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Reviews 2966 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Security and safety are well enforced at BU as compared to some other universities I have visited. However, I consider even ONE case of sexual assault to be SERIOUS. The college's response to even that ONE incident shows their overall handle over such severe cases. There are several things about mental health, sexual assault and jurisdiction that need to be improved.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing at BU is mostly to HOUSE, and nothing more. Residence life, however, tries its best to enhance a community-type atmosphere.

The greatest disparity in quality is between dorms and on-campus apartments.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Once again, Greek life does not dominate student life. Even Greek students do not hold their non-Greek peers to a lower standard. Academics are clearly something that dominates.

4 College Junior

Athletics: BU has a great balance between athletics and academics. Ice hockey games are the most attended and popular events. However, athletics do not dominate student life.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: While BU is definitely one of the nation's top schools for several subject areas, it often demotivates students with severe grade deflation. However, the quality of instruction is first-class and the student life is incredibly engaging.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: While applying to the online graduate program I'm in, I had an advisor who I talked with frequently. In the program, I have an advisor and the program administrator who are incredibly helpful for providing information and help whenever students need it. As far as on-campus services, seeing as I am an online graduate student, I am personally unaware of how they are rated but have heard good things about them.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I'm an online graduate student of BU's Metropolitan College master's program in criminal justice with a concentration of cybercrime investigation and cybersecurity. I'm in my third out of ten classes and so far I've had a blast. The classes are relatively straight-forward and the professors and TA's are normally very knowledgeable and helpful. I've met a lot of interesting and intelligent individuals through the classes who are striving to become better people in their respective fields. The program is incredibly diverse and they do their best to provide great education and opportunities to their students. If I had to do it all over again, I'd choose Boston University because the environment is fantastically inclusive and I've learned so much from my studies already.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's difficult to get an A in many of the courses at BU, but the professors I've had overall were amazing. They were passionate and easy to approach. There are so many interesting classes I want to take for my major but I do not have the space and time.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The CDC is very helpful and I've attended multiple career fairs to help me with internship search and such.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Student Health Services and SARP have not been doing a great job... We've had way too many sexual assault and mental illness incidents this past year (including a student suicide incident). Student Health is not very approachable and I know many people who have dealt with anxiety as well as depression, but lacked support from BU SHS because they were so incompetent and difficult to reach. I had to wait an entire week to schedule an appointment with student health services when I got a fever and became very sick my freshman year... My friend had to wait over a week to get professional help when she was dealing with anxiety... this needs to change immediately.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: BU housing is definitely not the best. It's overpriced and tiny - certainly not worth the price we are paying for! As for convenience, dorms and apartments are located all over campus so it is convenient (probably the only perk). A lot of the dorms are old, falling apart, and have all sorts of issues such as leakage, outdated stoves that are hard to cook on, and broken locks. There needs to be better housing options for students because on-campus housing is getting ridicuously expensive annually.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is not very big at BU, so it does not have much affect on our social atmosphere of campus. Many Greek students are friends with non-Greek students. You don't need to be in Greek life to "fit in" with the social life at BU - everyone is pretty unique. No Greek housing available at BU.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: BU is not a huge sports school, so we definitely don't get the same experience as let's day, UCLA or University of Michigan (most likely due to the fact that we don't have a football team anymore). However, we have one of the best ice hockey teams in the nation and hockey games are really fun to attend with your friends. I have friends who are in intramural sport teams, and they seem to be enjoying it.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's pretty diverse and there are a lot of resources for students. What I like most about my school are the numerous student organizations/clubs there are on campus!

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Rooms are very small, bathrooms are not always clean. Social atmosphere is too quiet. Food downstairs is bad. And doors shake, windows shake, weird smells from dinging hall come inside the room through the window every day.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very much like the stereotype seen in movies. You are judged if you don't drink, party, or smoke.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Students are great involved in all the sports on campus, especially hockey. Faculty and students always attend the hockey games and school spirit is very apparent in terms of students' apparel.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I don't like how BU professors simply just talk about their specified topic in class and don't realize that the students don't have prior knowledge of the subject. They don't teach, they just talk and talk about everything they know and then the tests don't reflect the lectures at all and it is hard to keep track of what is important and what is not. Professors also never give you a straight answer to a question so you have to constantly reword your question or you're left confused throughout the entire lecture.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have had a very eclectic experience so far with different types of professors and teaching styles. I have gained a great deal of knowledge in my first year at BU.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My interactions with the education at BU has been phenomenal even in the short time where I have been researching BU for my upcoming semester as a transfer student.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I feel absolutely certain I will be able to get any job or position I desire with a degree from BU. The research and internship opportunities are incredible and provide incomperable opportunities to prepare students for whatever their dreams may be.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: BU has it's own police force and is in a neighborhood of Boston where I feel very comfortable.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: A variety of options are available and the housing staff does a great job trying to honor requests to make the student as comfortable as possible.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not personally familiar with Greek life as I am not a part of it, but from what I hear it is a positive experience overall.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics at BU are important and a great point of school pride and bonding.


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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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