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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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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I didn't really get all of the aid I actually need. I'm looking into transferring because BU is just way too expensive.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Cold, windy, and wet. Be warned.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Although BU is technically an open campus, the entire length of Comm Ave that BU rests on is entirely campus. It may not be traditionally set up with gates enclosing it, but you feel like it is. The mile long stretch is solely campus, before becoming other neighborhoods. It feels very safe.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Not the most spirited, but I kind of like to keep to myself anyway. There are various student centers to utilize, which is nice. But it is easy to feel lost in the crowd with 17,000 undergrad.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: We have so many opportunities, especially being in the city.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Yummy, but pricey! Many options though.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's very different since there are so many dorms over a wide stretch of land, but I love the upperclassmen options. There are high-rise apartments, brownstone dorms/apartments, and dorms that were once nice, old hotels.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It's tough to be a girl. They say it's 60% girls, though I think it's more like 65-70%. Most of my classes are mainly girls, and of the guys who attend BU most are gay. But there are plenty of other colleges in the area.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: BU is definitely not a party school despite what some people may believe. While Greek life isn't huge on campus, those are the only options for parties. MIT has frat houses on-campus while BU's are off-campus, so most people prefer MIT parties (which are better in general). I wouldn't recommend trying to get into bars as Boston is super strict with fake-IDs.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Some students smoke weed, but it's not an overwhelming amount. A decent amount of students drink, but I've never felt pressured and about half of my freshman year floor did not.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very diverse in all ways and very accepting.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Hockey is big on campus, but not much else, and we don't have a football team. I don't mind, as sports teams are not something very important to me.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is just generally good, but Bay State is the best.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Boston is very chaotic in its weather.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Average parking, very costly and might not even be worth it.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The campus shuttle is free but the public T is very expensive.

5 College Freshman

Technology: Best network of all the colleges in the area.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing is usually at BU's Southern 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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