each student experiences an array of academic interests and options.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There is no Greek life here at BC, but that does not mean people do not party. Students tend to bond during athletic events, and most clubs/organizations have a substantial memberships.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

The most common ones are that BC students are: wealthy,intelligent,and heavy drinkers.

Kristin
What is your overall opinion of this school?

best thing - size. i like walking around campus and seeing people i know, but also some i have yet to meet. also if you are t...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

best thing - size. i like walking around campus and seeing people i know, but also some i have yet to meet. also if you are talking to someone for awhile, you will almost always discover someone you both know. would change - housing process when i tell them i go to BC - people are impressed spend time on campus - in my room, chocolate bar college town - i love having boston so close but living in newton controversy on campus - chelsea clinton coming to speak school pride - definitely unusual - the student's DEVOTION to service trips memorable experience - going on Jamaica service trip with the Lynch school student complaints - housing lottery

Describe the students at your school.

different groups on campus -- actually havent had that much interaction with them who would feel out of place? - one from a less wealthy family, not into lacoste and partying. wear to class - polos, people dress up more than i expect. no one wears Pjs to class which i feel should be part of the college experience different types of students interact - there is definitely s sense of students sticking to what they know four tables - white kids, asians, AHANA, jocks from - the new england area financial backgrounds - very well off politically aware/active - some are, i would say majority isnt. most are left? talk about how much they'll earn? - maybe CSOM kids do

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please bring back the PB+J station in Eagle's Nest.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

to an extent they are. you can't really go to BC unless you are fairly well off. Because of that, many of the kids dress/act preppy.

What are the academics like at your school?

some professors know my name, you have to make an effort. least favorite - history of evolution how often do students study - very often, but bc students also procrastinate class participation - yes but sometimes the people who participate can dominate a class and not allow the rest of the students to answer intellectual conversations outside of class - from what ive seen, yes competitive - YES. unique class - peace or war major - sociology department has been very helpful with my declaration professors outside of class- no bc's academic requirements - i'm okay with the core curriculum education is for learning for its own sake

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

popular clubs: UGBC, AHANA group i'm involved in - salt and light is a wonderful community that has helped me adjust to bc doors open: not unless you're a freshman and it's the beginning of the year athletic events : extremely popular guest speakers: popular theater: not as popular? dating scene: could be there if you look for it, most of campus is about the hook up culture met my closest friends in my building freshman year if awake at 2am i am doing work traditions: tree lighting people party every weekend, starting on thursday frats/sororities are not prevalent, which is AWESOME last weekend was spring break but normally i would have hung out with my friends, seen a movie, did work no drinking? go into boston, see a movie what do you do off campus: go to boston, walk around, shop, get food

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

-come from a wealthy family -preppy -work hard, party hard -really involved with service

john
Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Not really all of them. MOst people are white, a lot are wealthy, everyone is intelligent, some are religious, but its not a ...

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Not really all of them. MOst people are white, a lot are wealthy, everyone is intelligent, some are religious, but its not a big deal if you're not, and many people do drink, but many choose not to- and its no problem.

What are the academics like at your school?

Most professors know your name, study times vary on a student to student basis, class participation is a must, music department is small but quaint.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That everyone is white, wealthy, intelligent, drunk all the time, and religious

Casey
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The size of BC is just right. Its small enough that you see who you want to see, and big enough to avoid those akward run-ins...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The size of BC is just right. Its small enough that you see who you want to see, and big enough to avoid those akward run-ins with people who arent so high up on your social priority list. And even though 2500 or so people in one grade sounds terrifying, BC's orientation program does a wonderful job of getting newcomers adjusted to the size. The biggest recent controversy on campus occured because of a girl abusing the listserve. The ordeal was more of a comedic relief during midterms week than a controversy. The location of Boston College is ideal for college. Suburb day life; city night life.

Describe the students at your school.

Most students dress to go to class. On those cold, snowy days though, comfortable clothes and Ugg Boots are neccessities.

What are the academics like at your school?

The Theater department at Boston College is like a close-knit family. Everyone works together on a daily basis. A lot of people think that BC students are just at this school to get a good job in the future. Worse however, is the idea that BC professors and its curriculum aid that desire. All I can say is that the first day of one of my classes, my professer said, "who the hell cares about getting a job? Just do what you love. Find your calling here."

