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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.

3 College Junior

Administration: It's never been a real problem for me, but I know a couple of my friends have gotten written up for noise violations or drinking. Hasn't seemed to be a big deal. The only real bad thing I can think of is I know one girl who is getting kicked out of her dorm for getting caught a LOT of times and being sent to the hospital too much, so just don't be like her.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Boston University is very diverse in regards to having students from various backgrounds. The city environment hosts a general liberal school of thought, but no one judges anyone based on political views, religion, sexual orientation or economic background. Its the ethnic/racial diversity that BU lacks. The majority is white (like most colleges in America) with small percentages (probably around %15 or less) of blacks, Asians, Hispanics etc. Even though the numbers are a bit off, BU is tolerant of any difference a person may have.

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: computers available in the library. good connections in the dorms. some internet programs can become slow during finals

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: typical of Northeast; transportation available and student alerts about cancelled classes

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: not a huge drug scene. most people that partake are using marijuana only.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking is available for students, but it can be costly. There is very limited free parking available, but it is typical of other cities.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Out of most programs, business is typically the most promising career-wise. I don't really like how we only get to "concentrate" in accounting, finance, etc, rather than major in it, but it is what it is. The school has a good reputation in the area and the nation. By no means is it easy, but they do a lot to make sure you're prepared. There are a lot of internship opportunities because of the sheer number of companies in the area. I plan to get an internship some time before graduation and hopefully retain a permanent position after graduation.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Coming from the Pacific Northwest, I think the weather here is pretty good. There are a lot of sunny days, and it's not a terribly cold place. It's December right now, and we've still gotten a handful of 50 degree days. However, when it rans here, it pours, which is very different from the West.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Naturally, when you choose to go to school in a city like Boston, there are certain trade-offs. For example, housing is relatively pricey and not that great; however, from a mathematical perspective, it is cheaper to live off campus if you don't have a great deal in financial aid of scholarships.

2 College Sophomore

Technology: Ideally, a BU student will have their own laptop--the system here is based on that supposition. There are computers at the Mugar Library, as well as the library within the School of Management; however, depending on where you live, they're not always convenient. Nonetheless, the school's wifi is very fast and never down. Printers on campus are connected via wifi, as well. Depending on where you live, however, printers may not be available in your dorm hall, or may be a journey (i.e. you live on the 9th floor and printing is on the 1st floor). Basically, you should bring your own printer, too.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are great, always have time for their students. The registration process is easy and fair, although sometimes people don't get into the classes they need to. Workload is ok, but grading is much tougher than state schools.

5 College Freshman

Weather: When I signed up to live in Boston I thought I would be living like an Eskimo, but this winter has been absolutely gorgeous! Sweaters and light jackets do the job. It is December and it feels and looks like a perfect fall day. Couldn't ask for anything better.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I feel like the University is strict when it needs to be but isn't so uptight that it punishes students for silly issues that can be easily resolved without disciplinary action.

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I recieved an okay amount after months and months of battling. However, I had a unique situation where paperwork got messed up. Still, it took a lot on my part. Most of my friends didn't have nearly as much hassle though.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation at Boston University is pretty good. On campus, there are always a few shuttle buses running, and there is a schedule that you can download onto most smartphones. These buses are free for everyone. Also, the campus is a strip, and running down the middle of it is a t rail- when the bus is late and the weather is bad, you can always use the t (although taking it a lot can get pretty expensive). Then there are the usual things you find in a city-taxis and buses can be seen frequently, and they are of average cost. Only down side is that the t is pretty slow, and doesn't really run on a consistent schedule. You can, however, take the t all the way to the airport, which is super convenient.

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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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