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Reviews 2509 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: This past year BU has had many problems with safety. At the beginning of the year, there were a string of armed robberies around campus. BU does a good job of alerting students when incidents take place on and around campus, but being in a big city, incidents are numerous and to be expected. I've never felt very unsafe, you just have to use common sense and be cautious when walking around at night.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Hockey has the largest share of school spirit although other sports share average school spirit.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There's a wide variety of types of people, but there aren't many that stand out, attractiveness-wise. Good sense in fashion is a common thing among students, minus the people on the school's sports teams most of the time.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I'm in the six-year doctor of physical therapy program, and I am extremely pleased by the curriculum. All of the professors in Sargent College are very supportive, intelligent and helpful. The experience you get through the internships is amazing and will be very beneficial in finding a job after college.

5 College Junior

Majors: I absolutely love my program (BMB). It's at an interesting interface of chemistry and biology. We aren't required to have the heavy math or physics of chemistry majors, or the ecology and general biology of bio majors. It's very challenging in a good way. Professors are amazing. BMB majors often can get a job doing research and working their own projects. We are getting a great education, in that we are learning skills directly applicable to work in a lab after college. I feel I am learning what is necessary for MCATs and medical school. Very satisfied.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The UROP research program is amazing. There are so many opportunities to get involved with research if you are driven. I am pre-med, and take all those huge survey classes, but I have never felt that I couldn't get help if I needed it. My professors have always been amazing at setting up individual appointments. The academics programs are good if you look for opportunities. It's not easy, nothing is handed to you. But if you are persistent, good things will come.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Since BU runs along a very large street for the city of Boston, the transportation isn't always that reliable. The BU shuttle is free, and the MBTA runs trains and buses all along the stretch of BU's campus as well, but depending on the weather, you'll never know when they show up so I wouldn't plan on making it to your class if you expect the train to come 15 minutes before hand. Honestly, it's easiest just to walk or ride a bike.
For night transport, there's a number on the back of everyone's student ID's you can call and they'll help you out. Usually they only escort students at night, but they even helped my roommate back to our dorm from student health services after she was ill during the day, all I had to do was ask around a bit.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Depending on the dorm you get into, it can be amazing, or horrendous.
Warren towers is famous for it's cramped rooms, party atmosphere, and altogether classic "freshman dorm". It's the 3rd largest non-military dorm in the country, and it's a well-earned title.
As a freshman, I lived in a specialty house in a brownstone on Baystate, which I loved. I got to know everyone in the house, and most everyone is in the dorm because of a common interest. I had gone to boarding school for 3 years before attending BU, so I was so thankful I didn't have to live in a "freshman dorm" type living situation for another year.
Since the specialty house, I've moved to Shelton hall, which I love just as much, if not more. I have a spacious double room (with my roommate), and we have our own bathroom with a shower and tub. My floor is rather quiet, which I prefer as I like to focus more on my studies when in my room, rather than socializing.
That being said, there are dorms for each. Most of the bigger dorms lean themselves towards socializing and partying (especially Warren). Shelton is still a big dorm, but not as gigantic as the dorms on West or even Towers.
Apartment style living is also available, though is different from normal dormitory-style living.
The location of the dorm is also imperative, unless you enjoy walking a mile to class in the snow. Shelton isn't too far from the main CAS building, and it's a block away from SMG. Moreover, it's across the street from the brand new dining hall, so my location is perfect for me. But, CFA students, for example, might not enjoy Shelton since it's a looonnngg walk over to the CFA building. Likewise the gym is nearly 6 MBTA stops away.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I came from a very small boarding school to Boston University, because I needed to expand and broaden my horizons. I love it because I'm studying something fairly specialized and the resources I can take advantage of at BU outstanding. There's a huge variety of classes, the professors are all nice and helpful, and I couldn't be happier with what I'm studying. However, getting to the actual class part always seems a little daunting.
Registration sometimes creeps up on you if you aren't ready for it, but BU has it planned out depending on your year and your student ID number, and the date and time is always posted on the student link which you can access online, which makes it all very easy. Likewise, choosing classes is fairly easy because there's a tracker online for what you need to complete in order to finish whatever major/minor(s) you're pursuing.
There will always be popular areas of study, biology, for example. I can't speak from experience because I'm not studying something as popular, but registering for those classes is always harder because of the sheer number of students trying to get into them. BU has taken steps so there are more than one section for popular classes, more often than not.
The possibilities at BU are wonderfully overwhelming. For someone like me who yearns to always be surrounded by new information and material, it's a dream come true. However, the amount of work expected is often straining. Depending on your area of study, the workload can be light, to feeling like you're drowning in it. But of course it also depends how you handle it.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Cheap and close to parties but low-quality and not in a nice part of town or close to campus.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Great house parties if you can find them; harder as a freshman before you know anyone.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Alot of Asians and Indians and a bunch of White caucasians too. Its pretty diverse!

4 College Junior

Transportation: The T runs right through our campus, which is convenient for those who need to get in and out of the city in a hurry. The shuttle we have is hit and miss in terms of timing but does run more frequently during weekday hours and runs on weekend nights after the T closes. The 57 bus also runs in our campus fairly often too and is cheaper than the T

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Nightlife is very active in a variety ways. Greek life is almost always throwing down on weekends, sometimes weekdays too. If you don't want to go to a frat party, a bunch of athletic teams and club teams have their own apartments or houses which sometimes party too, and there is a good chance one of the friends you make will know somebody if you don't. Also, tons of students are club promoters if you want to go clubbing, and when you are 21+ a lot of people go to bars.

5 College Junior

Local Area: Can you get better than Boston? The city is built for kids our age, and BU has access to all of it because it is super easy to just hop on the T rail which runs down the middle of campus, so you can get anywhere in the city without a car, and even into Cambridge and beyond.

When me and my fraternity brothers were pledging, we had one activity where we had to run around Boston on a Sunday, and we literally saw three separate festivals going on, all on the same day. Very active city with many things to do.


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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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