Boston College Photo Tour

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Boston College

Boston College Sign
Boston College Sign (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

With over 14,000 students, Boston College is one of the largest, private Jesuit universities in the nation. BC is located in Chestnut Hill, a quaint Boston suburb. It is one of dozens of colleges in the Boston area.

The school was founded in 1863 by the Society of Jesus. BC's mascot is Baldwin the Eagle, and Maroon and Gold are the school's official colors.

Eight schools make up Boston College, which include the College of Arts and Sciences, Lynch School of Education, Connell School of Nursing, Carroll School of Management, Woods College of Advancing Studies, the Graduate School of Social Work, Boston College Law School, and the School of Theology and Ministry. BC consistently ranks among the country's top Catholic colleges and universities.

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St. Mary’s Chapel at Boston College

St. Mary's Chapel at Boston College
St. Mary's Chapel at Boston College (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Katie Doyle

St. Mary's Chapel is Boston College's university church, and is just steps from the college's main entryway. Eucharistic Liturgy is celebrated at the Chapel each day of the week, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation is also offered daily. Pictured here is the interior of St. Mary's Hall, which is connected to the Chapel. St. Mary's Hall serves as the residence hall for the Jesuits of Boston College. The building also includes various meeting rooms and office spaces.

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Gasson Hall at Boston College

Gasson Hall at Boston College
Gasson Hall at Boston College (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Gasson Hall is named after the college's 13th president, Thomas Gasson. He is considered the second founder of BC because in 1907 he organized the construction of today's Chestnut Hill campus. Prior to 1907, BC's main campus was in the South End of Boston.

Erected in 1908, the tall, Gothic structure acts as both a symbol of Boston College's devotion to the Jesuit Order and as a beacon to the center of campus. The first floor of Gasson Hall houses the office of the Dean of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, and the Honors Program. The Irish Room, a large room on the first floor, is a venue for special events. The upper floors of the building hold many classrooms.

The 200 ft. tall Gasson Tower holds four bells, each named after notable Jesuits, and chimes at every hour.

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The Admissions Building at Boston College

Admissions Building at Boston College
Admissions Building at Boston College (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Katie Doyle

Boston College's Admissions Building is located in Devlin Hall, one of the buildings that makes up the Middle Campus "Quad" and neighbors the grassy central square where students often relax during the day.

In addition to admissions offices, Devlin Hall houses the McMullen Museum of Art, a fine art gallery with paintings and tapestries that date back to the 1500's. There are also classrooms within Devlin Hall.

Read more about what it takes to get into Boston College in this Boston College profile and this Boston College GPA, SAT and ACT graph.

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Carney Hall at Boston College

Classroom in Carney Hall at Boston College
Classroom in Carney Hall at Boston College (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Katie Doyle

This room in Carney Hall is one of Boston College's smaller classrooms. While class size varies, most classes at Boston College are relatively small, with less than 20 students, although the standard introductory classes are likely to be larger.

Carney Hall is in Middle Campus, bordering Beacon Street. It houses several academic offices, including those of the Mathematics Department, the English Department and the Department of Classical Studies. Carney Hall is also home to BC's ROTC program.

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Boston College Lecture Room

A Lecture Room at Boston College
A Lecture Room at Boston College (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

This lecture hall is typical to most at BC and can hold 100 students. It is located in the Carroll School of Management.

CSOM was founded in 1938, and currently has over 2,000 students enrolled. The school's main building is Fulton Hall, which is directly across from Gasson Hall. CSOM is split into several different academic programs: accounting, business law, finance, information systems, marketing, operations and strategic management, and organization studies.

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The Powers Atrium at Boston College

Powers Atrium at Boston College
Powers Atrium at Boston College (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Katie Doyle

The Powers Atrium, pictured here, is located in Fulton Hall, a building in the center of Middle Campus. Fulton Hall houses Boston College's Wallace E. Carroll School of Management and includes state-of-the-art classrooms and auditoriums, multi-sized meeting rooms and three 24-hour computer labs. Within the building there is also a snack bar offering on-the-go food such as sandwiches and salads.

