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Reviews 2495 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

1 person found this useful Report
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...

1 person found this useful Report
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.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Nice variety, prices high (it is Boston!)

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I received a small scholarship from BU, not due to my financial situation but due to my performances from the previous college I attended to. The odd things is that part of the scholarship was a housing scholarship so it half forces you to live on campus. Also I wasn't offered a financial aid from FASFA grants which was odd because the school I attended before had lower tuition and I was still offered.

15 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Boston university has a wide range of options for students to live. As such, the dorms provided are very different from one another. I happen to live in Danielsen Hall. This is on the very East side of the campus. Rumor has it, that it used to be a mental hospital and the facilities prove it right. It is very ancient, and due to the buildings right next to, we rarely get sun light. There is a wide range of class living in the dorm as well as different schools (such as College of Arts and Science, MET, ENG, SAR, SHA, etc). When you live at a dorm at BU, you need to enroll in a meal plan and there are limited places on campus that you can eat with your meal plan. The closest cafeteria from Danielsen Hall is a 15 minute walk away which is quite a hassle. However, it is comparatively quiet. There are MIT frat houses nearby but usually it is not loud.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Local Area: Boston is a beautiful city with wide resources and scenes. Traffic can be a problem especially when the red sox games are held. But other than that, the crime rate is very low, people are conservative, and quite a few good schools including Harvard, Boston College, and MIT are nearby making the place an education rich atmosphere.

8 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Drug Safety: In BU, drugs are not very apparent. Although there are people including my roommate who will smoke, but that's about it. It rarely goes to the extent where it is trouble or even concerns me.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports at BU are pretty awesome! Everyone is very much into what they are doing. Not only that, but they also encourage their athletes to give back to the community :)

7 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Local Area: Everyone thinks Boston is such a great city, but it's hard to see that while attending Boston University because all you see is Commonwealth Avenue. A long stretch of road which you take to get to all your classes is extremely boring, and the lack of campus makes it hard to feel at home.

19 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Majors: Science majors are a lot of work. But its totally worth it if that's what you want to do. Good preparation for medical school or research careers.

19 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Boston is gorgeous with so many things to do! The majority of Boston's population is college students. Many places offer student discounts.

12 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Weather: BU has every season! Winter is cold with lots of snow. Fall Summer and Spring are beautiful.

8 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The MBTA can get you mostly anywhere even though its a little old. Everything in the area is super accessible by walking. The BU offers a shuttle that comes every 15 minutes too but its usually crowded or late.

9 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking permits and off campus parking are expensive. But there really is no need for a car in Boston anyway.

6 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There was a huge diversity in sexual orientation, religion, and international students, but it felt fairly limited in terms of economic background. I also met a lot of democrats and few republicans.

16 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: They do a good job, but it's in a city, so crime happens. I always felt safe walking on campus, but I did read about crime in the area.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Diversity: A lot of International students from Asian countries, mainly china. Then mostly white people.

10 people found this useful Report

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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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