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4 College Freshman

Technology: There are many computers available to students around campus but it is definitely necessary to have your own laptop.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is not really any campus crime. There are safety buttons along campus to alert if you are in danger or if you need someone to escort you somewhere. The Boston University police are seen on campus and it is very easy to reach them if there is a problem.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The T (train) is right along campus on Commonwealth Avenue, there are three Boston University stops on the T. BU offers a free shuttle service as well which takes you around campus. Some people use bikes around campus.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: New facilities like Marciano Commons dining hall and excellent fitness & recreation facilities.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: With Newbury street just 2 or 3 T stops away, the campus is extremely near the city yet it still has a campus-y feel to it. There are several green spaces and everything on campus is together, not scattered around. For being a city school, the campus is great.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many options from fast food to organic to ethnic restaurants.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Boston is cold most of the academic year. Not much else to it.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I can't complain about housing, because I couldn't afford to live off campus. Heating can be a problem.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: I've never had a car on campus. You pay for a sticker. Different colors/levels limit where and when you can park. So even though you pay, you're not guaranteed a (convenient) spot.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: My experience has been tough. Tuition rising doesn't necessarily mean aid rising. Tips: apply as early as possible and talk to someone in detail about your package.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: House parties were cool freshman and sophomore year. The shuttle runs pretty late.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The workload is manageable. Field work helps with putting what we learn into practice.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: There are a WIDE variety of options. Registration is very straight-forward and self-explanatory.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: BU is definitely a drinking school. In terms of drugs, I'm a bit oblivious but I've heard there's a culture surrounding it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I've met a lot of great people. I have had the opportunity to try new things. I have grown a lot at this university.

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: I have my own computer. There are computers in the library, but not that many. Our printing quota isn't very large. It varies per school/major.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: There are lots of student organizations. Although our sports aren't the greatest, they do provide a fun social activity.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: We have a lot of interesting and high profile guests who lecture or host events on campus. ie. Judy Smith, Elie Wiesel, etc

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is a pretty small part of BU. I don't know much about it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Boston nightlife is cool. If you're of age, there are plenty of bars and clubs to go to. There also always a lot of awesome concerts with great acts in town.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The shuttle can be very inconsistent in terms of actually following the established schedule.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: BU is as strict as it needs to be. Underage drinking can be a huge problem, so they have rules in place to protect students as best as they can.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Depends a lot on the specific professor. Dorm security is pretty strict, as you'd expect with so many undergrad.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Bad grade deflation. It's the worst, and is difficult to do well especially in science courses.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great professors (in my experience) and interesting classes.

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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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