Interestingly, the Powers Atrium is adorned with "Wizard of Oz"-themed décor. It is a popular gathering space for students, as there are leather couches ideal for taking a quick break between classes or getting work done during downtime.

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St. Ignatius Statue at Boston College

Statue of St. Ignatius at Boston College
Statue of St. Ignatius at Boston College (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

A statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order, is the focal point of the Higgins Green, a small, grass area next to Higgins Hall. The Higgins Green is a popular spot on campus to sun bathe, relax with friends, or eat lunch between classes. The statue was sculpted in 2009 by Bolivian-born sculptor Pablo Eduardo, who is famous for his neo-Baroque style.

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Connell School of Nursing at Boston College

Connell School of Nursing at Boston College
Connell School of Nursing at Boston College (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Katie Doyle

The William F. Connell School of Nursing offers undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in nursing. In key with its motto, "Men and Women in Service to Others," the School of Nursing instructs students in providing care that is ethical, compassionate and competent. It is Boston College's smallest school, enrolling just over 400 students.

The undergraduate program provides students with both clinical and classroom experience, enriched by Boston College's state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Laboratory. The school partners with over 85 health care facilities in the Boston area, including hospitals, mental health clinics, long-term care centers and college health services.

The school was dedicated in 2003 to William F. Connell, a Boston College alumnus who donated $10 million towards the nursing school.

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Higgins Hall at Boston College

Higgins Hall at Boston College
Higgins Hall at Boston College (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Katie Doyle

Higgins Hall, standing in the center of BC's Middle Campus, houses the Biology and Physics department. Named after John Higgins, a close associate of Stephen Mugar, the philanthropist who invested in the construction of the building, the hall dates back to the 1960's. In 1997, it was renovated to accommodate modern science needs. The new facility caters to both undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and research, and now includes classrooms, auditoriums with state-of-the-art teaching technology, offices, laboratories, and even a vivarium.

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O'Neill Library at Boston College

O'Neill Library at Boston College
O'Neill Library at Boston College (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Katie Doyle

O'Neill Library is Boston College's main research library. Its entry way, pictured here, also serves as a calendar of events. During the semester, flyers hang below the signs for each day of the week advertising daily events.

The O'Neill Library is right in the center of Middle Campus, next to the O'Neill Plaza. In addition to group study rooms and individual study spaces, the O'Neill Library houses the Connors Family Learning Center, where students can receive essay-writing help and tutoring.

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Hillside Café at Boston College

Hillside Café at Boston College
Hillside Café at Boston College (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Katie Doyle

Hillside Café is a popular dining spot in Lower Campus. In addition to a Starbucks coffee bar, Hillside Café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Favorite meals include specialty sandwiches and paninis from the upscale-style deli.

Hillside is not the only choice for on-campus dining. Corcoran Commons, a large dining hall also in Lower Campus, is known as the "center of campus dining." The first floor houses Lower Live, an expansive cafeteria with a multitude of meal options. The Loft on the second floor serves local and organic food, and The Shack, just outside of Corcoran, offers food on-the-go and also hosts a Farmer's Market on Thursday afternoons in the fall.

Another highlight of Boston College's dining services is McElroy Commons, situated between Upper Campus and Middle Campus. McElroy offers several different dining options for students -- Carney's, with hot and cold foot stations; Eagles Nest, serving sandwiches, salads and soups; and The Chocolate Bar, an award-winning chocolate shop with coffee and tea as well.

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Conte Forum at Boston College

The Conte Forum at Boston College
The Conte Forum at Boston College (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Silvio O. Conte Forum, commonly known as the Conte Forum, was built in 1988 and acts as BC's main, indoor athletic arena. The forum is home to both men's and women's basketball and ice hockey. As the college's largest venue, the forum hosts debates, conferences, student events, and concerts as well.

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The Flynn Recreation Complex at Boston College

The Flynn Recreation Complex at Boston College
The Flynn Recreation Complex at Boston College (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Opened 1972, the Flynn Recreation Complex is the main fitness center for BC students.

