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Reviews 2491 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Senior

Athletics: Varies year-by-year. Hockey's definitely what we're known for

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Never felt unsafe on campus

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Accepted offer for after graduation, variety of internships every summer - BU (at least SMG) does a great job of placing the most successful students, and pretty much everyone will find a job without much trouble

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Everyone has a different opinion on Greek Life. I came in as a freshman with a rather negative attitude toward it (as do many students at BU). Your view will likely develop based on your college and friends, but I joined in my second year and couldn't be happier with my decision. It's hard to rank difficulty because there are some fraternities (and sororities) that will take pretty much anyone, but there are also some that are quite selective.

A couple other notes: (1) the figures of involvement are inaccurate on Niche/CollegeProwler - 14% of the student body is involved as of 2014, and (2) the administration is very much against traditional Greek Life but much about its future is still TBD

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4 College Senior

Party Scene: Underclassmen - Greek Life & apartment parties are really your only options;

Upperclassmen - T's and TITs are the main bars in west campus. People go downtown a fair amount as well

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Way too many "specialty stations" - all for that, but it's annoying that their accomodations limit the majority's options

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Good option for freshman/sophomore year. Nicer/more expensive housing available for upperclassmen

5 College Senior

Local Area: Can't go wrong with Boston

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Varies widely. You get what you pay for

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5 College Senior

Academics: If you're at BU, SMG is one of the best places you can be. Plenty of students go to top firms every year, and we only seem to be getting more reputable.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Many Asian options, could use more late-night

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2 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Athletic facilities are great, and the gym is amazing. However, good luck if you would like to create a new sports team. They will not let you.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: There are various student activities but nightlife is dead if you're under 21.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: If you love not spacious and super expensive housing, that's the place to go.

1 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is dead because of the strict policy BU follows.

2 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I have a lot of professors who were not good at teaching.

2 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: As far as I know, cops always try to bust parties and gatherings. I have not heard of a sexual assault in campus.

1 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Very strict and inhumane landlord. Very very very expensive off-campus housing.

1 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Cops bust the parties all the time.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: I live in the "#1 dorm in the country" so yeah, I'd say it's pretty sweet. (But oh, so expensive)

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of yummy, various and convenient options!

3 College Junior

Administration: I'd say overall the strictness at BU is average with exception to visitation in dorms. The guest policy at BU is extremely strict. Though I know these policies are necessary for safety especially when living in a city, it can be annoying and hindering.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: BU does a good job of making sure the students feel safe. There are constantly police around and BU provides emergency buttons all along campus which with the press of the button will send a police to the site within 2 minutes. Because of how many people are around at all times, I rarely feel unsafe walking around campus. There is also a escort service which will walk you anywhere you need to go on the BU campus.

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3 College Junior

Academics: In my nine semesters at BU, I have had many really helpful and passionate professors. Now that I am taking classes for my major, I really enjoy the material and content and my courses make me excited about my major and future career. BU makes it simple to figure out your course requirements to graduate, and provide helpful advisers who can guide anyone having trouble. With that being said, grade deflation is a real thing and you can work extremely hard for a class while barely pulling off a B. This varies between the colleges with BU, but it is a definite problem and has even been admitted by one of my professors, who said that his department encourages him to give low grades.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: One thing I love about living in Boston is that everything is so accessible. Though I miss Sunday morning drives in my car, I have become accustomed to a brisk walk to Newbury or just walking down the street to grab groceries. I'm never bored because there are so many things to do in Boston. Downtown and Faneuil Hall have such a great energy this time of year, and Boston Commons in the fall and spring are simply amazing. I feel like there is something for everyone in Boston. I like the fact that it is a pretty small city too, because it allows you to see everything.

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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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