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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Dining halls have really great food with tons of options at every meal, and there is always something to eat for people with any type of dietary restriction. You can also use your dining points (included with your meal plan) at many different types of retail places around campus. In some dining halls, the calorie count of the meal is posted and healthier meals are marked with a "Sargent Choice" icon, so it is fairly easy to eat healthily if that is what you want. Also, there are sometimes visiting chefs who make gourmet meals for the price of a dining hall meal, and lobster night once a year where each student gets a whole, cooked lobster!

3 College Freshman

Academics: BU is just the right amount of challenging. The professors are engaging and the academics are rigorous.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: BU is located in a great area of Boston. With easy access to the T it's easy to get almost anywhere. The House of Blues and Fenway Park are right around the corner from campus (literally). Boston is a great city for shopping, eating, sight-seeing, and nightlife.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Campus dining is somewhat variable. The food isn't as good on the weekends as it is during the week, however, each dining hall usually has a good variety of healthy options (Sargent's choice), vegan, vegetarian, and meat lover's options. The best dining hall by far is 100bay state the newest addition to BU it features 2 floors of food and mega variety. Retail dining options include several Starbucks, a Panda Express, and many other on campus non-dining hall options.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: BU greatly lacks socioeconomic diversity which isn't surprising considering the price tag of the school. Bu has a large international student population, and a very liberal mindset. BU is very accepting of different beliefs and lifestyles.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: BU has people from all over the world with an over 10% international population. Also, all 50 states are represented. BU definitely takes pride in its acceptance of all people.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is only 12% of the student population, so it does not dominate campus. Since we do not have Greek housing, the focus is definitely more on philanthropy and brotherhood/sisterhood. You don't have to be Greek to have fun at BU.

4 College Junior

Majors: I got into the biomedical engineering major. It's hard to get in, but all of my employers say that BU really knows what's it doing with this major. This major is significantly harder than the other engineering majors at BU and has a significantly harder admission process.

4 College Junior

Transportation: There's the T, the bus, taxis, and the Boston bus all running throughout the day.

2 College Junior

Diversity: There isn't much diversity but there is a lot of acceptance for those who are different.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Many of the girls and guys at BU come from money, but they are not all rich, and they don't all flaunt it. A majority of the girls are concerned about their fitness and health, and are therefore very attractive.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm very happy with the program I'm in. My professors all have industry experience, such as being former ambassadors, previous government service, etc. Very knowledgable, friendly, and passionate about their work. My career goal is to work for the general betterment of society, whether that be through public service, international organizations, or other means.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: its the city as long as you have enough money you are good to go. The north end (our italian quarter) has the best food and the most personality.

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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.

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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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