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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's easy to find weed if you want it. Most students drink as well. However, it is fairly easy to stay away from that scene and still have fun and make friends. I mean, the student population is huge. Many do. Many don't.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: To be fair, I am a non-greek. But Greek life in Boston is not what you see in movies. Most sororities and fraternities that I know on campus are only known for their parties. I have yet to see any community service and/or general well-doing from them.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I picked BU because I got the most financial aid from there. However, I don't regret my decision one bit. I've made good friends, love the area, and definitely feel like I am getting what I want out of college.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Boston. There are plenty of restaurants around. Lots of small little diners, but also lots of chains. Take your pick.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I am convinced Financial aid is a pain where ever you may end up. I have been lucky enough to receive plenty of aid, however it takes mountains of "paperwork" (online) and a few visits to the office every semester.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Printing on campus can be found everywhere. I personally have a printer, but all of my roommates use either the library or our own dorm as a printer. CGS, as far as I know is the only college without printer access for the students.

The wireless network isn't perfect and can crash sometimes, but not super bad.

Most teachers allow laptops in lectures but not discussions. Since everyone either has a laptop or a tablet, I don't think there's a lot of computer labs. But then again I haven't needed to use one, so I wouldn't know.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: In Boston you're going to get a lot of diversity. The school itself caters to a lot of international students. There may be a few cliques, especially with the international students, but just be friendly and everyone will talk to you.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm in CGS, the College of General Studies. Not only do I get a taste of all the other colleges until I pick what I want, but the program allows for me to study abroad my sophomore year, get any kind of internship I could ever want at anytime, and I get to know my professors really well.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: CGS limits your class options a bit your first two years, but allows room for one elective a semester. And the classes that you must take (unless you get AP credit) are very interesting and fulfilling (and they cover gen-eds). Every teacher I've had has been accommodating, intelligent, and passionate about the subject matter. Workload can be tough, but hey it's college.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: 2012-2013 was a rough year for BU safety with many robberies and deaths. However, this year there has been little to no activity.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The rumors are true. Most guys are gay. The others are not looking for relationships or are taken. Very few pickings. They are good looking though. At least there's that.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It's Boston. If you are under 21, most things will close at 10 at the latest. There is 21+ locations that stay open later.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: BU has a great hockey team and lots of support for that team. Recently, with the cut of the wrestling team, I have found that support for the wrestling team from the students has skyrocketed as well, which goes to show that our students can in fact show tremendous love and support for our teams. However, I have yet to see support for any other team other than those two. And the recent cut of the wrestling team kind of shows that BU focuses more on the financial gain of the teams than the student gain, if that makes sense.

The gym, Fit-Rec is beautiful. I'm not an athlete and I sometimes go there just to study. It's that nice.

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: On campus housing at BU is incredible! All dorms are very close to campus buildings/ class. Staff including security guards and cooks are incredible.

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3 College Junior

Parking: Parking is find to hard in the city and when you do; you have to pay.

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: We have a lot of newer facilities in our business school. However, the older schools like the Arts and Sciences could be updated with technology and supplies.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: I love the student life on campus and there is an activity or group for everyone.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: There are some bad associations with Greek life; however, as a whole, they do many philanthropic things for the community.

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3 College Junior

Technology: There is a computer lab available in each school building; however, most students use their laptops.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Security in dorms and dining halls are extremely strict and always present. Upon entering, you have to swipe your BU id card and show the security before walking through. You always have to sign non-BU visitors into your dorm, and after 2 am you have to also sign in BU students if they do not live in the building. There is a limit of 3 visitors per day. Security should not affect your academic life, and could possibly affect your social life. Alcohol and drugs are not permitted in the dorms and if caught, you will be written up by Residential Life. If students are unable or not coherent enough to swipe into their dorm, security usually notifies BUPD and an ambulance will be called. Besides security, there is also the BUPD which is the on-campus police, which makes the school that much safer.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are girls and guys of all type; you'll find students from all backgrounds from all over the world. Most students are pretty wealthy, but still very humble. Social life is strong, there is typically always something to do any night of the week. In the social setting people are very nice, outgoing. The typical BU student is able to manage partying along with studying, maintaining their grades and still doing very well academically.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Attending this school introduced me to a city that I have become infatuated with. But besides its incredible location right in the heart of Boston, the school itself is the perfect fit for me. Everything has been made to be so convenient for incoming freshman to alleviate all stresses of a possibly difficult transition. One thing I truly appreciate about my school is the way that they situate students in on-campus housing based on their graduation year. Freshmen are placed in housing closest to the dining halls and to their classes, whereas the upperclassmen have the opportunity to live in nicer housing a little farther away or off-campus, giving them a greater sense of independence.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Nightlight is as expected for living in a big city. There are nightclubs and bars, that mostly upperclassmen go to. Freshmen and sophomore students, due to being underage, usually attend frat parties thrown by fraternities in their off-campus houses. The walk to the frats are short and painless. To get to the nightclubs and bars is a little longer of a distance, and taxis will most likely be the mode of transportation.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is big, but it is not a deciding factor on whether or not you will enjoy your time at school. Because Boston University is situated in the lively city of Boston, many kids choose not to go Greek. Because of the urban setting, Greek life does not penetrate the social atmosphere on campus as much. Non-Greeks and Greeks do not necessarily look at each other differently, it is merely accepted that not all chose the path of going Greek. For those who do choose to participate in Greek life, there is no special housing available. Males who choose you join a fraternity can choose to live in the frat house which is run by the kids living there, and has no affiliation with the school.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: BU hockey is the biggest sport at our school followed by soccer. We recently got a men's lacrosse and women's field hockey team too. We have okay school spirit.

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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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