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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: BU gives me good financial aid but it's still not enough for me, given that I come from a low income family. My financial aid advisor was able to give me more loans, not scholarships which suck because I know BC is great with that. BU has all this money, but they can't award students with scholarships.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I study biomedical engineering and it is super hard. The school of engineering here is one of the top engineering schools out there. The program is excellent, everything is planned out starting in freshman year. That's good but it's also bad in case you have any doubt of transferring to a different college within BU. The workload is ridiculously hard and there's a lot! Professors do try to help but the concepts are really hard. However in the long run. it is great to have an engineering degree.

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1 College Sophomore

Administration: Boston University is very very strict. We have security at our dorms, making sure you're a student before we can enter. There's a guest policy where we to sign the guest in which is a hassle going in and out. The resident assistants patrolling the floors at night are super annoying. it seems as though they want us to get in trouble.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: During the day when classes are in session, it is extremely hard to find parking. So be prepared to come early to find a parking spot, or be late to your class. Parking permits are quite expensive also if you commute, around 300-400 a semester, and sometimes the permit is for garages away from your class. There isn't too much of a need to drive to school given that the green line runs on Comm. Ave. and the BU shuttle that comes every 20 minutes.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Tooooo many Beautiful girls here! Anyway you can see girls everywhere. In my writing class we have 8 girls but only 2 guys. And the usually hot guys are on west campus where is near to the gym.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Boston University's campus life is pretty convenient. The campus actually are buildings beside the avenue and several districts. The university also offers a lot of choices for campus housing. We have old historic houses as well as modern towers.

4 College Freshman

Weather: It's hot at noon but pretty cool in the morning and evening during fall. Summer here is also awesome. But the only problem is it snows much in winter and it's cold.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: If attending Boston University, there are various transportation methods such as T (subway), taxi, and the BU shuttle. The campus has 9 T stops on Commonwealth Avenue, so it is really convenient to travel from the east side of campus to the west. If you don't want to pay the 2-dollar fare (with charlie card, $2.50 without), then the alternative option would be the BU shuttle, which runs regularly during weekdays and late nights on the weekend, which is really convenient for people who don't want to walk alone at night for safety reasons. The taxi is a great way to travel off-campus in access to places far away from T stations, thought the waiting time after calling a cab may be a bit long over the weekends.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The only complaint I have is that the BUSes don't seem to really run during the weekends and sometimes they arrive a lot later or earlier than the usual time. Other than that, the BU Shuttles are fantastic if you catch them.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I personally do not drink or smoke or whatever so the strictness of BU does not really affect me. If anything, I kind of think it's somewhat comforting to know that there's less of a chance of students stumbling around completely wasted late at night or walking about campus stupidly high.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I didn't receive any financial aid at all. I was very disappointed because now it makes it harder for my family to send me and my two twin brothers to college.

5 College Senior

Diversity: BU is diverse. I have met every type of person at BU. They have really done a great job of making diversity a priority at admissions.

1 College Senior

Parking: It is very difficult to find parking unless you pay exorbitant rates for a parking spot. However, having a car on campus is completely unnecessary. It's definitely more hassle than it's worth.

3 College Senior

Technology: They closed a lot of computer labs while I was at school. The only remaining computers are in the library. It's very difficult to find an empty one at peak times. Wifi and byo laptop is a better way to go.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: Lots of options, lots of locations, you can always find what you're looking for or something you've never tried before.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Student drinking behavior is abusive, but students don't look down upon others whom don't want to drink.

A lot of students smoke marijuana and that has recently become bigger.

Peer pressure is nearly nonexistent but it does occur.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: BU School of Management was the best experience of my life. I learned more in my 4 years than I could have ever imagined and it truly prepares you for every possible job you may obtain.

I am now a high school teacher and I use my business skills everyday to give presentations to my students, market ideas to my students and analyze data to make decisions on how to teach my students.

The skills you will learn will be used in every possible job, without ever thinking consciously about it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life has just been recognized at Boston University. As such, it has never been a huge thing and with so many students, there is no feasible way for every student to join an organization.

This means if you want to join, you'll face more competition. But, if you choose not to join, no one will think twice.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The Business program is one of the top programs at the school. You regularly exchange ideas and intellect with peers and professors. Analysis and discussion is the center to the curriculum in addition to innovation.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Boston University is a large university that offers anything that a student could desire. The downside to that many options is getting lost in the diversity.

In a large city, BU provides so many internship opportunities. I interned at the Attorney General's Office in downtown Boston, providing crucial mediation between consumers and the health care industry.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Campus dining is wonderful overall. 100 Bay State Road is absolutely fantastic! Late Night at Warren will become your best friend, too.

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1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This is not the place to go if you are looking to move on from the environment of high school. The cliques and exclusive groups like the jocks and the preps gain even more people in a higher concentration at BU. If you aren't part of this crowd of people, it can often be very hard to acclimate to the school quickly. It may take a while to find your type of people and to make friends who are like you, if you don't play sports or don't plan on joining a fraternity or a sorority. But if that is your plan, you'll most likely have a great time at BU, because contrary to popular belief, these groups have a lot of presence on campus.

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is basically no partying done on campus. Everything takes place at the frat and athletic houses in Alston, which is definitely one of the creepier and more dangerous areas of Boston. The guys in these groups generally fit the stereotype of the arrogant and rude frat boy who is truly only searching for one thing. BU is definitely not the school to come to you if you are looking to party in the dorms or have a place to go every night of the weekend. Most of the frats won't let in large groups, make guys pay, or get shut down by the strict police system before eleven. Another problem is that even living in West campus, there is still about a mile walk to any of the action happening in Alston and there is no T stop where the parties are, so if you want to party be prepared to walk and potentially not get in anywhere.

1 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The ratio of guys to girls, 40/60, makes for a negative experience when it comes to the social life on campus. The straight guys have basically the pick of any girl that they want and this leads to a very arrogant straight male population, which can be seen especially in the bad reputation of the hockey team. Another result of the ratio is a large percentage of all girls floors which often times makes the "traditional college experience" hard to come by.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: Boston is a smaller city compared to New York or Chicago, but it is noticeably cleaner and safer. The public transportation system is excellent, there is no need for students to bring cars. Boston University is located within walking distance to major attractions such as Boston Commons and Newbury Street. There is ample shopping opportunity at the nearby Prudential Center. Many concerts are held on campus at Agganis Arena, which offers student prices for many major attractions.

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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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