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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received no financial aid whatsoever. The only way I got any money was to take out a loan.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Warren Towers and West Campus are the 2 typical freshman dorms. And while that has its bonuses, such as living with a large group of people your own age who are going through their first year as well, the rooms are quite small. Warren Towers is especially dreary. The rooms are tiny, which can cause tension between roommates, and the dining hall doesn't even compare to the dining hall in West Campus. The best options are Stuvi and Stuvi 2 (Student Village) They have everything you could want. But good luck getting a room there without being a senior or lucky junior. More than anyone sophomores get screwed over with the housing process. So if it's at all possible, find an older student to pair up with.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: BU doesn't really have a defined campus. It melts into the city really quickly, which is nice for people that want a real city school. In fact, some MIT frat houses are closer to campus than some BU dorms. The FitRec is large and has plenty of equipment for everyone. However, it is all the way in West Campus, so on the cold and rainy days that plague most of the school year, it can be a real hassle to get up there. The library is extremely spacious and has different rooms depending on how quiet you need your studying to be. The PAL lounge is excellent for group studying. The GSU (George Sherman Union) is where most kids will meet up and grab lunch. There are a number of different options, although the get old about halfway through a semester, and everything is available on dining points. There's a club for everything at BU, so if you're trying to find a place to fit it, it's more than possible to find.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am so happy i chose BU. I love the School of Education because its special and is a mini-support system for the small group of students. I love following varsity sports. I am so happy that I joined greek life. My classes are great but lots of work.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are Lots of Fun – Varsity sports are very fun at BU. I love going to hockey games and there is a lot of fans and school spirit at those events. I think the other sports all get a lot of fans but not as much as hockey. I just wish BU had a football team. The athletic facilities are amazing at BU and intramural sports are really fun.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great Education Program – I am in the School of Education. I love that Boston University has a special education program, different than most other colleges in the area. I love the classes in SED. The only thing i do not like is that SED is restrictive because every student must take a lot of classes to graduate. It is hard to take classes outside of your major/program.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: There is a plethora of nightlife variety to choose from in Boston, accessible through subway or bus! Downtown Boston has many clubs to go to if you like dancing and good music. It, as well as Allston, where many students live, have plenty of bars to go to as well. You are also sure to find plenty of house parties--students love to entertain in their apartments. Underage nightlife pretty much can only be found through these parties, as there is only 1 club I can think of that has 18+ admissions, though I find it rather trashy. As someone who is of age, I can tell you that I have been able to check out bars and clubs all over Boston. Transportation is great because you have the T system, and the very reliable bus system. The only downside is that the T closes at 12:50, when bars or parties close at or around 2AM. Taking a cab back from any of these events can get very expensive. If you're not into partying or dancing, there are 2 really nice movie theaters to go to, and of course, so many AMAZING restaurants to dine at!

3 College Senior

Technology: Up the Printing Quota! The computers at school are outstanding, and can be found in pretty much any building. Computers line the halls in the College of Arts and Sciences. Computer rooms can be found in Sargent, Communications, School of Management, the Science building, etc. There is definitely not a shortage there, not to mention a plethora of computers to chose from in Mugar library and SMG libray. These computers are all very advanced, and fast. Wireless access is also wonderful--you can connect in your classrooms, the dining halls, dorms, and even outside. One thing I feel that is particularly lacking is the print quota. All of my professors use powerpoint presentations to lecture, and a printing quota of 100 pages is most certainly absurd and unrealistic when they prefer you to have the notes printed. I breeze through the quota in less than 1/4 through the semester and end up needing to buy convenience points to afford the printing.

3 College Senior

Academics: It's All Relative – Boston University definitely has it's ups and downs, but it all really depends on your specific circumstance. One thing that is for sure, is that the professors are outstanding. I have never met a college professor that has thus far not kept up with their learning, or was not trying to advance their knowledge in some way. A good professor is one that is always learning themselves, and one that keeps up with current events and new findings. However, the registration process and counseling, for example, is one area that depends on the area of study. A student like myself in Sargent has an adviser that knows their path, and knows the steps and classes the student must take to get there. Yet, a student in the College of Arts and Sciences for
English may not get this same attention, or know how to guide a student effectively. Workload is something that also varies, as well as the time spent in each class. A student in the communications school may only have 1 hour of class, and very little homework, whereas a biology student may have to attend a lecture, a discussion, a lab, and a pre-lab, taking up more time. They also have to worry about exams, papers, and lab reports while other students may only have to worry about a couple of essays. What is fair to say though, is that the course material presented in all majors is not easy, but not in a bad way. The material is challenging, yet satisfying, and I can say that as a student that has taken health, science, business, writing, sociology, and psychology courses. Professors are presenting you with the best of the best knowledge in any course major. To reiterate, it really depends on the school you are enrolled in. There are plenty of abroad options for students, which is great, and many friends I have known that have been on them have loved them so much to the point where they wish they could have stayed there. As long as you have a decent GPA, you are able to apply to these abroad options.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: College of General Studies – There are many schools of thought that comprise what we know to be Boston University. I am in the College of General Studies. This convenient program is for first and second year undergraduate students who wish to gain a strong foundation in liberal arts. CGS is the most unique school at BU because we have very intimate classes of no more than twelve students, we have our own building and study lounges, we have our own library, and we have access to our own academic advisors. After completion of the CGS program students go on to other college of their choice to take classes specific to their majors; nevermind random writing or science classes because that is what CGS take care of, thus you'll be only academically focused on what your major asks of you as you also have room to take extra electives since your other course work would have been completed during your years in CGS.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: The Commonwealth of Intellectual Wealth – Historical cobblestone roads. Electrifying summer nights. Unmatchable cultural exchanges. As a proud Boston native, this city is always awake. Boston University presents its students with the opportunity to experience Boston at its best. Boston University is easily accessible via public transportation thus granting its students access to its main attractions. Some of these attractions include the African-American Freedom Trail Tour, the Boston Commons, and hundreds of other colleges on either sides of the Charles River. This is not to mention the ten minute walk away from Fenway Park where the Green Monster has declared to be his lair! Boston University is my choice pick of a University because I love the city as well as the constant chances I am granted to just learn. Go Terriers!

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: This Is the City of Boston – You're in the middle of the city - it's the best food available in the area.

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.


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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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