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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: You Get What You Give – I had an amazing experience personally, but this is because I actively sought to embed myself in multiple microcasms of the BU community. BU is not a school where people will just come by and recruit you into something, and it's not one where Professors are going to hold your hand into grad school. Go to office hours, talk in class, join or found a club, and you'll have a blast like I did.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: On campus it is a bad idea to have or use drugs, on academic property or in large dorms. The small brownstone and apartment housing, and the esplanade (off campus) behind Baystate Road frequently smell of marijuana. Pot is decriminalized in Boston and you can tell. The University has a much stricter rule than the city. So if you're going to engage in that sort of activity, do it off campus.

1 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Swift and Severe – BU has a zero tolerance policy that can make BYU look progressive. Even in the case of making a good decision to, say, get a friend suffering alcohol poisoning an ambulance, you will get punished without any chance of appeal. Do not bring drugs to this campus, the risk is too high. It is slightly better in the small brownstone housing, since RA's are less likely to be around, but in large dorms such as Warren Towers - people are evicted from Student Housing with alarming frequency.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Learning and Preparing for a Job – I am in Biology with a specialization in Ecology and Conservation. I found a volunteer position in a marine biology lab my freshman year! BU strongly encourages science majors to get involved in a laboratory and provides a lot of advice and support for premeds. The teachers are all passionate about what they do, and most science teachers also conduct amazing research. BU also has a phenomenal study abroad program. The majority of students end up studying abroad for a semester. I am planning to go to Ecuador for the Ecology program, where I will take classes and participate in field research. Bio & Ecolo as well as Marine Science students also have the opportunity to participate in the Marine Science semester which gives credit for a whole semester of field research in Boston!

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: BU has been voted the best place to go to school at by the Huffington Post and for good reason. The city atmosphere makes the school young, vibrant, and exciting. Though the school is large, all of the student activities and clubs are so well organized that finding your place at BU and meeting people you love is easy. BU has great school spirit and such a variety of fun and interesting people.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Yes, the big thing at BU which is universally hated by all students is the grade deflation, especially in science, engineering, and math courses. I was personally frustrated many times because I felt like I was learning so much and my grades did not reflect that the way that I wanted it to.
Despite this the teachers at BU are very kind, accessible, and more than happy to help. Since the classes at BU are large the student must take the initiative to seek out the teachers' help. But all of the teachers I have approached have been overwhelmingly kind and helpful.
Core Curriculum really helped to improve my writing and my science and math courses all taught me so much.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Be Smart – Boston University is a very safe school as long as you are smart about it. You have to remember that Boston is a very large city and since BU is just a street in Boston there are many non-students who you will interact with. The BUPD and Boston Police are very responsive and helpful for whatever you need.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There are some buildings that are very modern and up to date, but other buildings like the College of Arts and Sciences is very old and has not seen a lot of improvements recently which only makes it stick out more compared to the new modern buildings.

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3 College Senior

Parking: Red Sox Games Are the Worst – I am a BU parking expert. It usually takes me 10+ times to find on-campus parking during a Red Sox Game. Parking is very expensive and inconvenient. I find myself waking up every morning at 8 to fill the meter. Then, I constantly have to refill it.

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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There is a lot of diversity and people from all walks of life.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: Apartment Parties Are the Way to Go – Most of Boston has a great nightlife, but it'f for those who are 21 or older. For any other college student, apartment or house parties are definitely the best. Your fellow students usually know the best music to play and have the same idea of what a good time means, so it's a lot more fun than clubs (and cheaper too). MIT frat parties are fun for freshmen, but it gets old fast, off-campus parties are the best.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It Gets Better in Time – I love housing! It is guaranteed for all four years and are pretty nice.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Boys Win – The ratio is 60 - 40% Female to Male. Most of the males are homosexual, so straight guys have got the in! Haha

