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4 College Freshman

Administration: The security at the dorms is insane. They make you fill out papers to sign guests in that don't go to BU, but it's understandable in a sense. Underage drinking is completely frowned upon, and if you get caught you will be called in for a judicial hearing. As long as you don't get caught, you're fine. Noise violations depends on the RA you have. If you have one that hates noise and any fun, well that sucks for you. Some RAs can be sort of lenient with that rule but it depends.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in West Campus, so although it's pretty far from most of my classes, I love it. It's pretty close to FitRec, which is a good incentive to go there all the time. I would say that the social atmosphere is better in Warren because of their common rooms on each floor, but West houses all the partiers and athletes. It kind of depends on your preference when it comes to choosing a dorm.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: BU is really concerned with the health of its students. The medical facilities are pretty good and the people really want to help you. BUPD and the EMTs are instantly called if a student might have alcohol poisoning. Safety is the first priority, and it's comforting knowing that they will take car of you.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm a part of a club team and it's great. The varsity sports are a little more important, but we still get a lot of support. The facilities are great; FitRec is so amazing.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The courses are hard work, and grade deflation doesn't help that. The professors and TAs are there during office hours if you need to talk to them, and BU provides so many different tutoring services that you should take advantage of. The lectures can be pretty big, but they get smaller as your courses get more specific.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: It's Boston, how can you not love it? Not only do you have the city at your fingertips, but there's so many more colleges to find people your age to interact with. Newbury is close by, so you can go shopping right after class if you want to. Hockey games are a must to go to; even if you're not into sports it's still a great way to have fun with friends.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: COM is the best. If you ask for help, help will be given. Even though the classes are hard, they are definitely worth it.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've never looked into off campus housing, but it seems pretty chill. There's a website run by BU that gives apartment listings near campus, so I guess that's helpful.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: This is Boston, so finding a different place to eat every night isn't hard. The best places near campus are Sunset Cantina and T Anthony's. Sunset has the best nachos ever and T Anthony's is open pretty late. If you're looking for something fancier, the North End is where it's at.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't very prevalent on campus, only about 5% of the student body join a sorority or fraternity. However, the parties they throw are awesome.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There's always somewhere to go on the weekends and you definitely won't get bored. Allston is where all the BU frats are and is a haven for freshmen. Bay State Road has all the MIT frats and they are a blast. There's so many other colleges around that parties won't be hard to find.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Boston University has a great food selection. It's easy to get used to and think it isn't all that great, but as far as campus food goes, it's pretty excellent. The best place to eat is Bay State because it has the largest variety of options. Every dining hall has gluten-free and vegetarian options, so there is something for everyone. I believe if you are gluten-free they have a selection of snacks t grab in the dining hall exclusive to gluten-free students. you just have to call the dining services and have them allow your card to swipe into the room.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Boston University has some great sports teams. We are a Division 1 school, but there are also a great deal of intramural and club sports that students can participate in. There's something for everyone.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am going to be majoring in Commnuications. It is a great program, but in applying to the school I decided to apply for the College of General studies which is a 2-year program of pre-requisite courses. I did this because I wasn't sure which specific school I wanted to attend. This way I am able to complete my required courses all together then move on to studying my major.

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1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I am quite upset with Boston University's Financial Aid System. I don't understand how a university with so much money has very limited options for financial aid. They don't have much money to help students attend and cover the high costs.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It is not the best system. There are support groups or counselors to talk to if you have been a victim, but there is not a whole lot done by the school in terms of prevention. As for safety in getting home at night, there are services to call who can safely walk or drive you back to your dorm if you don't feel safe.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Being in the city of Boston is amazing. There is so much to do. There is shopping, museums, exhibits, historical places to visit, etc. I would definitely live here if I found a good job. It is the city so it is very expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It is great and not too hard to find a party, but nightlife can be difficult when you are under 21 and don't enjoy fraternity parties. It's not your typical college campus because it in the middle of the city. There is something fro everyone, even if you don't enjoy parties.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It depends where on campus you live. The best thing to do as a freshman is to live in West campus. It's the easiest to make friends and it's a very close knit environment. There are other areas of housing that are more distant, which may be nice once you're older, but at the beginning of your college experience I would recommend West or Warren Towers. Housing is very expensive and in my opinion not worth what you are given. Other universities have much nicer housing and probably for a more affordable price.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I do not know much about the Greek life at Boston University. I am not involved. But I would say it's half and half. Some people are involved and some are not, but your involvement doesn't make much of a difference here.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I have attended a few events with Greek life. It was enjoyable. I have no interest in joining at this time.

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4 College Junior

Administration: I have never had any issues at B.U.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: Boston has everything from Fenway Park to the Boston Commons. The shopping is amazing, the food is the best you will find. I have lived in Boston for three years now, and I am still finding new places and new things to do.

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5 College Junior

Majors: I was excepted to work on a satellite project. It has definitely been the best experience of my life. I have grown from this challenge. I believe I would never have had this chance to do something so rewarding and challenging if I had attended any other University.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I have had great experiences in all housing thus far.

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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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