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Location: Chestnut Hill, MA
Percent Women: 54%
Tuition (one year): $46,670
Most Popular Majors: Economics, Finance, Communication, Biology, Political Science, Psychology, English, Nursing, Applied Psychology and Human Development, Accounting
Greek Life: No
Acceptance Rate: 34%
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Why Choose Boston College?
“Athletic scholarship. Top academics. Great to be close to the city but also have a campus community. Love the gothic architecture. Love Boston.”
“BC has a great academic reputation, which is what first drew me to the school. Also, its location is awesome because Boston is a safe and exciting, yet livable city. However, once I got to BC I came to appreciate the school culture. Work hard, play hard, really resonates with the way I want to experience college.”
“It has a cool arts program for a school that's not necessarily an arts school.”
“I didn’t know much about BC when I came to visit during my senior year, but when I walked on campus, I immediately fell in love. BC is exactly what I imagined college to look like: beautiful architecture, the hustle and bustle of students walking to class, and friends playing Frisbee on the quad. I knew this was the place for me, and I’m so glad I get to call this beautiful campus my home.”
“There were many reasons for my choice. I wanted to go to an academically challenging school. I liked the Irish-Catholic heritage. It was also my grandfather's wish for one of his grandkids to go there. But when I walked on the grounds for the first time I fell in love with it.”
“I love how involved everyone on campus is. It is so rare to find someone who is not part of at least a few clubs. I also love how so many of the programs are service or volunteer programs. It is nice to be in a community where volunteering is expected from people.”
“Definitely the campus. The architecture, landscaping and general care that goes into the appearance of this school never ceases to amaze me. Walking through campus just after sunset puts me in the best mood because I'm reminded how lucky I am to go here.”
“I really love the people at BC. Everyone is so different and has their own story, but loves to share who they are. People aren't afraid to be themselves and this has allowed me to foster so many interesting and different relationships.”
“Most of the professors are very invested in their students, and at a well-known school it is nice to feel like they are there for you, not just their pay checks. In one of my 250 student lecture classes, the professor made a point to try and learn the names of every student (which is impossible in reality), but the fact that she cared was heartwarming.”
“The school spirit at BC is unbelievable. Just going to a football or hockey game and seeing the student section filled is amazing. The pride of being a BC Eagle can be seen in all the students and even the alumni. It is definitely something that connects people.”
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“BC is pretty homogeneous in terms of its student body. Many students tend to come from the same sort of background and dress the same way.”
“The academics are cut throat in the sense that school is hard and you need to put in time and effort into doing well in classes here at BC. You don't go out and party every night because you need to be in the library and studying, which will definitely get annoying towards the end of the semester.”
“The competitive nature of the volunteer scene. I shouldn't have to apply for and be rejected from a service group, and end up stressing out about it. I should be allowed to give service. I don't understand why it's so hard to get into volunteer groups, if the entire purpose is to provide as much help to others as possible. The programs should be accepting of all students willing to help out.”
“The worse parts of BC are anything that have to do with the lottery system. Between housing and class registration, everything is a crap shoot and for four years you may end up lucky or you may experience four years out of bad luck. There should be more of a ranking looking at your GPA and your record regarding write-ups, etc.”
“I'm actually not a fan of the core! I thought I would love it when I applied, but now I definitely think it is a little excessive. I'm not saying there isn't value to it, but I don't understand why there needs to be two sciences classes instead of one, or why you couldn't take one core class pass/fail”
“I tend to slip on wet leaves and snowy stairs a lot, but that's just life in New England.”
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All About Academics
“Classes range from big lecture halls for core classes to small groups of 10-15 for more focused courses or discussions. Generally the larger classes like General Chemistry or a core History are accompanied by smaller discussion classes that meet once a week to get the more focused attention that a big lecture lacks.”
“I personally go to office hours because it is an opportunity for professors to get to know me personally and that I care about the class and I have found them to be very helpful and that professors get excited when you come.”
“I've been fortunate enough to get to know a lot of my professors very well, and I have to say they're hands down one of the things I love most about BC. They motivate and inspire me on a daily basis, so if I have one piece of advice to give to other students at BC (or at any university, really), it's that you should take the time to get to know your professors. They are truly incredible people who are there to help you. Trust me, you won't regret it!”
“Course registration is probably the worst part of classes at BC. It is really stressful and most of the time you don't get into all the classes you want. But drop/add period and overrides help those situations, and sometimes you end up in a class you didn't originally want but end up loving it.”
