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J from MA10/26/2013
Reviewer is A current student here.
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This is the kind of place where one can forget to unplug an I-pad and come back several hours later and it will still be there (not recommended, since there are folks from outside the community on campus at various times). But the point is that this community LIVES its values and is highly respectful of others, both their property and their persons. A very kind, caring, and affirming place.
Clubs and Activities
Mostly centered around individual faith traditions, there is also an Others group for those whose faith traditions are outside the mainstream. There is an active SGA (Student Government Association) and students can form their own clubs/activities by charter. There is also a choir which meets every Wednesday before weekly chapel.
Great for these types of students
Serious, faith-ful, social issues-minded, caring, involved in their community, willing to tackle difficult issues (like domestic violence, social injustice, etc)
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Arts Night! Every Thursday evening from 7-9 in the Old Meetinghouse on campus there is an Arts exporatory night for all levels (from beginners through professionals), using a variety of media, guided or not. The Chapel is a beautiful, light-filled space in which to study, meditate or relax. SURPRISE! There are many, diverse faith traditions on campus, including atheists and Druids, as well as every denomination of Christian faith.
Bang for the buck
This is not a party school. If you are a serious student, looking to learn and engage meaningfully with your classmates, professors and community, this is the place for you!
What to do for fun
The T to Boston is within walking distance, and the Boston College campus is also (a bit further to walk, though). There are nearby stores (including a bookstore), and the ride into Boston proper takes about 45 minutes or so, depending upon the time of day. There are sometimes events on campus, or next door at Hebrew Bible College (such as free meals, colloquia, bonfires, cook-outs, etc). The Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Science have free days(check on line for times/days), and the neighborhoods around campus are lovely for bicycle riding or walking.
Food and Dining
The food is excellent, though pricey. Everyone must buy into the food plan, whether on campus or commuting, since participation in discussions at mealtimes is highly encouraged (and beneficial to all). Would be better to have cafe open on Friday and Monday mornings and weekends (which it's not, unless there is a conference on campus). There are reasonably priced restaurants within walking distance of campus (including Subway, Dunkin Donuts, Tango-Mango Mexican, and a diner)
Not a party school. The small, but comfy, student center does have one, shared HD TV, but dorms are not wired for TV, although they are wired for Wi-Fi. Rooms range from tiny to good-sized (but you'll pay more for larger rooms, of course) Some housing is available on campus for married couples and families.
There are no fluff courses here. Expect to work and work hard. Papers run from 2 pages to more than 30 pages for master's level students (more, of course, for doctoral candidates)
Tips for prospective students
This school is a lot more expensive than I expected. Books typically run $400-600/course (although that can be reduced if you have time to spend in the library, since all required texts are held on reserve for course. This is not such a great option for commuters, though)
In three sentences
A vibrant, pluralistic, open and affirming community of scholars of faith, research and reason. Courses are heavy on reading and research, but also collaborative work with classmates. Real world experiences mesh with on-campus and on-line work to create well-rounded graduates.
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