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Reviews 2862 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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1 College Senior

Majors: Finance program at SMG is lacking. Only four core courses (Capital Markets, Corporate Finance, Portfolio Investments, and one elective course). BU is a non-target school for finance which makes it difficult to land banking jobs unless you have a substantial network of contacts built up

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2 College Senior

Weather: Spring and fall can be beautiful, as is the summer but you pay for it in the winter. If you don't mind cold weather Boston is a great place to be.

3 College Senior

Technology: Available when an where you need them. Print quota is outrageous especially considering the administration covers it up as a sustainability practice when they are really trying to squeeze more $$$ out of the students.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are security guards at entrances of the large dorms, and all the small dorms are locked except to the residents that live there (you have to swipe your ID to get in). The campus feels safe, but that being said, BU is a city campus in a large metropolitan area, so there are always a lot of non-BU people around and crime is unavoidable. Be smart and nothing bad will probably happen to you!

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They're making me go to school during a hurricane.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: BU has many internship opportunities, they hols career expos every month. However, it is difficult to manage an internship with your other classes, especially your first two years of college

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: A school with no football, or baseball team, its ridiculous! Hockey is pretty big though here in the New England area!

4 College Sophomore

Majors: BU has an average academic program that you could probably obtain anywhere else. What you won't get is the faculty.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Pretty much sucks. If you want a school with no spirit, no sports, no campus, and nothing you imagine about college, don't pick here. Don't settle like I did because I thought this is where everyone wanted me to go.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school is pretty diverse. There are an array of different ethnicities, political backgrounds, social backgrounds, international students, mainly because it's such a large school.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: there are a ton of girls at BU, a lot of diversity also. Not the greatest looking people though that I see.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: BU gives me good financial aid but it's still not enough for me, given that I come from a low income family. My financial aid advisor was able to give me more loans, not scholarships which suck because I know BC is great with that. BU has all this money, but they can't award students with scholarships.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I study biomedical engineering and it is super hard. The school of engineering here is one of the top engineering schools out there. The program is excellent, everything is planned out starting in freshman year. That's good but it's also bad in case you have any doubt of transferring to a different college within BU. The workload is ridiculously hard and there's a lot! Professors do try to help but the concepts are really hard. However in the long run. it is great to have an engineering degree.

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1 College Sophomore

Administration: Boston University is very very strict. We have security at our dorms, making sure you're a student before we can enter. There's a guest policy where we to sign the guest in which is a hassle going in and out. The resident assistants patrolling the floors at night are super annoying. it seems as though they want us to get in trouble.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: During the day when classes are in session, it is extremely hard to find parking. So be prepared to come early to find a parking spot, or be late to your class. Parking permits are quite expensive also if you commute, around 300-400 a semester, and sometimes the permit is for garages away from your class. There isn't too much of a need to drive to school given that the green line runs on Comm. Ave. and the BU shuttle that comes every 20 minutes.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Tooooo many Beautiful girls here! Anyway you can see girls everywhere. In my writing class we have 8 girls but only 2 guys. And the usually hot guys are on west campus where is near to the gym.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Boston University's campus life is pretty convenient. The campus actually are buildings beside the avenue and several districts. The university also offers a lot of choices for campus housing. We have old historic houses as well as modern towers.

4 College Freshman

Weather: It's hot at noon but pretty cool in the morning and evening during fall. Summer here is also awesome. But the only problem is it snows much in winter and it's cold.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: If attending Boston University, there are various transportation methods such as T (subway), taxi, and the BU shuttle. The campus has 9 T stops on Commonwealth Avenue, so it is really convenient to travel from the east side of campus to the west. If you don't want to pay the 2-dollar fare (with charlie card, $2.50 without), then the alternative option would be the BU shuttle, which runs regularly during weekdays and late nights on the weekend, which is really convenient for people who don't want to walk alone at night for safety reasons. The taxi is a great way to travel off-campus in access to places far away from T stations, thought the waiting time after calling a cab may be a bit long over the weekends.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The only complaint I have is that the BUSes don't seem to really run during the weekends and sometimes they arrive a lot later or earlier than the usual time. Other than that, the BU Shuttles are fantastic if you catch them.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I personally do not drink or smoke or whatever so the strictness of BU does not really affect me. If anything, I kind of think it's somewhat comforting to know that there's less of a chance of students stumbling around completely wasted late at night or walking about campus stupidly high.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I didn't receive any financial aid at all. I was very disappointed because now it makes it harder for my family to send me and my two twin brothers to college.

5 College Senior

Diversity: BU is diverse. I have met every type of person at BU. They have really done a great job of making diversity a priority at admissions.

1 College Senior

Parking: It is very difficult to find parking unless you pay exorbitant rates for a parking spot. However, having a car on campus is completely unnecessary. It's definitely more hassle than it's worth.

3 College Senior

Technology: They closed a lot of computer labs while I was at school. The only remaining computers are in the library. It's very difficult to find an empty one at peak times. Wifi and byo laptop is a better way to go.


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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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