Location
Boston, MA
Undergrads
16,722
Tuition
$42,994
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2457 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: There are some really new and modern buildings and some extremely outdated buildings that probably have never been updated since they were built.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: It is very strict but I feel like it is for the best...to ensure everyone is safe.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: In the past there have been a lot of safety issues that are not necessarily BU's fault. They are due to external factors. But BU does its part to make sure school is safe...its the students who are the safety concern when it comes to sexual assault or theft.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Thought hockey was a huge deal at BU but not as much when you're actually a student. We're a relatively athletic school but fan support seems minimal.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Lots of dining hall and food options. The dining hall is also actively seeking student feedback to make things even better.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I've never particularly felt unsafe considering the BU campus is the city of Boston. BUPD is easily accessible and there are blue lights all over campus in case of emergency.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Amazing professors and classes. Freedom to choose what classes you take is based on your major but I've honestly taken some of the most brain stimulating classes at BU. love it. (and of course there are the one of two eh professors and classes sprinkled in, like any other school)

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Big school, bigger alumni network. Always opportunity for internships and employment.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: We're a motley crew over here at BU.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I love Boston; clean, classy, and new. Awesome city to go to school and always new places to explore.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Allston and Brookline area are overflowing with housing options. Some are better than others but there is always an option for off campus housing, whether its a lease or sublet. Obviously some apartment options are better than others.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: If you're social and you know people with apartments/ houses its fun. If you're over 21 you're all set and can just go to bars and clubs.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I've heard a lot of students get financial aid, but I've had general trouble and haven't received any aid.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus is on the stricter side, but it's important since we're in a city.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: We have a mix of great facilities and some that badly need to be updated. It's possible to only be at the new facilities.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife is nothing like New York, but there is a good amount of variety for options.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am in the business school and the workload is average. The new curriculum still needs work, but the facilities are great. There is a good career center, but most job success is through personal connections. The academics are good, but grade deflation is prevalent.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Some of the professors are fantastic and some of them are complete assholes. The registration process is also difficult, but the workload is fine.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a lot of international students and the student body is overall a pretty accepting group of people.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of options in Boston, but things are a little expensive.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is important, but also pretty low key. The one big disappointment is that we don't have houses or any sort of housing option.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The new facilities are great, but the quality of the food is just ok. The fresh fruits and vegetables aren't very abundant which doesn't make for great healthy options.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are nothing special, but the new Stuvi dorms and the brownstones are great. The lottery system pretty much sucks, so the best way to get a good dorm is to get pulled in.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is affordable and a lot of students move off campus for the space and added freedom.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Police are active and visible, but Boston is a city. Many students live in Allston, one of the neighborhoods that borders the school which is not the safest. Overall, campus is a pretty safe place.

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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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