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Boston, MA
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$42,994
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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: BU is pretty stingy when it comes to financial aid for middle class families.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love BU, I chose it a my early decision school. It's a huge community, and close to the city so you'll never really be bored.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The sorority formal recruitment process in the Spring semester is very intense and hard to keep up with. However, if you do not end up in a sorority, your social life will be just as good otherwise. Being in greek life at BU just gives you a couple more connections but it's alright otherwise.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of options in Kenmore/Fenway and also a lot on the other side in Allston. There are different ethnic options, and various types of foods.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: BU gives you a lot of opportunities, transferring between schools is not a difficult task. Also, study abroad gives you many opportunities to open your horizons. Along with that, UROP gives you many more research opportunities.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Since BU is so big, there's a lot to choose from. And although there is a large population of good looking guys here, it's hard to actually meet them and they're usually in Fraternities and are even harder to approach. However, it's okay because Boston is filled with other schools so it is not really a problem when you want to meet others.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I have never been to a frat party. I do not go out every weekend, but I live in West campus which is notorious for partying habits. Because it is so close to Allston, most kids do the "Allston Crawl" and just party hop. There is one house in Allston that I enjoy going to. It's a grimy basement that books bands to perform. I'm not familiar with any other of the party scenes. But the MBTA just recently began running on Weekends until 3am. Previously it was 12am, so if you were out later than that, you would have to walk or pay money for a taxi.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The computers in Mugar are Windows, which are not my personal preference. They seem outdated. However, there are a few computer labs in the COM building that have Apple computers with large displays that make it easy for me to do work. I usually use my own laptop though. Your print quota is 100 pages per semester, which is why I brought my own printer. The wifi is pretty well wired throughout campus, I can be walking down the street and have wifi at some spots. It's reliable but it is annoying when it starts to glitch.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The main public transportation is called the MBTA Green Line. It is the oldest subway system in America, therefore it is slow, expensive, and frequently encounters issues. Once, a train hit a car crossing the tracks. The campus shuttle is usually reliable and it is free, but students often have to shove and compete to get on, resulting in a cramped, uncomfortable ride. At least it's faster and more convenient than walking a mile through the snow to get to class. Having a car on campus is an expensive endeavor usually taken advantage of by those that can afford it.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The best thing about my major of International Relations is that it is an umbrella. There are many ways to focus in and specialize in different areas of the world and different aspects of International Relations. My academic advisors are knowledgable and helpful with recommendations on which classes are best for me to take. We have many professors that are passionate and experienced.

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College Freshman

Majors: I haven't had any internships yet. Usually students begin interning during their Junior year.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Our campus is surrounded by restaurants and shopping, constantly patrolled by three different branches of police, and right next to Kenmore where the Red Sox play. School spirit is uplifting, but the nightlife is a little excessive for me.

5 College Student

Scholarships: Financial Aid at Boston University was great.

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3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: In Morristown where people hang out is the mall and their houses. That is about all.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Just visit Boston, that's where you live, city without the bustle of NYC

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College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I am forced into the dinning plan so don't know a lot.

5 College Senior

Diversity: BU has at least a little bit of everything. People come from all over the world to do their studies here or just for a semester or year. It's great because the diversity opens up doors into other cultures you can learn about.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It's like finding an apartment in any city, it's complicated, but fun and can be cheaper that living on campus since you are forced to have a meal plan if you live on campus.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Our fitness center is great and really big. They offer a lot of fun classes, but they always fill quickly.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I wouldn't change this experience for anything. I was not happy with my financial aid issues, but I love my program, I have great teachers and I know people from all over the world!

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3 College Senior

Weather: Weather is gonna affect you wherever you are. Weather sucks in New England if you don't like the cold, but you suck it up and those warm sunny days make up for all the crappy ones and make you forget about winter.

4 College Senior

Majors: I didn't do one with BU, but I know BU helps, or you can find one on your own and they probably take it

5 College Senior

Majors: I am in a 5 year program for Painting (BFA) and Art Education (MFA). It is tough and intense, but do-able and I even went abroad! BU is also know for its Art Education program in Massachusetts and if they need a teacher, they have called BU before, so there is a good chance that you will find a job after graduation (Art Ed jobs are very limited, they rarely call).

2 College Senior

Scholarships: They are great on giving you loans, not very good on scholarships and one year they reduced my scholarship. Financial Aid is the only thing at BU that makes me wish I had studied elsewhere.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: My experience is that they are fair, but I do know that it can be hard to create new clubs or organizations.

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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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