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Reviews 2948 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: 90% of the year it was either bitterly cold or deathly hot. But you had the fall and spring (only 6 weeks total it felt like), that were nice.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The study abroad and co-op programs are growing at Boston U. But when I was there, only a few student were allowed to participate.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Boston U. has a great diversity of people and international students that make up a large percentage of the demographic at Boston U. There was also a lot of different personalities and people at Boston U.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I had to go to the ER 4 times in my undergraduate years from sports injuries, and each time I had to be transported from the Health Services Center because they did not have the proper equipment to patch me up. But when it came to being sick, they were able to prescribe medication without any hassle.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Our off-campus apartment on Glenville had foundation problems and all the bedrooms slanted towards the living room. Also there were loud and obnoxious homeless people living in a nearby parking lot. Finally, it was expensive and didn't have that many amenities.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The university has buffet style eating, where you can make your own wrap, waffles, salads, etc. But they also have a grill and stir fry chef to cook you something nice.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Boston U has a Greek life that does not dominate the college scene. They have plenty of parties, but really it isn't that influential. Most people partied with their friends more than at frats and sororities.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: In Boston, the public transportation, MBTA system, is a great system, spanning the entire metropolitan area of Boston, but sometimes it would shut down for a couple days at a time. When the subway shut down, you had to get on a bus, but buses didn't necessarily stop at the same stops as the subway did. Also, it did not run past 1AM, which means that studying until 2AM wasn't always a smart option.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Most dorms did not have adequate A/C; also, rules were very strict in terms of partying in dorms, how many guests were allowed, and when in dorm study halls were opened (i.e. they closed at 12-2). Also, there were not always a lot of eating options nearby. The on-campus apartments were awesome though: good space, all night areas, and most importantly, lots of eating options nearby.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: I love the transportation around BU. The shuttle is enormously helpful at most times, even very late/early. The "T" (subway system of Boston) has multiple stops on campus and is very cheap as well

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most people's belief systems at BU are very progressive and accepting, and with 40,000 students, one can expect diversity, and BU certainly delivers

4 College Junior

Technology: Very rare that the computer labs will be crowded, most students take their laptops and head for Mugar/GSU. However, the dorm labs fill up around finals and midterms.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Like most schools, there is a steady mix of characters.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Fit Rec is the greatest gift to student fitness imaginable. I've been to the colleges of many friends, and none of them even come close to fit rec. Everything is brand new and state of the art, there is racket ball and massive courts for every sport possible. There is even badminton!

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Ridiculously easy to find a living arrangement in Boston. If you're poor and desperate, you can always rent a room within a house for very cheap.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Professors and staff are generally always willing to help and ensure that you have no more issues before parting with them. There is a noticeable deflation in grades, but if you do your work and put in the hours, you'll get a fair grade.

5 College Junior

Majors: BU is very well known for having a great range of programs to study in depth. We have over 100 majors (I believe) and I have friends in some pretty unusual but interesting study paths. Coupled with the programs are the incredible variety of research/study abroad opportunities to take the study to another level.

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5 College Junior

Technology: Our wireless network is widely hailed as the best most of my friends/professors have ever experienced. It is reliable and very very fast. Never had a problem with connectivity, and the one problem I did have with my personal printer was solved the same day by a personal visit from an IT employee. That said, it is almost assumed that you will have your own computer and printer, so that should be taken into account.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I had to fight tooth and nail for every penny I got from BU, but in the end they helped out my family an INCREDIBLE amount. They continue to be supportive of my academic goals and always are available for questions regarding financial aid and respond in a timely and professional manner.

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3 College Senior

Campus Food: Delicious food, great facilities, but cost is a little pricey. They're very responsive and interactive on social media when complimenting or complaining

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Plenty of students use our free campus shuttle, the BU Bus, between ends of campus, but there's also the subway. You can get a semester pass, but it's only worth the money if you use it a lot. I add money to my subway card when I need it.

Sure, both are late at times, but they're almost always great.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: BU's location sets it apart. Yes, it's technically in the city of Boston, but it's right on the edge. So unlike some of the schools in the area, BU has its own campus. It's clear when you're on and off it, which adds some culture that more urban schools don't usually get.

But a short walk from campus gives you access to the whole city. And it's pretty safe, too, especially if you're with friends.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: BU's done a great job renovating student spaces. In fall of 2012, our new dining hall opened that has a tutoring center, career center and study spaces above. It's really great. Our student union is a hot spot, too, and with enough adventuring, you can find the perfect spots for you to hang out, study or take a nap.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: If you're into sports (playing or watching), BU's got a great atmosphere for it. Men's hockey is the most popular. It's such a great culture to be a part of. Plus, there are tons of club and intramural sports to join. Yes, we have Quidditch, and our team is very good.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I am not too sure because i have never lived off campus before.


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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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