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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: BU offers a good amount of scholarship, but it is an expensive school, so obviously I would have liked to have received more. They are pretty reasonable in my experience. I've heard mixed things from other people.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing is between okay and great. While there aren't too many options, the good ones are really good and then the others are alright. I haven't found much to complain about, probably because I'm not too picky. Some of the dorms can be old. Cleanliness is really good and for the most part, the locations are great except when there's the big difference between east and west. The housing process isn't too complicated, but it's done by seniority and you can easily end up with a "bad" number. I haven't experienced it, but I've heard of summer swap which can help if you do end up with a bad number.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Students don't have cars since there isn't really a need for one. For students, parking isn't really that hard to find, but anywhere off campus would be nearly impossible.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Considering BU is a huge school, computers are definitely accessible and work well. The internet is pretty high speed and there are plenty of places on campus to use a computer at such as the libraries. Printing on campus is relatively easy so you don't have to worry about buying and bringing a printer and ink. Your laptop can easily connect to the wireless access and rarely faces problems.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I don't know what makes BU unique, but I certainly don't have much to complain about. I haven't been homesick too easily, I am well fed, I study hard, I feel within reach of any social activity that I may want, I have all sorts of resources available to me and Boston is a great place to be in.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is typical for the east coast, but slightly colder. In my experience, there's been a good amount of snow. It can be unpredictable at times and, it might be just because I hate rain, but it seems to rain a decent amount. There are plenty of people from California that attend BU so, weather doesn't seem to be a huge problem for some.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The T is a very convenient of getting around and is relatively cheap. You can also walk to a lot of places. The BU Shuttle is a good way of getting around campus, but can be unreliable or confusing for students. Once you figure out the system, the BU Shuttle is great mode of transportation. Long-distance transportation can be found at South Station which is only a T ride away. Taxis are definitely easy to get in the area.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet, but I know that there are plenty of ways to get internships or research opportunities. BU is well connected and the staff provides plenty of ways to reach out to possible places or even talk to professors who might be conducting research. I do not have much concern about finding an internship.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: For a big school, campus dining is great! It offers a lot of options including vegan/vegetarian on "Make-A-Difference-Mondays." There are three big dining halls throughout campus which might get crowded depending on what time you go. The food is pretty good quality, not the best, but it's good enough. There's also a food court in the GSU which offers good places to eat for dining points. Late night food is also offered and is another great way to use dining points. Starbucks is the best because it is conveniently located at SMG and you can use dining points to grab some coffee or breakfast.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: There are a lot of things to do in Boston. You have the T to help you get to all sorts of places and a lot of shopping or events or activities are within walking distance. Sports and recreation is definitely nearby, especially with Fenway being within walking distance. Safety is majorly emphasized so it's definitely a great place to feel relaxed and at ease.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The BU shuttle bus is not as convenient as they like to advertise. However, it does still exist which is nice. Plus, if that doesn't work out for you, there is the T, which is always there.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I know I'm spoiled. BU has great dining halls with crazy variety and good food. However, I can be picky, and BU tends to overdo it a bit with the healthy options for me. Beware of Make A Difference Monday.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's easy to find weed if you want it. Most students drink as well. However, it is fairly easy to stay away from that scene and still have fun and make friends. I mean, the student population is huge. Many do. Many don't.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: To be fair, I am a non-greek. But Greek life in Boston is not what you see in movies. Most sororities and fraternities that I know on campus are only known for their parties. I have yet to see any community service and/or general well-doing from them.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I picked BU because I got the most financial aid from there. However, I don't regret my decision one bit. I've made good friends, love the area, and definitely feel like I am getting what I want out of college.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Boston. There are plenty of restaurants around. Lots of small little diners, but also lots of chains. Take your pick.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I am convinced Financial aid is a pain where ever you may end up. I have been lucky enough to receive plenty of aid, however it takes mountains of "paperwork" (online) and a few visits to the office every semester.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Printing on campus can be found everywhere. I personally have a printer, but all of my roommates use either the library or our own dorm as a printer. CGS, as far as I know is the only college without printer access for the students.

The wireless network isn't perfect and can crash sometimes, but not super bad.

Most teachers allow laptops in lectures but not discussions. Since everyone either has a laptop or a tablet, I don't think there's a lot of computer labs. But then again I haven't needed to use one, so I wouldn't know.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: In Boston you're going to get a lot of diversity. The school itself caters to a lot of international students. There may be a few cliques, especially with the international students, but just be friendly and everyone will talk to you.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm in CGS, the College of General Studies. Not only do I get a taste of all the other colleges until I pick what I want, but the program allows for me to study abroad my sophomore year, get any kind of internship I could ever want at anytime, and I get to know my professors really well.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: CGS limits your class options a bit your first two years, but allows room for one elective a semester. And the classes that you must take (unless you get AP credit) are very interesting and fulfilling (and they cover gen-eds). Every teacher I've had has been accommodating, intelligent, and passionate about the subject matter. Workload can be tough, but hey it's college.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: 2012-2013 was a rough year for BU safety with many robberies and deaths. However, this year there has been little to no activity.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The rumors are true. Most guys are gay. The others are not looking for relationships or are taken. Very few pickings. They are good looking though. At least there's that.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It's Boston. If you are under 21, most things will close at 10 at the latest. There is 21+ locations that stay open later.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: BU has a great hockey team and lots of support for that team. Recently, with the cut of the wrestling team, I have found that support for the wrestling team from the students has skyrocketed as well, which goes to show that our students can in fact show tremendous love and support for our teams. However, I have yet to see support for any other team other than those two. And the recent cut of the wrestling team kind of shows that BU focuses more on the financial gain of the teams than the student gain, if that makes sense.

The gym, Fit-Rec is beautiful. I'm not an athlete and I sometimes go there just to study. It's that nice.

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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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