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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.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Finding a girlfriend/boyfriend at BU can be difficult.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The girls are often thought of as more attractive than the boys, which I would agree with. It's a big enough school that there is no "typical" student, which is a blessing.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most guys fall into the sporty, preppy, or "hipster" categories. There isn't a whole lot of diversity when it comes to guys. Overall, the guys are average looking and many of the frat guys tend to be conceited- could be because of the poor guy-to-girl ratio.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: It is my semester on campus, so I am still getting use to the student vibe.

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  • 40th
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  • 44th
    Hottest Girls
  • 79th
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  • 154th
    Smartest Guys
  • 232nd
    Most Athletic Girls

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Stephanie Santana
Queens, NY
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If you are a guy—especially (but not necessarily) if you have a glimmer of personality, intelligence, or looks—you are way ahead. There are girls to go around, and around again. The student body is notoriously described by those both on and off campus as shallow and materialistic. This is obviously not universally accurate, but BU certainly serves up its fair share of these sorts of individuals.

The selection of suitable mates is certainly slim. If the good ones aren’t taken, they are usually gay. In fact, many girls here have relationships with people they met off campus (yet another benefit of city living). Finding people at such a huge university is easy; finding your niche, however, takes some time. Move around, get away from the University setting, and be open to friendships (romantic or otherwise), wherever they might occur.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
BU Student Health Services offers free condoms. In addition, there is a Planned Parenthood in West Campus on Commonwealth Avenue. PP offers gynecological exams, all forms of birth control (including free condoms), the emergency contraceptive pill (without an appointment), STD testing, abortion services, and family planning. Not only are all of the above available, but they are provided at an extremely low cost because they operate on a sliding scale and will take insurance. For more information, call Planned Parenthood at (617) 616-1600.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. The Mugar Memorial Library
  2. Any of the clubs downtown
  3. Commonwealth Avenue (especially the steps of CAS)
  4. The BU "beach"
Social Scene
Surprisingly, there is a lot less interaction in classrooms and around campus. It is generally not the place to meet people. On any given day, students are usually clumped together, in prepackaged social circles. It is much easier to meet people off campus, and after academic hours.
Hookups or Relationships?
Freshman year is a sexual explosion. Hooking up is the only way most seem to go. After that, and especially once you start finding your scene, people tend to pair off, at least for a while. Many people date individuals they meet outside of campus life. By graduation, relationships either last or they don't. Either way, expect drama. With all of the moving around and general dispersal of your social circle, it's not easy to deal with a serious relationship after graduation.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
Out in Boston, around the town, and in the clubs-there are so many kids hanging out everywhere. If you can't find anyone, you are staying home way too often.
Dress Code
Most kids attending BU keep up with fashion, often to an obnoxious degree. Sitting along the sidewalk of Commonwealth Avenue can often feel like a model runway. As soon as the winter breaks, no matter what the temperature, the girls and guys on campus shed their layers, exposing their recent acquisitions from the French Connection, Prada, Gucci, D&G, Armani Exchange, and othe designers. A favorite activity: sit on Commonwealth Avenue, directly in front of a dip or crack in the cement (for good results, try the one to the left of the Tsai Center at the College of Arts and Sciences). Due to the fact that over half of the student body clip-clops around in high heels, this provides for an exciting afternoon. There is nothing better than watching some self-enraptured BU girl trip in heels and then pretend like nothing happened. Trust me.
Did You Know?
If you like the alternative scene, check out the "Crack-slab" on Newbury Street-all sorts of kids hang out around there. Or head out to Copley Square and chill on the grass, where you are bound to get approached by a hottie or three.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 87 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 86 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 97 responses

  • 18% None
  • 15% Long-distance relationship
  • 15% Casual dating at your school
  • 15% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 12% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 8% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 6% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 4% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 4% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 4% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 16 responses

  • 25% Any of the clubs downtown
  • 25% Frat Parties
  • 21% Events
  • 17% The BU "beach"
  • 8% Commonwealth Avenue (especially the steps of CAS)
  • 4% The Mugar Memorial Library

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 18 responses

  • 45% Get involved in student organizations
  • 34% Start, or join study groups, and attend parties
  • 10% Greek Life or other student organizations
  • 10% Being social in your dorm

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 19 responses

  • 37% Diverse
  • 37% Intelligent
  • 21% Motivated
  • 5% Altruistic

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 98 responses

  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 8% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 49% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 43% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.


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