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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

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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)

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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.

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Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: i didn't apply for financial aid so I don't have any advice

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.

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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.

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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.

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5 College Senior

Athletics: The sports on campus are very good.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Good school and good vibe and motivation.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining is good.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The campus practices good health measures for students.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The campus housing is okay.

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5 College Senior

Drug Safety: Great on-campus safety and police locations.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: Good, diverse, mixed, whole thing.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Hockey is huge here as far as D1 sports go. Intramurals and club sports have a huge presence but the lack of a football program does contribute to a lack of school spirit at times.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: BU has offered me several of opportunities. The size and level of diversity has allowed me to meet completely different types of people and figure out what I'm interested in while still feeling secure in the rigor of academics.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Lots of computer labs but still good to have a laptop. Network is sometimes laggy and print quota is kind of low

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The school is so big and there are so many different organizations that you can pretty much find any kind of guy

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at BU is pretty nonexistent. Most people know this before coming and it is a major factor in the decision to attend BU (most people who go here don't want a heavy greek presence)

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Registration process could be easier to deal with, especially in regards to someone trying to graduate early. workload is heavy sometimes but study rooms are abundant

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Film and television program is strong-- lots of experienced professors and a diverse course load

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Housing process could be easier to deal with but campus life generally is easy and fun

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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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