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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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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Always something to do, always events, concerts, sports, school events. The city is safe and so accessible.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Nightlife is much better for those 21+ because BU is so close to Boston, but there isn't a lot to do for the 18+ crowd. BU tries to create activities, but unlike other college the whole class will not attend, only a handful of students bother so the activities are often sub-par. When good BU events are set up, they can be difficult to get to and often involve waiting in line. Many events happen and the students have no idea...both because the events aren't good and the communication is poor.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Speaking as an extremely picky eater, I can say with confidence that BU has great dining options. The dining halls have good food, good hours, and good ambiance.Sunday brunch is AMAZING (chocolate chip pancakes, crepes, pizza, assorted pastries, egg sandwiches, smoothies, etc...). Dining dollars will buy you Starbucks coffee, late night food, and dominos pizza--all the college essentials.The only reason they didn't get an A+ is because the plans cater more towards people who eat lots and there isn't a small plan option for girls/ light eaters. I recommend starting with the plan that offers 9 meals a week, freshman usually pick 2 a day to start with, but that is way too many and you will always end up wasting them. Go for the option with more points and meals that roll over.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Lots of older buildings, it is Boston after all. The new apartment buildings are nice, but they are difficult to get into. Security in the freshman dorms stifles the college atmosphere (harder to party and meet people, its a process to get guests into the building)

1 College Junior

Weather: The weather in Boston is very confusing because it might be sunny in the morning and raining later in the afternoon. During the transition from fall to winter, you never know how to dress because it may be freezing outside, but the rooms are extremely warm. We also have some pretty bad wind tunnels, which are worse than the cold. And although we get a lot of snow, classes are usually never cancelled.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: BU is well and truly a mixing pot - people of all races, ethnicities, religions, sexuality combined attend this school, and the best thing? They're all accepted. It's a school celebrated for it's very diversity, even having established the Howard Thurman Center for just that.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: You're smack dab in the middle of Boston - one of the greatest cities to host a college campus. It's like the entire city is your playground, simply because your university happens to be nestled in the center of hubbub and activity. Italian? 10 minute T ride to North End. Shopping? Hop across the street to Newbury St. Adventure? Amory Park and trails are 5 minutes away. Boston University has a flavor for everyone.

1 College Senior

Majors: Finance program at SMG is lacking. Only four core courses (Capital Markets, Corporate Finance, Portfolio Investments, and one elective course). BU is a non-target school for finance which makes it difficult to land banking jobs unless you have a substantial network of contacts built up

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2 College Senior

Weather: Spring and fall can be beautiful, as is the summer but you pay for it in the winter. If you don't mind cold weather Boston is a great place to be.

3 College Senior

Technology: Available when an where you need them. Print quota is outrageous especially considering the administration covers it up as a sustainability practice when they are really trying to squeeze more $$$ out of the students.

College Senior

Greek Life: There are fraternities on campus for interested students.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are security guards at entrances of the large dorms, and all the small dorms are locked except to the residents that live there (you have to swipe your ID to get in). The campus feels safe, but that being said, BU is a city campus in a large metropolitan area, so there are always a lot of non-BU people around and crime is unavoidable. Be smart and nothing bad will probably happen to you!

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They're making me go to school during a hurricane.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: BU has many internship opportunities, they hols career expos every month. However, it is difficult to manage an internship with your other classes, especially your first two years of college

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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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