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2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Boston weather is unpredictable (even the weather channel gets it wrong 80% of the time). The winters are typically freezing cold and icy and the summers can be unbearably hot, cold, or perfect temperatures. You just never know.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: As a German Major at BU life can get kind of difficult. Due to the low number of students who opt to take German, going abroad is definitely necessary to fulfill the major requirement. BU does not offer many German classes per semester. I did not decide my major until the end of freshman year and this is leading me to graduate a semester late, simply because BU does not offer the amount of classes I need to take (there are semesters where I have taken 12 credits because I had no choice)

1 College Junior

Party Scene: The nightlife at BU sucks. If you're underage, the only thing you can do is party in your dorm room (whooo..........) and risk getting written up or go to an absolutely filthy frat house that is a cesspool of germs. Even with the frat houses there are certain stipulations. If you want to bring your guy friends, forget it. Unless you have a 6:1 girl/guy ratio. If you're not attractive, forget it. If you don't know a brother, forget it. The frat houses themselves are in a pretty sketchy area of Boston (Allston) and I don't recommend walking around alone at night if you're a girl.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Everyone complains about the grade deflation at BU but if you ask me, that is a poor excuse for people who don't work hard enough. Yes, the curriculum is pretty difficult but it's not overwhelming. You can get the grades if you work hard enough. That's really all it comes down to. I enjoy the challenge posed by the academics at BU.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: BUS stands for Boston University Shuttle, which is a free shuttle that runs from Monday-Saturday that brings students to and from their dorms to classes. It is convenient, however the bus is ALWAYS PACKED. There is barely any room to stand without bumping into somebody. The T runs through the middle of campus, which is like a subway system. It's good if you need to get from point A to point B and are not in a rush. It is not timely like the BU Shuttle.

3 College Junior

Local Area: I would give it an A+ because I LOVE Boston, but the atmosphere at BU is quite immature. In many ways, it's very similar to high school--Plenty of drama, he-said-she-saids, the whole 9 yards. The people in Greek life are primarily the most annoying, but I'm not trying to say they are all the same. Just that MOST of the people in Greek life that I've encountered make me feel like my brain cells die a little after speaking to them/listening to them speak. Aside from that, the T runs right through the middle of campus, there are a ton of neat little places to eat/drink around campus, and the programs offered at BU are pretty top notch.

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There's something for everyone at BU. For those who don't want to take the risk of fake IDs, there are plenty of house parties and MIT frat parties to go to. With the accessibility of the T you have the whole city to explore, so whatever you're looking for you'll certainly find it.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is excellent around BU. A free bus runs everywhere around campus (watch out on rainy days, though, it fills up quickly), and Boston public transportation can take you anywhere you want to go in the city. The Green Line and several bus routes go right through campus, making it easy to get on and off without much of a walk (if you live in Warren, as many Freshman do, the train stops literally right in front of your door!).
Bus and train fairs can add up fast, so it's worth getting a charlie card (a plastic refillable card, instead of the paper ones, which gets you a slightly lower fair), and if you use the subway very frequently it's worth considering a semester pass (it's only a good deal if you use it a lot, though).

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Generally, the application process for BU was simple. BU requires the basic Common Application and the expected standardized test scores. There is also a high chance of being accepted, although I hear it is becoming slightly more competitive as the years go by. As with any admission process, GPA, rank and standardized tests are the most important factors. Well-roundedness might be a plus. My general tip for applying to college is to take things slowly and carefully because I remember making a few mistakes on my application which might affect how the colleges see you. My particular program for biology was not abnormal although I originally only applied because it was a plan B for the competitive accelerated medical program. BU does give the option of the MMEDIC program to sophomore students (go look it up) which is not accelerated and I don't think it gives automatic acceptance to the medical school, but will be extremely helpful.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: The program at my school has plenty of students in the same boat as me so I do not feel alone. BU is also very experienced in the program so the faculty and advisors know what they're doing/what they're talking about. BU is also very diverse so I can meet all kinds of people. The workload is large but reasonable considering the rigor of the academics. The grading might be a bit harsh because of the high level of competition. The facilities are decent and there are plenty of internship/job opportunities that can be easily found online using BU resources. I appreciate my education, but sometimes feel drowned out by the multitude of students who are even smarter than I am.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: For now, I am aiming to go to medical school so I can become a doctor. I appreciate the fact that my classes are challenging, but sometimes the grading can be a bit harsh. Overall, the program is very rewarding because of its resourcefulness and academic prestige. I am comforted by the fact that I have plenty of advisors and that there are plenty of career opportunities and resources in Boston.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Some facilities like dorms have seen better days. But BU always changes and a lot of facilities are new and up beat.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The school has a lot of opportunities to work as well as have fun. I'm doing research but still get to go out and have fun.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is definitely drug use but no peer pressure.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is great but get old quickly, especially at the dining halls.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: BU's campus is very vibrant. The student union, The George Sherman Union, is the best place to meet new people, find groups or just grab a bite. There's BU central in the basement with pool tables, ping pong tables, etc. Also if you get bored in there, you can always go to the BU beach which is right behind the union.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Boston is full of spirit and on weekends there are people everywhere. For those who like to party, there are plenty. For those who don't, there are lounges where you can hang out with your friends.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The internet here is insanely fast and reliable. The labs are equipped with windows PCs which are not the fastest computers you would find.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There's plenty of academic help available. Faculty here is very helpful and most courses have decent numbers of TAs and there are after class tutors available too. Besides academics, food here is great! The dining halls, especially the one on 100 bay state road, are like fancy restaurants.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Diverse personalities and a lot to do. It is pretty awesome.

2 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Grade inflation kills everyone in the programs. I had a 90 average in a stat class and that was a C+ because the average in the class was an 89.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I had difficulty getting my degree. With the exception of a few courses, professors did not concern themselves with students. My 3rd-4th semester I had mono, and I was not allowed to take an incomplete to recover. It lead to poor grades that would not have happened if I could have just recovered, then take my finals. But I did have some incredible teachers my Junior and Senior year that made the courses worthwhile.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: 90% of the year it was either bitterly cold or deathly hot. But you had the fall and spring (only 6 weeks total it felt like), that were nice.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The study abroad and co-op programs are growing at Boston U. But when I was there, only a few student were allowed to participate.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Boston U. has a great diversity of people and international students that make up a large percentage of the demographic at Boston U. There was also a lot of different personalities and people at Boston U.

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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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