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1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing system is absolutely poor. They charge thousands of dollars and jampack multiple students in rooms only meant for one. They take old decrepid buildings, put a BU sign on it and that's it. No renovations or even safety measures have been made. Very disappointed.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's a little hard to describe greek life at BU since in the past year there was an influx of community involvement increasing from 13 to 17% participation rate. Everyone is supposed to get a bid, but that doesn't mean that everyone accepts the bid or feels like it's an appropriate match.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our gym was recently redone so all the equipment is brand new.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: In terms of academicia and being prepared for the working world, Boston University is exceptional. Unfortunately, the diversity is lacking at the university and there are often inappropriate incidences due to ignorance and racism. There are also not too many opportunities to be social due to the face that all surrounding clubs are 21+. Although I do have friends, it's hard to meet people and network due to the style of the campus.

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2 College Senior

Party Scene: Compared to other large schools, BU's party scene is pretty small. You usually have to know someone to get in, or to even find out where they are.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Most nightlife comes from frat parties, which often get shut down and are super crowded. Mostly full of freshmen doing the Allston Crawl.

3 College Senior

Academics: While there are tons of courses, the number available per semester could be larger given the size of the school. Registration is interesting. You're allotted a time slot during which you register for your classes online, and while it often causes panic, it's better than most schools. The only time I haven't gotten into a class I wanted was for the writing program, which all freshmen have to partake in, and for some PDPs (classes at the gym). The library is very dated and not nearly big enough to accommodate students wishing to study at busy times of the year.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: There are tons of international students, but most of them come from the same places. The large majority of students come from New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut and know very little about the rest of the country. Almost everyone here is extremely liberal and intolerant of people with other political views. There is a larger-than-usual gay community at BU.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: I don't really notice any drug problems, but BU is overly strict about alcohol, with strict limits even for students age 21 and up.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I've never felt in danger while on campus. If you feel unsafe walking home, you can call a service that will send you two students to escort you. One thing BU really fails at, though, is handling sexual assault cases.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I generally enjoy my courses and have had a lot of great professors. One thing that is slightly annoying is that it's a lot easier to get to know your Teaching Fellows than your professor. Since so many classes have extra discussion sections, the TFs are the ones that your professors will often urge you to go to if you need help. This is problematic if you want recommendations for grad school or something of the like.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: If you're a business student at BU, you'll make a lot of connections and you WILL have a job when you graduate. COM, SED, and the School of Engineering are very good about preparing people for the job market as well. No degree from BU looks bad, and we're ranked very highly nationally and internationally in terms of employment after graduation. The Career Center is also a good resource, and they offer a great class for seniors who are looking for jobs. BU also looks good on grad school apps, though grad school isn't very affordable after paying BU tuition.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Housing is very expensive, and you're likely going to live in a pretty small room. The apartments on campus are usually fine, but very hard to get into unless you know someone who lives there and that will have a vacancy. Most residences don't have air conditioning, and there have been numerous bug and mice problems. The dorms don't get cleaned on the weekends so you can only imagine the scene after a Saturday night. Freshman housing isn't as bad as people like to portray it. Warren has common rooms, but West Campus doesn't. West Campus is more social/athletic/loud, Warren is for more studious types. Sophomore housing is a disaster, and a lot of Bay State residents are a toss up; some are falling apart, some are beautiful.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life isn't very popular. Maybe 10-15% of the student body is involved. While the frats are the main source of parties, the fraternities and sororities don't have much of a presence on campus. Non-Greeks don't really participate in the events they hold, and the administration (mostly Dean Ken Elmore) has made it their life goal to shut Greek life down. Many people in Greek life are so involved with other clubs and activities that it's not often a main priority for members. It's a good way to make friends and find your niche, but don't expect Greek life to be as active or prominent as it would be at a Midwestern or Southern school.

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2 College Senior

Athletics: School spirit doesn't really exist at BU. You won't see many people walking around in BU sweatshirts or other gear because BU students treat life like a fashion show. We don't have a football team and aren't really known for anything other than hockey, so attendance at sporting events tends to be low. The hockey games are great, though!

2 College Senior

Overall Experience: I've made a lot of good friends at BU, and I enjoy the majority of my classes, but there are some serious problems at BU. The administration is terrible and doesn't care about the students. They are absolutely horrible about giving adequate financial aid, despite tuition rising $3,000 every year (they don't freeze your tuition). While the professors are very knowledgable and would be happy to answer any questions, a lot of them are clearly more concerned with their research than with their classes. We also have the hardest grading system in the country. Housing is insanely expensive and the meal plan costs $5,000. If you're not from an elite family, you will likely feel very out of your element here. I know many people who wanted to transfer but suffered through to get a good degree like I did. I wouldn't recommend BU to anyone.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Living in the city it is expected there will be crime, but for the most part I have felt safe on campus and BU provides adequate safety measures.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Professors often have very unrealistic expectations. Classes are large but what I would expect and what I enjoy.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: BU's physical therapy program is highly respected, especially with all of the clinical time. I feel positive about career prospects.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: BU has many different housing options but for under classmen it is extremely difficult to get the option you want. Options for upperclassmen however with Stuvi I and II are great, though very expensive.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: The hockey team is greatly supported but I wish there was more overall school spirit.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Boston University's grade deflation causes overly competitive students to fight for the best GPA. While the teachers are all knowledgeable in their fields, they are not the best at actually teaching or do not always make clear their goal is to help students succeed.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's impossible for any college to avoid sexual assault, but I believe that BU does a fairly good job at helping to avoid this as well as aid those who have suffered from it

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really like it, I just wish it wasn't as expensive

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Very good place to graduate from and very helpful towards helping students plan their future

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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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