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3 College Freshman

Local Area: You have to be active to be included. Getting into the parties is almost impossible.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Boston has tons of restaurants with so many varieties. Since this is a hub for education, a lot of international students are in the area so there are plenty of ethnic options as well as good-old American options. The cost is kind of high, but if you dig you can find cheap good food.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There is a variety but the guys are definitely a minority and a lot of people are in relationships outside of the school so that's an issue. The girls overall dress nicely and the guys are pretty put together. However, I wouldn't say the school overall is attractive.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The police crack down on drinking but overall the school doesn't really bother you. One thing you need to be conscientious of is academic misconduct. The professors and TFs crack down on it and the school takes misconduct very seriously.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is very good for campus dining hall food. The only thing I hate it 'Make a difference Monday' because I usually don't like any of the healthy/organic options, so I just end up eating a bowl of cereal for dinner anyway. There's usually healthy options in the dining hall anyway, therefore I don't really understand the necessity of an entire day once a week for it. I only get breakfast on the weekends, but I love it! Best part of my week. And if you don't want dining hall food, there's always tons of other options. Can't really complain about lack of sustenance around here

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are a looot of sororities and frats at BU. Almost everyone is in some sort of sorority/frat. Theyre usually not looked at any differently than any other student except they're usually seen as snobby. Rushing isnt as bad as other universitys (or so I heard) because there isnt too much hazing going on.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: BU now has 3 dining halls to choose from. One in West Campus, the one in Warren Towers, and Marciano's (which just opened this school year 2012). There are a lot of options to choose from, and additionally, they always have a sandwich, burger, pizza, and salad bar in case the main courses do not look appetizing to you. There is also a section for desserts and ice cream. One of the better dining halls offered compared to other colleges.
BU also has retail dining around campus which you can use your dining points/convenience points for. Such places include Pinkberry, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Panda Express, Subways, Charles River Bread Co., Loose Leafs, Subways, and much more.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: No pressure to join Greek Life. Definitely perks if you do join.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: BU encourages getting internships very much and has a lot of great connections.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Being on an urban campus has its advantages and disadvantages, one is safety. As long as I'm with people at night I feel comfortable, but there has been quite a few incidents.

3 College Freshman

Technology: I have my own Macbook pro and the wireless goes in and out when I am just sitting in my dorm. Printing is great on campus, except if its finals week, then you have to either wait in line or the printer breaks. The network gets slow. They do have printers in the dorms, but it doesn't support my new macbook pro software, so I cannot print any papers. You get 100 paper credits at the beginning of every semester.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms at BU are ok. Mostly too hot or too cold. Upperclassmen have great options, but of course it is more expensive. There are still a lot of different locations to chose from and picking the wrong one can be the worst. The campus is very long, so a walk from your dorm to your class can be brutal, especially in cold weather.

3 College Freshman

Administration: BU doesn't let you do whatever you want when in on-campus housing, like no pets and no overnight visitors for more than 3 nights. They are strict on the alcohol and substance use policies.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: BU is a very international school, I know people who come from all over the world and from every different religion here. The only not as diverse thing is the democratic majority.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: BU has a great police department and emergency alert system. It is located directly in Boston so there have been some robberies in the year but they are well handled and I still feel safe.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs aren't huge on the BU campus but the BUPD are extremely active. They constantly are sending out emails and text messages through the BU alert system about Drug and Alcohol safety. Alcohol is definitely more present but besides freshman who aren't yet smart about their limits, BU doesn't have a huge alcohol problem. I wouldn't say we're a party school.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Being a journalism major at BU is a perfect match. The College of Communication is know for it's program and the staff are either currently working or have had miles of experience. They teach the necessary skills and provide ample opportunities for internships.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Getting into the college of communication was no problem for me, but I was also an early decision student. I have heard that some freshman students who wanted to be in COM were put into the College of General Studies because it was too full. Don't let that worry you though as you can still take the COM classes. In addition, you're not officially in the college until you pass COM 101, but the class is not difficult as long as you prepare for tests and write proper papers.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Some very good looking ladies out there if you look for them

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is almost always something to do, even if you aren't 21 and even if you aren't into the party scene. Between club events, guest speakers, game nights, sports, and the really funny comedy groups that visit campus, no matter what you consider a fun time, there is never a good reason to be bored at BU.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Boston is the best college town/city imaginable. Tons to do, always somewhere to go, and plenty of college students from all 50 or so colleges located throughout Boston.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: People come from all over the world to study at Boston University. I've met people from China, and Vietnam, and South Africa, and Russia. Those are just some of the countries that people who live on my dormitory FLOOR are from. It's fantastic. People from all walks of life come to BU and they each have their own stories and viewpoints to contribute. The diversity is one of my favorite parts of being in such a big city school like Boston University!

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Great Student health and emergency call boxes located all over campus

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Boston city clubs are available to anyone 21 or who has a fake ID, and tons of house parties are available for younger students

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The most common drug on campus is weed. It's pretty popular in Massachusetts because of decriminalization. BU can kick you out of campus housing (or school) if caught with it in the dorms. If you want it you can easily get it, however, if you don't you can easily avoid it. That's how it is with every substance at BU.

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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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