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3 College Sophomore

Technology: There is wireless internet all over campus, even on green spaces which is really great. Unfortunately some dorms have really bad internet reception which can be very annoying. I have only needed tech support once so far, but they were very friendly and helpful. There are computers in every library as well as printers, but all of the classroom buildings do not have printers which is really a pain when you are rushing around trying to hand things in on time. Also, most undergrads only receive 100 pages of prints included in their fees which is not very much.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Freshmen are pretty much doomed to crawl from party to party, trying to get into frats. Boston is incredibly strict about underage drinking so that means bars and buying alcohol are pretty much off limits to underage students. Many underage BU students go to Machine, a gay nightclub, on Friday nights because then it is 18+. Everything shuts down around 1 AM and public transport has only just started to run later than midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not a part of Greek life, but I know that there are variations between the different organizations. BU claims that Greek life does not permeate though the culture on campus since there are no on-campus houses for them, but that is not true. They throw a lot of parties and a lot of people end up joining a fraternity or sorority.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The university provides a free shuttle service for all BU affiliates that goes up and down the main campus on Commonwealth Ave. as well as to the BUMC campus. Unfortunately the shuttle does not run during the daytime on weekends, but does run both day and night on the weekdays which is very convenient. Boston's public transport is relatively useful and although buses hardly ever run on schedule, it is possible to get almost anywhere in the city via public transport and there are even commuter trains out to the closer suburbs including Salem. The T can be pretty pricey, but there is a student discount for semester passes though BU which helps. Ultimately, this is a walking campus and a walking city, and walking costs nothing.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The anthropology department at BU includes faculty who focus on all different areas of the world and come from a variety of cultures. The courses offered cover engaging topics and are attractive to anthropology major and non-major students alike. Although many courses have a heavy reading workload, there are typically fewer small assignments and it is more common to have exams and a single paper, at least at the average class level. The degree requirements are reasonable and there are opportunities to go above and beyond with additional seminars as well as the Honors in the Major program which allows select dedicated students to pursue independent research project in their senior year.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: This might upset most students but BU is very strict about drugs and alcohol.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: The computers are pretty old, and the internet connection is pretty poor.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Boston is an amazing location to go to school. There is always a lot to do in the city and lots of public transportation offered to help get around!

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are never pushed on anyone! They are available if you want, but no one will think of you differently if you don't drink/do drugs.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am in love with my school. Aside from the ridiculous price, it is in the best location, very reputable, and a great community.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Boston is the best city to go to college in. You will never be bored!

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1 College Freshman

Parking: The cost to have a car on campus is ridiculous. If you try to use meters, you will quickly find it is a huge inconvenience to find quarters and refill the meter every 2 hours, if you can even find a spot.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Because Boston is a college town, there is not much clubbing/bar hopping available to us underage kids. However the frat and apartment parties are an acceptable alternative.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are so many different options that you will never find yourself stranded.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Our program is very demanding. There is unfair grading deflation which makes it very difficult to do well.

College Freshman

Majors: I have not had an internship yet. This is not very typical of dental students.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Being an urban school, BU has so much diversity. You will find people of all races, financial backgrounds, religions, and sexual orientations.

4 College Freshman

Technology: If you don't have a personal laptop, there are plenty of available computers on campus, but it may be a hassle to have to go to a lab to use. The wifi is very unreliable and the school does not provide a fair enough printing quota.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Living in an urban setting, there are so many cheap and quality apartments. Living off campus is very common among upperclass students.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I love greek life! I wish it was more accepted on campus by faculty and the school itself but over time our image will improve! It's a great way to make close friends and connections at such a large school.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We are in the middle of Boston, there are so many restaurants either a T ride or a walk away. What more could you ask for?

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: BU has difficult classes but a great social scene where people are very friendly and welcoming.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman buildings are pretty typical of any college. There are few extremely nice housing options and they are very hard to get.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: There are next to no computer centers, but everything else is fine.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Every college campus has its probelms, you can't feel completely safe everywhere.

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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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