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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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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Since BU is a huge school, you get a mixture of everyone and every type. There is however, many more girls at BU than boys.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Because we live in a city, BU isn't 100% safe. But the BUPD and security guards keep students very safe. If you're walking home alone, in the dark, that's your own fault.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Since we live in Boston, there are tons of unique restaurants everywhere. There are also local markets, super markets, and health food stores in many locations.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a member of the greek community, greek life completely changed my experience at BU for the better. However, it's not a big deal if you're not in greek life. A few of my close friends aren't in any greek life organization and they're still close with my friends who are in greek life and have met many people through my connection to greek life. There are many, positive benefits to joining greek life at BU.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are tons of different races, political views, sexual orientations, religions, and wealth at BU.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus is much cheaper than BU housing. Boston is great for student living and has tons of options close to the school and transportation.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: BU has tons of computers and computer labs available at each school or library. BU also offers a certain amount of pages for free every semester for printing. The network is very reliable and usually fast. There isn't really a need for a printer because BU has many print locations. A personal computer is a must though.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Most kids at BU drink. It's not very visible lately because the BUPD has been cracking down. Peer pressure is almost non existent at BU. If you don't want to drink, you don't have to.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are many different types of dorms at BU. There are apartments, suites, brownstones, doubles, triples, etc. The worst dorms are the freshmen dorms: west campus and warren. Other bads ones include Myles, HoJo, and Towers. The best dorms are Stuvi1 and Stuvi2 for sophomores and up. The best social atmosphere is west campus because it's close to all of the weekend activities, but it's more expensive. Housing is very competitive at BU and you need either a good lottery number or someone to pull you in to get into a nice place.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There is one dining hall in west campus, two in east, and one in central. Overall, they have many more options than other schools. However, the dining plan is around $4000 no matter what plan you're on. A meal swipe is typically $15 if you were using dining points, and it's not worth that.

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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.

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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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