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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I think that living on campus in West Campus was the best freshman living experience. Not only was it very social, but also was located over Nickerson field where it gave off a campus vibe in an urban city. It was the very best living situation for me for my first year of college because it was close to all my classes, and all my best friends either lived on my floor or lived in the adjacent two buildings. Also, the dining hall is connected to two of the dorm buildings which was very convenient to walk down stairs to eat, and connect through the dining hall to get to the other dorm.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Boston University is located on Commonwealth Avenue, which is one of the main roads in Boston. Because of it's urban location, BU fails to have a campus feel where Fraternity and Sorority life is not the main focus. Many people who join fraternities and sororities do it as a way to meet new people and be apart of something outside of their independent lives. I think that for a city school BU has a decent Greek life; however, it does not make a huge difference if you are apart of one or not.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I think that the facilities and athletic programs at BU are some of the best in the country. Although we don't have a football team, our Division one sports team put us at the top of our league. The Terrier Hockey team is one of the best ranked hockey teams in the nation, and have won many championships like the Bean pot Tournament. We have also been able to have a brand new field for field hockey, soccer, and other athletic sports that can play on our brand new turf field.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Boston University is the perfect college fit for me. I chose Boston University for its diverse student body and urban location. These two unique qualities have offered me an endless variety of friends that are very eager to learn in the class room and continue to help me grow and mature as I develop in the city of Boston. Boston University has been a perfect combination of working hard, and also being able to socialize with students all across the major city.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Boston University is a great school filled with a variety of programs and research opportunities. It is a huge school, which can be overwhelming...but it is a small world as you're likely to run into the same people all the time. They need better adjustment programs for incoming freshmen as they may not be adjusted to the city, the classwork, and the size of the school. Otherwise, you have to be proactive in pursuing opportunities here. You can easily fall through the cracks if you don't take the time to reach out.

Grade deflation was definitely not warned preemptively and it is tough to adjust to especially in introduction science courses. You have to learn to study effectively, not harder.

City makes up for the lack of campus spirit and activities and you can go anywhere around the city since you're right in the middle of everything. There are lots of clubs and extracurriculars for those who want to stay on campus.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: My degree program is 100% online. It's really hard and time consuming. You have to commit and plan out your life for it to work. The classes and instructors differ quite bit which can be hard to adjust to. The discussion post format of interacting is the most stupid and ineffective way of learning I've ever experienced. I never get those precious moments spent trying to come up with things to write back again.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I've learned a lot and I think the school's reputation has gotten me far, but I wish I would have saved the money I spent to pay for graduate school. Also, the school is big and it can be difficult to find people with common interests unless you join clubs, etc. People can be very fake.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: BU is a welcome environment and encourages both growth academically and personally

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: A lot of the kids get on my nerves. As a west coast native, the east coasters definitely stick out as different.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I was very excited to come to BU, and gave up many better academic schools to go here because I thought I would like it, but I really hate it. I plan on finishing out my year here, and then transferring. Many people really like it here, but I thought it was going to be my dream school, and I would be in love, but sadly that didn't happen.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Boston University is a wonderful school, especially for someone who is originally from Massachusetts and is used to the rigor of a Massachusetts education. Living in the city of Boston while receiving an exemplary education at a highly prestigious university is honestly a dream come true. What makes BU special is definitely it's location, because it is at a part of Boston that is easily accessible to all of Boston's wonderful aspects such as Newbury st, Boston Common, as well as affordable areas to live in such as Allston and Brookline. Comme Ave itself is a very lively place. The classes at BU, particularly in the sciences, are very difficult but they motivate students to try harder and study a lot. The dorms (west campus) are very nice and well-maintained, and the security makes me feel very safe.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Boston University is a wonderful school with endless possibilities. Those include research, excellent dorms and dining, and world class professors who are surprisingly approachable. My only concern is unfortunately the high tuition.

8 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I like Boston University because it is a college campus but it incorporates the city aspect of Boston as well. It's easy to find something to do when you need a break from classwork. The classes are challenging but that's because it is a very good school and I'm glad that I chose to go to BU.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've been participating in numerous community service activities, and my acadmic is getting better and better!

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's not the type of school you go to to party. You go here to study and leave campus to party.

8 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Where do I begin? From the lack of a campus to the absence of Greek life to the grade deflation, BU is holistically an utterly terrible school. If you expect to party in college, please do not come here. First off, all parties are off campus because there is no campus to party at. If you're a girl, you can get into most any party, but will have slim pickings and will soon get bored of those guys because guys literally aren't allowed into parties. Guys who aren't on sports teams or in one of the three respectable frats on campus are simply screwed. Furthermore, there is no school spirit at BU. The hockey team is the only thing we have going for us, but really, who likes hockey? There are no tailgates, no popular events, and BU's almost non-existent Greek life will surely be extinct in a few years because the administration has sold their on-campus housing, cracked down on them, and made it clear they are not welcome on campus. Because of the linear and extremely urban "campus"of BU, the anti-social kids in East campus rarely associate and mix with the better looking, more athletic, partier types in West campus. The administration is impenetrable and cares more about its image than transparency and justice with regards to discipline and sexual harassment cases. I myself am transferring next semester, and at least half the kids I've talked to about transferring say there are only one or two characteristics about the school that account for the reasons why they are still here, whether it be money or their friends. The academics of BU are really the only positive, if you can look past rampant grade deflation and the total absence of any atmosphere that inspires one to study. Unlike most other campuses in America, BU's has no brick buildings, no ivy covered libraries, and really no place where one can feel comfortable sitting down for ten hours in the relaxing reprieve of a college campus.

38 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A lot of independence. A lot of females which is good for straight men! I'm an international student and was raised where the drinking age was 16, so this whole 21 one thing is completely ridiculous to me. Its very hard to party, and even harder if you're a freshman independent male. Boston is a great city though and I have had a lot of fun so far. The course load is easier than the IB so far, but there is A LOT of reading. BU campus is amazing with a lot going on. I bought the semester T pass, but now realise that I am not using it that much because I just love walking everywhere. The food here is amazing as well :O

19 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: BU has such a large range of student diversity. Everywhere I go I meet someone new with a history and background I never would have learned of otherwise.

14 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love going to BU and living here. It's liberal, well established, and ahead of the curve.

11 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I LOVE BU! Yeah, it can be incredibly hard and yeah sometimes it makes you want to tear your hair out, but honestly I can't see myself anywhere else and it's the best choice I've made

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My Freshmen year was amazing. Although at times it was overwhelming, at the end of the day every minute was worth it. It has helped transform me into a stronger, responsible and more mature individual.

9 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love BU.....I was a little overwhelmed by the size at first but it ended up being really great for me. Aside from the fantastic education I am receiving I am also learning to become more responsible and mature. Living in a city has really helped my grow as an individual.

8 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I did my undergrad at BU and now i'm back for distance education to earn a Masters in Computer Science. I had an amazing experience in undergrad and am hoping I have equally good research opportunities during my masters.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: BU is too hard in comparison with other schools. The pre-med courses are extremely difficult.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Boston University is the perfect school for me. it's located on the Charles River and just minutes away from downtown Boston. I like the communal atmosphere of the school and the college city vibe of Boston itself. In terms of academics, teachers are great and make learning something I want to do, not something I have to do.

2 people found this useful Report
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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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