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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not receive any financial aid from BU.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I don't like this school. I am a hard worker and I study, but I expected that there would be at least parties or places for under 21 year olds to go. Instead my friends and I stay in warren or go to Allston looking for a party with no avail. It seems that people just drink in their dorms and a lot of people are unhappy. Coming from New York, Boston is a change. The T is slow and the city is very disorganized. It's also very likely to find people who are very well off here and like to flaunt it.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: It's hard to meet new people. You meet people pretty much the first week and then after that it's hard to make new friends.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is diversity on campus, but a large majority is asian. In addition a large amount of the males on campus are gay, most people are accepting of this.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: You really have to make an effort to be friendly, even when there are a lot of jerks on campus. It's very easy to isolate yourself. The cleanliness in the bathrooms are poor. I live on an all girls' floor and there is blood everywhere. My friend had a mushroom grow in her shower.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: A few years ago there apparently was a large rape, therefore they've very strict and overly informative on what one can do to prevent it.

1 College Freshman

Administration: You can't have a visitor for more than 3 nights and it is a very strict process.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Weather: It gets very cold very quickly. There are a few days that are nice, then it's pretty much jackets all the time.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Parking: There is pretty much no parking on campus. BU is a city, and supposedly you can get everywhere with public transportation.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Greek Life: The greek life here is pretty poor. When I was coming to school I thought it would be good for there not to be much greek life, but I was wrong. There are no parties here and the rare greek parties, when they occur, are quite lame and usually are guys looking for scantily dressed girls.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I have not had an internship but I've heard that it is easy to find them at BU.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Pretty much all of west campus is about sports. I don't like sports, I kind of avoid it.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: The T is incredibly slow and usually I have to leave 30 minutes early just so I can catch the T, which takes longer than walking.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's in a city, therefore it's pretty abundant.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: it's a huge school so there's the full spectrum: we have a lot of "biddies" and jocks at BU but there are also a lot of intelligent and creative people as well. In general I'd say we have an attractive student body (young, healthy etc). there are a lot of people and it's not hard to meet them- just say hi to someone, most people are receptive to that.

7 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: as far as "mass feeding" goes the dining hall food at BU is good. there's been a push in recent years for healthier options ("Sergeant's Choice") which is good and there's always a vegetarian option for hot meal as well as sandwiches and salads. The GSU food court area is great with a bunch of restaurants and reasonably priced meals. I'd recommend a dining plan with meals and points so you have more options of where to eat.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: super convenient subway and bus line that runs the length of campus plus a free BU shuttle with frequent stops. The T (subway) is getting more expensive but it's still cheaper than a lot of cities and it's very easy to use both within the city and to get out to the suburbs if you want to do that

3 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Boston is one of my favorite cities. It's extremely versatile without being overwhelming. My advice is to just walk around, go to museums, check out Cambridge across the river.. Treat your time there as if you were a study abroad student and you needed to soak up as much of the city as you could in short period of time (except you get 4 years to do it)

3 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: people say that BU is homogenous but it's a question of being aware of those around you. there are groups and associations for people of different religions, ethnicity, sexual orientations etc just check out all the tables at SPLASH and you'll most likely find what you're looking for.

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: there is definitely a police presence (you're in a city) and the RAs in dorms are aware of what's going on but I didn't experience or observe first hand any truly serious consequences for things like noise or drinking.

2 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: psych is a versatile major If you work hard you'll learn a lot and do well, if you slack off you'll get through it but you'll be average (keep in mind because of grade deflation at the university "average" doesn't look good on your transcripts). the workload really varies on which professors you get/your concentration and if you're volunteering at a lab or something but regardless the libraries are great places to study if you like quiet and the GSU is good if you like to study with some background noise.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: in general the professors in the psych department are kind and knowledgeable. Again, no hand holding or chasing you down with deadlines (it's your responsibility) but they will make themselves available for help, just ask for it. also if you're even vaguely considering the possibility of graduate school (even if you're just a freshman) DEFINITELY find a lab to volunteer at.

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: some of the dorms are far from the main campus or are a little more old and crumbly but in general you're never too far from what you need. Myles Standish is nice (not so much the Annex) and Warren is only good if you're looking for a stereotypical freshman dorm. the process of housing isn't complicated, it mostly just depends on how good your number is for the lottery, when in doubt just ask for help. They won't chase you down or hold your hand at BU but if you ever need something there are plenty of resources for you.

4 College Senior

Transportation: The transportation is really good on campus.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Athletics: The sports on campus are very good.

2 people found this useful Report
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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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