The "Plex" is located next to the Alumni field, the mods, and across from the Boston College Police Department in the Lower Campus. The Plex includes an indoor track, swimming pool, sauna, outdoor tennis courts, squash courts, basketball courts, a batting cage, and a golf driving range.

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Alumni Stadium at Boston College

Boston College Football Game
Boston College Football Game (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Katie Doyle

Alumni Stadium at Boston College serves as the venue for the school's football games. BC's team, the Eagles, are NCAA Division I members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The stadium seats over 44,000 spectators, and during the games the stands are usually packed with students donning their Eagles gear, as depicted in this game against the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.

Alumni Stadium is located in Lower Campus, which serves as the athletic hub of campus. Alumni Stadium neighbors the Conte Forum (the venue for basketball and hockey games) and the Flynn Recreational Complex. The Yawkey Center, a new building that includes footballs offices, locker rooms, sports medicine facilities and player lounges, is located near the stadium's north end-zone.

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The Mods at Boston College

The Mods at Boston College
The Mods at Boston College (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Established in 1971 as a response to BC's housing crunch, the modular housing, commonly known as the mods, are located in lower campus. The mods are apartment style, each with its own backyard and BBQ grill, making it a prime destination for seniors.

The mods are located between the Flynn Recreation Complex and Lower Campus dorms. The area is enclosed by a fence, giving the mods a secluded, neighborhood atmosphere.

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Lower Campus at Boston College

Lower Campus at Boston College
Lower Campus at Boston College (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Flynn Recreation Center, Conte Forum, Alumni Field, and the Mods make up the lower campus of Boston College. Additionally, the area is home to a number of undergraduate dormitory buildings.

Voute Hall and Gabelli Hall are apartment-style residences that primarily house upperclassmen. These halls are highly sought after due to their townhouse style which include two bedrooms, a full kitchen, full bath, dining room, and living room. As a result, Voute and Gabelli are primarily occupied by seniors.

South of Voute and Gabelli Hall is St. Mary's Hall, which contains a number of student residences. These four units are Ignacio Hall A & B and Rubenstein Hall C & D. Rubenstein Hall is pictured above. Seniors also occupy Ignacio and Rubenstein Hall

Two large parking lots are in the Lower Campus, as well as the Boston College Police Department and the Office of Residential Life.

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O’Connell House at Boston College

O’Connell House at Boston College
O’Connell House at Boston College (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Katie Doyle

As the centerpiece of Upper Campus, the O'Connell House is also the social center of Boston College. Serving as the college's student union, the O'Connell House has a game room, a music room, study spaces, a dance studio, a ballroom and meeting spaces for students clubs and organizations. The O'Connell House also runs the "Nights on the Heights" program, which hosts late-night weekend events that are free for the BC community.

Conveniently, the O'Connell House is a close neighbor to the freshman dormitories in Upper Campus, including Kostka Hall, the Shaw Leadership House and the Medeiros Townhouses. It is a useful resource for freshman students looking to make friends in the beginning of the year.

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Boston College's Upper Campus

Boston College's Upper Campus
Boston College's Upper Campus (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Upper Campus is home to 13 dormitories that run along Beacon Street, Hammond Street, and College Road. They typically house sophomores, as Upper Campus is very removed from the social life of Lower Campus. There are three student residences along the east side of Hammond Street, which are Roncalli Hall, Welch Hall, and Williams Hall. These halls contain singles, doubles, and triples. Gonzaga Hall and Fitzpatrick Hall are along the west side of Hammond Street.

The O'Connell House is in the center of Upper Campus. Although the house has been used for classrooms, residences, and athletic offices in the past, it is currently a center for student activities, entertainment, and leisure in the Upper Campus. Surrounding the O'Connell House are Kostka Hall, the Shaw House, Chevrus Hall, Fenwick Hall, and the Claver/Loyola/Xavier Hall. Chevrus Hall is pictured above.

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