Access to a first-rate education. Justly billed as a school with great sports, BC also very much deserves a reputation based on its academic excellence. The school's well-known academic prestige and rigor drove me to apply and ultimately cemented my decision to enroll. As a non-Catholic, I initially expressed concern about being taught "in the Jesuit tradition." I was pleased to find that BC offers many different courses in philosophy and theology, none of which are overly saturated with one particular religious agenda. Because BC requires its liberal arts students to take a slew of "core courses" at the outset of their college careers, I felt that I fell very comfortably into my major when the time was right. Not feeling rushed into one course of study over another allowed me to develop a passion for what I was learning and develop close-knit relationships with my professors in the process. In retrospect, I don't regret any of the academic choices I made, thanks in no small part to the way in which the course structure is designed.
The homogeneity. By and large, BC is composed of white, affluent, heterosexual prep school kids. If racial diversity is of utmost importance to you in your college search, then BC is not the school for you. This is not to say that I didn't meet people from all different walks of life - however, finding said people probably required more effort on my part than it would have at a more urban, less religiously affiliated school. The "frat boy" culture does exist (despite BC's lack of frats), and reveals itself at every tailgate, sporting event, and big campus-wide function. This isn't always a bad thing, but can mean some immaturity.
Yes, Over the course of four years, I made lifelong friends and connections. I'm not sure the same can be said at every university. Just last week, I emailed with my thesis adviser to catch up and discuss nerdy things relating to a paper I had written two years prior. My roommate from freshman year, despite transferring at the end of his sophomore year, remains one of my best friends. Though I am far removed from Chestnut Hill, MA today, I still have alum coming up to me at my local gym wanting to strike up a conversation when they see me in my BC basketball shorts. Much like Notre Dame or any of the Ivies, people are reared to love BC. I never fancied myself someone who had lots of school spirit (or any at all), but found that at BC, I couldn't help but feel pride to be a part of it all. While the school undoubtedly has its flaws, it has three things essential to any high-ranking university: good professors, good sports, and sick parties.
Biggest influence when choosing this school Reputation
Professors are generally Engaging
The night life is Memorable
Every student at this school needs a debit card with a lot of money on it
Most students spend their Saturday nights mods or bar-hopping
Favorite class is tie between "American Public Address" and "Person and Social Responsibility"
Favorite professor is Dr. Bonnie Jefferson
Favorite activity is checking out all of the beautiful people at the Plex
Another awesome thing is campus is gorgeous
Study Hard? Pray? Donate Money? get really good grades/board scores (or be lucky to have been born a legacy)
I wish I knew that everything in Boston closes early
Time needed to find a job post-graduation 1-6 months