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Reviews 2823 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: There are many different options that are good, but sometimes there's nothing good available

3 College Junior

Academics: The courses are good and there are good professors, but they average them very low. In science courses, the test arerages are around 60, which they curve to a B-. Therefore, it's nearly impossible to guarantee a good grade by getting 90's on tests - because the highest grade in the entire class often doesn't even reach to the 90's.

1 College Senior

Greek Life: Not in It for a Reason – Some people like it, but it is not the kind of Greek Life you find on Southern campuses. No sorority houses, the frat houses are not in beautiful old buildings (BU sold ours to MIT years ago), and the girls and guys are not that interesting or nice. It's basically a boring waste of time, and most of their parties suck. Also, our Greek scene is not big on philanthropy at all..

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5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Never Felt Unsafe, Always Healthy – BU is great for safety, because there are always campus police around watching out for us. So, even though we're in a big city, we're taken care of. The dorms are very well secured/guarded as well. As far as health, SHS is great - free gynocological services, condoms, and treatment of any other health issue you may have. The Mental Health dept. is great too - AND SHS offers $40 massages by an experienced sports massage therapist!

4 College Senior

Academics: History Department Kicks Ass – At BU, this history department is small and homey, like the brownstone building it is housed in. However, the ideas contained within the faculty of about 20, are vast. The history department has the most dedicated,caring professors, and they really try to simulate student involvement and interest. We are also provided with the option of large lecture courses or small discussion-based courses, which is awesome. Be careful of getting stuck in a discussion with all Ed students though...

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Many Options – There's the T, which is your most expensive option at 2 dollars for a trip, but there are also city buses, and BU buses which are free.

2 College Sophomore

Academics: the workload is a little much, and the professors tend to deflate grades

2 College Sophomore

Academics: Academic Deflation – It isn't TOO much work, but at the same time, professors grade extremely hard. I went to a prestigious private school on an academic scholarship, and they taught me very well, and when I got to Boston University, the professors graded harder than most of my peers' colleges. I feel like they do this because they want BU to seem academically rigorous, but then again, doing this lowers most students' GPAs, which is very unfortunate.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I don't receive any financial aid, but I have friends who've managed to get a decent amount from BU and FAFSA. Be sure to file FAFSA on time.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is extremely expensive, so many students (including myself) forgo the car for public transportation. Not only is it cheaper, but it's extremely convenient.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Political Science Major – Overall, a poli sci major at BU has a lax major requirement compared to other majors. Many classes are offered that count for credit, giving students the chance to tailor the major to their particular interests. I, for instance, am also an African Studies minor, and so take as many African politics classes as possible. The professors are great (for the most part), the main adviser is extremely helpful and passes along numerous poli sci job opportunities, and although reading heavy, the program is overall enjoyable.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Frat Parties Are Always an Option – As a freshman, unless you already know an upperclassman who has an apartment, you typically party in Allston at the BU frats. The houses may not be as clean or good looking as the MIT frats (which are always another option, but getting into them is much more selective) there is always drinks and music. Generally, girls won't have to pay, guys, however, will. The trick to always knowing where parties are at is making connections and befriending frat boys if you're an underclassman. There's always something going on in Allston on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Beautiful Campus, Always Something to Do – Boston University is in the vibrant Boston city, with brownstone buildings and beautiful classrooms. The libraries, some of the most visited places on campus, are filled with unlimited resources and services that are at your disposal. There's always something to do on campus, the only problem is if you have enough time.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Major Grade Deflation – Although Boston University is known for it's prestigious academics, what they don't usually tell you is their major grade deflation. BU is rated one the hardest university in the Northeast to earn an A because of this. Classes are very difficult and the average grades are lower as opposed to other colleges; it's almost impossible to receive an A in a class. Although this is compensated with the knowledge of this grade deflation by graduate schools, a 3.0 gpa turns into roughly a 3.3 gpa.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Growing up in New England, I've grown used to the rapidly changing and unpredictable weather Boston has to offer. One day it could be sunny and 80s, the next day rainy and 50s. The winters are generally long and fairly harsh, there's always a lot of snow to have to deal with and walk through. Classes almost never get cancelled due to the frequency of the snow. When it's nice outside, however, it's beautiful and all you want to do it stay outside. Especially in the fall, it's beautiful.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Popular – Drinking seems to be much more popular as opposed to drug use at Boston University. Enforcement of the legal drinking age seems to be overlooked if a party is busted by the police, typically there is no consequences for those who don't own the house/apartment that the party is held at.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Help Outside of the Classroom – I'm currently majoring in human physiology with pre-med and the curriculum is very challenging. Although at times it may seem like you have no idea what is going on in a class full of 300 students, the professors, teacher's assistants, and many other student services are readily there to help with any questions you may have with the material. This has helped in so many ways, and by utilizing these resources and stepping up when you're confused and don't understand something, it will help you ultimately succeed.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Different chapters have different characteristics. My roommate is actually in tri-delta.I know how the Greeks work but never think of getting into one because it's too expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments which are near school are expensive and people manage to split the rent by living together. A little further from the school, the apartments are cheaper and still very safe.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Intensive Analytical and Quantitative General Chemistry – Engaging and responsible professors. Classmates were very competitive and mostly medical schools oriented. Workload is moderate and acceptable. Group study pattern encouraged.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Upperclassman dorms are way better than the underclassmen dorms. They are bigger and nicer and less restrictions. It makes you feel more independent and less like you live in a prison cell.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a lot of different options since we are right in the heart of Boston. There are also a lot of different restaurants around because we are so close to Fenway Park. But, they can be more geared to non-college students in terms of price.

4 College Junior

Academics: Early Childhood Education Program – The education program in general at Boston University is very rigorous. In order to graduate on time without taking any summer classes, each student pretty much has to take at least 18 credit semesters (in other schools most students take 16 tops). Although it can be jam packed because certain prerequisites are only offered during a particular semester, I do think this program helps prepare us. We have to take a variety of liberal arts classes in addition to our education and early childhood education classes, such as histories and sciences. Junior and senior year, the program caters to student teachers, which allows ample time to do volunteer work or other types of things on campus.

1 College Junior

Academics: This Massive School is not for those who like to have a name and not a number – This school really hates students; the advisors are bad, if you are assigned one at all because they have 250 or more students to consider. You will always be a number and that's all. The scheduling is really off, with classes for majors over lapping and forcing you to have awkward personal schedule and it's VERY hard to get into any sort of community. I cannot speak for other departments, but the Engineering department is huge and not very tight, i only know a few other students and i'm a junior. None of the professors will know your name or anything about you really, it's very impersonal. Most importantly perhaps is that if you need a good teacher to learn, this is probably not the college for you; the professors (especially math and science majors) are RESEARCH oriented and are not really great at the rather important act of teaching. If you have any interests other than your college, you're probably not going to get to indulge them because it's nearly impossible to take classes from another college...even though they're all BU. Word for the wise, make sure your read the fine print about housing; the stipulations about who is eligible for it is VERY restrictive and you'd be better off finding an apartment with a few other people. I really do not enjoy the management of this school but the classes are top notch, you will be thoroughly prepared to enter the field when you graduate. that's the only positive to this college.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Feel very safe on campus, walking home late, etc. Never had any problems.


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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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