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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.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Really interesting classes. Very experienced and intelligent professors. Psychology workload is not too overwhelming at all. Great program :)

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: You have excellent, beautiful campus housing (brownstones on Bay State) but then you also have crappy residences (Warren towers). It's really hard to get into the good ones. And you also have residences like Myles and Danielson that are a good half hour away from campus.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: While most people only drink and don't do any hardcore drugs, BU's alcohol policy is ridiculous. They tell you during orientation they don't have a just say no policy, but that's bullshit. They also tell you that if you help someone who needs medical attention and you've been drinking, they won't punish you since you helped someone out. That's also bulls*** Basically, if you're under 21 and you get caught drinking, regardless of the decisions you made while drunk (for example, helping someone vs being an asshole), you're screwed.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I really am not an athletic person and so I don't pay attention to sports or really hang out with people who do. With that said, FitRec (our gym on campus) is a FANTASTIC facility (I've gone there a few times to workout).

4 College Freshman

Academics: If you like being challenged in your classes, BU is the place to be. Regardless of your major, you will be in challenging classes. If you're the type of person that needs to have straight A's in all your classes, you might not want to be here because it is incredibly difficult to get an A. Classes are really challenging, but most professors and teaching fellows/assistants are willing to help you during their office hours if you need it. There's also tutoring available. Basically, you can do pretty well in your classes if you're willing to put in the effort.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know much about Greek life at BU, to be honest. I do know that there are several sororities and fraternities available to those who want to join, but no one really cares if you are or are not involved in Greek life. The sororities and fraternities on campus do put on quite a few events throughout the year, available (usually) to all BU students, so that's fun. But other than that, I don't know anything about Greek life.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Being in New England, the weather is always pretty unpredictable. I've lived in CT my whole life so Boston's weather isn't any different than what I'm used to. However, being on a large campus like BU's, when it's raining or really cold or whatever, it SUCKS having to walk to class. Luckily there's the BUS (Boston University Shuttle) to help you out if it's really bad, but then every one else has the same idea and the BUS is super inconvenient too.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking on campus only available if you pay for a parking pass which can be expensive.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: it's pretty expensive once you're an upperclassmen most people find offcampus apartments since they're cheaper

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The internet isn't too bad though there are certain areas and dorms where the signal is very weak and it will randomly crash on you. There are computer labs and computers in the library but it's necessary to have your own.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: it's extremely overpriced and I have trouble finding options in the dining hall that I like

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They don't want to give you money.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There's your normal social greek life and there are also professional fraternities.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are numerous off-campus dining options that are on campus or right by campus, and lots of options in the city.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Really cold and lots of snow in the winter, rainy in the spring, but the fall is gorgeous and the summer is hot.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a free shuttle that runs through campus but it's often late and very crowded. It does run til very late though so that's nice when you're traveling at night. The T runs through the middle of campus and gets you almost anywhere you want to go.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Boston is a college town with lots to do and the T runs through the middle of BU's campus so you can easily get to wherever you want to go.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Just be smart about what you do, common sense people.

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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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