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Reviews 2958 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They don't want to give you money.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There's your normal social greek life and there are also professional fraternities.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are numerous off-campus dining options that are on campus or right by campus, and lots of options in the city.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Really cold and lots of snow in the winter, rainy in the spring, but the fall is gorgeous and the summer is hot.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a free shuttle that runs through campus but it's often late and very crowded. It does run til very late though so that's nice when you're traveling at night. The T runs through the middle of campus and gets you almost anywhere you want to go.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Boston is a college town with lots to do and the T runs through the middle of BU's campus so you can easily get to wherever you want to go.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Just be smart about what you do, common sense people.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus but the offcampus areas right next to campus where a lot of people live after their freshman/sophomore year I feel uncomfortable walking alone in especially at night.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Actually really nice. Unless it's in Allston.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: I mean, not many people drive. But if you do I'm sure you can find parking.

4 College Freshman

Majors: PLENTY of majors to choose from. There will most likely be something you're interested in. If not, make your own!

4 College Freshman

Majors: Getting into the Biology program was not hard at all. It's staying in the program thats difficult!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity hockey is always intense when in season. But other than that, we dont have too much surrounding sports. The fitrec center, however, is incredible.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: ehhhhhhh. not too helpful, but will tell you what you need to hear. will most likely refer you to another doctor.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's really nice actually. I mean, there's security you can trust to help you out and if you need to help a friend out. They understand that there's underage drinking. No one's trying to get you busted or kicked out of the school.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a good merit aid award, but as the price of the school goes up, my family and I are definitely struggling.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: SO many colleges around, theres always students you can socialize with.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Pretty average. But it can get annoying.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of places to eat!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman housing is the worst. But once you can apply for nicer places to live, it definitely gets better.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: MIT definitely has the best night time events, but BU frats are not bad.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Just hop on the B Green line that runs through BU campus and you can be dropped in front of a number of restaurants from 5 star dining to Mom n Pop shops! For example, only 3 stops away from Kenmore is the highly rated Top of the Hub. While slightly pricy (and rightly so), this restaurant on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Tower makes for a memorable evening with the BEST view in Boston. Take the Greenline all the way to Government Center and you're in the North End with Italian restaurants upon Italian restaurants, top-rated bakeries, and a lively social scene.

Boston is a great place to be a foodie, but what makes it THE city to try new foods is the annual Restaurant Week. This occurs once or twice a year for a few days. Selected restaurants construct Prix Fix menus where they slash their prices on their best dishes, creating both a delicious and affordable meal for even broke college students!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I absolutely love the way BU is located right next to Kenmore. Makes for an easy transition from academic life to social life. However, it is still SO easy to get caught up in the "BU Bubble". The campus has so much going on that it's almost easier to never leave! But if you break out of the campus daze, you find an amazing city!

Another great thing is the research opportunities. UROP makes it possible to connect with professors in an interesting field, and possibly receive money for researching with them!

Professors are absolutely brilliant. They challenge us to break from familiar ground and travel foreign territory. If you earn an A on your transcript, it's no small achievement. After all, BU is in the top 5 (#1 actually) for Hardest Grading!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: While I have to admit our food is pretty decent, certain aspects make the dining plans not worth it: costs, Make A Difference Monday, and early closings.

The dining plan costs increases every year but why? We don't know.

Make a Difference Monday is still present...again, why? As the saying goes, students feel like the only "difference" it makes is in our waistlines (because people don't eat in dining halls on these days).

Early closings: oh my. It's difficult to find food when the dining hall closes the entire first floor, it's a Friday during Lent (so no meat), and the cereals and fruits are gone....sort of inconvenient.

Honestly, everything could be dealt with if the prices would just stop going up!

3 College Sophomore

Technology: While BU has great wireless availability, the connection can often be quite slow. Connection is much better when connected by Ethernet or using one of the computers at the libraries.

Tech Support is alright. It depends on your problem.

Printing costs are pretty decent. The only thing I wish they would change is the number of pages assigned according to college (CAS, ENG, COM, etc). For example, CAS students receive 100 free pages. That's not very much if your teacher likes powerpoint slides to be printed out for every class; or if your major is English and are required to submit hard copies for every weekly writing assignment. However, after the 100 pages is up, pages are only $.08/page. That's not too bad.


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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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