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

I'm a vocalist in BC's jazz band, BC bOp! It is an amazing group, and all of its members are extremely musically gifted and dedicated to their craft.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Everyone thinks that BC kids are just preppy JCrew models who love to drink.

Kyle
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Best Thing: Academics, although you have to find the most passionate teachers. Once you do, keep in touch, they are great men...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Best Thing: Academics, although you have to find the most passionate teachers. Once you do, keep in touch, they are great mentors Possible Changes: Tuition, student culture Size: Small Reaction to BC: Somewhat impressed, but I can't really fathom why. Time Mostly Spent: Working to pay tuition, studying, hanging out with people that are not huge tools College Town: Not really BC administration: Detached, students have little influence. You just sort of accept it after a while, unless you really want to "fight the man" Note: doing the latter often means less time concentrating on school work and may produce sub par grades. Not worth it in the end. Controversy: Not exactly welcoming to GLBT students, Racial Divides evident (unless your an athlete), issues with treatment of women School Pride: For the most part yes, I don't really now why Unusual things about BC: Everything, from housing to registration, seems to be based on luck. One experience I'll remember: Meghan Sweeney's Personal and Social Responsibility Class, Kim Garcia's Creative Writing course, Drawing Foundations with John Steckzinski, Father Jack's guidance Frequent Complaints: Food is overpriced, housing based on luck, very little to do near campus, party scene gets really old after a while

Describe the students at your school.

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Given the chance of doing college again, I would pay much less for a school that has slightly less renowned academics. If I were interviewing someone for a job and I knew they went to BC, I would be hesitant to hire them. I would not like my children to go here.

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors Know Your Name: if you participate, most often, yes. Some teachers actually try to get to know all their students-somewhat rare. Favorite Class/Least: Creative Writing with Kim Garcia, Spanish Culture and Civilization with Kathy Lee How Often do you study: As an English/Economics major, I have substantial reading and writing for English. Economics is mostly administered with lectures and exams. You find a balance, although a large part of it is what major you are Class Participation Common: If you want to get a good grade then participate, teachers hate awkward silence just as much as we do. Intellectual Conversation Outside of Class: Depends on who you hang out with, for the most part no. However, I would not like to spend all my free time discussing Kant and James Joyce either. Students Competitive: Depends on the major. Most are competitive but for the sake of high grades not necessarily for knowledge. Unique Class Taken: Microeconomics with Zhi Qui Major department: English is good, need to diversify literature courses beyond African American literature though. Economics is a good program but has a detached faculty. Time with Professors Outside Class: Very rare, unless you are really want to. BC's Academic Requirements: Rigorous curriculum, students balance it out by taking joke classes though. Education-Getting a job or learning:

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

At the risk of sounding pessimistic, BC is rife with tools. What precisely do I mean? The kinds of kids that pretty much had it easy their whole lives, and BC is just another step along the way. A lot of the kids are well off and it seems as if the campus is made for people with money. There is pretty obvious divide between the white students as opposed to students of color, and at times the socioeconomic divide is very evident as well. Football is huge here and so is drinking. Most of the guys are jerks and most of the girls are uppity and high maintenance. Dating is almost non-existent. The Jesuits are nice and the majority of the faculty are too. I wish they would put more emphasis on the character and personality of the students.

Andrew
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about BC is the campus, followed by the class discussion. The campus is absolutely beautiful and it has basica...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about BC is the campus, followed by the class discussion. The campus is absolutely beautiful and it has basically everything a college student needs. There are intelligent people around as well - makes class a little more bearable. There isn't a lot of school pride, but that's mostly because the athletics department cares more about making money than promulgating a good image for the school.

Describe the students at your school.

They are homogeneous and closed-minded, for the most part. Many students feel out of place, especially if they are not from a wealthy east coast family. However, the amount of intelligence on campus fosters political activism, awareness, and diversity of opinion.

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People are too damned lazy to come to concerts or support music.

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors are great - the discussion is great. I have had intellectual discussions with many peers, though of course there are still some idiots.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The most popular organizations are unfortunately the ones who throw the best parties. Students in dorms rarely leave their doors open and athletic events, as I mentioned before, are VERY MUCH optional (though our sports program is renowned for its overall success). We do nothing sober here.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

They are self-centered, never go out of their way to help others, remain in cliques, and fail to travel far from campus.

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