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3 College Junior

Local Area: Boston is great in the summer and fall! It's such a wonderful place to be- and then winter comes along and stays for MONTHS. The whole northeast is like this, but for someone used to West Coast sunshine, it was a huge adjustment. In the winter, everything has a subdued tone to it- no one is really out and about and this emptiness on the streets and neighborhoods is very wearing.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid coordinator of my program is the nicest lady who is always prompt in replying to my questions, and she never hesitates to have me come in so she can answer specific concerns that I have. I didn't receive as much aid as I would have liked, considering how expensive Boston University is, but I hope that in the long run it will be worth it.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There isn't too much of an emphasis on fresh, local or organic fare. It's a struggle to find something that is actually healthy within a walking distance.

4 College Junior

Academics: My doctorate program is great- my professors are all very involved and keep up-to-date on all the newest literature and technology. The facilities were just updated last year, so all the lab time is spent well.

4 College Junior

Academics: My program is very rigorous, but I feel like I'm getting a great education. All the students know the professors on a first-name basis, and the professors really try to get to know all of their students too. They are great at talking to us, and always are available for office hours, whether it be for academic clarification or for just guidance.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The main campus is pretty well-lit at night, but I am not comfortable walking around by myself too late at night.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing selection is a little limited, especially considering how expensive everything is. It's especially harder for graduate students who are looking for somewhere affordable. close to campus, but isn't in an undergrad-filled loud and rowdy neighborhood.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The Rec Cen is huge and allows for lots of activities. I enjoy all the different levels it has, and all the classes it offers so I can explore new sports. The Barecca rock wall is also a great place to climb.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: You can't have any alcohol in your room unless it's a certain quantity and you can prove that you are 21. Cheating is taken very seriously and the measures taken to find out if someone has been cheating is very efficient so students shouldn't even try to do it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Best place to live is either Student Village or off campus. Worst place to live is myles or danileson because they are very far from central campus. Student village is very expensive so you might as well live off campus in your own place and cook your own food. It will save you tons of money! Social atmosphere depends on the night and what events are happening. There are always students out on the nights of the weekends going to bars/parties/etc. Housing process can be hectic from what I hear but I haven't had first hand experience since I've been living off campus since I arrived at the university.

1 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: My school continues to increase tuition and I'm still paying a lot when the semester ends and the bill comes. I don't understand why the financial aid isn't increased significantly so that students can see that the school cares about us and our education and not just the money we are paying. Tuition is very expensive and there needs to be more loans, scholarships, and help for students. I also think that the tuition should be lowered so students won't be burdened. Especially when senior year comes and all the tuition has to be paid before they can graduate/get a diploma. Too many obstacles!

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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Workload for two credit courses is awful. They might as well be four credit courses. It's easy to get/find a job and our facilities are good but the workload is crazy.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Some professors are really amazing and can teach really well, others are not and I feel like the surveys we fill out every semester doesn't help much if the teachers aren't improving or being replaced. Some professors shouldn't even be teaching because they are very offensive and bias. Registration is fine for me because I'm a transfer student so I'm not overwhelmed if classes fill up because I'm not on the same schedule as everyone else. The curriculum has it's ups and downs. I think there should be more of a focus of letting students know where good study areas are and informing them about getting help/tutoring if they need it.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: They tend to be average with their strictness on all topics

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: School spirit is very high especially when the hockey team has games. There is a lot of support and lots of involvement from staff and students on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload isn't that bad, except for chemistry. I feel they add too much homework and the department itself isn't very helpful.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Workloads for science classes tend to be more than other subjects. Some of the professors are amazing and the other half are horrible.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Students girls or guys have a freedom to wear whatever they want or express themselves in whatever way they feel comfortable. Our campus supports the students in this way as long as we don't harm or offend others with how we dress or the organizations we participate in

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I like Warren and Bay State for dining halls. Warren at lunch time is overcrowded along with the GSU. The dining hall menus repeat often and get old by the end of the semester. Majority if the food is good though. I feel the dining halls are overpriced.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Cost is one downfall because a lot of the restaurants don't have student discounts so it can get expensive but the food is really good. I have noticed that the cleanliness of the places is very poor. By this I mean that the employees don't wash their hands, or use clean utensils, or have clean facilities. Its shocking that there hasn't been more people getting sick because of how dirty these employers are in these food places.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Most students go to men hockey games. I do not know about other sports and have not attended them. I have gone to a few women's hockey games and only a handful of people go to those

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I do not know much about off campus housing. I have heard it is quite expensive and only know two people who live off campus. They both love it

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The scriveners are mainly white or Asian. Not everyone is accepting of Students from other countries. I feel majority if the students are from a higher economic class and are not all accepting if students on scholarship. Majority of the student population is accepting of all sexual orientations.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: I love the fact that our campus is right in the middle of everything. Movies, museums, malls, parks, easy transportation, and food surrounds our campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I feel like anyone can walk on the campus/classrooms because of where our school is located. The school isn't very secure it's open to anyone and everyone which means its open to any threat. The dorms are secure which is important but the George Sherman union and other college buildings are open and it's not like there's anyone at the doors of these buildings checking ID's to make sure the people going in and out are really students. I understand that it's hard to secure a campus like Boston University but I feel like the security could definitely improve.

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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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