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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love it here. First semester was hard because I was homesick but eventually you'll find your place and be so happy here.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The classes are great, the students are great, and all of the professors I've had love what they do and enjoy helping students. There are so many different activities on campus and Boston is an incredible city to live in.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school is incredibly helpful with finding you an internship. There are multiple career fairs and networking events throughout the year.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The Student Health Center is great but it can be hard to get an appointment.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not as popular or as crazy at other schools but that's what I like about it. It doesn't take over your life but is still a great organization to be involved in. Administration doesn't like Greek Life though.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Hockey is the most popular sport and we have an incredible team. Besides that, the other sports aren't as popular. FitRec is amazing and the PDP classes they offer are really cool.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't had the experience of moving off campus yet but from what I've seen with my friends, it's fairly easy and can be cheaper than on-campus housing.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's amazing. There are so many great restaurants and cafes in the area.

2 College Freshman

Administration: They can be a little too strict with the rules. It can be a hassle to sign someone in to visit your dorm. They're also outrageous with underage (or even if you're over 21) drinking.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are a lot of colleges in the area so there's typically a lot of parties going on. They can get old though and you'll be counting down the days until you're 21.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Most people don't get scholarships. A lot of people receive loans; it just depends on your situation.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Compared to other schools it's really great but it's still dining hall food.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: For your freshmen and sophomore year don't expect anything special. For your junior and senior year, you'll be lucky if you get into StuVi or another apartment building. A lot of people move off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It's really awesome to have so many colleges right nearby. It's easy to hop across the river or down Comm Ave to find new places to go and new people to meet.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: BU is so expensive that even with financial aid packages that sound nice, it's still really expensive. With that being said.. BU was still the cheapest school out of many that I got accepted to!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: One thing I love about BU is definitely the food!

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Boston University is an extremely urban campus and for this reason definitely not for me. It's spread out campus breaks up the college feel, making it difficult for students to form a strong sense of community.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: North end is just a short T ride away!!!

3 College Freshman

Administration: For the most part, the campus strictness is at a fine level for me. I would have rated this very highly except... they have a rule where you won't get in trouble if you call in help for a friend sick from alcohol. However, they get in trouble. A lot of trouble. So nobody wants to call in help, because they don't want their friend in trouble on top of being sick. This is very dangerous for the people who are sick!!

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Once you get them, the scholarships and loans can be extremely helpful. Getting them is an entirely different matter. It's usually a hassle, with BU telling you repeatedly that some part of the submission of documents was not absolutely perfect. Huge headaches!!

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Again, this depends on where you go. Warren isn't very good: if you always eat at Warren, your view will be kind of pessimistic. Bay State is always delicious, and the dining point system works extremely well.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It really depends on where you live. The Freshmen generally end up in poor housing spaces; however even older students are not always likely to get the housing arrangements they want.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Frat parties tend to get broken up by cops in the city, sorority girls tend to be annoying.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Such a big city, many restaurants and places to go nearby

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Security in Warren is extremely strict, it's a hassle having guests, but for good reason.

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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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