“The classes are hard yet rewarding. Most professors truly want you to succeed in their classes and are open to help you do your best.”
“I, and many of my peers, really enjoy the PULSE class, which is a he surprise. I know nothing about philosophy or theology, but it has been an incredible and enriching experience.”
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New Collegiette On Campus
“Everyone knows the transition from big fish to little fish is a rough one; but every college student has been through it, and every college student will get through it. What is important is to take advantage of all the opportunities BC offers you. Go on the 48 Hours retreat, go to the Student Involvement Fair, don’t feel lame going to Night on the Heights with a bunch of your floor-mates and most importantly know get to know your room mate beyond her name, bedtime and shower schedule.”
“Having freshmen split in housing between Upper and Newton campus does make it hard to see everyone, but with the bus running so late and a mix of people in your classes you have so many chances to make those friends. I will admit though, whichever area of campus you end up living on you will claim to be better than the other (even though as a former Newton resident I know that Newton really is better than Upper)."
“Before college, I’d never been away from home for more than a few weeks. All of sudden, you realize you’re on your own—and that’s scary. Being away from home is difficult at first, but being in a dorm surrounded by your friends relieves that feeling pretty quickly.”
“During the adjustment process, I didn’t get as involved as I hoped. But this semester, I’m trying to branch out and go to more performances and partake in more clubs.”
“Clubs were the best opportunity for me to meet upper classman, and they are super friendly too! Together we were in an organization because we all had a same passion and they helped me feel comfortable in the club and also on campus. Although we do not have Greek life at BC, I always feel like the upperclassmen in clubs are my big brothers and sisters.”
Learn From the Best
"My favorite teacher is Professor Taub who teaches philosophy that you can apply to you life; makes you a better person."
"My favorite teacher is Bruce Taub because he took complex ideas and made them understandable while also treating us like we were intelligent people. My favorite BC class is Shakespeare's Politics because it takes works of art by Shakespeare and draws both useful and interesting knowledge that is both applicable to real life and fun to learn."
"My favorite teacher was Quinn (Economics) because he was a great lecturer for an interesting subject."
"My favorite class was Econ Statistics because it was an interesting subject in which I excel."
"My favorite teacher is Professor Moore of the Psychology department because he had taught uniquely through narratives, forcing students to apply rather than memorize psychology concepts and theories."
"My favorite BC class is Health Assessment Clinical because for the first time I am getting hands on practice in nursing in which I get to apply my knowledge rather than reading about it in a textbook."
"My favorite teacher is Maureen Connolly- she is actually one of the best teachers I've ever had. She is passionate about nursing and very approachable and supportive. My favorite BC class is NU23101 (adult health clinical 1) - I am currently in this class and even though we've only had 2 clinical experiences thus far, I have learned more than I have learned in any classroom at BC. This course is very helpful because it helps me visualize what my life will be like after BC. "
"My favorite teacher is Prof. LaCombe. She's the most passionate and caring woman I've ever met and she genuinely wants to help you and will do whatever she can to achieve that. My favorite BC class is Intro To Law with Professor Twomey. The professor was fantastic and was able to teach the subject matter in a way that was both easy to understand and interesting and captivating to the students."
"My favorite teacher is Professor Reuter, who teaches Finance because he used funny real life examples to teach and make his point. My favorite BC class is Basic Finance because it made me realize I have a passion in the finance industry and that is where I want to pursue a career."
"My favorite BC class is Economic Crises with Richard Syron, ex CEO of Freddie Mac leading up to crisis. It’s very clever, interesting and offers unique insights that non-practitioners cannot possibly offer."
"My favorite teacher is Professor Pope because he's awesome and made philosophy and theology extremely interesting. My favorite BC class is probably Family, School and Society that I took last year because I really liked learning about the different issues going on in the school system, which I was never really aware existed until my eyes were opened up to it."
"My favorite professor at BC is Dr Lillie Albert because she really cared about us and she brought snacks and drinks to class every time."
Interests & Involvement
“I love playing club field hockey at BC. When you’re involved with club sports, you can be competitive in college and have time to explore other passions as well. Club sports is one of the largest student organizations on campus, which shows the enormous interest in competitive sports at BC.”
“People are very involved here. It seems like everyone who comes to BC did a lot of extracurriculars in high school, and there is an overwhelming sense that people want to continue to be involved while at BC.”
