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Reviews 2905 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Pretty average. But it can get annoying.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of places to eat!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman housing is the worst. But once you can apply for nicer places to live, it definitely gets better.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: MIT definitely has the best night time events, but BU frats are not bad.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Just hop on the B Green line that runs through BU campus and you can be dropped in front of a number of restaurants from 5 star dining to Mom n Pop shops! For example, only 3 stops away from Kenmore is the highly rated Top of the Hub. While slightly pricy (and rightly so), this restaurant on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Tower makes for a memorable evening with the BEST view in Boston. Take the Greenline all the way to Government Center and you're in the North End with Italian restaurants upon Italian restaurants, top-rated bakeries, and a lively social scene.

Boston is a great place to be a foodie, but what makes it THE city to try new foods is the annual Restaurant Week. This occurs once or twice a year for a few days. Selected restaurants construct Prix Fix menus where they slash their prices on their best dishes, creating both a delicious and affordable meal for even broke college students!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I absolutely love the way BU is located right next to Kenmore. Makes for an easy transition from academic life to social life. However, it is still SO easy to get caught up in the "BU Bubble". The campus has so much going on that it's almost easier to never leave! But if you break out of the campus daze, you find an amazing city!

Another great thing is the research opportunities. UROP makes it possible to connect with professors in an interesting field, and possibly receive money for researching with them!

Professors are absolutely brilliant. They challenge us to break from familiar ground and travel foreign territory. If you earn an A on your transcript, it's no small achievement. After all, BU is in the top 5 (#1 actually) for Hardest Grading!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: While I have to admit our food is pretty decent, certain aspects make the dining plans not worth it: costs, Make A Difference Monday, and early closings.

The dining plan costs increases every year but why? We don't know.

Make a Difference Monday is still present...again, why? As the saying goes, students feel like the only "difference" it makes is in our waistlines (because people don't eat in dining halls on these days).

Early closings: oh my. It's difficult to find food when the dining hall closes the entire first floor, it's a Friday during Lent (so no meat), and the cereals and fruits are gone....sort of inconvenient.

Honestly, everything could be dealt with if the prices would just stop going up!

3 College Sophomore

Technology: While BU has great wireless availability, the connection can often be quite slow. Connection is much better when connected by Ethernet or using one of the computers at the libraries.

Tech Support is alright. It depends on your problem.

Printing costs are pretty decent. The only thing I wish they would change is the number of pages assigned according to college (CAS, ENG, COM, etc). For example, CAS students receive 100 free pages. That's not very much if your teacher likes powerpoint slides to be printed out for every class; or if your major is English and are required to submit hard copies for every weekly writing assignment. However, after the 100 pages is up, pages are only $.08/page. That's not too bad.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Boston University is very strict concerning drug and alcohol use, as they should be. Roughly a few times every month there is a school-wide notification about alcohol stats for that interim of time. BU has been very good about implementing procedures to ensure that intoxicated individuals will receive needed medical assistance. Through billboards and newsletters, BU has stayed on top of informing its students about how to help intoxicated individuals. Concerning drug use, while BU by no means condones it, there is less emphasis on its restriction.

For other matters, like noise control in dorms and frats, BU's RHA system enforces certain noise regulations. However, these can be flexible depending on what time it is, how far away your room is from the RA's room, and how thick your walls are.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I have made so many great friends participating in Greek Life. It's not what you would expect like at big party schools or the South. We strive to positively impact our communities with our philanthropies and social events. The BU administration does not like Greek life though. There are no official houses on campus and the police and administration are sticklers about parties at "frat houses."

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great food everywhere. Most places are affordable unless you're looking for a fancy five-star restaurant.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's all relative. Depends what you are looking for. Some locations can be cheaper than on-campus. Some locations are subpar. Find the right place that fits you.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: I have had some amazing professors and some not-so-great ones. Some are very charismatic and funny. Some are strict or don't teach well. BU is known for its grade-deflation but it's all relative (most classes don't even have grade deflation). Study hard and don't stress out and you will be fine.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I enjoyed being in the freshman dorm, Warren Towers. I met so many great friends there. Although, the facilities are average. I'm being pulled in next year into the nicest dorm on campus, StuVi II. Don't live in Miles-Standish or Danielson unless you like to walk.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Be prepared for feet of snow and not having class cancelled. If you don't like snow, don't come to Boston. The location triumphs over the weather. The weather may be cold and snowy in the winter, but there is too much going on around you to care about it.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: Wifi is spotty and hard to connect to at times. Each student is given 100 pages a semester for printing, depending on the classes you take, that may be excessive or not enough. There are plenty of computers in the libraries and study lounges. Most building have computers that anyone can use in the lobbies or even just the halls.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: I personally enjoy attending the hockey and basketball games. The school doesn't have a tremendous amount of school spirit or attendance of games, but they are still exciting and fun to watch. The teams are very competitive as well.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I went in undecided into the College of Arts & Sciences. There is an incredible amount of choices. I ended up pursuing a passion and switching into the School of Communications for Film & TV.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I plan to have an internship. Many friends have been a part of amazing businesses including Apple, the Boston Globe, and start-up companies.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I have friends that have financial aid. Some wish they had more, but others believe they have a great amount.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: RA's are nice and lenient on policies depending on the dorm. Underage drinking is prohibited, obviously. The school acknowledges that students will drink though. Staff and officers are more concerned about your health and safety and don't care as long as you are under control.

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College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not a part of Greek life, so I cannot rate it. However, although a lot of students are involved in Greek life, it is not the biggest thing on campus and it is not bad if someone is not in a sorority or fraternity.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Most (if not all) students have their own laptops, and many students use these laptops in class to take notes. There are computers in the library and in some of the colleges, but it is easier to have your own laptop. The internet is usually good all over campus, and there are a variety of print centers that make it easy to print anything.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Hockey is the major sport (and basketball is 2nd) and students go to games if they don't have anything else to do, but it is not a big deal to most students if they miss a game.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live in a brownstone now, so I have a bigger room and more freedom than I did when I lived in a huge dorm. The cost is astronomical.

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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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