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Boston, MA
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$42,994
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Average
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: As in the city of Boston, underage drinking is public enemy number one. They also don't mess around regarding plagiarism and every course seems to be required to open with a no tolerance stance on the matter. If you go with the flow and follow the rules, no one is going to bother you just for the heck of it.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Having a city surround the campus means there are a ton of restaurants, cafes, delivery options. I have never heard of a place offering student discounts, but there are somewhat cheap options available for pizza and burgers. Vegan options are not unheard of and there are three vegan restaurants just a bike or bus ride away. Definitely check out Fomu for their amazing vegan hard ice cream and the vegan Chinese restaurant Grasshopper. There are a variety of ethnic food restaurants in Boston including Brazilian and Thai food. There are also pricey, nice places for your parents to take you or for you to take a date.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We don't have a football team, but our sports fans are avid supporters of the men's ice hockey. Games are a fun time for students who can sit in the student sections for free with their sports pass and cheer on with the crowd. The second best part about BU athletics is the gym facility. There are various classes offered for gym credits although the times can be somewhat inconvenient. The exercise equipment is high quality and although it can be impossible to find an empty treadmill at 5 on weeknights, it is generally easy to get in, work out, and get out.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Student Health Services makes an effort to be available and helpful, but they fall short almost every time. I have avoided wasting my time going to their office on the other side of campus because my friends have never had a positive experience there. They are more like a referral service. BU is in the city so there are safety risks associated with that, but for the most part I feel safe walking on campus alone at night. Bike stealing is not rampant, but it is wise to lock up bikes and thefts are most prevalent in libraries during high volume around midterms and finals.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Boston itself is very strict about underage drinking and the BUPD and BPD do a lot of underage drinking enforcement on weekends. However, most students have very little trouble getting any sort of drug they want. There are a lot of people with surplus money here and some choose to spend money on drugs. Pot is extremely popular and it is highly likely to see people smoking in public. However, peer pressure is not really a problem I have personally encountered and it is generally looked down upon to try and persuade someone to drink or do drugs if they don't want to. This is probably very different for people in the process of joining a frat or sorority.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I am fortunate enough to receive some financial aid from the school, but it is not a very large portion of the bill. I know people who have had to transfer because BU is too expensive and they were not offered any financial aid at all. The process itself is not too bad, but if you want to dispute the package they do or do not offer, it is not easy. I would suggest getting the forms in as soon as possible because it is first come first serviced and don't forget to reapply each year.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I am not a member of any minority on campus here so it is difficult for me to speak to challenges someone might face here as a minority, but I know that BU has a large LGBTQ community and most people are very accepting of people's sexual orientation. There are a large number of Asian international students here and very few blacks. Since BU is a very expensive university most people are from upper-middle or upper class backgrounds or have received a scholarship or a large amount of need based aid and come from lower socioeconomic classes. I have never felt as though social class has kept people from being accepted into various groups and people are generally accepting of any difference here, although of course there is racism and prejudices as there are everywhere.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There is wireless internet all over campus, even on green spaces which is really great. Unfortunately some dorms have really bad internet reception which can be very annoying. I have only needed tech support once so far, but they were very friendly and helpful. There are computers in every library as well as printers, but all of the classroom buildings do not have printers which is really a pain when you are rushing around trying to hand things in on time. Also, most undergrads only receive 100 pages of prints included in their fees which is not very much.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Freshmen are pretty much doomed to crawl from party to party, trying to get into frats. Boston is incredibly strict about underage drinking so that means bars and buying alcohol are pretty much off limits to underage students. Many underage BU students go to Machine, a gay nightclub, on Friday nights because then it is 18+. Everything shuts down around 1 AM and public transport has only just started to run later than midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not a part of Greek life, but I know that there are variations between the different organizations. BU claims that Greek life does not permeate though the culture on campus since there are no on-campus houses for them, but that is not true. They throw a lot of parties and a lot of people end up joining a fraternity or sorority.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The university provides a free shuttle service for all BU affiliates that goes up and down the main campus on Commonwealth Ave. as well as to the BUMC campus. Unfortunately the shuttle does not run during the daytime on weekends, but does run both day and night on the weekdays which is very convenient. Boston's public transport is relatively useful and although buses hardly ever run on schedule, it is possible to get almost anywhere in the city via public transport and there are even commuter trains out to the closer suburbs including Salem. The T can be pretty pricey, but there is a student discount for semester passes though BU which helps. Ultimately, this is a walking campus and a walking city, and walking costs nothing.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The anthropology department at BU includes faculty who focus on all different areas of the world and come from a variety of cultures. The courses offered cover engaging topics and are attractive to anthropology major and non-major students alike. Although many courses have a heavy reading workload, there are typically fewer small assignments and it is more common to have exams and a single paper, at least at the average class level. The degree requirements are reasonable and there are opportunities to go above and beyond with additional seminars as well as the Honors in the Major program which allows select dedicated students to pursue independent research project in their senior year.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: This might upset most students but BU is very strict about drugs and alcohol.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers are pretty old, and the internet connection is pretty poor.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Boston is an amazing location to go to school. There is always a lot to do in the city and lots of public transportation offered to help get around!

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are never pushed on anyone! They are available if you want, but no one will think of you differently if you don't drink/do drugs.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am in love with my school. Aside from the ridiculous price, it is in the best location, very reputable, and a great community.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Boston is the best city to go to college in. You will never be bored!

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1 College Freshman

Parking: The cost to have a car on campus is ridiculous. If you try to use meters, you will quickly find it is a huge inconvenience to find quarters and refill the meter every 2 hours, if you can even find a spot.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Because Boston is a college town, there is not much clubbing/bar hopping available to us underage kids. However the frat and apartment parties are an acceptable alternative.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are so many different options that you will never find yourself stranded.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Our program is very demanding. There is unfair grading deflation which makes it very difficult to do well.

College Freshman

Majors: I have not had an internship yet. This is not very typical of dental students.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Being an urban school, BU has so much diversity. You will find people of all races, financial backgrounds, religions, and sexual orientations.

4 College Freshman

Computers: If you don't have a personal laptop, there are plenty of available computers on campus, but it may be a hassle to have to go to a lab to use. The wifi is very unreliable and the school does not provide a fair enough printing quota.

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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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