I am EA at my local state university as a safety. I am now waitng Regular Decisions from Wake and B.C. My guidance counselor said they would both be great fits for me and as schools go they are fairly equal. If I am lucky enough to receive acceptances to both I am interested in opinions from this list
as to the pros and cons of each school. Thanks!
Pros of Wake:
Small classes, ACC sports (and no BC is not a real ACC team , Awesome study abroad programs, very nice climate, friendly student body, small (but not too small) campus and student body, you can walk everywhere on campus (which is the most beautiful of all the colleges I saw including Duke/Princeton)
Perhaps the only cons I would say are the lack of a great city/college town and a fairly big greek scene. Now this is probably more applicable if you are a female, because 60-70% of females are in sororities and about 30% of guys are in frats. It isn't overwhelming, but it is a big part of student life, but you definetely don't need to be in one (I'm not). Some people think Wake is not very diverse, but even this is overstated. Everything else is great.
From what I know about BC, it is about twice as big as Wake Forest and isn't in the heart of Boston like BU. However, Winston-Salem isn't a bad city, but it does not compare to Boston. What would make BC a turnoff for some is that it is affilated with the Catholic Church and that it is in Boston which is a cold place.
You really can't go wrong with either school, but although I am a bit biased Wake is the SUPERIOR choice!
CC122, I'm in the same boat as you. waiting for Wake Forest (hopefully will know in the next day or two) and for Boston College. I think they are my top two. At this point, I think I like Wake Forest more. (A lot of "I think" 's = I am very stressed out about picking a college.) I've always been nervous about going far away from home, but I feel like I will have a better transition to college at Wake Forest. It just seems like they do a lot to make freshman very comfortable. Not to mention the weather is immensely better. I'm Catholic, which I like about Boston College, although Wake does have an active "Catholic Community." Both schools also seem to be very upper middle class and white. But so am I which is why I would fit in at both. Boston College has more of a heritage to it. Both are underdogs with their rivalries (Notre Dame is generally better than BC, and UNC & Duke are both generally better than Wake Forest, and they both view the rivalry with one another to be greater than the rivalry against Wake Forest.) Make sure that you visit both of them in person, or try finding a student from your high school that goes to either school now and see what they think about it. Make sure you post which you decide, I'd be interested to know. I'll do the same. Good luck!
"I'm Catholic, which I like about Boston College, although Wake does have an active "Catholic Community."
I'm from MA and go to a school were everyone applies to BC, so I decided to take a visit in the Fall. I don't know if it was my tour guide or what, but it seemed to me like BC kind of tried to hide the fact that they were religious. I remember specifically someone asking the guy who held the info session about the Jesuits, and he was quick to assure the prospective students that the Jesuits do not play an active role in the community anymore, as in, if you don't go looking for them, you will never see them. Maybe this attitude has just been derived from how liberal MA is or how BC is trying to become a national University, if they haven't already. But during my visit to Wake, I felt that the students and faculty that I interacted with were much more open with their beliefs even though they do not attend a Religiously affliated school, which could also be attributed to the conservative nature of the school.
I ended up feeling much more comfortable in a community like Wake's where the institution does not try to hide what they really are, compared to BC where they are trying to break away from their tradition in order to not push away prospective students. But the bottomline is it is where you feel comfortable, and more importantly where you get in.
all good points. religion is pretty much the last factor that i will take into account when choosing a college anyways. granted, i probably wouldn't go to like... Brandeis.
btw, I was accepted to Wake Forest today! wahoo.
Another thing to consider is that as a freshmen at bc you will not be living on the main campus. All freshmen are housed at the Newton campus which is a few miles away. Shuttle bus runs continually all day so most dont seem to mind it . The atmosphere surrounding sports is also very different. The support for the football team this past year at Wake was phenominal. Although the basketball team has been off the last 2 post-paul seasons crowds remained strong and enthusiastic. Boston is definitely a PRO sports city and has not warmed up to the college sports scene as yet. This was the main reason their football coach left to coach at nc state. The city of Boston can be reached via public transportation (green line trollly) or buses from the college . One plus for bc is that there is much more to do in Boston than Winston Salem for the college student.
Yeah, there's no "honors program" at Wake. You can only graduate with honors in your major. It requires an honors thesis (I think that this is a requirement for every department, but I could be wrong).
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My daughter is a freshman at Wake. She thought she might like BC, but is now 100% convinced Wake is a better school all around (esp. football!) for her. I will tell you, though, she's working her tail off at Wake. Fortunately she had to work hard all through HS, so it's not the shock it was for some of her friends.