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4 College Freshman

Transportation: There is a shuttle that goes all around campus, and you can track it with an app. There is almost public transit, though it isn't always the most reliable, and there are lots of taxis.

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are definitely more girls than guys at BU, which is probably great if you're a dude, but as a girl, it's not that awesome. The guys are either not that attractive, pretentious, or gay. You're better off looking for guy friends.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Boston is a great college "town". You can always find something either on campus or in the city to do, and everywhere you go you will find students from the colleges in and around the city. Boston has great cultural and sports attractions (we're just a few blocks from Fenway!). I always feel safe, no matter the time of day or night. I think it's the ideal city for a college student.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: You have many "options for dining plans. What I mean is, whether you want 14 or 9 meals a week or 250 meals with varying "dining points" to be spent at restaurants, they all cost the same. With that said, dining hall food is average, they have many healthy options so if you are looking for delicious greasy wont find it. There are plenty of restaurants to go to and a great burger place in the student union. Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts are accessible, McDonalds, Subway, Panera Bread, Pinkberry, Panda Express are a few in close range.

2 College Freshman

Majors: I am an undeclared/undecided major. Since I didn't know what I wanted to major in, I decided to go into the College of General Studies in order to get all of my graduation requirements out of the way. While this is a good thing, I wouldn't recommend this program. While it may seem like a good idea, it begins to feel like prison. You keep the same professors year round and do not get to change your schedule around. If you are interested in this program, be sure to keep this in mind when choosing our schedule.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It can be costly, but there is a good variety of options which are tasty. They are convenient and have decent student discounts.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Boston is a great city where one can find many interesting places to visit as well as a large college student population.

4 College Freshman

Technology: There is wifi generally all along campus for your personal computers and phones. Computers are also available in libraries and other study lounges.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I have had my share of really great professors and some not so great professors. Asking about different professors before taking their classes is helpful. Teaching Assistants can also save your grade if you use office hours to your advantage. The curriculum can be challenging, but if you're willing to do the work, you'll be fine.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are multiple options for off-campus housing, but it can be expensive. Having roommates definitely helps. Take some time to look around and find the right one.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Generally safe on campus especially with campus security around. There is the occasional incident near or around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: alot of grade deflation in the big lecture courses

1 College Sophomore

Administration: strict RAs, visitation rules, security guards are asses

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is pretty good for the most part. The only issue is that sometimes, particularly as a freshmen, you notice that not everyone follows hygienic rules. Facilities does their best to keep everything cleanly, but students can be the problem...

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: For the most part I feel safe at school. The BUPD is usually roaming around, which is awesome. However, every once in a while incidents have occurred that could raise concern for some people. Nothing too serious though, it's a great place!

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Snow is something you should expect. Winter's are definitely a little more harsh and hard to walk to classes at times. The spring fall and summer are absolutely beautiful though.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: BU now has added Kappa Alpha Theta and Delta Tau Delta that is no on the list

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The areas around campus provide many housing options, many of which may even cost less than living on campus. While the most popular off-campus housing locations are further off campus, they are easily accessible by public transportation and mostly lived in by students of the university. Off-campus housing can also be found much closer and often times on campus though potentially for a higher price. All in all, it is very easy to find off-campus housing.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is great around BU. The t runs right through the length of campus with multiple stops, the only drawback being that it stops running around 1 am. There is also an excess of taxis that are not outrageously expensive and easy to get. The campus shuttle also runs almost constantly, it's free and convenient.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus as the school does everything in its power to make the students feel safe. With that said, as BU is located in a large city, incidents are to be expected and therefore it is always important to be aware of surroundings and situations in which you have been places.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It is typical New England weather here. From sunny and warm to windy and snowy. Classes will be cancelled if the snow is bad enough but it typically depends on whether or not public transportation will be running. Overall, the weather is exactly what to be expected when attending school in the northeast

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Hockey is a big thing, a lot of people go to the games and for big games (like against BC) it's nearly impossible to get a ticket. People are not terribly aware of other sports on campus, but the school does try to get us all there by offering free shirts or something, which admittedly works.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Although we've been in the media a lot lately for robberies, when you're actually on campus you have no fear of that. Even really late at night I've never felt unsafe, and if you do there's a service you can call and someone will come and walk you home so you don't have to walk alone.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Depending on who you hang out with you may or may not even encounter drugs, and the ones people do are usually not very dangerous in the grand scheme of drug abuse.

3 College Freshman

Technology: I had a lot of problems connecting to the Boston University network during my first semester of college, and I'm even continuing to experience them now, though they are not as frequent or particularly stressful. The IT Help Center is pretty great about figuring out computer-related issues, so I've found. Although since the employees are undergraduate students and are therefore not super knowledgeable, it does take effort from both sides to usually fix the problem.


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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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