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5 College Freshman

Diversity: At BU there is a great number of international students from countries as distant as Mongolia to Chile. A greater number of these students come from Asian or European backgrounds. The smallest number of minorities are within the Black community.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug Use – Drug use is common at Boston University, but it is not a major problem. The security at BU takes drug use very seriously and enacts serious punishments for drugs such as weed etc. But in the state of Massachusetts smoking weed is de-criminalized thus causing much of the Boston area student population as a whole to participate in some drug use. Most drug use is found off campus where students can avoid visibility from the BUPD.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The security on campus at times is strict...especially when it hits thursday night but that is to be expected with most colleges. The guest policy is very strict and I do not recommend that students try signing in guests drunk. The guest policy is confusing as to how many overnight guest passes or 3-day guess passes one can have. The RAs on campus seem to be relaxed for the most part...as long as you do not give them strong reason to not to. West Campus tends to have a more relaxed atmosphere then the rest of the campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Boston University has one of the best dining options of any school I have heard of. We have five dining halls that serve better than average food, where you can use meal swipes. The dining halls serve between 5 and 10 different options on an average night and even have local chefs visit and create menus. We also have an assortment of restaurants like Panda Express, Jamba Juice, sandwich, and sushi places located in our student union, which is where dining dollars can be used. Did I mention we also have 5 Starbucks on campus?

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety First – I have found that Boston University maintains a very safe campus. Although it is a fairly large campus I have never felt unsafe, even when walking home at midnight. They have a well staffed police force that has a station right across from my building. However, we are also covered by the Boston Police Department, Brookline Police Department and Cambridge Police Department. We also have a student security escort service that will walk students home at night if they are worried about walking home alone.

4 College Student

Technology: Good Computer Labs – No complaints about any of the computer labs and /or great computers all over the school. The wi-fi is a great asset campus wide.

2 College Student

Scholarships: The school doesn't offer scholarships or grants as easily as other major universities did. They make you file appeals along with all the W-2, tax returns, and explanations all over again once you file it on FAFSA and CSS Profile, which is redundant.

4 College Student

Local Area: Very Positive Environment All Around – The school overall is a very up beat, open, friendly campus, local people seem o treat the kids really well. There is so much to do either walking or using mass transit. Don't drive a car, not enough parking and meters are costly. There are some great parks all over the city to go and hang out in for a change of scene away from school. There is always something going on somewhere in the city or on any of the many college campuses all around Boston University.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Nothing Beats Boston. Boston is America's number one college town- the amount of colleges and things to do for those colleges' students are endless. If I'm not visiting friends in other colleges, I'm out and about, doing something in the city. Boston always offers something to do, and though most things close at 2 AM, I'm always able to find something fun and creative to do.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Supportive and There to Help. Most professors at BU want you to succeed. Even if a class seems difficult, a professor would gladly speak to you during office hours to help you understand the material. In my experience, two of my professors actually took the initiative to email me and offer to meet based on my grades. I ended up doing really well in both courses, and I'm glad the professors were as supportive as they were.

4 College Freshman

Academics: BU's Academics are what give the school such a good reputation. The classes are generally engaging, and most professors are quick to help you if you need it.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Feasible – Boston apartments tend to be pricey, but when on-campus housing didn't work out as planned for my three roommates and I, we looked for off-campus housing, found an apartment within one session of looking that was close to campus, in lovely condition, and at a price that, while a little pricey, is still less than what we would be paying for on-campus housing. It's very easy to find realtors though, and apartments are reasonably available depending on your criteria.

5 College Student

Academics: Honestly Has Everything – I am in the business program and it is very clear that they have alot of knowledge in their field. Also they are very helpful with finding jobs and internships for you

4 College Student

Campus Food: Awesome and Healthy – The food at BU is very healthy and at the same time we are given a lot of choices. Every week the BU food program comes in and introduces a new meal or food choice. I have a big meal plan because i eat a lot of food and I am a rower. But don't get me wrong, if you get tired of the dining halls, Boston has an unlimited amount of choices.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing options at BU are vast; ranging from StuVi2, God's gift to Housing, to some south campus residence that are dying for a renovation. It seems that BU tends to put all of its eggs in one basket

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Study facilities like the Mugar Library are usually open until 2, but there are study halls in every dorm. The gym is open early and late, and there is always something going on here.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Boston University's off-campus dining is Boston. Boston has a vast variety in eateries from fast-food to five star dining. You can find practically anything you'd ever want as long as you're willing to take the T.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Boston weather is crazy. Within two days, it could be hailing, and then the next day sunny and 65.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Hockey is extremely important to the BU atmosphere.

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4 College Student

Transportation: The subway, the bus system And taxi system. All convenient. Taxi is a bit more expensive. Subway or bus is the way to go. Alot of walking on campus too

3 College Student

Scholarships: It's Been a Nightmare – It's been horrible. Just because was denied my noncustodial waiver I was automatically given no aid. And I really needed it!

5 College Student

Transportation: I Love the T – It was so easy to get around on the T. Boston was jut a few stops!!!

4 College Student

Health & Safety: Extremely Safe – I felt so safe because I could call the university police at any time as well as notify them via the. Our box system

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4 College Senior

Majors: BU SOT is everything you can expect from a conservatory. hard work, big pay off. EXTREMELY talented kids. 4% acceptance rate. The Theatre arts and acting tracks allow really specialized and personalized schedules which is nice. Study abroad junior spring. Most go to NYC, followed closely by LA. If you're sure theatre is your thing. BU is the place to be.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Large School, Small Families – Bu is large but you really get to know the people in your college. Especially in the smaller ones like CFA, SHA, Sargaent... There are only 18 people in my year in my major and get more than enough one on one time with our professors. Also, BU is really great about branching out of your major. If your credits allow, you can take classes in areas not required by your major. I, for example, have taken a ton of COM classes even though my major is in CFA. BU study abroad beats all other univeristies in the U.S HANDS down the greatest thing about BU is their incredible abroad programs. Truly world class. You will travel like a rock star for less than you pay for a semester in Boston. Bu housing is also great. There are so many different options. From old brownstones on bay state to big dorms, to beacon st studios, to StuVi which is like living in the ritz. PRIME real estate. BU is really international. There are so many kids from outside of America, it's so nice. We have great traditions like marathon monday and senior week. Greek life is active if youre interested but you wont feel left out if youre not. Yes, its true there are more girls than guys. But hey, not caring if you go to class on friday mornings in your sweat pants is awesome. People are generally very active and healthy. Great bars and cuktural events in Boston---duh. AND fenway is literally on campus. BU kids in general are smart, fun-loving, creative people who are as talented at academics as they are at having fun.

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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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