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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: There is nothing better than the city life, especially in one like Boston.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The less fancy, the more affordable

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: off campus dining is good and since we're in Boston there's a lot of variety and always a lot of options

3 College Junior

Greek Life: non-Greeks are mostly indifferent to Greeks, greek life is there if you want it but i think it only makes up 10% of the student body. not very imposing at all, which is great if you're not into that

3 College Junior

Technology: i didn't even know we had computer labs on campus until this year when i befriended a comp sci student. printing on campus is ok, everyone gets 100 sheets in their print quota per semester

3 College Junior

Weather: weather is incredibly unpredictable in boston, always wear layers

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: on campus housing is ok, it really differs depending on where you live. i lived in warren for 2 years and it was alright. very convenient in terms of location because it was right in the middle of campus but i hated living in a freshman dorm for so long (thanks BU for screwing me over with a bad housing #). best options for freshmen would def be warren > west, unless you're an athlete or in CFA/CGS/SHA. worst options are danielsen.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: i haven't lived off-campus yet but the selection is alright. lots of people decide to live off-campus because it's way cheaper than living on-campus. allston is a pretty sketchy place late at night but if you're willing to live there kudos to you. lots of people do it but it isn't always the safest or nicest.

3 College Junior

Athletics: athletics are alright. i don't think anyone really cares about them except for the people on sports teams. people show up to hockey games but not really others. not a whole lot of school spirit

4 College Junior

Majors: i'm pretty happy with my program, BU COM has a great reputation. i am a little concerned about finding a job in my field because job prospects for the journalism field in general are a little slim, but i feel good about attending BU for this field of study. i hope to work for either a magazine or venture into doing PR/corporate work for Disney one day.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I switched into COM recently but was originally admitted to CAS. Tips for general admission - get good grades, and make your essays interesting and make sure they play to the kind of students BU is looking for. It's getting harder and harder to get into BU so make yourself stand out.

3 College Junior

Parking: parking is alright, sometimes you'll have to park on the streets. usually parking garages are open near the bigger dorms like warren for when people are moving in/out for breaks.

5 College Junior

Local Area: there's ALWAYS something going on so you're never really bored. also BU is very close to many other schools in or around the Boston area (BC, Northeastern, Harvard, Simmons, Emerson, etc.) which is pretty cool - i have many acquaintances from surrounding schools.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: i don't have many tips for financial aid... luckily i got a merit scholarship

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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).

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

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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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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