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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't really have an opinion about Greek Life. I'm a non-Greek, but I have friends who are in fraternities and sororities. Greek life isn't overly present, but it's there. The frats throw great parties.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletic facilities for athletes are some of the best in the country. We have two amazing fields, two ice rinks, the lifting room, and the boathouse. All are in amazing condition, and most can be used for countless events. At Head of the Charles, rowers always want to see the DeWolfe Boathouse. Its aethetic is amazing. Athletic facilities for non-athletes are very good as well. Our gym, Fitrec, has amazing facilities, including a pool, an indoor track, a couple basket ball courts, and all the lifting and exercise equipment that you can think of. The athletes also have the use of the athletic training facilities, in which the athletic trainers help the athletes with their injuries and to integrate back into sports. The club sports also have use of the fields and ice rinks.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's a really good school. I couldn't think of a better place to be on my rowing team, or with a better community to learn. Some of my best friends have been made at Boston University. The Student Activities office always has something fun planned and there are so many interesting clubs and associations to be a part of. I'm part of the Undergrad Psych Association and they, along with Psi Chi (the Honor Society in Psychology), had little stress relief parties week before and during finals week where they served pizza and coffee, and the officers were there and we could just chat. Sometimes you can get close to the professors and when they see you on the street they always say hi.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Hockey is our big sport and going to games and doing cheers is so fun!

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am a part of Greek life, but it is not a very large part of campus. There isn't really housing available.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: We have great academics and very knowledgeable professors. Obviously it depends on the class and the professor, but the majority of my teachers have been wonderful.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have the blue light system and a service that you can call to have someone walk home with you, even though I usually feel safe on campus there have been some instances where I have felt unsafe.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: For the education program there is a very high employment rate and I've heard great things about the career services center, though I haven't actually been there.

5 College Junior

Academics: Academics are excellent with highly motivated professors and peers. It is easy to build a network for yourself of people who want you to succeed with academically strong peers, and professors who genuinely want to help.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: BU is on a very open campus in a large metropolitan city. While I have never felt endangered by other students, I have been followed walking from the library to West campus late at night before. If you treat being on campus like being in a city then you'll generally be ok. While we have all heard the statistics on sexual assault on campus and most of us have heard of a friend or classmate having something happen that has never been a problem for me personally. I try to surround myself with people who will look out for me, and I try to do the same for others. The SARP center does regular trainings on how to prevent sexual assault which is mandatory for varsity athletes as well as student group leaders. BUPD will also escort you home if it is after dark, and there are blue light boxes scattered around campus.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Overall BU is a great place and has helped me reach many personal and academic goals. There is a diverse and motivated student body, excellent professors, and a great support network of advisors. Some intro classes are huge but the majority of my classes have had between 10-20 people. This is a big school with every kind of person and group imaginable. Your time here is really what you make of it.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: BU has really good name recognition abroad as well as within the US. Coming from China everyone down to relatively uneducated people had heard of the school before which is a plus. It was also sighted by one the bosses I had at a summer internship as one of the things that made my resume stand out. Overall I feel like BU was a good choice for helping me get a job due to the name recognition.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing is completely variable based on where you choose to live. The freshman year housing is either Warren or West campus and the two have different vibes. West is more of a sporty/ preppy place where people are more likely to spend the weekends off campus. Warren is definitely more of your "classic" college dorm, with small rooms and close floors. Theres always people around to hang out with and people hosting "room parties". After freshman year the options open up with most choosing to live in Towers, Hojo, or Myles standish. These are also really variable but expect that Myles is very grungy, Hojo is a bit nicer with ensuite bathrooms and air conditioning (but also quads), and Towers is cramped but in a good location. Upperclassmen tend to try and live in Stuvi which is VERY nice, but far away from classes in west, or the Brownstones, South, and the Whitestones. The Whitestone apartments are the nicest places in central campus, South has good options for apartments as well as less overbearing RAs, and the Brownstones are old but beautiful from the outside and also have pretty lax RAs. Danielson is regarded as the worst housing option due to distance from campus and lack of social atmosphere. As Boston is an older city many of the buildings are historic, so don't expect the Brown/White stones to be in perfect shape, and Myles is also a historic hotel. However the new buildings like the two student villages (and the upcoming Stuvi3) are still in near perfect condition and offer spacious living quarters.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is really all about the community. There are plenty of academic and special interest frats for things like community service, business, and film making. The social frats and sororities tend to be pretty tame in regards to party throwing, they mostly host smaller mixers. However there are a few unofficial frats which host ragers off campus and also the Harvard frat houses which are very close to our campus. Greek life is a definite plus but its absolutely easy to find parties and friends without joining.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: BU is best known for its hockey team and rivalry with Boston College. The hockey games are generally big events and the team has no trouble filling a stadium. The other teams don't really see much attendance at their games though, and women's sports are pretty much invisible. The fitness facilities are top notch though, fitrec is the nicest gym I've ever worked out in. It has a huge pool and climbing wall, as well as plenty of court space for pickup games of basketball and volleyball. Theres also lots of opportunity to take PDPs for extra motivation.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The best thing about Boston University is definitely the professors and other students. I have yet to have a professor who I found unqualified or didn't respect. More often they have a tonne of relevant work experience prior to becoming a professor that they can share with their students. In a recent class I took on Islamic Politics my professor was a former 20 year ambassador to the Middle East who had incredible stories to share! My classmates have also been a huge bonus. The majority take their studies very seriously and are a huge motivator to study and do well. They also usually bring a diverse background to the table with lots of people from abroad and from all over the United States. BU students tend to be really politically active and are always ready to debate on issues like foreign policy and social justice. It can become overbearing at times but overall its worth it. Students often also complain about the administration, but in my experience the deans really do try to know your names and see you as more than just another tuition payment. So overall BU has a great group of people, and is in a really fun and exciting part of Boston. Theres always interesting things to do and people to talk to!

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are BU Cop Cars everywhere and there are security guards in most dorms. The streets are always lighted well and there are always people around. However, the university handles sexual assault and student crime issues poorly.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Being a member of the Greek community is like being a member of any other BU Club. You meet once a week but it is not as involved as Southern sororities and fraternities.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Students do not go to many of the varsity sports games.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Boston University has no sense of community and the student body is not engaged within the community. When you come here you are here to be in the city Boston, not the university. It feels like a commuter school and the cost of living is expensive. Some of the facilities are horrible even though BU has one of the highest tuitions in the nation. The teachers and academic advisors are great and very helpful but overall the school has proven to be the wrong fit for me.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus police and option for security are extremely reliable and fast at transferring knowledge throughout the student body. They require a participation in activities such as the alert system to maintain security.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: In the big lecture halls it is difficult to get to know professors. That being said the majority of the professors still seem to care about each individual student. While others seem to have no remorse or care at all. It is easy to find those few professors who do care and to get to know them as well. As long as you find those professors you are fine. The professors are all brilliant in their fields and often times do research. They make the courses interesting based on the fact that it is cutting edge and new knowledge.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: We have a wonderful career student center which has innumerable connections that can easily connect you to the perfect internship or job afterward. The value of having a degree from the school is priceless because it is very helpful with having such great name recognition. It makes the job application all the more valuable and stand out all the more.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It is very cliquish but if you know someone then it still is difficult to get into parties. You definitely do not need to be involved with Greek life in order to have fun.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: While the athletics are a big part for previous high school athletes, the environment and opportunities that it provides is such that those who did not participate in athletics previously can now learn and pursue new sports in a safe and judgement free zone.

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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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