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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: some of the buildings are better than others. all of the engineering buildings and the SMG buildings are all very nice, but the CAS and COM buildings are pretty run down. student life is great, lots of things to do on campus and off, lots of fun events hosted by SAO and PC. not many campus traditions, there isn't a whole lot of school spirit but BU is trying to work on that.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: i love how diverse BU is and in terms of extracurriculars, it really does have everything you could possibly want. it's a great fit for me because i wanted a city campus that still had a college feel -- it's way better than NYU in this sense if you want that college community vibe (I turned NYU down for BU).

4 College Junior

Transportation: easy to get around campus and cheaper if you have a charlie card

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The guys are alright. There are less of them than girls here. Most of them are pretty nerdy and the good ones are usually taken

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are there if you want it, it's not uncommon to find underage students drinking because of upperclassmen friends who will buy them alcohol. If you're not into drinking or doing drugs you probably won't have a hard time finding friends here.

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3 College Junior

Administration: Campus strictness is probably average compared to other schools.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: BU is not the perfect university, but it is by far the best university in the nation. BU may have its fair share of flaws (outrageous tuition prices, spotty wifi, apathetic students, some profs and classes just suck etc), but at the end of the end of the day, everyone is happy to be there and I would not trade my experience as a Terrier for anything else.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: Its Boston. The weather is bipolar and you will experience ALL types of weather within a year of being here. Bring a variety of clothes, jackets, and shoes in order to be prepared and leave the umbrella at home. The wind blows in all directions here.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is actually cheaper than on-campus housing and is not that hard to find a solid apartment with some friends near campus

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Not gonna lie, it is not as fun if you're under 21 but doesnt mean BU doesnt party. MIT frat houses are on campus and Allston is known for its basement parties. So if you want to party, there's one every weekend and you'll have a blast with crazy stories to tell afterwards.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You're in Boston. It is not hard at all to hop on the T or walk to a quality restaurant.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Unless you live in the StuVis (literally the best dorms in the nations with high rise apartments/suites with a view of Boston), everything else is meh in comparison. Although the brownstones are beautiful on the exterior and can be spacious. Besides that, everything else is not that great but the dorms are great for socializing especially Warren and West for freshman.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food at BU is the best. Anyone who complains probably lives at Warren or OD'ed on dining hall food. There are soo many options for dining hall points outside the halls (subway, starbucks, panda express, jamba juice, pinkberry, dominoes, cane's, etc) that most people get the 250 plan (least meals, most points).

5 College Freshman

Transportation: You're in Boston so transportation is not a problem. You have the BU shuttle running throughout the campus as as the T (train). Plus its not hard to get a cab to and from campus and splitting it with a friend.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics here are the best in the nation hands in. We are the best departments in the nation and top 50 in the world for philosophy so BU is great for that among other majors (econ,business, health sciences,communications, engineering, fine arts). But the academic advisors are not really that useful to be honest. But the career center and your professors are extremely useful and helpful when it comes to academic concerns and finding a job or internship. BUT you must put in the effort to reach out to them and do some work on your own in order to receive the best benefits from your connections.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are overall great and useful except for a few that are just condescending and clearly cant teach (but i swear it is a minority!). The curriculum is very rigorous which is great AND horrible since expectations from your professors are high and must constantly be on top of your work in order to get a solid grade (not neccessarily an A. Grade deflation is alive and well at BU). But the curriculum is great since the classes are informative and at an advanced level. The main study spot on campus is Mugar but a lot of people study in their rooms, the common room, and the study lounges at each dorm.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: BU is actually pretty generous with financial aid so long as you have stellar grades AND turn in all your fin aid forms on time.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is expensive but if you could probably find a parking spot without too much trouble (unless its a Red Sox game. then it sucks to sucks if you dont arrive super early.)

5 College Freshman

Local Area: There is literally no other atmosphere better than Boston. Not only is it one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but as a Terrier you have all of it as your background and are lucky enough to wake up to the view of Boston and the Charles River. Plus Boston is literally your playground since you have the T running through campus and are near Boston's greatest attractions (Newbury street, Fenway, Prudential, etc).

2 College Freshman

Administration: Not gonna lie, the campus is strict when it comes to vistors, noise violations, and drinking/drugs. But depending on where you live you can get around those issues easily.

College Freshman

Greek Life: Im not a part of greek life but it is not a big part of campus life since BU is a city school. But it is definitely present if you want the traditional Greek life college experience. You wont miss out on the BU experience if you're not a part of it thats for sure.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are not hard to find at BU because it is college afterall. Kids wanna party but it is by no means forced upon you. If wanna drink that's fine, if not thats fine too.

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2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Not gonna lie, Allston is a sketchy area at night so crime on campus usually occurs on the west side of campus. Also the police is present but usually to bust parties.

3 College Freshman

Technology: The computers on campus function perfectly but are pretty old. The wifi is also quite spotty. One of the not so great aspects of BU

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls here are diverse in terms of interests but have a common thread since most of them like to well dressed and love to work hard and play hard. There are a significant amount of people that are into the hook-up culture (cough cough frat bros and biddies) but it is not hard to find people who want to find a steady relationship. The girls are very attractive overall while the guys can vary from butt ugly to model worthy. Either way the people here are great and it will be not difficult for a Terrier to create lifelong relationships with the people at BU.

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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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