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5 College Junior

Facilities: there's something for everyone and you can never get bored

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5 College Junior

Facilities: It's a beautiful campus and the school works hard to keep it looking that way. All of my classrooms are state of the art or close to it. The library is large and beautiful unlike some of the schools I went to or visited. The gym is amazing! I don't know too many schools that it could compare to with our student body size.

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Facilities: There are some really new and modern buildings and some extremely outdated buildings that probably have never been updated since they were built.

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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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 51st
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 103rd
    Best Student Centers
  • 208th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 342nd
    Best Performance Venues
  • 1358th
    Best Library

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Stephanie Santana
Hometown
Queens, NY
Major
Anthropology/Journalism
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Recently, the administration has put a lot of money and effort into improving the student facilities on campus. While students have noticed the improvements, no one seemed to be especially moved by the changes. But in comparison with other schools in the area, BU certainly has a large amount of money to play with, and most buildings are up-to-date and well equipped for student needs.

There are many new and recently renovated facilities on campus, including parking areas, the Fitness and Recreation Center, and Student Village II. The new dorm will allow many more students to stay on campus instead of having to live in the nearby Hyatt during their first semester. All of the dining halls, especially in the West Campus and the Student Village, have also been renovated in the past few years. Depending on the particular college—which tend to receive different amounts of funding—some buildings are in better condition than others. This also goes for places to study, and many students do not seem to enjoy Mugar, the main library on campus. Nevertheless, due to its large size and central location, the library is packed come finals time.

 

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
777
Campus Size
133 acres
Student Centers
The George Sherman Union (GSU)
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
23
Popular Places to Chill
  • The BU Beach
  • The Charles River Esplanade
  • Espresso Royale Café
  • The GSU
  • Marsh Chapel Plaza
  • The West Campus area/Nickerson Field
Bar on Campus
The notorious BU Pub is the only bar on campus that is officially affiliated with the University.
Bowling on Campus
None, but there is a Lucky Strike near Fenway Park close to campus, while others, such as Boston Bowl in Dorchester, require a ride on the T.
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Espresso Royale Café, or lovingly known as the ERC
  • Starbucks are located in a variety of the buildings on campus
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but there is a Regal theater within walking distance near South Campus.
School Slang
  • BUCOP: BU Collaborative Degree Program
  • Cam-Co: Campus Convenience
  • CAS: College of Arts and Sciences
  • CFA: College of Fine Arts
  • CGS: College of General Studies
  • COM: College of Communications
  • ENG: College of Engineering
  • EOP: Center for English Language and Orientation Program (CELOP)
  • GMS: Graduate Medical Sciences
  • GRS: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • GSM: Graduate School of Management
  • GSU: George Sherman Union
  • IT: Office of Information Technology
  • LAW: School of Law
  • MED: School of Medicine
  • MET: Metropolitan College
  • PDP: Physical Department Program
  • SAR: Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation
  • SDM: Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
  • SED: School of Education
  • SHA: School of Hospitality Administration
  • SMG: School of Management
  • SPH: School of Public Health
  • SSW: School of Social Work
  • STH: School of Theology
  • SUM: Summer Term Program
  • UNI: University Professors
  • XRG: Cross Registration
Traditions
  • The Beanpot Hockey Event: It occurs in the fall between Boston University and Boston College each year, and is always a party. It's an event that is attended not only by BU students and faculty, but also by the city at large.
  • The Free Concert: It is "partially funded by your undergraduate student fee," (a phrase often joked about by anyone paying full tuition to attend BU), usually gets a lot of attention by students. One past act was Bob Dylan concert. Tickets were available on a first-come, first-served basis. It was incredible.
  • Midnight Madness: This occurs in the hockey rink at Case Athletic Center to celebrate the beginning of the season. Everyone gathers to be introduced to each player on the BU varsity team, often in a drunken frenzy.
  • Senior Week: This happens each year during the final days between final exams and graduation. It is basically comprised of a bunch of events to which seniors and their guests may purchase discounted tickets to participate in. These include: trips to Six Flags New England, trips to the Cape, "booze-cruises" at the pier, clambakes, Boston Pops, Red Sox games, formal dances at popular Boston venues, and other events.
Urban Legends
  • It is said that if you walk across the seal on Marsh Chapel Plaza, you won't graduate.
  • The third floor of the Mugar Library at BU has supposedly been rated number two in the country by Playboy magazine for places to pick up good-looking college girls.
  • The top floor of the Photonics Building at BU (which is not accessible to students, as it requires a code for entry) is rumored to be guarded by armed security. It is said to be a federally-protected area that engages in the production of "military technology."
Favorite Things To Do
The great thing about BU is that because it is so big, with nearly 500 student organizations on campus, it would be hard for a student to say s/he has nothing to do. If a student does not want to get involved in learning ballroom or playing an intramural sport like the ever-popular Broomball, they can always relax at BU Central in the basement of the GSU. This place has couches for napping between classes, pool tables, board games, and a large-screen TV equipped with video game systems so you can perfect your Guitar Hero skills. There is so much to do on campus that your best bet for up-to-date events and information is to check the BU Student Union Web site at http://www.bu.edu/union.
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are more than 400 student organizations on campus. The following is a partial list.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 94 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 14 responses

  • 26% The GSU
  • 21% The Charles River Esplanade
  • 12% The West Campus area/Nickerson Field
  • 12% The BU Beach
  • 9% Mugar Library
  • 9% Pavement Coffee House
  • 6% Kenmore Square
  • 3% Espresso Royale Café
  • 3% College of Fine Arts building
  • 0% Marsh Chapel Plaza

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 11 responses

  • 26% The Beanpot Hockey Event
  • 21% Marathon monday
  • 16% The Free Concert
  • 11% Senior Week
  • 11% Midnight Madness
  • 11% Back Bay Ball
  • 5% Dining Hall Events i.e Lobster Night

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 33% Walk around the city or anywhere near by
  • 18% Exploring the city
  • 15% Shopping or eating on Newbury Street
  • 12% Gym, Music, School
  • 9% Walking around the Esplanade or Commons
  • 9% Nightlife
  • 3% Visiting the Arboretum

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 20% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 20% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 111 responses

  • 1% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 19% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 47% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 33% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 92 responses

  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 8% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 55% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 33% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 47% Stepping on the BU seal in Marsh Plaza is bad luck
  • 33% You get lost in the shuffle
  • 20% BU doesn't have a campus

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 13 responses

  • 45% Office Assistants
  • 40% Dining hall, library, many others
  • 15% Mailroom staff

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% Food Services

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