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Reviews 2760 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Junior

Weather: THe only problem is the snow during the winter and also it gets really hot in the summer. other than that, the weather is great. I wish the dorms have air conditioning though. the sunshine is lovely.

4 College Junior

Athletics: BU has the best hockey team. Their players are entertaining and hard working. School pride is very strong here at BU. People are proud to wear their BU hoodies. The workout facility is brand new and has everything that is needed to get a good workout.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene at BU is not really big. The most noticeable is smoking and the occasional drinking at frat parties but BUPD/BPD cracks down on over-the-top drinking parties in off-campus apartments pretty quickly.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining locations are relatively easy to get, most being a T stop away. It is also easy to walk to Newbury St during warmer weather if you want something to eat or take the T to downtown. Newbury St is not exactly a cheap place, depending on where you dine, but it has a multitude of options.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The police staff seems to do a good job with ensuring the safety of all students. I have never had a personal encounter with them but I know that they keep the campus safe.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining halls have good service and a good range of food choices.

4 College Senior

Majors: I did not get paid for my internship at Spaulding Rehab Hospital that a professor directed me towards. My responsibilities were very focused on office tasks but I also got to observe speech therapy sessions in the hospital and that was interesting. The time commitment was flexible but I went in 3 days a week.

4 College Senior

Majors: Applying for my program was pretty regular, I would say that because it's so small they were desperate for people. The criteria are the same as for other schools within BU.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The Off-Campus dining is great! Boston has so many diverse options, but a lot of the places don't offer student discounts to BU. Noodle St is right next to a lot of my classes so I go there for lunch often, but there are also a lot of cheap options that are open late in West Campus!

4 College Senior

Majors: I really enjoy the program here and being a part of Sargent College gives it a community atmosphere. In the real world we will be interacting as speech therapists with different kinds of therapists and health workers so it makes sense that all of those students are grouped together. All of the faculty are very helpful and they have helped me find a few internships already. The curriculum is very structured but I was still able to study abroad so I was happy with that.

4 College Senior

Majors: I am very happy with my major, everything is very organized and I have met some amazing people here. It is a very specific field but I feel confident that it will help me find a career once I graduate. Whether I work as an audiologist or speech therapist or researcher, I know I will enjoy my work.

3 College Senior

Weather: The weather is always changing, if you grew up in New England you will like it but people from other areas sometimes have a problem.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: Great dining food. I fell in love with the food, so I decided to come here (partially)
Now that they have only 3 dining halls on campus, I am disappointed by decrease in options.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: They say they give out scholarships, but ask any current BU students... People will say BU is squeezing the money out of student's pocket. BU doesn't have much endowments, but all the money to build new buildings and all sorts of "projects" come from the student's tuition. I know I sound really bitter, but the stingy financial aid is one of the reasons I'm doing surveys to perhaps continue my college education.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Do not bring a car with you to campus. You're going to be paying overpriced parking permit costs or getting lucky to find an open space on the street. And if there's a snow storm and the streets get's hopeless.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I received a good amount of financial aid and was very fortunate however it was and is still a struggle to pay the bill.

4 College Junior

Technology: The library is filled with computers that any student can use and it is fairly easy to get a computer.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Boston is filled with apartments however some students can find houses for clubs. Parking is difficult but living off campus is definitely cheaper than on campus living.

3 College Junior

Administration: The University is fairly strict on drinking and drugs however the strictness makes students feel more safe. The University although very strict does everything it can to work with students. Boston University is strict however there are plenty of other ways to have fun with many other off campus events.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The T (subway) is pretty good around the town, but you really don't need it. I've walked all the way across Boston in about 3 hours. It's cheap and runs until Midnight (going to run later soon). It can add up if you use it everyday, but it's nice for just weekend outings.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Although there are drugs (mainly marijuana) and alcohol, a person can avoid these if they want. It is a choice as nobody on campus actually would force you to drink or do drugs. People will ask and offer, but nobody tries to peer pressure you.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid at BU is generally generous in comparison to other schools and you get a comparable package in following years as long as there have been no drastic changes to your financial situation. Considering how expensive BU is, the financial aid office is generally willing to work with you. You can also appeal your package which sometimes leads to more aid. However, there was an article saying that BU makes it hard for students who need the aid to attend and instead give it to smart/impressive students who don't need the money as badly to persuade them to attend.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus and dorms of BU are safe, in my opinion. There is a security guard at the entrance of each large dorm and you have to swipe & show your ID when you enter the dorm. The guest policy is a little ridiculous sometimes, like having to sign another on-campus student into your dorm if they live in a different dorm after 2 am, but it all adds to the safety of campus. As far as "weekend" strictness goes, some people (particularly freshmen) get in trouble for drinking in dorms and if you can't swipe in after a bunch of tries and are clearly drunk the security guard will probably tell the RA on call which will lead to a trip to the hospital. As long as you are smart & discreet usually everything is fine.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: BU is in the city and therefore you never know where you will be parking in relation to your classes. Most people do not have cars on campus

3 College Sophomore

Technology: There are a fair amount of computers in Mugar although around finals time a lot more people are using them and it's a little bit harder to find an available one. However, when it it isn't testing time there are usually a lot available. Most people have laptops, though. There is wireless printing in Mugar and in each section of campus (ie West has a printer in Rich Hall, Stuvi2 has a printer) and while I was able to set up the printing system easily, some people have trouble setting it up (however you can easily get help to set it up!!). The wifi is fast and usually good, there are probably one or two times a year where wifi will go down for a few hours (rarely!). However having to wait for the wifi to reconnect each time you open/close your laptop can be a bit bothersome if you are used to your wifi automatically being "on"


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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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