Location
Boston, MA
Undergrads
16,722
Tuition
$42,994
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Living in an urban setting, there are so many cheap and quality apartments. Living off campus is very common among upperclass students.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I love greek life! I wish it was more accepted on campus by faculty and the school itself but over time our image will improve! It's a great way to make close friends and connections at such a large school.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We are in the middle of Boston, there are so many restaurants either a T ride or a walk away. What more could you ask for?

4 College Freshman

Facilities: BU has difficult classes but a great social scene where people are very friendly and welcoming.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman buildings are pretty typical of any college. There are few extremely nice housing options and they are very hard to get.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There are next to no computer centers, but everything else is fine.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Every college campus has its probelms, you can't feel completely safe everywhere.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: No matter what you're into there's definitely something and someone here for you.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The only real sports we have are basketball and hockey, and usually people only get riled up about the latter.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The beauty of being in the city is the ability to take the T anywhere you need, public busses go where it does not, and the BU shuttle becomes your best friend.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The administration is always gonna be a stickler about certain things.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: We have a giant department (one of the biggest at the school) and I have a lot of really interesting classes to choose from and lots of professors whose work really interests me.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: It's really hard to get an A in any respectable major here but that doesn't mean we don't have great professors and classes that really teach you things about life.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: We are by no means a party school but there is normal college drinking and drug use.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not in greek life but very few people are at this school and those who are are judged pretty harshly by the rest of the students.

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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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