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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"

4 College Junior

Academics: Challenging classes, but great teachers. As long as you are willing to do the work, the academics will work for you. The programs are great, teachers are available to you - just don't expect someone to sit around telling you when you need to work harder, you'll need to drive yourself to success.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of restaurants around the BU campus - the hard part is deciding which one to spend your money on! It's very easy to walk to the local off campus businesses if you go through kenmore square or back through south campus!

5 College Junior

Academics: The academics are definitely challenging but worth it! Teachers are helpful, sometimes TA's are even more so than the teachers! You will have to work very hard, but it will be worth it.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Hockey is everywhere and it's definitely fun! The fit rec center is awesome no matter what you like to do for exercise and the atmosphere around athletics is very inclusive.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I wish I had received more financial aid, but the amount that I did receive was easy to get.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I come from practically the ultimate diverse place in the states. So to me, BU (and Boston in general) does not compare although there is great diversity here. However, as a first generation, low income minority, I can tell you that socio-economic backgrounds are not too diverse. Many people who come to this school have money and spend it. Boston is a pretty accepting place, but objectively speaking, there are many democrats here and white people.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of options within the actual campus, copious amounts of options beyond.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The subway/trolley system (The T) runs right through the middle of campus! Between the T, public buses, the BU buses, and other city transportation getting around campus and the city in general is super easy.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Loved my program, if I could choose again, I'd do the same no doubt! I have slight concerns about finding jobs in my field but that will never stop me

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Wasn't difficult at all getting in. BU looks for students with a drive to learn and who have great qualities that will add to the Bu community!

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Loved my small, close knit program! Marine Science is extremely hands on from your first year, gaining crucial research experience and skills. The workload isn't always easy but it is always enjoyable and interesting. Great job/internships opportunities since BU has a great partnership with the New England Aquarium!

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Internships are great but in my field they are very difficult to find and are usually unpaid. Research is a better option to gain that hands on experience while receiving course credit

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Because BU is in the middle of a large city, there is some crime that takes place near and sometimes on campus. The BU Police Department does their best to keep students safe by alerting them through text message if there was a problem and to stay away from that area.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The BU shuttle is very convenient because its free and it runs all night every night. Also, the bus drivers are usually very friendly. The public transportation is also rather convenient though it takes some time to get used to if you're from a suburb where people rarely use public transportation. The buses and T come often though and its never to hard to get where you need to go.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are plenty of parties but not a lot else to do at night especially if you are under 21.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Nightlife at Boston Universtiy is what you make of it. Fraternities and Sororities will have their parties, but they're not the only way you can have fun. Sure, there are 18-and-older clubs to go to, and there will be a couple of house parties some older students may throw, but you'll always have Boston. The city is full of possibilities; all you need to do is get out there and look around.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Campus Dining quality is good overall because there's something for everyone. All dining halls have vegan as well as healthy options for students, so there's always some variety. The newest dining hall, Marciano Commons, is definitely the best place to grab a bite. Food quality is always great, and the facilities are amazing!

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The police force as well as the Residence Hall Association can be fairly strict about alcohol and drug abuse, but I still believe it can be a lot worse. In the case of alcohol possession in campus dorms, first-time offenders are to pay a fine (about $250) and attend an AA session, however, the offenders' parents are not contacted unless another or more severe infraction is made. Of course, punishment may vary depending on the severity of the infraction made.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The T is usually reliable, and as a frequent visitor to Boston before my time at BU it has only broken down on me once. The BU shuttle is not very useful if you live in central campus and all your classes are in east campus. However, the shuttle makes going to west campus a lot easier because it takes you over the 4 way intersection at the BU bridge.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Mugar Library is always full, and there aren't many other computers available that I know of. A laptop here is vital. One of my friends had her laptop break and we did not see her for a couple of weeks because she had to spend all her time in Mugar. Additionally she was unable to get it fixed at BU because the IT center does not fix Samsung brand laptops.The wifi is pretty reliable and printing usually goes smoothly.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Everything is pretty accessible by the multiple ways of transportation.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You can eat anything you can think of, that is if you can afford it. Being a tourist city, the options are practically endless; some are directly on Commonwealth Ave. (the street that BU is on), and some are slightly farther away but all are completely accessible by public transportation. I would recommend Noodle Street for Thai food if you don't want to walk far. There is a greater variety on Newbury Street for higher end food, the North End is famous for Italian food, or visit the Prudential Center for some more mainstream chains like Cheesecake Factory. If completely broke, McDonalds is a short walk from East Campus in Kenmore Square.

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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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