Location
Boston, MA
Undergrads
16,722
Tuition
$42,994
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is great in Boston. You can take the T anywhere.

2 College Freshman

Weather: The only good weather is in the beginning of the fall semester

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are a lot of services but still it's a city and anyone can walk down Comm Ave so you have to be alert.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It's hard to smoke but be smart about having alcohol in the dorms and it will be fine

5 College Freshman

Academics: Engineering has a lot of classes. If you're looking for an easy time in college get into the College of Communications, they barely go to class. The study floor in Shelton is nice.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: I would go to Harvard for the parties, Allston is meh

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Sororities cant have houses

Frats are off campus

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The T can take you to any event you want to go to.

5 College Freshman

Majors: So far I enjoy it.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I started as a Biomedical Engineer but switched to Computer Engineer within my first month. The process was hassle free. Have a good essay, they put a lot of weight on it.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: It can be hard to get someone on the phone during peak season after acceptances but they will work with you

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Too expensive for me but many people love it

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Whatever you're craving can be found somewhere nearby.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The Fall and Spring is very beautiful. Fall is a beautiful time in Boston due to the changing leaves. It's a perfect temperature during that time. However, once winter hits, it's a painful and long wait until it gets warm again in April.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not experienced off campus housing so I would not know what to review.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a lot of alcohol usage on campus, however, in regards to other drugs, there is very little.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman year, you will be either living in Warren Towers, West Campus, or Towers. These dorms are large, old, and compact. The next year you are suppose to be able to get a better place to live on campus, but a lot of people get stuck in Towers once again.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Overall, BU is a safe place. Be sure to walk with a buddy at night however, because we are still in a city.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The city of Boston is a great place to go to college. There are so many other colleges and students that you can find so much to do every weekend. The esplanade is right along side the school if you want an escape to nature next to the Charles River to achieve some sort of feeling of peace, even for a bit.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: BU is so big that nothing can really be that strict.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is so convenient because the MBTA literally runs through campus. There are countless stops that will take you wherever you need to go. The BU shuttle is also very convenient and free to get from east to west campus and vice versa.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: BU's biggest team is the hockey team. Games are fun, and if you buy the sports pass at the beginning of each year, you do get to pick up tickets for every game. However, i found it hard to keep up with going to hockey games every week. The FitRec gym is great for working out as it has state of the art facilities such as a rock climbing wall, an indoor track, and a large amount of machines and workout spaces.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There's always a party going on somewhere. If not at BU, then at BC, Harvard, MIT, or any surrounding school really.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There's a lot of libraries all over campus that have computers and printing stations. The network is shakey but if you use an ethernet cable, it is rather reliable.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is huge at BU. There's a lot of international students, also there are people from all over the nation that come to BU for school.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Stephanie Santana
Hometown
Queens, NY
Major
Anthropology/Journalism
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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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