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3 College Junior

Greek Life: For the most part, the Greeks are friendly, there are the occasional snobby Greeks, but Greek life isn't huge here.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The games are always energetic and fun, and for the students who aren't athletes but like to stay in shape there are tons of classes available at a well-kept gym, FitRec.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: This is a low-key school, no pressure to party if that is not your thing but plenty of opportunities to join clubs, go to sporting events, and be actively involved and socially engaged in the way that you want.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: I never really go to any sporting events, but lots of people do.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really don't think that I made the right choice for me, but it's a good school.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: i like it i just don't love it

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The school cares greatly about student safety. Whenever an issue is present, the school immediately reaches out to students through emails, texts, voice messages... to ensure students stay safe on campus. Students also feel comfortable in reaching out to BUPD or on campus officials whenever they feel unsafe. Although there are still dangers to walking alone at night, overall I feel safe on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Depends on where you're living. For where I'm living now (Warren Towers), it is a freshman dorm so everyone here are freshman and wants to know each other and make friends, thus it is more social than probably other dorms. It is also located in the central of campus right in front of CAS, and there are numerous facilities (laundry room, study lounge, mail room...) alongside a dining hall so it is extremely convenient to get to class and get food. One downside would probably be the quality of the rooms (can remind people of a prison) and size of a room (quite small). But overall it is quite a good dorm for freshman to live in and I met some of my closest friends here. Wouldn't want to live here next year though.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Everyone here is really friendly and willing to help you. I currently live in a freshman dorm and everyone is willing to talk to one another. I love the diverse population here at BU. You can meet people from other countries and learn about other cultures, while at the same time find people from your home town and find a piece of home. Professors and TA's are also really helpful and willing to offer assistance for students. Some professors genuinely care about the well-being of their students and aren't all always about academics and want to know who you are outside the classroom. I guess one downside is the clubs I'm interested in and wish to join haven't been extremely active and thus I wasn't really involved in much activities.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Mostly hang with friends at the dorm

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Have been to a couple but prefer to hang with friends

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Lots of choices to choose from unless you are locked into a certain major with set course schedules

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many students from all over the world from different races, religions, sexual and economic backgrounds. Certain foreign students tend to stick together and not interact but I have met many others willing to meet new friends.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are those that do but there is no pressure to join them.

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing system is absolutely poor. They charge thousands of dollars and jampack multiple students in rooms only meant for one. They take old decrepid buildings, put a BU sign on it and that's it. No renovations or even safety measures have been made. Very disappointed.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's a little hard to describe greek life at BU since in the past year there was an influx of community involvement increasing from 13 to 17% participation rate. Everyone is supposed to get a bid, but that doesn't mean that everyone accepts the bid or feels like it's an appropriate match.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our gym was recently redone so all the equipment is brand new.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: In terms of academicia and being prepared for the working world, Boston University is exceptional. Unfortunately, the diversity is lacking at the university and there are often inappropriate incidences due to ignorance and racism. There are also not too many opportunities to be social due to the face that all surrounding clubs are 21+. Although I do have friends, it's hard to meet people and network due to the style of the campus.

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2 College Senior

Party Scene: Compared to other large schools, BU's party scene is pretty small. You usually have to know someone to get in, or to even find out where they are.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Most nightlife comes from frat parties, which often get shut down and are super crowded. Mostly full of freshmen doing the Allston Crawl.

3 College Senior

Academics: While there are tons of courses, the number available per semester could be larger given the size of the school. Registration is interesting. You're allotted a time slot during which you register for your classes online, and while it often causes panic, it's better than most schools. The only time I haven't gotten into a class I wanted was for the writing program, which all freshmen have to partake in, and for some PDPs (classes at the gym). The library is very dated and not nearly big enough to accommodate students wishing to study at busy times of the year.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: There are tons of international students, but most of them come from the same places. The large majority of students come from New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut and know very little about the rest of the country. Almost everyone here is extremely liberal and intolerant of people with other political views. There is a larger-than-usual gay community at BU.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: I don't really notice any drug problems, but BU is overly strict about alcohol, with strict limits even for students age 21 and up.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I've never felt in danger while on campus. If you feel unsafe walking home, you can call a service that will send you two students to escort you. One thing BU really fails at, though, is handling sexual assault cases.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I generally enjoy my courses and have had a lot of great professors. One thing that is slightly annoying is that it's a lot easier to get to know your Teaching Fellows than your professor. Since so many classes have extra discussion sections, the TFs are the ones that your professors will often urge you to go to if you need help. This is problematic if you want recommendations for grad school or something of the like.

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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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