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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym is great, as well as the soccer fields!

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Boston University is great for research!

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Few crimes reported on campus per year and campus police is very accessible

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: All professors seem very knowledgeable and try to stimulate interest although not all are enthusiastic

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Only prospects are from the school name and career fairs

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: Forced upon freshmen students and incredibly expensive without offering a close social environment

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life runs a large portion of social events but are considered cliquey

3 College Senior

Athletics: Huge lack of school spirit however athletic facilities are amazing

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Not very fond of the location while the technology and equipment are satisfying

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: BUPD is always around in case you need their assistance. They have a pretty quick response time and are there to make sure that everyone is safe. The guest sign-in policy is much more strict than other schools, but then again it makes the residence halls more secure and safe from unwanted guests. Overall, I feel very safe on campus and have never felt unsafe before, even at night time on weekends. Of course, because you are in a busy city, it is always safe to travel with friends, especially at night.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Class sizes can get really big with lectures, and because there are so many students, there are many different professors for each subject. It can really be a hit or miss for your professor in terms of workload, friendliness, availability, etc. but I think as long as you are motivated and put work into a class, you won't be that disappointed with the result. You just have to study harder in some classes than others. The two writing courses that you have to take as a freshman are a great advantage of small class size, especially if you are studying a popular major that consists of mostly larger lecture hall classes; definitely use small class size to your advantage in terms of making friends and getting help from professors, creating good relationships.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The Career and resource center definitely reaches out to students to come and get help building resumes and cover letters and getting connected to jobs/ internships. Some of the colleges/ specific program advisors will also offer additional practicums and internships. BU is such a big, successful school right in Boston, so there are countless opportunities to take advantage of in terms of the law firms, hospitals, engineering companies, tech startups, labs, etc. and also in terms of networking. Overall, BU definitely gives you opportunities to continue a stable career after graduation; it is more a matter of how much you take advantage of what is offered, because advisors and the Resource center are not always going to hold your hand and remind you to check in with them.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I cannot complain about the housing too much- the cleaners keep the bathrooms and hallways in pretty good condition, however by the end of the week the bathrooms and showers can get pretty gross. The rooms are small, but if you have an agreeable roommate that respects your space, there is enough space in the room that both roommates are happy. The social atmosphere at West campus is pretty big, on weekend nights there are almost always people talking and socializing outside the dorms. Within floors, it really depends on who is on it and how social they are. I love living on West Campus because my building is connected to the dining hall, and I'm close to Fit Rec and the other athletic facilities. I've heard Warren Towers are pretty bad, but they are very conveniently located to CAS, the largest college at BU.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It is not huge on campus, but you definitely see a good amount of people sporting their greek letters. The rush process for sororities is not that bad and well-explained, I do not know as much about the fraternity rush. Many people who participate in Greek life have friends outside of their sororities/ fraternities, and Greek life definitely doesn't consume their time here.

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.

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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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