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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Can feel a little lonely and huge at times, and there can be a general attitude of unhappiness among the students that can get you down. That being said, it's truly an amazing school if you make the most of your time there!

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Boston is the ideal college city!

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Great for upperclassmen, however freshmen are limited to frat parties and house parties if they know an upperclassmen, or going to other campuses (MIT, Northeastern)

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some can feel jail-like and dirty but good options for upperclassmen

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is one of the school's best qualities. I meet tons of different people on a daily basis from all walks of life.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Health services could be a bit more comprehensive and accessible, but campus police are usually present in a comforting way while walking down the street.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Its not very active and there are no houses, but they still do some fundraising and have little events.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It would've been nice if they had offered more scholarship opportunities that weren't so specialized in one focus or another. The financial aid wasn't much, and I still had to take out loans.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing overall is very nice compared to other schools. Dorms are generally clean and well kept. They are also spacious and the housing lottery was no big deal to work with.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Bars and clubs are almost all 21 and over, making it hard for younger students to have a good time. Parties on campus are essentially nonexistent unless you know people with apartments on the entirely other side of campus, and even then, they're awful.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Workload for my major is not bad. Engineers and such are drowning in math labs and science labs and other assignments of the sort

4 College Freshman

Academics: Don't feel very challenged for the time being, but professors are decent and knowledgable.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The shuttle is usually where the schedule says it is, but sometimes there is quite a wait for it, and so it's better just to walk. But now that it's getting cold, we hope it becomes more reliable, less crowded, and more frequent.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Gets too cold and walking distances can become a serious pain very quickly. Winters are harsh and tough to maneuver through.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many restaurants and food trucks and things around or off campus. some are right next door, or some could be down the street or miles away. The quality is generally superb and they usually have some student discounts. The prices may reach the high end at times in some places.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People are generally nice and hospitable over all. The social life in terms of parties and social get-togethers lacks quite a bit, however. There are those that wear pj's to class while there are those that dress to impress. Everyone seems to be confident in what they wear and in what they do. People are overall agreeable.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Started off very good, but devolved a bit. Comparatively very good, but can be much better. There is a good variety, but not good quality in the variety.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Dorms and classrooms are clean and accessible. No air conditioning in some facilities. Athletic center is beautiful and modern. Lounges in older dorms could be renovated.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Decent, clean campus. Academic advising is generally effective and helpful. Professors are receptive and have flexible office hours. Availability of on-campus health services (other than basic things) is limited or difficult to acquire.

4 College Senior

Local Area: The city is awesome... Boston always has stuff going on.

4 College Senior

Weather: I love fall, summer, and Spring in Boston... Could do without the snow in winter, though!

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: What I use is great, in general. Love the old buildings!

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: They seem like any other student body...

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4 College Senior

Parking: I commute and the cost and availability are just fine...

2 College Senior

Majors: In ADCP. Would never do it again.

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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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