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Reviews 2973 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The Boston University Shuttle is awesome but doesn't always run during the hours its needed

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health and safety is very good. I get emails almost weekly about different events, clinics, and warnings on campus.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: They have great programs in everything you can come up with. The only reason why I gave them a B is that they do not have a football team.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The theater students are really busy and it is difficult to interact with the rest of the university students. The friends I have made are great.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: I am a Health Science major but I'm in the College of General Studies so it is hard to get the classes I want and need for my major since I only get one elective as a freshman and sophomore.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of apartments available for college students. The cost can be expensive at times and the landlords are strict with parties and drinking.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The workload is tough but the professors are great and are always there to help you in office hours or scheduled meetings. The grading is hard though.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe while on campus. If something does happen, the campus police are always there.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am extremely happy with the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts. Although you will have to deal with some craziness and disorganization in the administration, you will receive great instruction and leave with a degree that holds weight because of the reputation of the school.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Police are far too concerned with breaking up off campus parties rather than protecting the students from the assaults, attacks, and robberies that have been occurring in Brookline. On a different note, watch out for making too much noise in a large dorm such as Warren or West. You will only get busted for drinking in the dorms if you make it obvious that you are doing it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The quality of the facilities at BU really depends on what department you are in. School of Management, School of Hospitality Administration, and School of Engineering have fantastic, newly renovated buildings with new facilities, whereas College of Arts and Sciences and parts of College of Fine Arts could really use an update. I believe BU is working on updating these facilities over the next few years, however.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Dining halls have really great food with tons of options at every meal, and there is always something to eat for people with any type of dietary restriction. You can also use your dining points (included with your meal plan) at many different types of retail places around campus. In some dining halls, the calorie count of the meal is posted and healthier meals are marked with a "Sargent Choice" icon, so it is fairly easy to eat healthily if that is what you want. Also, there are sometimes visiting chefs who make gourmet meals for the price of a dining hall meal, and lobster night once a year where each student gets a whole, cooked lobster!

3 College Freshman

Academics: BU is just the right amount of challenging. The professors are engaging and the academics are rigorous.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: BU is located in a great area of Boston. With easy access to the T it's easy to get almost anywhere. The House of Blues and Fenway Park are right around the corner from campus (literally). Boston is a great city for shopping, eating, sight-seeing, and nightlife.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Campus dining is somewhat variable. The food isn't as good on the weekends as it is during the week, however, each dining hall usually has a good variety of healthy options (Sargent's choice), vegan, vegetarian, and meat lover's options. The best dining hall by far is 100bay state the newest addition to BU it features 2 floors of food and mega variety. Retail dining options include several Starbucks, a Panda Express, and many other on campus non-dining hall options.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: BU greatly lacks socioeconomic diversity which isn't surprising considering the price tag of the school. Bu has a large international student population, and a very liberal mindset. BU is very accepting of different beliefs and lifestyles.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: BU has people from all over the world with an over 10% international population. Also, all 50 states are represented. BU definitely takes pride in its acceptance of all people.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is only 12% of the student population, so it does not dominate campus. Since we do not have Greek housing, the focus is definitely more on philanthropy and brotherhood/sisterhood. You don't have to be Greek to have fun at BU.

4 College Junior

Majors: I got into the biomedical engineering major. It's hard to get in, but all of my employers say that BU really knows what's it doing with this major. This major is significantly harder than the other engineering majors at BU and has a significantly harder admission process.

4 College Junior

Transportation: There's the T, the bus, taxis, and the Boston bus all running throughout the day.

2 College Junior

Diversity: There isn't much diversity but there is a lot of acceptance for those who are different.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Many of the girls and guys at BU come from money, but they are not all rich, and they don't all flaunt it. A majority of the girls are concerned about their fitness and health, and are therefore very attractive.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm very happy with the program I'm in. My professors all have industry experience, such as being former ambassadors, previous government service, etc. Very knowledgable, friendly, and passionate about their work. My career goal is to work for the general betterment of society, whether that be through public service, international organizations, or other means.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: its the city as long as you have enough money you are good to go. The north end (our italian quarter) has the best food and the most personality.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: You have to be active to be included. Getting into the parties is almost impossible.


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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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