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2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Not Too Good – It really depends on what dorm you're placed in as a freshman. If you're in west, you're most likely set to have a good time. Warren is a little more unreliable. Avoid Towers at all costs unless you don't like to party. I wouldn't choose this school again precisely because I was placed in Towers, and the social life is really lacking- also, make sure you want to be in a totally urban setting. There's only a couple of "green" spots on campus, and no one really goes to them anyways. It's also a very large school, so you are just a number and it actually makes it extremely difficult to find your niche that way. However, the convenience of Boston is amazing and the city itself is awesome, just make sure you have others to share it with or else all that doesn't matter.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: West campus has the best dining hall. Warren is a close second. From there, the dining halls are average. The GSU has great little restaurants.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There's 24 hr security guards in all major dorms. I never feel unsafe walking around campus, even if it's at 2 a.m. from the library. I know some people who feel unsafe, but it really depends on what type of person you are. Obviously, BU is not a gated community so that could add to some dangers, but I don't know of anything serious that's happened.

1 College Freshman

Weather: The weather here is terrible. You completely miss out on fall and spring. Everyone here is in a rush because it's so cold outside. Definitely one of the worst things about the school.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls and Guys – The girls are are definitely above average. You see all different types. Laidback girls in sweats, and others dressed up in heels every day. The guys are average/below average. You'll see a lot of typical good-looking ones on west campus.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public Transportation is very important when attending BU. People usually walk when the weather is perfect outside but since this city usually has all the seasons, student take either the BU shuttle which is for free or if not they take the train.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of Different Culture – There are many different culture and religion on ourcampus. BU is one of the most known schools with a diversity of different people.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Boston University campus is very secure and safe. They have many safety services and polices around campus.

1 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Just Like High School – I thought I came to BU to attend college. Not redo the last four years of my life.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Boston University has a police department that specifically patrols and maintains safety on the BU campus. The neat thing about this is that they have an escort service, so whenever a BU student feels uncomfortable, they may call the BUPD number and be personally escorted back to their destination. Also, the school is in the middle of a large city, so there are no sketchy woods or places for crime to occur.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: There is absolutely no reason to have a car at BU. The parking price would be horrendous and if ever you drive anywhere you'll have to pay for parking there! everything is fairly close so I really don't see the reason for bringing a car. It would be such a hassle.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Alpha What? Greek life is very minimal at Boston University. If you want to go to parties, yes you'll most likely be going to a frat, but you don't notice greek life too much on a regular basis. It also isn't officially recognized by the school. There are also no sorority houses, so it's not the same feel

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: We Have It All – At Boston University, there are definitely all ranges of people. I will definitely pass guys on the street and want to look twice. However, there are plenty of overlookables. I would say the same for the girls. There are a ton of girls who have perfect bodies etc. but there are also plain janes. There are also a ton of people here so you can find different kinds of people and different kinds of beauty. For example, there are definitely the jocks if that's what you're looking for, but we also have the philosophers and the hippies.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Make Sure You Have Cab Money – There's always something going on, but public transportation ends between 12-1 so bring cab money!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Still More Food! There's so many places outside of BU if you want to splurge a little and step away from the dining plan.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: great gym, library, student center and food choices

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: due to all the colleges in the area it is competitive to get in the door and expensive to stay

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: They Try – the opening scene of the social network ultimately defines their academics

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Ad Com – much like kafka's the castle but ultimately with more of a soul

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: This and That – It's dark a lot in the winter and I like the night.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have a very busy schedule with my major and pre-med. I work hard during the week and get to relax during the weekend. Most of my professors are great and the kids are the best. FYSOP was the best experience I have had!

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The t is good, but the bus isn't on time, so you can't count on it

5 College Freshman

Local Area: The restaurants, museums, athletic facility, shopping and the way the city responds to students is great!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Can be good also not so good, expensive but plentiful

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus Life – I don't really like the fact that our campus is a strip. It would've been better if we had an enclosed campus. But more or less, it has its own unique touch and it isn't so bad.

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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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