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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Although BU is a D1 school, there is not that much fan support and involvement despite game accessibility. However, there is a good amount of school spirit at BU. Specifically on West campus, athletics are much more prominent. The BU FitRec Center is very high quality-- many machines, weights, workout equipment, gyms, an indoor track, a pool, a rock climbing wall, and more. It makes it easy to participate in intramural sports or just keep an active lifestyle. Club sports are pretty popular at BU, although they do not have some club teams that you would think they have, like lacrosse. Their soccer teams are also extremely competitive.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Being right in Boston is great when you want to get off of BU's campus. The faculty and staff are pretty helpful and make themselves available, however the student body is not as diverse as it is made to appear. Although there are a lot of international students, one of my major disappointments was how white the campuses were, the put it simply. Overall, BU has been a great experience-- the food is great and there are many options, the facilities are pretty nice, the shuttle service is mostly reliable, and the classes are interesting. Mostly it is what you make of your own experience here at BU, because you have so many options and opportunities to take advantage of.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Since there is no football team, hockey is huge here. The hockey team is amazing and the games are always really fun, especially if you are sitting in the dog pound!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really love it here at school. Everyone is intelligent and friendly, and the student body is extremely diverse, which is one of my favorite things about the school.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is Greek Life available to those who seek it out however not being included in it has little impact on your social life!

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Overall- sports are not a big part of student life unless you are involved in them. However- Ice Hockey is a large part of the experience at Boston University! We have one of the highest ranked hockey teams in the country! Later in the season, going to a game here is like going to a football game at one of the Big Ten schools!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Boston University is an institution that within one semester has taught me the value of balance, friendships and motivation. What makes Boston University so unique is the students' ability to be bot intellectual yet socially and culturally aware, well socialized and happy. Yes, towards finals week things may get more stressful and the work is very challenging but through it you get to know a lot about yourself, what you can handle and what you can do to prepare yourself best for a successful experience at the University. Another thing that makes Boston U unique is the fact that there are so many resources on and off of campus that can make your experience more dynamic than just going to another great school in the Northeast. Research labs, internships, corporations and the notable alumni and professors all act as accessible tools to help cultivate and enrich your experience beyond the books.

If I had the option I would choose Boston University again. Despite this being my first semester at the University, I couldn't imagine being anywhere else. The culture, the overall vibe, the people and the appreciation and longing for academic and cultural enrichment cannot be matched! If you are looking for a University where you can meet the smartest yet most interesting people ever- Boston University is the place. Go Terriers!

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: For being in a city, I feel very safe on campus. Of course, there's always a part of me that feels nervous walking home after work at 10pm at night as a young woman. Luckily, I live right next to the BUPD and there are police call boxes everywhere on campus. BU even has a service to escort people during late hours. The freshman dorms are especially safe, as no one can get in without a BU ID and guest policies are strict.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Although very challenging, I've learned so much during my time at BU. I've had great professors who truly cared about seeing their students succeed. Being my freshman year at a large school, most intro course lectures are pretty large. BU compensates for that by having many options for discussion class components and plenty of office hours.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: As a freshman, I haven't had much experience with applying for real internships/jobs yet. However I know that our school has a great Center for Career Development, and an online service for finding part time jobs/ research opportunities.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I did not come to a city school expecting large, spacious dorms. With that being said, I have become accustomed to living in such a small space at West Campus. However, I know that with the cost of room an board, I could be living in a nearby apartment with my own room and a private bath. The dorm buildings are very safe and require guests to leave their IDs at the front desk. No one gets through without their IDs. My experience at west campus has been okay. The people who choose to live on this side of campus are partiers and athletes, and my floor isn't very sociable. It is also a 20 minute walk from my classes. Thankfully, I am an adaptable person and have figured out how to live with it. I definitely won't be living here again next year, that is if I get my first choice in housing next year.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am personally not a fan of any Greek life. A lot are known for sexual harassment and racism. At BU, their only use is to throw parties, and I've experienced things that have reinforced my dislike for fraternities. They seem to be the main source of alcohol, and therefore the fun on campus. Girls are judged by appearance before they can enter and guys are required to be rushing or friends with a brother in order to enter. Sometimes, guys are required to have a good "ratio" in order to enter (5 girls per 1 guy for example). I once entered a frat party with my roommate where the theme was "ABC -Anything But Clothes" We both didn't want to be too exposed since the weather was getting cooler and we were almost denied access to the party because of it. Later on in the night, my roommate was touched inappropriately by one of the boys who was rushing the frat. She did nothing to encourage these advances, being that she was in a stable relationship and not there to talk to any boys. Another time, I witnessed an unconscious girl being carried out of a frat house because she had drank too much. There is no control of who is drinking and how much. The ambulance was called and I decided to leave. However, I believe this is a problem across all schools, as I have been to frat houses at MIT and Harvard as well, and witnessed similar things. Since sororities rush in the spring, I don't have much to say about them yet.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Boston University is a large, diverse school located in a great city surrounded by a plethora of other colleges. In the time I've been there, I've changed so much as a person. Being in a city, people are encouraged to show their true colors, and that's exactly what I've done! However, during my freshman year, I've learned that college is nothing like high school. The engineering program has a rigorous freshman year planned out for entering students, and many people dropped into courses after the first exams. After doing poorly on my first Calc I midterm, my engineering academic advisor advised me to drop the course instead of offering me other solutions to fix this problem (such as peer tutoring or study groups!). Overall, I am satisfied with my first semester at BU due to the amazing professors and the people I've met, not only at my school, but surrounding colleges as well! I can't wait to see what my next few years here have to offer.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I usually feel very safe on campus. The problem with sexual assault usually occurs in fraternity houses outside of campus.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are a variety of courses offered here, so you can find your perfect class. Though the lectures can be large and overwhelming, the smaller discussion sections make you more comfortable. The professors are also great, and are well educated in their areas.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Our career development center is great, and I believe that a degree from BU will get you many places.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Warren Towers, and while the facilities are not as great as other dormitories, the people are very friendly and it is close to all my classes.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is not a big part of BU (which I like). It doesn't really effect the social atmosphere.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Students only really care about the hockey team, most other sports are ignored.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love Boston University so far. Though the workload can be hard to manage sometimes, I know that I am getting a quality education, surrounded by intelligent peers.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe walking alone at night although I try to be with someone else since it is the city.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors I have had so far have all been very helpful, easy to follow and informative. Course work is challenging but not overwhelming.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have heard from many in the field that a degree from BU will open many doors. The opportunities for internships is great and I look forward to when I get to that point.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Like the fact that the majority of the students in my dorm (Towers) are Freshman and has given me a chance to make friends. Next year some of those friends and I look forward to getting housing together in another area.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I have friends involved with Greek life that are enjoying it.

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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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