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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Most people go off campus to party but drinking in your room with a small group of friends is pretty safe. The campus security cares more about your safety than getting you in trouble so as long as you're not harming anyone or yourself you should be fine. Visiting in dorms is pretty lenient. There's a clear system that may seem a bit tedious but its better than some other places. Basically, every student with a meal plan can enter the dorms and if not, they need to be signed in. The sign in process takes a couple minutes at most. It's really straight forward and the security guys are pretty nice about letting people in.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was awarded certain financial aid and I have received it. Much of my worries come from the general financial mishaps of the American education system. I need more financial aid than I have received but that's because getting a higher education in the US is extremely expensive. This is an issue that goes much further than just this one university.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Honestly, since its campus food, the food is really not that bad. There's 3 dining halls: West, Warren, and Bay State. Warren has the best pizza and bread pudding. Bay State has the most options. I don't know much about West but I hear it has good burgers. Make a Difference Mondays are the worst but there's the GSU that accepts dining points and is just a food court so you know what you're gonna get. I love loose leafs, especially when there's avocado. mmm salad.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are nice to meet friends but apartment-style is preferable after Freshman year. However, it is not that easy to get. Most people, once they are in a Whitestone or apartment-style room, choose to stay there, which means its harder for the unlucky ones to find a nice place. Warren Towers is a great freshman dorm and its nice having a dining hall inside, especially during really bad winter days. Towers is more of a sophomore dorm so people are less willing to interact and the rooms are a bit larger than in Warren Towers. It's close to Bay State dining hall which is nice. Both dorms are close to central campus so its good if you're in ENG or CAS. SMG, SHA, SARG, and CGS majors may prefer west campus housing but in general, location is good. StuVi is dream housing but it's super expensive and way out in West campus which is far from most of my classes. So for me, the view is not worth it. To be honest, I just want a kitchen. Maybe Senior year...

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The student health center has not really helped me in any way during the two times I had been there.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: I love playing intramural. It's fun, cheap, but sometimes hard to join if you don't sign up early enough.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't like the greek population. Even though they are a small percentage, they definitely make themselves known and it sometimes feels overwhelming.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I love living off-campus. It is super expensive and prices continue to rise, but it is totally worth it.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Boston has a ton of ethnic dining options and especially asian restaurants very close to campus.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I think once the nightlife in Boston becomes available to me it will be a lot better since frat parties are not very fun for me and my friends.

3 College Freshman

Administration: They are very strict about underage drinking and if they catch someone in the dorm even a little bit under the influence, they send them to the hospital, which is not only expensive, but sometimes totally unnecessary for the situation.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It's nothing spectacular or horrible. I'd say the process is pretty average and I wouldn't know any tips to getting aid. The people in the financial office are really slow to respond.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: We have really nice dining facilities and the food is really good most of the time. Buick street market is great, but WAY too expensive.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing on campus varies... A LOT. There are some amazing dorms and some average ones. I lived on campus for two years and enjoyed both sites a lot. I do prefer living off-campus now though because I have more freedom and I can cook for myself

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Because we don't have football, all other sports are extra supported and really good here

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus so I have no Idea what It's like

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Boston is a spectacular city. Enough said.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Boston Cops are so friendly you have to love them

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The parties are mostly just off campus- easy to get to but not disruptive. This means you don't have to clean up the mess and you can sleep when you really need it. When you want to have fun it's never far... plus local school parties are cool too

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: BU is pretty expensive but they offer a ton of aid and scholarships to athletes, good students, and people gifted in certain fields. Also, loan programs are good here.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The best dining hall food in the country. Gourmet chefs and a buffet for every meal... MIT kids tried to make fake IDs just to sneak in to get our food. Only issue is it's pricey... but so worth it

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: If you get in to the Student Village buildings you are basically living in a 5 star hotel. Warren towers is scary. West campus is far from classes (unless you're in CGS) but if you want to keep off the freshman 15 then it's the best (closest to our awesome free gym fitrec-- and all the athletes live here). The brown stones are also beautiful and South is great for apartment life.

5 College Freshman

Majors: In your application, they mainly focus on the essay, GPA, testing scores, and extracurriculars.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: There are so many different majors and it's very easy to change majors or even schools within the University.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: This school is known for its diversity and being very accepting.

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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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