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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Although your off-campus dining experience at BU primarily depends on the depth of your pockets, no one can say that options are limited. If you're more interested in dining out, it's all about location: if you reside in east campus, tons of great eateries on lower Comm Ave, Newbury, and Beacon (not to mention the innumerable interchangeable pubs around Fenway) are literally steps away; meanwhile, those in central and west campus (from what I can tell) aren't so lucky. However, Foodler is a life-saving, brilliant site that brings the food of Boston to your fingertips, and will probably become your best friend once the chic dining hall facades wear thin and you discover how bland the cafeteria food really is.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: My program was fairly easy to get into. In fact, I was initially admitted as an English major but switched before I started my freshman year. All it took was some paperwork and a signature - no requirements!

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Despite the bad reputation BU gets for having sub-par/nonexistent programs for many of the "big" sports (e.g. football, basketball...and I've exhausted my knowledge of sports) that are super prominent at other schools, we are very proud of our hockey team! And rightfully so, as we are the best around (to my, albeit limited, knowledge). The hockey games are apparently very fun and there's a lot of fan support (although I've never been, which attests to the fact that you don't have to be into sports if you don't want to be).
In terms of student athletic facilities, no one can complain about BU! The FitRec is a state-of-the-art, behemoth of a gym, and while it might be crowded at certain peak times of the day, you can almost always find something to do somewhere.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I think my major at BU is pretty solid - all the professors I've had have been interesting and well-qualified. The only complaint I really have is a lack of great course selection - there tends to be a large overlap of PO/IR and PO/HI. Too often the political science courses are very regionally specific ("Latin American Political Parties," for example). I'd much prefer more analytical things about voting, campaigns, etc.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I applied to BU because of their reputation, their academics and their convenience. I'm currently enrolled in their online classes, which works great with my unpredictable work schedule. The professors and facilitators are very helpful and answered every question I have ever asked.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I have been taken online classes for Finance and Banking Management. The classes have been very informational and helpful in my current role at my employment. The professors are easy to get a hold of and also give good advise with personal carrier questions.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus/trains run frequently but sometimes are late. They are fairly priced. There are also taxis driving around that will pick you up. Most places can be reached by subway.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Boston University's student life has a lot to say about itself.
They have a huge sports center with gym, swimming pools, multiple courts for basket ball, tennis, and a lot more. Every school has a library of their own. The undergrad campus is beautiful with open spaces, and the subway line running right in the middle of roads. They have a shuttle for commuting to and fro between campuses. The calender has an event almost everyday of the year.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: There are two major campuses for Boston University. The undergrad campus is much more lively and safe than the Medical campus, which is more secluded and unsafe. The dorms are mostly near the undergrad campus, where the mbta green line (subway) runs too, makin it more convenient to get home safely. Whereas the medical campus is home to homeless people who roam about the Boston Medical Center, making it more vulnerable to unknown faces, sketchy areas, and crime prone.
All that said, but one's safety is in their own hands. We have to be street smart where ever we go.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Boston is a very happening city. Nightlife is very good and lively, the only drawback being that unlike nyc, the clubs and lounges shut down at 2 am.
The more interesting part is Boston University and its students host multiple events, and every other weekend there is some free event going on from Boston university.
Another good part is that apart from Boston University, you can also reap benefits from other schools like Tufts, Harvard, Suffolk, MIT, etc. which are equally active in hosting events every now and then

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3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Being an international student I had minimal options available for financial aid. The procedure to obtain the funds was not very complex, but the amount is very restricted as compared to the cost for tuition.
I suggest the school should have more financial aid options for international students, or some options equivalent to the work-study program.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus Dining is not an issue at all. Take the T or the bus off of Commonwealth and you will find good food nearly everywhere in Boston. Try Newbury St. for cool cafe's, the North End for traditional Italian, or just explore and find your own favorite. There's insane variety of food and price options, but just about everyone will find something they like.

3 College Freshman

Academics: At the moment, I'm undeclared in the School of Communications. I'm enjoying myself - we're made to take different intro level courses where the assignments are all tasks that a person in each of the specific majors has to perform in their job. The school has good advising, good professors (for the most part), and is helpful for finding work now or in the future.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Boston University is a big school. This means that you will get good professors, bad professors, and everything in between. Sites like ratemyprofessor are your friend when it comes to registration, but during my freshman year I've had good luck with professors and classes.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Boston is an awesome city. It's not too big and people are always friendly.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is good. The T (train) runs through Comm Ave quite often and the BU shuttle has stops at very convenient places and good hours.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Living in the Warren towers, I don't really need to use the public transportation to get to my college, CAS; however, if I ever want to exercise at West, the public transportation is the best source of transportation. They always have buses running and since there are also taxis, even when it's late at night, you can call someone to just pick you up.

3 College Junior

Weather: It's the Northeast. It's cold and snowy and some people like it that way, some people don't. Have a snow jacket and boots, and you'll be set.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Boston University is in the heart of the city. Newbury is right nearby and there's amazing restaurants everywhere.

2 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Overnight guest policies are pretty bad. You don't sign people in after a certain time which is obnoxious. If you want someone to stay over you have to plan your night accordingly. If you are out drinking and you come home too late, your friend is sleeping on the sidewalk because the guards could care less if your friend is too drunk to drive home.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: If you don't want to be involve in the drug and alcohol scene, you don't have to be. There are plenty of other things to do.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: My dorm freshman and sophomore year was incredibly tiny. We could not adjust the temperature in the room and the walls were paper thin.

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3 College Senior

Majors: I don't think I can get any type of regular internship with my program.

4 College Senior

Majors: I encountered financial hardships but was able to overcome it.

3 College Senior

Majors: I was overall satisfied with the faculty. It was a great experience.

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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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