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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

College Sophomore

Majors: Planning to Apply for Internship – Once i start my program, i am planning to apply for different internship. This will help me apply what i learned in class

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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4 College Student

Campus Quality: BU has a very diverse student population. We have the second largest percentage of international students of any private university. Also, it's urban setting allows students to take advantage of the city of Boston and discover all that it has to offer.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: Upperclassmen Dorms Have Best View in Boston – Boston University offers a wide variety of options for on campus housing ranging from high-rise suites and apartments to historic brownstones. Much of the underclassmen dorms have been recently renovated, and the upperclassmen dorms boast one of the best views the city has to offer.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: BU has pretty good food considering it's a college dining hall. The options are varied and the food is fresh. I would suggest getting a meal plan, because it's very convenient and there are healthy options for every meal. The best dining hall is in West Campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Convenient and Efficient, Should Be Less Expensive – The bus and train transportation is highly available and pretty efficient to get where I need to go. The BU bus helps a lot with getting to class and back, and for late at night when I don't want to walk and the T isn't running.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: It's an Option – Personally I just didn't have time to attend a lot of sports events while adjusting to BU. I know that the dog pound can be a fun and rowdy college experience for anyone that is into sports and the hockey and basketball games are a fun way to hang out with friends and be apart of the BU community.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Interesting Mix – Coming from California I am used to a ridiculous amount of diversity, from interracial mixes to diverse friend groups. However, coming to the east coast I noticed a lot more students more closely bound to their heritage. A lot of ethnic groups interact with other ethnicities but seem intent on finding and marrying someone from their own racial category. There is an abundance of international students which causes a diversity even within the international category. Some students are easy going and socialize with the natives so to speak while others stick to the people from their own country, at times even speaking a different language through an entire class. I know BU tries to counter racial cliques by housing assignments but also strives to make people comfortable while expanding students' social views.

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: SO MANY GIRLS – way too many girls, out of the 40 percent of guys half are gay and the other 17 percent is taken, so your left with the other 3 percent which are not datable. thank GODD that theres like a million other schools in the area in which you can take you pick from.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: In the Heart of Boston – near downtown its walking distance, the t runs right through BU campus, theres literally millions of things to do

1 College Sophomore

Weather: Rain, Snow, Sun, Sun, Snow, Rain, Hail – Weather affects everyone's moods. People just don't go to class. On top of that, Boston's weather is ridiculous and goes by no schedule or logic. It can rain, snow, hail, throw 100 mph winds at you, and be 75 degrees sunny, all in one day.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: You'll Probably Get Screwed Over – BU has limited number of nice apartments and good housing options. It is, indeed, in the city of Boston so real estate is just so expensive. The housing system at BU has a lot of wrong data in terms of floor plans and apartment listings. For example, my friend selected a 1 bedroom-split but it turned out to be a studio. Off campus housing is very expensive if you want a nice place. If you want cheap and nice, you're looking at a 15 minute subway ride to classes. For freshman dorms, it's pretty good. The rooms aren't that bad and the large dorms definitely help in making friends.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: You Have to Find Your Niche – I have been fortunate enough to find a plethora of friends around the Asian American Christian community, even though I am not Christian. People are really friendly and fun and there's always something to do. MIT frat parties are on east campus, and BU Greek parties are on west campus so you can choose. If you can't find anything to do on campus, Boston is your oyster!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: BU recently created a state-of-the-art exercise facility. It boasts a rock climbing wall, indoor swimming pool, lazy river, weight training and cardiovascular conditioning area, indoor running track, exercise equipment, from free weights to selectorized weight systems, to treadmills and ellipticals. They also built a new Student Union Center that offers dining services, student academic advising, multiple study lounges and common rooms.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Way More Girls – The straight male population at BU is very small. If you're a girl, your choices are pretty limited. Generally the girls are attractive and outgoing. If you are a gay male, you're set.

2 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Mostly Drinking and Smoking – Drinking is common at parties and social gatherings. Some marijuana use. Harder drugs are very uncommon.

3 College Freshman

Majors: College of General Studies – The college of general studies at BU is a frustratingly good program. In one way, it is a great program that gives you one-on-one time with professors in small classrooms, but in another sense, some people find it to be an easy program and ridicule it for being "general". I have had great experiences with the program, but I do wish that the program was not so rigid and that I could explore what I know I want to do with my college career.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Despite the fact that some people say that the clubs are usually for the 21+ crowd, I have had no trouble getting into the clubs. For someone into the music scene, its perfect. If you live on West Campus, one of the greatest, grittiest rock clubs in Boston is around the corner. It is so close that I literally walk there in my club clothes with no jacket in the winter. House parties and frats are a good option if you don't want to spend money, but I much prefer a real party and not something out of American Pie!

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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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