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Reviews 2513 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

9 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.

7 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.

22 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.

20 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.

13 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.

17 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.

11 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.

16 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

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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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