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Reviews 2509 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Senior

Majors: Price of Cake – Getting into my philosophy major was extremely easy. I dint have to apply specially and nice I decided, the advisors and professors were extremely helpful and made sure I was on track to graduate on time.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: 21 or Frats – If you're not 21, you better be/ know someone in a frat or have a friend off campus that enjoys throwing house parties. Though Boston is an incredible city, you have to be of age to enjoy it. After 21, there is a plethora of bars and clubs with every type of music and atmosphere you can imagine. It isn't the city that never sleeps though, and you'll gave a really hard time finding anywhere open past 2.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: They WILL Lose Something – I got a pretty nice reward package but still it was not enough to cover everything. If you are not happy with the money you are getting from the school just try appealing for a better reward and you may have some luck. During the financial aid process I ran into my share of bumps. A couple of forms were really late or had to be sent again. Always keep an extra copy of all forms since they are not responsible. If you do not have copies then you are in trouble.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Watch Where You Tread – Unless you wanna take a risk with a fake ID you should avoid clubbing in the Boston area as it isn't friendly to those under 21. You can attempt to find a party somewhere on Ashford street but most of the parties will get a bit more exclusive after the first few weeks of the semester. Cops tend to swarm the area around 1 AM so I would tread carefully. You can always ask around and you may be able to find out about an MIT or even a Harvard party. After hours the BU shuttle does not run on a schedule and you may be able to catch it if you get close to campus but always keep a charlie card with you so you can hop on the T if you don't think you can make it. I would also advise you to keep the number of a cab company handy just in case.

4 College Student

Technology: BU is a wifi campus so wherever i am i'm connected on my laptop. at the library there are hundreds of computers students can access and it's not that hard to find a working computer.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's What You Want It to Be – It's easy to get whatever you're looking for if you know the right people. That being said, it's very easy to avoid drugs altogether. They're definitely not in your face!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Pretty Good – The Dining Halls have a wide distribution some days, but other days it seems like there isn't really anything to eat. There are days where every single item has a long line waiting for it, but then some days where only one item has a long line and all the rest are pretty much abandoned.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Boston is a good city for college students because there's a right balance between fun and school work. You can have a casual night of simply hanging out at your school or any of the colleges around such as Northeastern, MIT and Harvard. Or you can go party it up in a nearby club downtown. There's not to much so that you always feel distracted with school but there definitely is a lot to do.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Warren is good for freshman but never do it again. Off campus is supposedly a lot of fun and much cheaper, but there are some really great on campus options for more money which are just a safer bet. By junior/senior year, though, you'll probably want to get off campus.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Look. It could be better but at least you're not at home so deal with it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Campus Centers Are Great – For the most part, all of our campus center's are great, especially the state-of-the-art fitness center, our sports arena, and the student union (GSU). Some places are a bit smaller, but they're in the process of building a new student services building scheduled to open some time in 2012.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Never Boring – There's so much always going on on campus, but if you want something different, you have all of Boston at your feet.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Don't Bring Cars – Being in Boston, having a car really isn't a necessity. There are lots of parking lots on campus, but even if you pay for a parking permit, you're not guaranteed a spot. You're much better off using the MBTA to get around - buses and the T run right down the middle of BUs campus!

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Frat Parties – There are tons of frat parties on and off campus - which is both a good and a bad thing. Some BU frats have the occasional party at a friends house, but for the most part, people go to MIT or Harvard for frat parties. The parties are great, however, getting back to campus late at night is difficult and potentially dangerous.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Economic Background – In regards to most of the students on campus, you can tell the vast majority of students are very well off. It's occasionally hard to "fit in" if you're not super rich.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Linear Campus in the City – Literally most of BU is on one street (Comm Ave). All of the school buildings and dining halls are also on this street. BU is also in the city. You can hardly tell if the person walking next to you is a BU faculty, student or staff or some normal person on their way to somewhere not relating to BU. Personally, these are also some of the I dislike about the campus.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Wi-Fi in Some Dorms Are Terrible – The WiFi connection reads that it has an excellent signal but I have to wait for my browser to speed up and it loads very slowly. Frequently I also have to adjust WiFi settings on my laptop on the count of absolutely no school WiFi connections being available. An upside is their is supposed to be WiFi service anywhere on campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: From the Gym to Activities – The gym is the best facility on campus. It has everything, literally everything. The student center (the GSU) is a cool place to hang out. It has the best food using dining points and flat screen TVs. Their are multiple libraries, pretty clean and quiet spots. The downside is their is basically nothing fun to do on campus after the first month or two.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – There are not many guys, and about half are gay. The girls are generally more attractive than the guys.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a lot of Asian international students, other international students aren't too prevalent. Many of them are in the School of Management. Most of the people who are not international are white. There are WAY more girls than guys, probably 65% girls, 35% guys. Out of those few guys about half are gay.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Food Off Campus – Pretty good restaurants around the area. The north end has some great italian places that range from being too expensive for the average student to very affordable. Up and down Comm Ave. there are great food trucks and a few pretty good places to grab something to eat.

3 College Senior

Transportation: The T is a great way to get around but is often slow for BU campus. The green line takes ages and gets pretty packed early morning and after work. Buses are often okay but the same business applies with them. There is a BU bus that runs for free but get jam packed just before the start of two hour classes. Ride a bike or walk!

4 College Senior

Technology: Often Available Until Finals – The computer labs are always pretty open and only become packed when finals are around the corner. The computers specific to colleges are often busier during finals than the computers at the library.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Apply for Need-Based – If there's even a slight chance that you might get need-based aid, apply for it. BU is huge, and has many, many qualified applicants. Merit-based scholarships are not easy to come by here, though they do happen occasionally, so don't let that keep you from applying. Apply for outside scholarships, definitely.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: City Life – BU is the ultimate city school. On one hand, that means endless nightlife opportunities, great dining, and a very independent experience. On the other hand, since it's such a huge school (31,000+ kids... really.) and there is no traditional campus, you do sacrifice any sort of community feel whatsoever (that can't be stressed enough), and it's definitely not the typical college experience. This setup can be amazing at times, but it definitely makes it more difficult to make friends, coordinate plans, and get involved on campus. (The buildings run for 2 miles in a straight line... it takes a while to get from place to place.) If you're just starting, do everything you can to live in Warren or West. They aren't swanky, but they're the most social places by far. In such an independent setting, you need to be actively working on cutting out a life for yourself, or it can be easy to feel like you're lost in the shuffle. If you're not an outgoing person, it might be very difficult to meet people. Get passionate about something and get involved in clubs.


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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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