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From my experience, Boston College is experiencing growingQuite BrightEconomics
From my experience, Boston College is experiencing growing pains in many regards. It has only risen to national prominence in the last decade and struggles to shed some unpleasant characteristics. This review agrees with many other reviews on this site, so I'll be brief.

Given the stuffy Catholic nature of the school, I offer ten commandments for enjoying your four years:

1. Be white, rich, and straight.
2. Be Catholic, but not so Catholic that you actually go to mass or understand the belief system you adhere to. Only Catholic enough to be ignorant towards other religious (or non-religious) stances.

3. Be unable to get into your first choice of school. Be prepared to hear everyone's interesting complaints about not getting into Harvard, etc.

4. Abstain. Given the moral superiority of this righteous institution, no condoms shall be handed out, and no birth control prescriptions shall be filled. However, if one is a sinful pre-marital sex-doer, Planned Pregnancy is just a few T stops down the B-line.

5. Be from an all boy or all girl Catholic prep high school. After all, if you aren't born intelligent, daddy's dollars will ensure you are tutored to at least think you are brilliant.

6. While in high school, remain sheltered. Most kids will show up to orientation with almost no idea what alcohol is. Of course, one semester of Facebook pictures taken at parties shall help you look pretty cool.

7. With one semester of really cool awesome great parties under your belt, immediately begin bragging about how cool college is, how much you drink, and how many people you hooked up with.

8. Only wear Brooks Brothers, J. Crew, Polo, Lululemon, and North Face. We have a dress code around here called "look as boring, white, and homogenous as possible". There shall be no diversity of clothing. On second thought, there shall be no diversity of anything.

9. One must not actually learn at BC. Only learn how to memorize tons of material and promptly vomit that information word for word onto an exam.

10. Mommy and daddy say yee shall not leave campus. It is a sin to leave the utopia of BC's spotless campus, where everything is safe and predictable, with butterflies fluttering about. It shall be a sin to venture past Cleveland Circle, thus what is called "the BC bubble". Bubble mentality ought also apply to your friend groups. No new friends past day two of orientation. Call these bubbles, "cliques".

If you read all 10 of those, thanks. In all seriousness, BC is not a place that will open your mind, help you learn to think for yourself, or educate you to be a citizen of the world. I do not mean to offend anyone, but I find the kids who enjoy BC the most come from very sheltered, white, catholic, privileged upbringings. In a liberal city full of great institutions, it's sad to find BC refusing to take steps to modernize its policies on gay rights, birth control, etc. It's not a terrible place to get an undergraduate education, but just know what you are getting yourself into. If you hop around like a pastel-clad Vineyard Vines bunny, went to Saint "something" Prep High School, and live in a hole on Nantucket, you will likely love your experience. If not, look for a school that lives in the 21st century. Amen.

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Boston College is not Harvard, not even inQuite BrightBusiness - Management and Administration
Boston College is not Harvard, not even in the same league. If you think that you can be successful in the business world and attend B.C., realize that it is just another heap in the pile of business schools in Boston. You have no direct high-quality job placement unless you play the "buddy-game." I would advise anyone who is thinking of attending college with a focus on business, management, administrative, accounting, finance majors to go to a college like a Harvard, Yale, or some other elite school that delivers exclusive high-paying executive position placement right out of college--in fact while you are in your senior year. Boston College shares a mediocre job network with schools like Babson, Brandeis, Tufts, Northeastern, etc. 30 other Massachusetts area colleges. B.C. DOES NOT HAVE AN EXCLUSIVE JOB NETWORK LIKE HARVARD. It does not have an exclusive network of high-quality job placement for all its students (maybe a few football players). And that's the other problem, B.C. emphasizes football over the average student's life. This is a disaster. Do not buy into the hype. You go to college to get a top Liberal Arts educations and get highly successful job from that the network engine. That did not happen for me at B.C., nor most people that I went to school with that I know. Harvard on the other hand, provides a top Liberal Arts education and delivers the job wherein you would get at least $100k off the bat at age 21. Who would dare deny that record? B.C. people mean well, and are even well-educated, but the problem is the college is diploma mill and there are too many graduates walking out of there looking for the same job as you (and the other New England network schools as I mentioned). This is M.I., so my advise is look elsewhere and to only the elite schools that deliver to all its students (not merely the few or so-called buddy system aka Alumni Association). Perhaps Notre Dame and Georgetown have a better job placement record amongst so-called "Catholic" schools according to quality and salary? I am not so sure. Regardless, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and the like deliver a Liberal Arts basis and place you in the top quality job. That's why you attend college besides learning the greater knowledge of whatever you wish learn, of which for many is Liberal Arts, and with a business majors it's not a winnable situation for most Alumni from Boston College.
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Boston College was the best experience I couldQuite BrightBusiness - Management and Administration
Boston College was the best experience I could have asked for. I found a family of friends at BC and learned a lot both inside and outside of the classroom. Through participation in clubs/activities like service trips, I also learned a lot about the world. I would pick BC every time if I had to do it over again. I truly couldn't have asked for a better experience!
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