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Reviews 2862 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Senior

Weather: The weather is always changing, if you grew up in New England you will like it but people from other areas sometimes have a problem.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: Great dining food. I fell in love with the food, so I decided to come here (partially)
Now that they have only 3 dining halls on campus, I am disappointed by decrease in options.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: They say they give out scholarships, but ask any current BU students... People will say BU is squeezing the money out of student's pocket. BU doesn't have much endowments, but all the money to build new buildings and all sorts of "projects" come from the student's tuition. I know I sound really bitter, but the stingy financial aid is one of the reasons I'm doing surveys to perhaps continue my college education.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Do not bring a car with you to campus. You're going to be paying overpriced parking permit costs or getting lucky to find an open space on the street. And if there's a snow storm and the streets get's hopeless.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I received a good amount of financial aid and was very fortunate however it was and is still a struggle to pay the bill.

4 College Junior

Technology: The library is filled with computers that any student can use and it is fairly easy to get a computer.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Boston is filled with apartments however some students can find houses for clubs. Parking is difficult but living off campus is definitely cheaper than on campus living.

3 College Junior

Administration: The University is fairly strict on drinking and drugs however the strictness makes students feel more safe. The University although very strict does everything it can to work with students. Boston University is strict however there are plenty of other ways to have fun with many other off campus events.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The T (subway) is pretty good around the town, but you really don't need it. I've walked all the way across Boston in about 3 hours. It's cheap and runs until Midnight (going to run later soon). It can add up if you use it everyday, but it's nice for just weekend outings.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Although there are drugs (mainly marijuana) and alcohol, a person can avoid these if they want. It is a choice as nobody on campus actually would force you to drink or do drugs. People will ask and offer, but nobody tries to peer pressure you.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid at BU is generally generous in comparison to other schools and you get a comparable package in following years as long as there have been no drastic changes to your financial situation. Considering how expensive BU is, the financial aid office is generally willing to work with you. You can also appeal your package which sometimes leads to more aid. However, there was an article saying that BU makes it hard for students who need the aid to attend and instead give it to smart/impressive students who don't need the money as badly to persuade them to attend.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus and dorms of BU are safe, in my opinion. There is a security guard at the entrance of each large dorm and you have to swipe & show your ID when you enter the dorm. The guest policy is a little ridiculous sometimes, like having to sign another on-campus student into your dorm if they live in a different dorm after 2 am, but it all adds to the safety of campus. As far as "weekend" strictness goes, some people (particularly freshmen) get in trouble for drinking in dorms and if you can't swipe in after a bunch of tries and are clearly drunk the security guard will probably tell the RA on call which will lead to a trip to the hospital. As long as you are smart & discreet usually everything is fine.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: BU is in the city and therefore you never know where you will be parking in relation to your classes. Most people do not have cars on campus

3 College Sophomore

Technology: There are a fair amount of computers in Mugar although around finals time a lot more people are using them and it's a little bit harder to find an available one. However, when it it isn't testing time there are usually a lot available. Most people have laptops, though. There is wireless printing in Mugar and in each section of campus (ie West has a printer in Rich Hall, Stuvi2 has a printer) and while I was able to set up the printing system easily, some people have trouble setting it up (however you can easily get help to set it up!!). The wifi is fast and usually good, there are probably one or two times a year where wifi will go down for a few hours (rarely!). However having to wait for the wifi to reconnect each time you open/close your laptop can be a bit bothersome if you are used to your wifi automatically being "on"

4 College Junior

Academics: Challenging classes, but great teachers. As long as you are willing to do the work, the academics will work for you. The programs are great, teachers are available to you - just don't expect someone to sit around telling you when you need to work harder, you'll need to drive yourself to success.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of restaurants around the BU campus - the hard part is deciding which one to spend your money on! It's very easy to walk to the local off campus businesses if you go through kenmore square or back through south campus!

5 College Junior

Academics: The academics are definitely challenging but worth it! Teachers are helpful, sometimes TA's are even more so than the teachers! You will have to work very hard, but it will be worth it.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Hockey is everywhere and it's definitely fun! The fit rec center is awesome no matter what you like to do for exercise and the atmosphere around athletics is very inclusive.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I wish I had received more financial aid, but the amount that I did receive was easy to get.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I come from practically the ultimate diverse place in the states. So to me, BU (and Boston in general) does not compare although there is great diversity here. However, as a first generation, low income minority, I can tell you that socio-economic backgrounds are not too diverse. Many people who come to this school have money and spend it. Boston is a pretty accepting place, but objectively speaking, there are many democrats here and white people.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of options within the actual campus, copious amounts of options beyond.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The subway/trolley system (The T) runs right through the middle of campus! Between the T, public buses, the BU buses, and other city transportation getting around campus and the city in general is super easy.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Loved my program, if I could choose again, I'd do the same no doubt! I have slight concerns about finding jobs in my field but that will never stop me

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Wasn't difficult at all getting in. BU looks for students with a drive to learn and who have great qualities that will add to the Bu community!

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Loved my small, close knit program! Marine Science is extremely hands on from your first year, gaining crucial research experience and skills. The workload isn't always easy but it is always enjoyable and interesting. Great job/internships opportunities since BU has a great partnership with the New England Aquarium!


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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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