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Reviews 2509 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Some facilities like dorms have seen better days. But BU always changes and a lot of facilities are new and up beat.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The school has a lot of opportunities to work as well as have fun. I'm doing research but still get to go out and have fun.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is definitely drug use but no peer pressure.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is great but get old quickly, especially at the dining halls.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: BU's campus is very vibrant. The student union, The George Sherman Union, is the best place to meet new people, find groups or just grab a bite. There's BU central in the basement with pool tables, ping pong tables, etc. Also if you get bored in there, you can always go to the BU beach which is right behind the union.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Boston is full of spirit and on weekends there are people everywhere. For those who like to party, there are plenty. For those who don't, there are lounges where you can hang out with your friends.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The internet here is insanely fast and reliable. The labs are equipped with windows PCs which are not the fastest computers you would find.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There's plenty of academic help available. Faculty here is very helpful and most courses have decent numbers of TAs and there are after class tutors available too. Besides academics, food here is great! The dining halls, especially the one on 100 bay state road, are like fancy restaurants.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Diverse personalities and a lot to do. It is pretty awesome.

2 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Grade inflation kills everyone in the programs. I had a 90 average in a stat class and that was a C+ because the average in the class was an 89.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I had difficulty getting my degree. With the exception of a few courses, professors did not concern themselves with students. My 3rd-4th semester I had mono, and I was not allowed to take an incomplete to recover. It lead to poor grades that would not have happened if I could have just recovered, then take my finals. But I did have some incredible teachers my Junior and Senior year that made the courses worthwhile.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: 90% of the year it was either bitterly cold or deathly hot. But you had the fall and spring (only 6 weeks total it felt like), that were nice.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The study abroad and co-op programs are growing at Boston U. But when I was there, only a few student were allowed to participate.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Boston U. has a great diversity of people and international students that make up a large percentage of the demographic at Boston U. There was also a lot of different personalities and people at Boston U.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I had to go to the ER 4 times in my undergraduate years from sports injuries, and each time I had to be transported from the Health Services Center because they did not have the proper equipment to patch me up. But when it came to being sick, they were able to prescribe medication without any hassle.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Our off-campus apartment on Glenville had foundation problems and all the bedrooms slanted towards the living room. Also there were loud and obnoxious homeless people living in a nearby parking lot. Finally, it was expensive and didn't have that many amenities.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The university has buffet style eating, where you can make your own wrap, waffles, salads, etc. But they also have a grill and stir fry chef to cook you something nice.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Boston U has a Greek life that does not dominate the college scene. They have plenty of parties, but really it isn't that influential. Most people partied with their friends more than at frats and sororities.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: In Boston, the public transportation, MBTA system, is a great system, spanning the entire metropolitan area of Boston, but sometimes it would shut down for a couple days at a time. When the subway shut down, you had to get on a bus, but buses didn't necessarily stop at the same stops as the subway did. Also, it did not run past 1AM, which means that studying until 2AM wasn't always a smart option.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Most dorms did not have adequate A/C; also, rules were very strict in terms of partying in dorms, how many guests were allowed, and when in dorm study halls were opened (i.e. they closed at 12-2). Also, there were not always a lot of eating options nearby. The on-campus apartments were awesome though: good space, all night areas, and most importantly, lots of eating options nearby.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: I love the transportation around BU. The shuttle is enormously helpful at most times, even very late/early. The "T" (subway system of Boston) has multiple stops on campus and is very cheap as well

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most people's belief systems at BU are very progressive and accepting, and with 40,000 students, one can expect diversity, and BU certainly delivers

4 College Junior

Technology: Very rare that the computer labs will be crowded, most students take their laptops and head for Mugar/GSU. However, the dorm labs fill up around finals and midterms.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Like most schools, there is a steady mix of characters.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Fit Rec is the greatest gift to student fitness imaginable. I've been to the colleges of many friends, and none of them even come close to fit rec. Everything is brand new and state of the art, there is racket ball and massive courts for every sport possible. There is even badminton!

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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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