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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not a big pat of campus AT ALL. But if it is your thing, then there are loads of opportunities for it. Most parties (for girls) are at neighboring frats, so it's always a good idea to have frat friends.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: I never went to the gym, it was nice when I looked inside. We've got a rock climbing wall and lots of equipment.

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2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: absolutely no sense of community WHAT-SO-EVER. The university is expensive, and professors don't even teach half of the classes, T.A.'s do. I thought I liked cities until I came here, now I hate it. All the dorms are disgusting, except for StuVi and bay state. Not a lot of room for electives, only focused on research etc. Just not a good school in general, VERY easy to get lost and not have any friends.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus. The BU police are situated on campus and pretty quick to respond, and the streets are very well-lit. Sometimes I take walks at night, just because I can. There are generally other students out and about, but it doesn't feel dangerous at all. Boston University is very prompt in delivering emergency news, though there genuinely isn't any crime on campus; just around it. Since we're integrated into the city, though, they take steps to make sure we avoid areas where crime has happened. Their emergency alerts are fast (if not annoyingly persistent).

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There's a very diverse offering of courses at this school, and it's easy to find a good fit. Discretion is advised though; it's essential to look at RateMyProfessor before making an decisions. What I've learned is that the administration here sucks. They keep people on who don't deserve their jobs and get rid of those who do. You have to make sure not to get saddled with a professor who's nasty or ignorant and is only here because they have friends in high places.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school is very helpful with internships and jobs. I haven't taken full advantage of these facilities, yet, but I have many friends who were satisfied with the experience. I haven't seen many employers recruiting on campus, but that's probably because I'm a freshman and they typically don't target people my age. I haven't heard much about an alumni network, though BU has several famous alumni.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing process is a nightmare, but that's mostly because BU has so many students they have to accommodate, and rising sophomores get last pick of the housing lottery, so I'm biased. I think the dorms are generally great though. Standard fare, building wise, but very close to classes. I personally adore Warren Towers and definitely recommend it as a freshman housing option (especially if your classes are at BU Central); it's location is convenient, it has a City Co and Starbucks downstairs, and there's a dining hall built into it, which was amazing when it got really cold over the winter.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm saying "it's the best" because it's practically non-existent. One of my conditions for choosing a school was that it had to be one with very little Greek life on campus, and Boston University fit the bill. Sororities and Fraternities are there, but their impact on social life is low. Most people are indifferent to them, though many do enjoy their parties. I'd say they make a good impact in the community service scene, though; they fundraise a lot for charity, and that's pretty cool of them.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The interest in hockey here is pretty high. Hockey games draw in a lot of spectators, some of whom don't even go to our school. In other sectors, interest is a little lower. Hockey gets the most attention and most of the fan support. Agganis Arena is really state of the art as a result. I haven't really been to the soccer fields that often, but I'd say they're very well kept, too.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Boston University's a good school. The campus is gorgeous and integrated into the city, the professors do care about their students (though I feel their hands are often tied by the administration), and there are a lot of resources on campus.

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1 College Freshman

Health & Safety: the health center is terrible

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Jobs should be easy to come by with a BU degree

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Considering what we pay for it, the housing is average

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Many people join but not everyone. Those who do join love it though.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym is amazing and I go as often as I can. There are enough facitiles for everyone

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall BU has welcomed me with open arms. They have been helpful with everything and giving me the best education possible.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are blue lights everywhere, BUPD is responsive and active, dorm security is fantastic, and there are always people around. You needn't worry here

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Live in Warren your freshman year. After that, go for a brownstone, myles, west, or off-campus. StuVi and StuVi II are wicked nice but very expensive and near-impossible to get into unles you're a senior with a great lotto number or a member of Greek life (or one of the bigger clubs). Prepare for smallish rooms and old buildings.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: BU has a phenomenal men's hockey program (it's a big deal), and our basketball teams aren't bad. If you're into sports, you're pretty much limited to that as far as watching them, but getting involved in athletics is easy and very popular. If you're not into sports, you won't feel like you're missing out.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: BU is an academically intense school. If you're here just to party, you're better off elsewhere. That being said, there's never a shortage of things to do; classes are interesting, and there's a strong "campus feel" even though we don't have a traditional campus. Some Gen-eds are a little annoying, but it's a liberal arts school, and that foundation isn't a bad thing. I'm a communications student, and aside from the introductory "weed-out" courses, all my professors have been stellar. The dorms are ok, definitely live in Warren Towers as a freshman, and then go for a brownstone, the new Myles Standish hall, or an off-campus apartment. We have three dining halls, all of which have good food, but I'm a little tired of the basic "protien, rice, vegetable" combo. Fresh omlettes in the morning are excellent, however, especially at 100 bay state road. On-campus restuarants accept dining points, and that's where I usually eat, for variety's sake. The biggest drawback is the price, but I'm not regretting my decision at the moment.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are not a huge part of BU. Obviously there is some drinking and smoking pot, but in general it's okay.

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2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: From what I have heard, BU has a very bad reputation for sexual assault. However, you can also see that they are trying to improve the conditions with programs like SARP.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Courses at BU are very diverse and cover both core topics and individual case studies, which makes everything even more interesting. The professors all seem very knowledgable and are ready to help. However, professors also make you study very hard, and do not make it easy for you to get a good grade. It requires a lot of studying and discipline to get As here.

The overall structure of the courses and the semester is very easy to understand, and switching majors or changing courses (in the first few weeks of the semester) is easily done over the internet.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I found out that many people respect BU very much. Having great alumni like Martin Luther King and Owen Young gives us students a very privileged standing. Also, finding a job after getting a degree is fairly easy.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The campus is not really a campus. Commonwealth Avenue is very loud, and the T tracks in the middle of the road do not make it easy to cross the road. Also, the buildings do not have a common theme, and everything looks so random and not put together.

The main freshmen dorm, Warren towers, has way too many students in one dorm. On top of that the rooms are tiny and the common rooms are a joke. There is literally no opportunity to cook or bake, which forces you to purchase the extremely expensive dining plans. Also, housing is too expensive for what you get.

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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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