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Limited Reliability – The BU bus does not utilize a schedule which makes it very difficult to know when it's coming. Often times the buses take 25 minutes between one another when they're only supposed to take about 10 minutes. Even if you are lucky enough to catch the BU bus, keep your fingers crossed that it is a double bus because if it happens to be a single then there is a good chance that you'll have to wait for the next one due to overcrowding.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: BU offers their own company of Shuttle Buses which, during the academic year, runs the entire campus--from the main campus to the medical campus--and picks up students at each designated stop every 15-30 minutes, with frequency tapering off later in the evening/night. There are also the MBTA trolley (Green, B-line) that runs straight through the campus on Commonwealth Avenue; MBTA buses; and a host of taxi drivers.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are many outlets for people to have fun (on weekend nights, if you are responsible): parties in dorms, house parties, many nightclubs only a couple of miles away from the main campus which are accessible by the trolley or by taxi. There are many 18-and-older clubs in the area, which attract party-going BU students.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diverse and Accepting Environment of All Walks of Life – All ethnicities/races are represented in substantial numbers; though the majority is white people. Boston University also houses a center (Howard Thurman Center) where people of all different backgrounds meet to talk about their diverse backgrounds and experiences. There is also a center for Gender & Sexuality Activism, and there are a lot of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) students on campus, so students are almost always very accepting. There are many different clubs for students of different political beliefs (e.g. there are libertarian, democrat, communist, and republican clubs) and for those of different religions.

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not a Thing – Greek life isn't really huge at all. Aside from frat parties, Greek life doesn't really have any impact on non-Greeks. There aren't even sorority houses - they're illegal in Boston.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – I've never felt unsafe at BU. As long as you're smart (not walking around the Esplanade alone at 3 am), you'll be fine. And if anything does happen, BU Alert lets you know immediately.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: City Living – Everything on campus is within walking distance, and for everything that's kind of far away (museums, Symphony Hall) there's the T.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Absolutely Excellent – Not gonna lie, it can get a bit pricey but boston's food scene is top notch! You can find anything your heart desires: asian, italian, indian cuisine - you name it. I'm personally a sucker for the north end's italian food. Moral of the store - you will always have options outside of BU's dining hall, but then again, the dining hall food is pretty good too so it's a win-win.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Definite Eye Candy – You really cannot go anywhere without seeing a gorgeous girl. Dressing to impress seems to be a daily thing. On top of that, the girls are generally sweet and super friendly - there are a few stuck up ones but not as much as you'd expect. BU is a very happy place for single guys. This is especially true considering the majority of the campus is female and good percentage of the guys aren't exactly for the female charm.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: Pretty Challenging – Boston University is ranked pretty high for it's Biomedical Engineering program so getting in is nothing to sneeze at. You need solid grades in your math and science highschool course work as well as above average math and science SAT II scores. You definitely have to put in effort for this. A good tip I want to throw in is spend a significant amount of time of all the essays for BU. Believe it or not, they can and will save you.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: First Time Seeing White People – I never saw so many white people until coming to college. This is probably because of my upbringing, but in reality, BU isn't as diverse as people claim it to be. It's more diverse than a small town in the South, but not as diverse as New York or LA. There are a lot of international Asian students, some Latino students, and a handful of Black students. However, it's not a racist school. I know Black, Latino, and Asian students who have never had a problem with racism or prejudice. You might come across a bigot here or there, but that's expected in such a large group of students. In terms of sexuality, BU is very sexuality tolerant. Homosexuality was looked down at BU in the past, but not anymore. It's a very gay friendly campus. Economically, there are a handful of wealthy students, but the majority are on loans. Politically, depends. You'll find a nice spectrum here. Religiously, there's a chapel in the middle of the school. Every major religion is present here, but I feel it's a bit more religious than other schools.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: As a recent transfer to the psychology program from neuroscience, both departments have been helpful. However, the neuroscience dept is relatively new, so be on the lookout for changes randomly. I thought it was a bit unorganized, but I am very organized so that might be why. As for advising, most advisors are pretty amazing. I've heard some bad things about a few pre-med advisors, but that's expected at every school. You can change your advisor and major pretty easily. My workload is seemingly easy for a psych major, which is why I plan to do some research during the academic year. The psych curriculum is pretty diverse and reputable, but I've seen more diverse and more class offerings at some state schools. Facilities are decent. There's a lot of collaboration between neighboring colleges. So many job opportunities, but I might need more than a BA in Psych to go into research. You also have the option to create your own major if that's something you really want.

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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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