“There is a huge emphasis at BC on community service. That may have something to do with the Jesuit’s emphasis on service, but I also think that it’s really about our community wanting to give back.”
“I would change the competitive nature of the volunteer scene. I shouldn't have to apply for and be rejected from a service group, and end up stressing out about it. I should be allowed to give service.”
“Some of the most visible clubs and organizations on campus are the wide variety of dance groups, comedy groups, culture clubs, as well as UGBC (our undergraduate government), and the Student Admissions Program. There are so many more that I’m not even mentioning…there really is a huge opportunity to get involved here.”
“We have this really awesome student involvement fair at the beginning of every school year where each student organization sets up a table outside of our main library and you can go around and sign up for whatever you’re interested in!”
“There really is something for everyone at BC. The people here are so diverse in their passions, and the clubs and organizations definitely show that.”
"When I think about BC athletics, I think about consistent success at the highest level in college athletics. I also think about the sense of community between the fans and the athletes, creating an atmosphere that is competitive and inviting at the same time."
"Whether it's in a wall of maroon and gold at a hockey game, a fleet of RVs headed down to Clemson to support our football team, or generations of BC fans coming together at Alumni Stadium, there's always an energy at BC sporting events that I love. I'm a huge sports fan, so it's pretty awesome to be able to see how a game or a season can unite everyone on campus in such a tangible way. Even if our teams don't always do well, having a unified school and an enthusiastic group of fans makes the losses easier and the wins even sweeter."
"I think that every student has his or her own unique BC athletic experience. I love that many students have their own thoughts and opinions about our teams. However, there are always times when all of the superfans can unite to support our teams. One of my favorite moments as a superfan was rushing the field after BC became bowl eligible and dancing while the marching band played in the stands! All of the students were celebrating together in that moment and it was amazing!"
"The athletic culture at BC is why I came here and is a major player in why I am happy here. As a four-year member of the BC Marching and Pep Bands, I have been to too many basketball, hockey, and football games to possibly count and I have loved every of it. One of my favorite parts of the BC athletic culture is the respect the teams give to the fans and to the Bands, particularly the Women’s Basketball team who after one particular win ran into the Pep Band section and gave us all high fives which will go down in history as one of my top five favorite moments as an Eagle, right up there with playing Shipping Up To Boston onstage with the Dropkick Murphy’s and marching in the Inaugural Parade. But athletic culture at BC isn’t just Varsity sports and the Bands and fans that accompany them. BC athletic culture also includes many club and intramural teams. I am lucky enough to be the goalie of the BC Club Field Hockey team and you truly could not meet a more supportive, funny, crazy, dedicated group of young women. Club sports are a great way to represent the university without all of the demands of a Varsity program, but with a similar level of focus and physical strength. I believe the athletic culture here is part of the heartbeat of this university, for here all are one, one team. What team? WILDCATS. Oh, well, you know what I mean."
"The athletic culture at BC is competitive both athletically and academically. To be a (student athlete) have to be ambitious. I think that's why our teams have so much success."
“Girls dress really nicely here. I mean, like, really nicely. All my friends from home are shocked when they come visit and see what everyone dresses like. I really doubt a lot of other schools have girls who dress perfectly for 9 a.m. classes.”
“There are tons of organizations on campus that help promote female empowerment. There’s a Big and Little Sisters Program, as well as a club called Strong Women Strong Girls. Her Campus BC also obviously does a great job giving women a voice on campus. The Women’s Resource Center also runs a lot of programs, such as Love Your Body Week and Concern Against Rape Awareness (C.A.RE.) Week. These are just a few things that really make me feel strong as a woman on campus.”
“Being a female undergrad in BC’s male-dominated Carroll School can certainly be overwhelming or intimidating at times. I remember when I was assigned my first group project, and I was the only girl. I quickly learned that you have to at least fake confidence and assertiveness if you want to be taken seriously. I’ve also learned that to succeed in CSOM, you have to be willing to step outside of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. When you accomplish something you originally didn’t think you could, that’s when you really feel empowered. For me, stepping outside of my comfort zone involved speaking up and leading my male classmates. Now, I don't have to fake that confidence and assertiveness.”
“So preppy- but an attentiveness to women’s rights.”
“'I’ve become much more of a feminist over the past year, really, and I attribute that to the incredible women on this campus, both students and faculty. They inspire me.”
