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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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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: I've never been on a bus or cab alone until I got to BU. There are 7 subway stops within BU's campus, the BU shuttle (BUS), and 57 (a local bus that runs along Commonwealth Ave). Cabs are everywhere at night and always present during the peak times such as the weekend at all times, move-in/out, spring/winter break, and Thanksgiving. Driving my whole life, I actually miss the public transit at home. It's safe, affordable, and convenient.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Pretty Decent – Labs in Mugar get cramped during finals. Bring your own laptop. It's mostly accepted in classrooms. Spotty wifi in some dorms (Warren, Hojo, some parts of South), but good connection with ethernet. I've never had disconnected Internet on an ethernet cable. It's $5 worth of a good investment. Printing quota is 100 pages/semester unless you enroll in a grad course; then it's 100 more pages per enrolled grad course. I brought my own printer because I wanted one and use the quota for big term papers. Small print jobs are for my own printer.

4 College Senior

Majors: You Will Love Mugar Library – The History Major at BU is excellent. There are several tracks to choose from so you can specialize in a certain area if you wish. The required classes for history majors are eye-opening and really useful. Most professors want to make you a better writer so if you are a poor writer, you may want to consider a different major. But, professors are willing to work with you as long as you show effort and come to office hours. The workload gets heavier as you progress, there's a lot of reading (several books a week) and a lot of writing. Internships are available in local historical societies and museums but you have to look for them yourself.

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3 College Senior

Campus Food: Fine If You Grew up Fast Food – The dining halls make great food if you grew up on Burger King. If you grew up eating fresh food, you will be disgusted. Vegetarians and vegans have a rotation of about four choices and salad. For everyone else, you will want to simply eat a lot of soup, sandwiches and pizza. Others have said the food is great but I don't agree.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Best for Upperclassmen – BU has some of the best and worst housing. Freshmen and sophomores have the absolute worst pick of housing, unless they get pulled in by an older friend. Juniors and seniors get the best housing available if they're willing to pay for it. Warren Towers is wretched, most freshmen live there. It looks like a prison, but is huge. It has three towers with the usual set-up being doubles and a communal hall bathroom. The three dorms on West Campus are similar, just further away and not connected. Towers is once again, the same set-up but less gross and less freshmen filled. Shelton and Myles are suites, with some stand-alone doubles and singles, with private bathrooms. StuVi 1 and 2 are luxury apartments that only seniors have the housing numbers to get into. South Campus and Bay State feature brownstones that can either be apartment style or doubles with a hall bathroom. Brownstones are also difficult to get into.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Boston Cuisine – Boston University stretches for over two miles down Comm. Ave. so there are plenty of easily accessible off-campus dining options. Additionally, the T runs down the BU campus so it's really easy to hop on and take the T to other parts of Boston. Boston offers a lot of Italian, Thai, Indian, and Mexican food so you're sure to find something you like close-by. The prices can be outrageous or cheap depending on where you go.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You'll Find Something – There are a bunch of different places around Boston to eat depending on your wallet size. There are places that are rather cheap right off campus, but once you start heading towards the Financial District and Government Center (the center of Boston), food becomes more expensive. There's a lot of diversity though, and you'll be able to find something that fits your wallet size.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: You'll Find Your Niche Here – There is a lot of diversity here at school, and so it's quite easy to meet people of different backgrounds, sexual orientation, and so forth. Due to all the diversity, Boston University becomes sort of a melting pot.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Better Than Most – The quality of food is never really a disappointment, though admittedly sometimes the choices can get old. There are many special dining nights throughout the year, which are always excellent--lobster night, visiting chef series, gourmet events. There are also always more healthy options, as well as vegan/vegetarian and sustainable foods. The dining point system is very fair, and can be used to get tons of food on campus, from Extreme Pita to delivery Domino's pizza. Also, it's great that one "swipe" for a meal means you can eat as much as you'd like and stay as long as you want.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The choices of academics, extracirrucular, teams, clubs and sporting events are unlimited. The people are fabulous and I've made wonderful friends. And to think, I was contemplating going to a different school! This is the best decision I've ever made!!!!!

5 College Freshman

Local Area: College Town – boston is surrounded by numerous colleges in a city and has so much to offer. Everything from museums, theater, art, shopping, sports, etc. Wonderful town

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive to Go to School in Big City – there are abudant number of beautiful apartments throughout boston but all are very expensive due to the fact that this school is in the heart of boston

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Happy to Start My Program – I will start my program in the fall of 2012. I am very excited. So far i am happy with my choice because it is a field that i wanted to explore since my childhood

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Little Bit Hard – The process of getting into my program was a little bit hard. This is due to the fact it is very competitive to get into the program therefore i needed to make sure that there were no mistakes in any step of my application. i needed to make sure that i have every chance on my side and that was not an easy thing to do. the difficulties that i encounter was writing my college essay and also the evaluation of college credit after i got admit to the program. This was because they asked for complete syllabi for all my previous courses and it was not easy to get them. In addition, i believe that my program has a very important application process

3 College Student

Weather: Sun Equals Fun – When the sun comes out at BU after a long winter, the change in attitude is night and day. People flock to the limited green spots on campus to lay out in the sun, toss a football, and enjoy each others company.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very Diverse – One of the main reasons I'm glad I came to BU is because of the diversity of its students. I never would have met so many international students if I had gone to a predominantly white university, or been exposed to the community of African Americans. Our school accepts anyone for who they are, including sexual and religious differences.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Good Variety – There is a good variety of restaurants and dinning options in the immediate surrounding neighborhoods. Newbury Street is close to the east end of campus and offers more pricy dining options, while west campus has more affordable and late-night dining options. T Anthony's pizza is a must try!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Great Variety – Boston University has a variety of on campus housing, including freshmen dormitories, suite style rooms, apartments, and brownstones. With 26 floors, the newest Student Village offers a fantastic view of Boston and has both suites and apartments for upperclassmen. The brownstones allow students to get the city feel while still being incorporated with student life. The West Campus dorms are the furthest away from the center of campus, but they are closer to the gym and have the best dining hall.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Some Better Than Others – The gym at BU is AWESOME. Only 6 years old, the state of the art building offers all types of fitness equipment and instructional classes from zumba to scuba. There is a large competition pool and a recreation pool, a 25 foot climbing wall, a 3 court gym and a 4 court gym for basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer and floor hockey. There are raquetball and squash courts and also a cafe. There is a new student center opening in the Fall, which should be awesome as well. However, the Mugar Memorial library desperately needs rennovation, as do most classrooms in the college of arts and sciences.

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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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