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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It's like finding an apartment in any city, it's complicated, but fun and can be cheaper that living on campus since you are forced to have a meal plan if you live on campus.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Our fitness center is great and really big. They offer a lot of fun classes, but they always fill quickly.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I wouldn't change this experience for anything. I was not happy with my financial aid issues, but I love my program, I have great teachers and I know people from all over the world!

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3 College Senior

Weather: Weather is gonna affect you wherever you are. Weather sucks in New England if you don't like the cold, but you suck it up and those warm sunny days make up for all the crappy ones and make you forget about winter.

4 College Senior

Majors: I didn't do one with BU, but I know BU helps, or you can find one on your own and they probably take it

5 College Senior

Majors: I am in a 5 year program for Painting (BFA) and Art Education (MFA). It is tough and intense, but do-able and I even went abroad! BU is also know for its Art Education program in Massachusetts and if they need a teacher, they have called BU before, so there is a good chance that you will find a job after graduation (Art Ed jobs are very limited, they rarely call).

2 College Senior

Scholarships: They are great on giving you loans, not very good on scholarships and one year they reduced my scholarship. Financial Aid is the only thing at BU that makes me wish I had studied elsewhere.

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3 College Senior

Administration: My experience is that they are fair, but I do know that it can be hard to create new clubs or organizations.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: I hated frat parties, so I didn't go out much before turning 21 other than friends apartments. Now it is great, so many option when you are legal, you won't be able to decide what to do!

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: BU has a student connect service in which you can e-mail a nurse, and they get back to you fairly quickly, but it is too impersonal for my taste. However, if I really want to, I could show up and wait to be seen, but it is always a long wait. I feel safe around campus and when I go out at night because I am usually in a group and if I am alone, I am ok and aware of my surroundings. I don't take out my i-phone if I'm in a sketchy area because it would tempt would be robbers.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Freshman and sophomores do a lot of partying in frats. Once individuals turn 21, the party scene switches to the bar scene.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The BU bus is okay, better at night when you are too tired to walk home. The problem is that in bad weather (when you really want to take it) its really busy.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my program, and my program is set up so that I will easily find a job.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: My occupational therapy program is no longer an option for incoming students.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I think the lack of sorority housing makes Greek life a different experience for BU. Fraternity housing for BU is present but not all that nice, and therefore the parties they throw are often somewhat creepy.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's cold and rainy a lot, spring and fall tend to be nice though. The winters are very cold.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Each student only gets 100 prints per semester so having your own printer is important unless you want to spend extra per print. Tech support is pretty ample

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Finding a girlfriend/boyfriend at BU can be difficult.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: The only thing that BU is particularly strict about is visitors, many of the larger dorms have security gaurds, so it is a hassle to have visitors from outside BU, or have BU students that live off campus.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Having a car at BU is difficult, inconvient, and extremely expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: BU's academic aid is great, in terms of financial aid- still better than many other schools, but I think financial aid in general is a hassle to get.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Campus dining at BU is definitely the best at any college that I visited. That being said, its still not home cooking and the dining plans are pricey.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: BU definitely has had problems with alcohol abuse with college teams, hockey in particular has been in the media. However, BU tries to be decrease team usage with strict athletics policies. Also, BU has strict rules about alcohol and drug abuse within the general student population. However, the rules are designed for safety, not punishment purposes and first offenses generally include alcohol and drug education classes.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: BU definately is difficult in terms of academics, aka you have to study. However, there are many interesting and unusual programs, and you can explore classes in other colleges besides the college that you are primarily enrolled in.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: BU has a huge mix of people and programs available. Its the type of university where everyone can find something to connect to and something they enjoy.

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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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