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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
4 College Sophomore

Technology: BU's wireless network is really reliable and strong on all parts of campus. The computers are always up to speed. They are very crowded during exam periods at the library, so having your own computer is always the most ideal situation. But if you need one, there will always be something open somewhere.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Administration: I feel very safe on campus because of the guest sign in rule for dormitory living, but at the same time it is very inconvenient to have to sign the same guest in and out multiple times. I feel like there needs to be a more efficient system for that. As for in dorm rules, there are some stupid ones like "no plants". The rest of the rules are fair, I really like the quiet hour rule for exam periods.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Weather: I love the change of four seasons here. If it snows heavily, the class would be cancel so my parents do not have to worried about me going out in the snow.

12 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Diversity: The student body as well as faculty is at very high diversity and I love it here being in one of the richest historical city in the US.

11 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Technology: I have my own laptop but did not take my own printer, so I use the library computer lab whenever I need to print anything, it's very easy and convenient, WiFi is available all over campus. Tech support is available and usually helpful, I did have a little trouble getting my WiFi setup in my Dorm room at the beginning of my Freshman year but they helped me work it out.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Quality: The first time I stepped onto the BU campus I loved it! The "T" (public transit) runs right thru the middle of campus, Fenway Park is only a few blocks away, we are right on the beautiful Charles River. There are beautiful modern facilities alongside historic brownstones refurbished into dorms and offices, the best of both worlds.The fitness and recreation facilities are topnotch. If you want to live in a large dorm with lots of socializing that option is available, if you prefer quieter living in apartment style dorms, that option is available. Lots of off campus housing is available in the area surrounding the university. The biggest drawback is being in a major city the rent prices are rather high, and having a vehicle in the city is not always a practical or possible option.

14 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: It was very simple getting into my program. I switched colleges within BU halfway through my first semester and the process was seamless. With a specific GPA (or above) and all academic credentials I was able to apply into the program and after 2 weeks I was told that I was accepted into the program.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Hockey is our big sport and it is always fun to go watch and support BU. All BU teams are relatively good and fun to watch.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Boston! You get the whacky, unpredictable weather that comes with this city. One day it will be sunny in the 70s and the next its in the 50s. For people that don't mind the winter cold the weather isn't too bad.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Administration: Campus can be overly strict in terms of students social lives. Police work hard to shut down parties and prevent alcohol/ drug use. Academically, there is obviously no tolerance for cheating and any other academic misconduct.

11 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Oh the wonders of a meal plan! There are so many options for food on-campus that it might just take you a semester to find them all. Make sure you pick a plan that offers dining points (the 250 plan worked very well for me). Here's a quick explanation: Dining points are like money, except you have to spend it on on-campus retail locations like Buick Street Market (a great mini grocery), Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Late Night Kitchen (restaurant under 100 Bay State) and even to order pizza from Dominoes or Pizza Hut. Check out bu.edu/dining to find out what other options you have - it will blow your mind! The dining hall food isn't that bad either. Except for a lack of seasoning on their meats (probably a health standard) the dining halls do quite well for themselves and have different dishes every day. Convenience points are what the title implies - convenient, but what they really are is just another way BU tries to grab for money from you. If you're paying 4.5K for a meal plan why should you spend extra money for food? Exactly, you shouldn't. So keep your hard earned money in your pocket and when the time comes to actually buy something from the "Convenience Store" aka on-campus mini corner store, just use your own money.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms are great if you have a high lottery number in the selection process and/or you are an upperclassman. Typical freshmen dorms include Warren, West and Towers, all of which resemble a packed apartment building. If you are in one of those dorms expect to share a bathroom with 10> people and live in a double that really is only suitable for one person. Even though the rooms are small the main dining halls are either in the same building or very close by - which can be very convenient when you're running late for classes! My advice is look up the housing options and apply for what you think best suites you. As a freshman I lived in one of the Bay State brownstones (mostly upperclassmen) and even though I probably didn't meet as many freshmen as if I would in Warren or West I loved the quiet atmosphere and maturity of an older dorm. Do your research!

7 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Parking: For many reasons, having a car on-campus will be inconvenient. Unless you're from the Boston area and/or somewhere close by you'll realize that the parking pass is expensive, parking takes too much time and that opting for the shuttle (campus bus) or taking public transportation saves you time and money.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Finding an off-campus apartment is relatively easy, but there's not guarantee that it'll be close to your classes. They are also pretty expensive - you're looking at possibly paying $800 - $1,000 a month and it may not come equipped with appliances (forget about furniture). As far as safety goes - don't forget Boston is a city. Crime is bound to happen here, so practice your street smarts when living off and on campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: I love that as a pre-dental student, like pre-med students, I'm not limited to majoring in a science. In fact, I'm majoring in International Relations, another interest of mine.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Hockey is huge at BU. Even if you don't know anything about the sport, it's fun to go with friends and cheer for the team. Agganis Arena is beautiful, like the rest of BU's athletic facilities. Everybody loves our mascot Rhett, the Boston terrier.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Parking: Most students don't have a car because you can take the T almost anywhere that you can't walk to. However, there are a lot of parking lots on campus and a lot of meter street parking along Comm Ave.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The T runs right through campus, so getting on is a breeze (although waiting for the T is another story). If you need to go to the airport or the bus/train station, you can take the T there. There is a free BU Shuttle that goes around campus, and on weekend nights it takes a different route that aims to drop students off as close to their dorms/apartments as possible (although waiting for the BUS is also sometimes long).

5 College Junior

Academics: I just began business school at BU. The academic course seems rigorous but beneficial to what we are learning, as it is applicable for our careers after school.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Food: There is a large variety of food, reasonably priced. Each restaurant seems to have plenty of seating, allowing for group products to be done outside of the library.

2 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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