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Reviews 2473 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Boston is a great city to live in. It's not too big that it's overwhelming but not too small that you can get bored. There is always more places to see.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It depends on the dining hall but I can usually leave the dining hall satisfied.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: BU is an amazing place to be. It has a great mixture of campus and city life. The friends I have met there are great and the I honestly believe it will prepare me for a job.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: BU has a great job acceptance rate. This only gets better in the School of Management and my specific major of Finance.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: BU is a private school and as such is very pricey. It's hard to find the money you need.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have an amazing hockey team with a very loyal following.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Boston is a food center. There's so many places to eat. You can never not find the next place to eat. It's simply a yelp away.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: No two of my friends are from the same place, of the same race or have the same income. That's a huge reason why I love my school.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I have not ever had trouble finding an internship although I have never looked for one through my school. I simply asked around my own personal networks. The work varies because I am only a rising sophomore. I have been paid something nearly all the time i've worked.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The School of Management has a pretty high rejection rate but I didn't have trouble getting into it as a freshman. You simply choose the school you want to be in when you apply as a freshman.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: BU is a top ten school for Finance. And you can see why. It's rigorous, you really have to earn your grades. The curriculum had a revamp my freshman year and that had everyone a little nervous. Professors, TAs and student had different expectations and the organization of these new classes needs a lot of work.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: BU is a pretty hard school in my opinion. We have top tier professors, a hard business curriculum. The registration process is cut throat with people trying to find the best connection with class seats high in demand. The workload ranges but is generally quite heavy.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There's a huge range and mix. Some are great, some aren't. There's nearly every type of person you'd want to meet.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Most of the time if you don't make too much noise or don't visibly break any school rules, you're okay.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: About 10% Greek Life, since it's a city campus there's so much more to do.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There's a police station right on campus, there's always a security police presence. Never felt threatened.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: While I received a great deal of aid in my first year, I lost most of it after my dad got a new job-- so watch out for that.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Kilachand Hall is a great dorm if you can get into it-- the other freshman options are quite small, but there is more of a community there. On-campus housing is very expensive.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Boston University has three dining halls on its campus-- one on the eastern side, one on the west, and one in the middle. The eastern dining hall is the newest and nicest, and it includes a variety of vegetarian/vegan/gluten free options. BU also has multiple late-night options, a food court in the student union building, and other places to buy snacks with dining points. I found the number of meals, guest meals, and dining points provided to be more than ample and the quality and variety of food to be fantastic.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Boston is a great college town-- lots of culture, activities, many young people, etc.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Didn't do the whole greek thing myself, but I definitely went to my fair share of greek parties. There's always a frat party you can stumble into.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: LOTS of people at BU are super filthy rich, like richer than I had ever experienced at home. It's really strange at first. But most people I met didn't really care about how much money I had; both of us being at BU seemed to level the playing field some.

Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: The fact that this website is asking me about "typical student's looks" is just kind of disgusting to me.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: It's a VERY expensive school, so therefore people like me who need a lot of aid don't always get enough to cover what they owe. I'm going to be paying off loans to BU for a LONG LONGGGGG time, but it was well worth the experience and memories I had there!

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: BU Hockey baby! You can't beat it. We have an awesome arena, which doubles as a great place to get a part time job. FitRec is awesome and has great facilities. New Balance Field is brand new and absolutely amazing. I don't think anyone could complain about athletics at BU!!


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Stephanie Santana
Queens, NY
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While BU certainly has its downfalls, most of which are due to the sheer size of the University, there are plenty of opportunities to take full advantage of all that it has to offer. For the resourceful and motivated, a little effort will go a long way. The most important thing is to utilize your professors to your advantage. It is their job to be available to their students, and while some are certainly more attentive than others, students are not turned away by a professor when they have gone looking for opportunities or support.

Keeping busy, being well-organized, and choosing a course of study that truly stimulates your intellectual interests will all be really helpful in having a successful experience at BU. Many students dread graduation day, and therefore, leaving Boston is not something they look forward to. On the flip-side, countless others would argue the opposite perspective. Accept your environment and work with it, as well as against it. Do not stay inside for too long, and do not drink away your college years. Make school a priority, and hang out with your professors (they are the best resource you have). Boston is a huge city with a really large population of young people. If you are looking for a taste of city life, and think that you would be able to establish yourself at a big university in a high-paced atmosphere, it is definitely possible to find your niche here.

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