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5 College Junior

Local Area: Boston is a smaller city compared to New York or Chicago, but it is noticeably cleaner and safer. The public transportation system is excellent, there is no need for students to bring cars. Boston University is located within walking distance to major attractions such as Boston Commons and Newbury Street. There is ample shopping opportunity at the nearby Prudential Center. Many concerts are held on campus at Agganis Arena, which offers student prices for many major attractions.

4 College Junior

Technology: The library is huge and printers are available in all major large dormitories. You can send any documents to a BU printer so long as you have an account set up with ResNet. The IT department (located in the main library( can help you establish this account. Students are allotted a certain number of pages for printing each semester, after that students may purchase additional pages.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: BU has hired Boston Police (in addition to Boston University's internal Police Department) to handle the issue of drug usage and alcohol visibility. Drugs are not allowed on campus, despite the fact that Massachusetts has decriminalized marijuana.

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: There is wireless all over campus, so you can pretty much take your laptop anywhere and be connected. The easiest place to print is Mugar library, although there are a number of other places one can print, but you'll have to figure those out for yourself, as no one will tell you where else they are! The internet is fairly average, can be a bit slow at times. It's much more convenient to have your own printer for those days when it's rainy and/or absolutely freezing outside.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I'm a history major-International relations track, and although I enjoy some of the classes, there really is not a coherent set of courses in this major. They are also lacking classes in some areas, such as African history. The classes seem quite scattered and some of the professors can be very dry, despite interesting subject matter. I know they offer internships and it's quite a small major, so if you're interested in a certain area, there will be someone willing to help you achieve it. There are some awesome professors in this major, just have to seek them out!

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Alcohol would be the biggest thing on campus, but it's not in your face, although if you want, you can always find a party or whatnot. Quite a few people smoke, but, again, not a crowd or scene you have to be around if you'd prefer not to be.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Overall, the academics are probably not too bad, but some courses, such as science ones, have way too many students in them.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: BU just got a brand new 2-story dining hall to add to the collection of others we have. They have lots of options including many, many vegetarian and vegan options! But don't worry. There are awesome burgers and junk food too if you are in the mood. Tad expensive freshman year, when you have to buy the meal plan, but after that you have the option to opt out of it. There are also many different options that cost less. Overall, it's pretty fantastic.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Between the Mugar Library and other facilities, computers are always available. They aren't the very newest but they newer than what I have seen at many similar colleges and all work well.

3 College Junior

Majors: Biology is a very popular major. And many of freshman bio major students are pre-med. So basic/intro biology classes are very large and competitive, but since the classes themselves are too large. I can say that many classes under 300 levels (and couple of 300 level courses) are very inefficient. But once you get into the higher level courses (having students less than 80s), they are different and interesting, since professors start to remember your name. Normally, professors and TFs loves to help you during their office hour, so if you need a help, don't even hesitate.

3 College Junior

Majors: I was originally International Relations major, so there is not much information that I can offer for biology major. Yet, if you are an international student, Boston University requires you to submit certain level of TOEFL grade for each sections.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I did a summer semester at USC which is known as the Harvard of film schools, and I honestly think I am getting a better film and tv education at BU.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am a film and television major. The classes I'm taking now are great, but I wasn't able to take any Film and TV specific courses freshman year, just general communications courses that had nothing to do with film.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: BU is probably one of the most diverse colleges. There is no one "type" of student. While predominately caucasian and asian, there are people of all ethnicities and religions, political beliefs, backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, and sexual orientations.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: As a vegetarian, it is very difficult to find something to eat in the dining halls other than pizza pasta and cereal. They have vegetarian options but they are usually either contaminated or just gross. Late Night is awesome though. The new dining hall on Bay State is supposed to be pretty nice, but I just moved off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of basic chinese, italian, ect.. around campus. Nothing too interesting, but there's enough.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene at BU is pretty prevelant. It's easy to find marjuana and probably just as easy to get more of the harder stuff, you are in a major city. Mostly though marjuana is the most common drug seen on campus. Drinking is much more common though.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing can be tricky. Apartments around here are easy to find, but the prices are usually on the expensive side. Also, sometimes the conditions of the places aren't great. But if you look hare enough, it's easy to find a hidden gem.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: BU is a great school to go to. I love it! The academics are challenging (unless you are in CGS) and the professors I've had have been open and excited to teach. You'll hear students complain about the administration and other small things like that, but all in all BU is awesome.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking spots are limited; you are in the city! Be careful of tow zones and permit parking. On top of expensive permits, driving in MA can get bad. Be careful!

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The Fitness and Recreation Center (Fitrec) is honestly the nicest athletic complex you will ever be a member of. Do take advantage of it! It's facilities are breathtaking, completely safe, and they offer tons of great credit and non-credit classes that will seriously enhance your quality of life here.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The fact that the campus is integrated into the city landscape is a great feature that you don't often get with most colleges. There is always something to do, whether it's going out with friends on a weekend night or going to an always entertaining school-sponsored event. I've never played such an intense game of Bingo!

5 College Freshman

Weather: While rain can make getting to class a bummer, it's usually pretty beautiful weather and feels great compared to the heat and humidity I'm used to, coming from the south.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Boston is great. There's great restaurants and a lot of things to do. Shops are pretty much everywhere and there are alot of museums as well as the feredom trail. It's right where other colleges are so there is a lot of interaction. Lots to do at night or on the weekends. And a great running trail along the charles where you can rollerblade and bike as well.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Most BU professors are experienced professionals in their field, they provide a real life insight of what to expect for students aspiring for a certain career. They are interested and passionate about their subjects so they are engaging during lecture, they are also networks to future job or internship openings for graduating students.

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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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