Food & Drink
“Food is good, especially at Hillside, Eagles Nest and Addie’s (which is where I eat a lot). I also enjoy going to the Rat during the day. There are limited options and therefore crazy lines at the main dining halls during peak meal hours though. As an underclassmen, it is difficult to access a kitchen. People like the paninis and frips from hillside, sandwiches made by Anna at Eagles, the flatbreads at Addie’s and the steak and cheese subs at Late Night as well as the omelettes and breakfast potatoes in the morning! Around campus, right in Cleveland Circle, people go to Fin’s for Sushi, Eagles Deli to pig out, Pino’s for pizza and Roggie’s for classic food and beer when watching the game. Across campus there is AMAZING Mexican at El Pelon and good pizza at Crazy Dough’s. For "date night" and "girls night out,” the tapas restaurant Tasca right down the B line is super popular. When Shake Shack opened down the street, there was also a burger craze that took over campus!”
“The food on campus at BC is amazing compared to other campuses. I'd say we're really lucky. The best places to eat are Hillside, which serves delicious Panini sandwiches as well as regular sandwiches. Hillside also has a full coffee bar that makes specialty drinks. There is also Addie’s, which features organic local food including amazing salads and flatbread pizzas.”
“The food is not horrible. Sometimes it gets a little boring because they offer mostly the same thing every day, but it is definitely not prison-food like on some campuses. There are different dining halls that give you easy access depending on where you live. It's not really plausible to have a kitchen until at least junior year, which is okay because as an underclassman it is important to be focused on school rather than trying to feed yourself.”
“Newton Centre is always a great option for food off campus. It is about a mile away from Upper Campus and has so many great options. My parents and I always go to Johnny’s Luncheonette for breakfast whenever they come up to visit. And the Deluxe Street Diner in Newton Centre is great, too!”
“People go out on the weekends, both on campus and into Boston. People go to sports games, shows, out to dinner, shopping or just hang out with their friends. Nights on the Heights (NOTH) offers programs for those who choose not to drink, and performance groups and a capella groups always have something fantastic going on.”
“I like not having Greek life because we are not segregated and stuck in the “Greek life rut” of going to the same houses with the same people for 4 years. I feel more freedom in choosing who I am friends with and what to do with my time than those in Greek life.”
“In terms of parties here at BC, people either go to off campus housing or stay on campus in senior housing, especially the Mods. Seniors and juniors that are 21+ go to the bars close to campus like MaryAnn’s, Cityside, and bars on Harvard Ave. Although drinking happens a lot on the weekends, it is also not a big deal to not drink and UGBC always has a lot of events on the weekends at night that do not include alcohol.”
“It is definitely important to be involved here at BC because that is mainly how you determine your plans for the weekend. It is always fun when a club you are in is throwing a party because this way you can connect with people who you share common interests with.”
“There is a great community feel with BC’s tailgating scene. Most of the time the tailgate is better than the actual game. It’s great to see Alums and undergrads come together to support their favorite team, the Eagles.”
“Freshman year housing can go one of two ways. You can get lucky and end up on Upper campus, which means that you’re close to academic buildings, dining halls, and all things BC. Being on Upper is great in terms of convenience, but Newton is the place to be. It’s about a mile and a half from campus and consists of four dorms only for freshmen. I lived on Newton and loved it. There’s a sense of camaraderie amongst the freshmen and there is absolutely no need to pretend like you’re cool. We’re all experiencing the same struggles: taking the bus to campus, going through our first year of college, trying to get over our homesickness. If I could do freshmen year all over again, I would definitely live on Newton.”
“You can be put in a double, triple, forced triple, or a quad. Doubles, triples, and quads are fine, but forced triples aren’t great. They’re the size of doubles, but are for three people. Take a second to picture it. It’s your freshman year though, so you have to earn the right to the nice dorms on campus.”
“Freshmen year you live on Upper or Newton. Sophomore year you can get lucky and live on Lower or get the short end of the stick and live on College Road, otherwise known as CoRo. Lower has the best dining hall and is conveniently located near everything. The dorms on Lower consist of 4-mans, 6-mans, and 8-mans. CoRo dorms are usually doubles. Everyone goes for an 8-man, but they’re not necessarily all they’re talked up to be. It’s fun, but it’s a lot of people. Junior year you either live on Lower or off-campus. I live off-campus and I love it. I live in a house with my friends; it’s great not to worry about RAs or quiet hours. But the short walk to campus, particularly during the winter, is not my friend. Senior year you can live off-campus, on Lower, or in the mods if you’re lucky."
