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Reviews 2509 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs are not a big scene on campus and they take it pretty serious

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are a lot of options when it comes to majors at Boston University. Since Boston University has 11 schools and Colleges there are specific colleges depending on your major. In addition to that because BU is very diverse it is easy to find many people majoring in all fields. I am currently majoring in Behavior and Health. I have switched my major many times and that is another thing i like about BU. It is not difficult to switch your major.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Boston University is great when it comes to academics. Although the subjects can be challenging professors are very helpful and are willing to meet during office hours to offer clarification, advice and help.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: So far the Communication program has been excellent! COM 101 wasn't so great actually, but the other teachers I've had have been passionate and interested.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Nightlife is pretty strictly for 21+. Parties vary, BU is so big that you kind of pick a group of friends and run around with them.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life seems more focused on parties than actually being involved with local events, charity, building a bond with your sisters/brothers etc...

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not great financial aid, they have some scholarships but they are mainly targeted towards freshman. BU is just very expensive so make sure its 100% where you want to be to get your moneys worth.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There is a lot of parking at BU considering it is a city but it is costly.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: LOTS of dining options considering it is right in Boston and great food.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Walking, walking, walking- its really all you need to do. Students can also bike, rollerblade, skateboard, etc around campus. The train runs through BU and there is the BU shuttle which is free (yet sometimes not very dependable)

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's Boston. The college city above all college cities. It is guarenteed you will find something for you.

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: If you hate wind and snow don't come here. Otherwise it's nothing you wouldn't expect out of Boston.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I am a German major because most of my family speaks German, but I would not say I am passionate about it. I feel it might have benefited me to study German in Germany for four years instead.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: It is certainly cheaper than living on campus and you have the option of having pets. The down side is that the area where most of the college kids go (Allston) has horrible landlords who take advantage of the fact that we are college students. A lot of the apartments have pipes hanging from the ceilings or just other building code violations that the landlords don't care to fix.

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.


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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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