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Reviews 2494 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: The student body at Boston University couldn't be more diverse if it tried. Ethnically, there are students from all over the world, in almost all of your classes. You will end up living with people- either as roommates or dorm mates- that come from very different backgrounds. People are very open to meeting different kinds of people- this includes people with different religious beliefs, economic backgrounds, and sexual orientation. If you are looking for a diverse school with its own mixed culture, Boston University is definitely the right place for you.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Although I am a graduate student it seems there is always something going on. BU today is a daily newsletter that constantly informs students of the activities that they can participate in on campus.

4 College Senior

Local Area: Boston is a great city and there is always something going on and something to do. However, the public transportation can be tricky.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Nightlife at BU is great. Since Boston is a college town there are students from many different schools, which many would consider a plus. Transportation is also pretty good, but if you plan on staying out late be ready to take a cab back because the trains stop running around 1 am.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm a film student and the film program at BU is top-notch. I feel super lucky to have the professors and classes that I'm currently taking as only a college sophomore. BU also offers a film internship program abroad in LA!

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is not as big a deal as it is in Southern schools. However, greek life still is there.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Boston University's campus for the most part is safe. However, because the campus is in the heart of Boston (just a block away from Fenway) there are a lot of non-students in the area. Students need to be extremely careful especially after dark when walking around campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: BU is a fantastic campus if (and only if) you love the city. Everything is modern, chic, and convenient. The main campus is stretched out down Commonwealth Avenue, and it has everything you could ever need. The food is great here, but there are countless restaurants on every block for those days when you want something a little different. There's lots of green space (The BU beach, the Comm lawn, the little lawns around Baystate Rd.) as long as you don't mind the sound of cars going by or the bell on the T (the subway).

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Boston University is not big on campus. What is seen more is drinking which is not done primarily on campus just parties on weekends

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: At Boston University, Greek life is a small community. Students know their presence but no one looks down upon you if you do not join one. They are liked because of the parties mostly and the other community events that happen around campus.

4 College Freshman

Academics: At BU, we have everything you can imagine. There are study across programs in six different continents that will help you in the future for your studies or field. The course selection is enormous; there is a wide variety of subjects that anyone can take e.g. management, classic studies, music class, archeology, and communications. The workload ours what anyone can expect considering it's college classes, but once you get the knowledge of how to study then it's not that much. Also big lecture classes have a discussion with it so you get both settings, big and small.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I am a student in the College of Arts and Sciences and am majoring in International Relations. My professors have had many life experiences in this field and in return know many facts and other things in this field. In addition, my professors are well known throughout the IR and Political field which can help students in their success.

3 College Junior

Majors: I enjoy the freedom it gives me during the day, as most classes are in the late afternoon and evening.

3 College Junior

Majors: I'm very happy with my program! It is offering me plenty of opportunities to help me towards me goals. My career goal is ultimately becoming a cinematographer in the film industry. My only concern is that I won't be prepared enough.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Depending on the Dining hall it could be great or horrible. Also you'll learn to pick which meals are worth the wait and which aren't. If all else fails, there's always pizza.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: We have a lot of international students, particularly from Asia, but there is very little racial diversity of U.S.-born students. Most students are upper-middle class, white, apathetically liberal, and vaguely Christian or Jewish. However, students of other backgrounds and identities are accepted and not viewed as "others." BU also has a very large gay community, and students here are definitely not homophobic.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are present. If you live in west, you can always smell, on any given day, someone smoking a joint and getting high. Hard drugs are harder to find. I don't really know anyone who does hard drugs. Drinking is big, but finding a place to get into is another story. Nothing is confined on a campus so finding a place can be difficult since most frats get shut down as well as the athletic houses on Ashford. Plus, most of the time you need to know someone who can get you in which makes it even more difficult.

3 College Freshman

Academics: They offer a lot of majors, but taking classes not within your major is hard. Also, double majoring isn't as easy as they make it seem. The professors can be nice but some are more concerned about their research then actually teaching the material especially in the science majors. The workload can be overwhelming in the sciences since each chem class has four sections to it and biology has two sections. Registration really can suck if you are later in the day especially for people who need the general classes with a lot of people also needing that class.

2 College Freshman

Academics: Biochemistry is really hard. The inorganic chem class (chem 109) is really meant to weed people out. If you can stick it out though, then it gets better.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's New England... Bring a coat and don't complain.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are great options right around campus (within a short walking distance) and of course the rest of Boston is extremely accessible as well. Whatever you're looking for, you'll be able to find it. Most of the places near campus aren't super taxing on a student's budget. You can get cheap fro-yo at a couple places near campus.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: To get around campus or to get around the city, the three main options are (1) walking, (2) taking the BU Shuttle, and (3) taking the MBTA bus/subway.

Walking is convenient (and free!) and definitely the most common form of transportation. Obviously people mostly walk to classes (unless they live off campus) and a good deal of Boston/Cambridge is also accessible by foot. It just depends how far you're willing to walk. The MFA, Fenway, the Prudential Center, MIT, and Newbury Street are all around a twenty minute walk from campus.

The BU Shuttle goes the length of the main campus and then it's route goes to the medical campus (which is a few miles away). It's free and fairly convenient. There are maybe 5-7 stops on campus. The only trouble is that the wait times are not always consistent. It usually comes every twenty minutes, but can be late. There is an online/smartphone app that tracks the locations of all the buses for you, though. Most times students don't use the shuttle unless (1) they are going from one end of campus to the other, (2) they are going to the medical campus, or (3) the weather is awful.

The bus/subway is pretty much only used to get off campus. It's $1.50 a bus ride and $2.00 a subway ride with a Charlie Card, and you can go anywhere in the greater Boston area using public transportation (though it may not be fast).

Other options like cabs and zipcars are available on campus, but I don't think many students use them. They're more expensive and you can't drive a zipcar unless you're 21.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Frats are where its at your first year, but it is sometimes difficult for guys to get in (and guys always have to pay at least $5). After freshman year though, people begin to throw house parties, and it becomes easier to party. Students also explore other universities for nightlife. There are clubs around campus, and many concert opportunities throughout Boston. NOTE: do not bring a fake i.d. - it is a huge state and university offense if you're caught - just not worth it.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are many students at BU that have scholarships and financial aid. Apply to as many university scholarships that fit your scenario, but don't be worried if you don't receive actual scholarships! Many students receive the necessary aid to make BU a reality - the financial aid department truly does their best to make it possible.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshmen housing at BU is not the greatest, but it is a lot of fun and a great place to make friends. After freshmen year, the housing options become MUCH nicer!

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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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