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Reviews 2457 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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!!

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: BU likes to see a well rounded student, so make sure grades are good, and that you also have a lot of extracurricular activities. They expect students who have been involved in a lot already, and will continue to enrich the BU community in this way. Definitely take a tour, visit, or contact them online to show interest. They like that a lot too -- speaking as someone who worked in admissions for all 4 of my undergrad years!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Really enjoyed my time as a psychology major. Some really cool classes to choose from and some really awesome professors to interact with.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Getting taken to the hospital from being "too drunk" to get into your dorm is a very nerve racking experience, and ones a few of my friends had to deal with. Not worth it, it's harsh. Same for drinking in the dorms. Harsh punishments.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I had one pretty terrible off campus housing situation Junior year, and one pretty okay but not spectacular experience during my Senior Year. My landlord was an idiot in junior year, and we literally lived among mice poop because he was too cheap to do anything real about it. It was a nightmare. Landlord senior year was much more professional, and the place was livable - so that's a plus!

5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Freshmen year it's all about the Allston Crawl, baby. You can and will find a party anywhere in Allston. After the first year, though, it loses it's appeal. For me, after my first year I stuck to smaller parties off campus at friend's places instead of at frats in Allston. It's tough to have any real parties in the dorms, and your punishment is strict if you're found out.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Dining halls are pretty great, and BU had a reputation for having some really awesome health/veg/vegan options. I was usually really satisfied and never left hungry. The GSU is a great place to use convenience points.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: A lot of options are not so great for lower classmen, like freshmen or sophomores. I had a really good number after my freshman year but still ended up with a pretty lackluster placement. There's always a lot of things to do on campus, and there's a really great sense of community within the dorms and even floor by floor. Cafeterias are convenient and are pretty good. I wasn't thrilled by my time living on campus, but I enjoyed it and met some awesome people!

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: BU is in a great college town! There is always something to do, something to see, something to eat, somewhere to go, somewhere to party.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The academics are good. The workload for some majors is more than others. But academics are good. You definitely learn a lot.

1 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Academics are "ok" here. I say they are "ok" because there is A LOT of grade deflation...meaning some professors will create exams and assignments to intentionally make sure students stay in the "B" range...not the "A" range.

But it's not like BU doesn't want you to succeed...actually that's exactly what it's like.

Work your butt off to a "B" and graduate with a "B".

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Sports are here it just depends on if you enjoy them or not.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: We have a lot of majors...literally any kind of person could find something of interest to them...if they dont they can design their own major.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I did not have an internship and did not need one for my major. However, some majors required internships and those students got set up with good ones.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Its a very small aspect of BU.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: It is very diverse in every way.

2 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: There are too many girls and not enough guys and the guys who are here are usually interested in guys.


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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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