Boston University, established in 1863, is consistently ranked among the top 50 colleges and universities in the United States by "US News and World Report" magazine. Home to nearly 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the university's main campus, located in Chestnut Hill in Boston, is a scenic and interesting attraction for both students and non-students alike.
What to see at Boston College
The buildings of Boston College offer an array of diverse architecture. Highlights include Gasson Tower, which is a defining feature of Boston's skyline, and was completely refurbished in 2007. The process took over one year to complete, as experts had to research and catalog each individual stone in the tower.
In addition to the tower, the main campus area has the Bapst Library, which one a Harleston Parker Medal for "most beautiful building in Boston." It's also worth noting that the College houses over twelve million books and ancient documents in eight different libraries.
Together with the McMullen Museum of Art, the college houses documents world-class paintings and other artifacts from figures such as Galileo, Francis Xavier, Jackson Pollock, and more.
Visiting Boston College
The main Boston College campus is technically in Newton, Massachusetts, but is easily accessible via the Massachusetts Bay Transporationa Authority (MBTA) Green Line on the B-branch. Some people even refer to it as the Boston College line, since the line ends there.
Although the Chestnutt Hill area is relatively residential, there are plenty places to eat and other sights to see while you're there. Eagles Deli is just over the Chestnutt Hill Reservoir, and is a great place to get a late breakfast, burgers, or hot dogs. If you're feeling adventurous, try one of their giant "challenge" meals. If you're up for something a little more authentic, check out El Pelon Taqueria, which is just off campus, on the other side of Commonwealth Ave.
Of course, while you're there, be sure to take in some of the other local parks and musuems, like Rogers park, which is just north of the campus, or the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum.
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