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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Boston University is expensive. They give out some financial aid, but not that much. Unless you are a super genius or a minority, you will not be getting a lot of money from the school. You will most likely be given what will get you to come to BU but not without your parents struggling to scrape together the funds.

If you write a letter to financial aid, they may give you a bit more, but not a lot.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: In SMG, you do not declare your major until around your junior year. However, the courses you take up to your junior are very helpful in deciding what you are interested in. The introductory course covers almost every major in their topics.

The workload is dependent on the class. Some classes have homework/daily work that is not collected but helpful in learning. In those classes, your exam and participation grades only matter. In other classes, you have presentations that also account for your grade plus written assignments.

BU SMG facilities are great. They have state of the art technology and lots of resources for students.

Internship and jobs opportunities are huge at BU. Because we are in Boston, there are opportunities all around. BU has many resources, like CareerLink, to help students find local opportunities.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Most professors are easy to reach at BU. If you are in a huge lecture, reaching out to your professor can be tough. Some professors don't care for students to reach out, while others like students who make an effort. Overall, the professors want to see you succeed and if you show effort, it will help you a lot.

Curriculums are usually straight forward. Almost every professor gives out a syllabus. Nothing is thrown at you randomly.

Registration for class is assigned by the last digit of your BUID number. The numbers are rotated every semester so that students aren't always stuck with a bad registration time.

The workload is always manageable, but you may have to sacrifice going out certain weekends. It's all about how much effort you are willing to put in.

Popular study areas include: 101 Baystate, Mugar Library, Pardee Library, 2nd floor Stuvi2 and 26th floor Stuvi2.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: The business school at Boston University is competitive. You need a minimum B- in your introductory/ freshman course to be accepted into SMG. I found the exams difficult, but if you reach out to your professors, it helps a lot. The most important criterion are your scores, your essay, and activities that you were involved in that make you stand out from the rest. The application process is normal. My advice for applying is that if you have below the school's average for SAT/ACT scores or GPA, have an outstanding essay that proves why you are still a great asset to BU and how you will be able to thrive academically.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The BU shuttle could use more available bus times.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: I commute, so I have a semester pass. Rather than paying upwards of ten thousand dollars to live on campus, I pay $500 per year to commute. I can use my pass as many times as I want throughout each day! I pay a set amount and have unlimited use! The green line runs right through campus. It is great.

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2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of snobby, rich, white people

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1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The school is insanely expensive and offers grants based SOLELY on academic performance. Helloooo I am poor! I need assistance.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Academics: I love the neuroscience department. However, grade deflation in other departments is awful. In lectures, feel like a number rather than a student.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The school offers almost anything

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: We have the best fitness center, but at the cost of classroom updates.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: We don't have much green space because we are in the city. The school does not make centers and hangouts well-known. You have to search for them.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't really know much about this scene because I am a commuter and I choose not to go to parties.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: I have always lived here, so if anything is bad, I am used to it

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I do not like how anyone can just walk into our classroom buildings or libraries. I know people who don't attend BU who use Mugar. What if there are dangerous people who do that?

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: I actually noticed when I saw a black person on campus. That means there are not very many here. I have seen a total of three black people.

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1 College Sophomore

Technology: There are computers in Mugar, and that's about it! I commute. I don't want to bring my laptop with me every day. But this school barely has any available computers! I tried to use the one and only computer in the Science and Engineering Library in Cummington. It can only access certain sites! The internet is extremely slow. You can't save any work on it, either! I can't make it to Mugar every time I need to print something or use the internet.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school is extremely expensive. Where does the money go to? Looks like it went to the new Fitness Center. We still have chalkboards in our classrooms. We have chairs with teeny "desks" that we can't even fit our notebooks on. But the school thought it was a good idea to use our tuition money towards a fancy gym?

The grading system is awful. How about teach us what we are supposed to be learning, and test us on those topics, and give us the grade we earned! Don't give us extremely hard tests and decide that whatever grade most people earned will be scaled to a C, and the rest of the grades will be distributed according to a bell curve distribution. What if my class does worse than the class before? Does that mean we all learned what we were supposed to learn? Maybe the "average" student in my class should not have passed. Just teach us what we are supposed to be taught and test us on what we are supposed to know, and grade us on our performance.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Boston University in the past has had a really great hockey program that not only brings currents students to the games but alumni and community members as well.

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2 College Freshman

Administration: It's overwhelming difficult if you want a guest to stay the night when you live in on campus housing.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The public transportation system may be confusing at first but it is easy to learn. Also there are stops at really any large venue or place you would want to go. Plus there are plenty of taxis services and you can always walk.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I applied and received the full need I demonstrated

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: You just have to show your ID everywhere, which can get annoying.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It is really safe here.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Totally worth living off campus

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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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