“You can either pick a roommate or be randomly assigned. I went random and it didn’t really work. We were pretty different. I could have chosen someone, but I didn’t want to have myself to blame if I ended up hating my roommate. No matter what happens, it’s only one year; you’ll survive. And BC has ways of matching students up based on their responses to a housing survey. Most times they get it right.”
“The dorms are so safe! I probably feel too safe here. Every dorm requires students to swipe their cards at the front door to access the buildings. One building even has security guards! We also have blue lights all around campus. If you are in a bad situation, you can hit a button on the blue light and BC police will come find you."
“Freshmen year you are required to live on campus. But for the remaining years, you can live on or off-campus. Students either get three or four years of housing. If you only get three, then you have to live off-campus for one year. If you get four, you can live on campus for the entire time that you’re at BC if you want; you can move off-campus, too. Your choice. I am a junior living on campus and love it; convenience is key."
“A large number of students only get three years of housing, so they have no choice but to move off-campus. But we have fun. It’s so awesome to decorate your very own apartment and to not worry about campus police. And having full-size rooms is great. Having the freedom to take care of your home as you please and not having to answer to an RA or worse, an RD, is liberating."
“The dorms always do bonding activities. I am a freshman RA and we are required to do activities. It’s a great way to help residents get to know one another. As RAs, we sometimes bring food to our residents, have bonding activities like nail-painting or movie night, or we have a campus group come and talk to our residents. One of my RA friends even set up a massage day for his residents. There are more activities in freshman dorms, but each dorm has them from time to time.”
“All of the dorms are within walking distance to the dining halls. My personal favorite dining hall is Stuart on Newton. Lower is pretty awesome cause it has so many options.”
Exploring Chestnut Hill
"Going to school near Boston is awesome; the areas surrounding the city are almost as good as the city itself. Even though BC is not in the heart of the city, it still has a city feel to it because everything is T accessible and you can walk to a lot of places. Also, Boston is a great because there's so much to do. It has a special culture to it that is different than the rest of the country. Most importantly, Boston has really good local food spots, my favorite part is that you can't ever stop discovering new places. Especially the small nook and cranny spots- go to those. If you go to a national chain restaurant you're doing it wrong."
"By getting involved at BC, I've found ways to connect that with an involvement in the city. I'm in a comedy group on campus, and every year our group competes in a comedy competition with other schools at ImprovBoston, so it's a neat way to experience what the city has to offer and to interact with others Boston schools!"
"I actually grew up 20 minutes outside of Boston, and I used to go into the city occasionally in high school, but it's such a different experience being in Chestnut Hill. I love those Saturday afternoons when you just decide to go to Newbury Street or have a picnic at Boston Common - cheesy, I know. A couple of times I have gone into the city on my own and just kind of wander around and explore, and it's really peaceful and fun because you don't know where you'll end up. Boston's cute and small and great when the weather is nice!"
"Sometimes school likes to be difficult. Whether its coursework, career planning, or friends, sometimes you need a break. Having an escape off campus like Boston is the perfect treatment for a "Me Day." Sometimes, it takes a walk across Boston, standing small relative to the buildings of the Financial District, witnessing the variety of people on the T, or watching the horizon of the Atlantic to remind you that the world is bigger than your current struggle."
"I'm from New York City so coming to Boston for college was like moving to a relatively suburban school. I love the balance between the bustle and the relaxed feel. Boston offers beautiful parks, open streets, and the happening city lifestyle all at once."
"Being a foodie, there's nothing I like better than finding the best spots in the city. Not to mention, Restaurant Week is incredible - 3 course set menus at incredibly fancy restaurants for $30. There are so many neighborhoods to explore, and it's so fun to eat your way through the city."
"I'm from the middle of nowhere, in South Jersey so coming to even a fairly small city like Boston was a huge change for me. I love all of the museums and great concert venues in Boston. I love that you can see the Pru from the top of the stairs going to Upper campus. And I love that the cute little penguins at the Boston Aquarium are so close to the great food in Quincy Market and the North End."
"I have zero sense of direction and the city of Boston is one of my favorite places to get lost. It is such a happy city, and even the most confusing streets or intersections always seem to guide me somewhere worth exploring. It is a city full of history, great food, and some of the best people who are on their way to changing my Long Island accent into a Boston one."