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Reviews 2891 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is mostly harsh due to the long winter, but spring and fall are definitely the best seasons. The campus always looks flawless during these times.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: For me, location is an important factor in determining where I want to live, which thus limits my options. Although most people believe the farthest dorms from campus, such as Danielsen or Myles Standish, are the worst but it's really about what you make of it. I know lots of people who don't mind living in these residences and actually love it. The social atmosphere at certain dorms really depends on the kinds of people you end up living close to. Many students describe dorms such as Warren Towers to be the best option for freshman because of the amount of close friends you'll make who live on your floor, but I happened to be placed on a floor with other people who were not as sociable.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Wi-Fi network is almost always speedy and readily available anywhere on campus, except for local coffee shops that have their own Wi-Fi you have to pay for, which makes you appreciate what BU offers even more. There are tons of computers everywhere and, because most students have their own laptops, finding an empty computer at the library is pretty easy.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I feel that there is great diversity here as long as you look in the right places and are open to all kinds of environments. This may include participating in student groups and clubs that are not necessarily in your comfort zone, and enrolling for unfamiliar courses that appeal to different kinds of students. Nonetheless, I think there is just about a little bit of everything at BU.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I fell safe and healthy for the most part

4 College Freshman

Administration: Not too strict, but lay down the rules

4 College Freshman

Academics: My major is very small, which is wonderful and not wonderful. The special attention is awesome but there are less people to discuss with

College Freshman

Athletics: I do not participate enough to have an opinion

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Somewhat expensive and also boring.

2 College Freshman

Weather: IT'S FREEZING! Especially when we still have class when it's crazy snowing outside and it's hard to get from one place to another and all the transportation is packed.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in Warren Towers really stinks. It feels like a jail. All the walls are too thin, it's far too crowded. But proximity to classes is great, and proximity to the GSU and among other places is awesome. Living on campus is fun because you get to see everyone and feel the experience of being surrounded by college students.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The fact that I can get a quality education from Boston University without having to travel to Boston is great. Boston is at least 45 minutes to an hour away from where I live, so I would not have had the chance otherwise to attend this school if it wasn't for their off-campus program.

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College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I do not live on the Boston campus, so I am not familiar with the university or any of the facilities.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Overall the professors have been very helpful. They are available before class and give out their email address and sometimes phone numbers. My current professor has been amazing and so helpful. If it were not for her helping the students, the quick email responses, etc. many of the students all agreed they would have not been able to successfully complete the assignment.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: All of the students that attend this program commute. Everyone comes from either Massachusetts or Rhode Island. There are a couple of restaurants near by that many of the students meet up at either before class or to work on a group project, but otherwise there is not that much to do.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There is only street parking available. The Friday night class gets out at 9:00 and the campus is located in Fall River. Sometimes there is not parking close to the campus and some walking is required. The campus is not in the best of areas, at least at night, and sometimes students walk a couple of blocks by themselves at night to their car.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall, the set up of the program is ideal for students who also work full time. If it were not for this program I would not be able to pursue this degree. There were no other schools in my area that had class times and schedules that catered to working students.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: This program is great for those who work full time. It is an off campus part time program. Classes take place on weekends, Friday nights and Saturday mornings. Each class is about 4 weekends long. Classes are taken one at a time which is manageable for full time workers. While the classes move along very quickly the caseload is still heavy. The curriculum is the same as the Boston campus, just very condensed. The students are still expected to cover the same material that the regular classes that run 15 weeks cover, and complete similar assignments. You are often given only a couple of weeks to complete large assignments, and there are readings that are due every weekend. While the caseload can sometimes be overwhelming, if it wasn't for this program I would probably not be able to pursue this degree unless I made some major changes, which was not feasible for me.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: There is an internship requirement in the second and third year. We are assigned advisors which we meet with in small groups and individually. It is the school and the advisors responsibility to find you an internship, based on information that you give them. The internship will be difficult because many of the students, myself includes, will also be working full time while trying to fulfill the internship hours, attend classes, and keep up with class assignments. I know this will be a challenge, but I know it is to better my education and work experience for a future career.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was fortunate enough to not have to apply for financial aid for my first semester, plus since I originally registered as a non-matriculating student, I was not eligible to apply. For the 2014-2015 semester I will be applying for financial aid. So far my experience has been positive. Someone from financial aid came to one of our classes and explained how to apply for financial aid, explained the FAFSA form, and were are also sent emails about upcoming scholarships, deadlines, and what websites to access for scholarships.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: This program is a part time program and only focuses on one class at a time, which is great since most of the students in this program also work full time. This allows the student to only have to focus on one class at a time. Each class is about 4 weekends., and they take place Friday nights and Saturday mornings. Since the class is only 4 weekends, the classes go by very quickly but are also very intense. The curriculum is the same as the one that is taught on the Boston campus, but is done in 4 weekends as opposed to the typical 15 weeks. The caseload can be heavy at times and there is only a short amount of time given to complete assignments, some of which are research based and long. On the other side, if you love a class or hate a class, it is only 4 weekends. The way this program is set up is ideal for anyone who also hold a full time job as well.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The off-campus program that I am a part of has classes during the summer, which falls on Saturday mornings. There are breaks between weekends, but I will not enjoy sitting in class on a beautiful summer day.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I do not live on campus, but attend an off campus program. While I do not know what it is like on the Boston campus my opinion is based solely on my classmates. In this program, the cohort that I am in will the same group that I graduate with. We will take all the same classes together. After only a few months we have become very close, and have even tried to assist and help classmates that were going through some personal issues. We communicate a lot on social media sites and discuss things such as questions about assignments, papers, projects, etc. We are very supportive of each other and are willing to help each other.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am in my first year of the program and I am really pleased so far with how it is set up. My career goal is to get a job in the social work field where I can help those who are in need. I don't have any concerns about finding a job in this field because the field of social work is very diverse and can lead to many different opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I originally registered as a non-matriculating student. I found this to be somewhat confusing because I did not attend any orientations or meetings prior to classes starting like the other students who applied did. After a couple of months I started to understand things better. I eventually applied and got accepted as a student. One important criteria for applying was GPA. In order to apply one must have a GPA of at least 3.0. Overall I think the application process was similar to other colleges. One tip is the online application process. The application is all done online and submitted online. The references that are needed are also done online. The student must include the email address of the reference and a email with an attached form is sent to the reference. Two of my three references had difficulty downloading and filling out the form. My third reference did not want to use the online form at all, so I had to mail that reference in. In today's age it is much easier and quicker to do things online, but sometimes older generations who are not as familiar with computers have difficulty doing certain tasks.


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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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