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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not personally interested in Greek life, but I can see some advantages. Just not important to me.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I need financial aid, but my calculated family contribution is too high. I am working on getting merit scholarships.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are numerous restaurants and take-out places within walking distance, and they are all very good!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Administration: They expect you to behave, and act like adults. Take responsibility for yourself and everything is fine.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I tend to exercise on my own. The facilities are good at BU, but they are far away from my dorm.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I try to avoid party areas. I need peace and quiet to study for bioengineering. My dorm is nice and calm.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The price is ok, the food is ok too.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Scholarships: You either get all the money or none.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: Grade deflation is a well-known issue at BU. It's very difficult to get an A. As a pre-med student, most of my classes are graded on a curve, so you usually just get lumped into the C category. Chemistry professors take their work and tests extremely seriously, so chemistry (general chemistry for freshmen especially) is generally very difficult for most students. However, the science program as a whole, from what I have experienced of it, is decent. Professors care and want their students to learn, and it shows.

3 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Majors: I have not had an internship, but I have friends who currently have them or had one over the summer. BU is very good about advertising internships in Boston for various fields, and I definitely plan on taking advantage of this in the future. Also, BU has study abroad programs which offer internships as well.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Local Area: I love Boston. It's very diverse, and people are generally open-minded and friendly. Another thing that's great about Boston is that there are so many colleges around the area that it's known as a "young town", which is very fun for college students.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you have a fake or are over 21, going to clubs is pretty fun. But Boston closes down at 2am, which can be annoying for some. Frat parties/parties in general located in Allston are fun as long as you know people - houses are small so they are selective. But if you want to go out Thursday-Saturday, there's almost always somewhere to go.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Because sororities don't have houses, they don't throw huge parties like they do at other schools. However, if you're a girl it's very easy to get into frat parties, and most people in greek life or who have friends in greek life go to those. As for social life, it really depends on who your friend group is - if a lot of your friends like to party you might be pressured into joining, but at the same time if your friends are in sororities/frats then you can just go to the parties they invite you to.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I don't go off campus very much for food. When I do, food from places in the North End (especially Italian) is delicious. Also, the seafood selection here is amazing.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: As long as you're reasonable and respectful with them, they treat you with respect as well.

College Freshman

Majors: I haven't done any internships yet.

5 College Freshman

Majors: What they do first is they take the student's GPA (most important), decide whether to take the student in or not. Then, BU takes a look at your SAT/ACT scores, extracurricular activities, and then your essay.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Athletics: BU offers a bunch of varsity clubs, which are doing superb!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food that BU serves is overall good, but once you start thinking about the cost you're paying, it makes you cringe..

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Administration: Most of the time the administration is helpful when it comes to changing your schedule, except for the beginning of the year and new semester. They are pretty disorganized.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining has many delicious options but they aren't very convenient to the campus and can be pricey.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Warren is pretty average but other housing options seem nicer.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Scholarships: BU messed up my financial aid package due to lateness and missing documentations, disqualifying me for work study. I barely have enough money.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Unfortunately if you have a certain financial aid plan then you are not eligible for offcampus housing, such as myself. Off campus housing is nice but pricey.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: This issue has been addressed thoroughly and the college makes it known that they are supportive and are taking measures to prevent assaults.

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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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