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Reviews 2494 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Helpful and Nice! BU is pretty good at meeting needs! I got a pretty good financial aid package and even though the financial aid process can be a pain, the people in the financial aid office are extremely helpful and soooo nice! BU asks for a lot during the process, so that's annoying, but if you're in need, they will help!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: FUN FUN FUN – There's always something to watch! The biggest sport here is hockey hockey hockey!!!! The only thing is, it's always a hit or miss with each coming year. One year they can be undefeated and amazing, the next year, they would be losing and struggling. However, always a fun time especially going against their rival, BC! Lots of school spirit with here. Men's basketball is also up and coming. They've been improving and always offers a great time!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: At Boston University, you can easily connect with your professors, for they are always willing to help out in any way possible.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Engineering, or ENG as we call it at BU, is one of the best colleges in the University. The dean is a leading member in the IEEE, and many famous professors (such as the guy who invented the LED) still teach regular classes for undergrads. All my teachers have been accessible and knowledgeable, though not always easy.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Boston is a college town at heart. With tons of schools in and around Boston, there is always an event for college students going on. You'll have plenty of friends from different schools, and from the many different colleges.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Vibrant City Life – Boston, by nature, is a college town. With more than 100 colleges and universities located in and around the city, it is a place almost made for students. There is constantly something to do, whether it be visit the Commons, eat authentic Italian in the North End, or indulge yourself in high attire at the Prudential, this city is endless with possibilities. I love it here.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Opens doors to the real world – Boston University is smack dab in the center of the city, with the T running through campus. The way the classes are taught and lifestyle on campus is trains you specifically for the world after graduation. It doesn't shelter you, or put any rose-colored glasses on you for four years. That's why I love it here. I feel like I've "grown up" so much more than my friends going to more enclosed campuses with traditional studies.

Also, a reviewer here earlier said that West Campus is close to the MIT frats. It might be because he/she's a freshman and didn't know, but West is actually on the opposite side of campus from the MIT frats, which are on Baystate, on our East side of campus. West is in front of Allston, which is where all of OUR fraternity and sports houses are. Just so any incoming students who are reading this know.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Professional Schools Are the Best – Good professors and interesting classes, but there is a lot of grade deflation. The professional schools are a lot better than the College of Arts and Sciences.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: College City – There is always something going on in the city of Boston. With so many college students in such a tight city you can always find people your age to hang out or see the sights with.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: City Life – The Green Line and walking can take you anywhere from shopping to Fenway, home to the movies. You don't even have to leave campus to find something to do because the campus is the city.

4 College Freshman

Academics: COM Is the BOMB! My experience with COM has been great. Professors are accessible and fun, just like the students.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: BU is amongst so much in Boston there is NO way you'll ever be bored. In fact everyone is friendly and everything is really nice, just make sure you can afford it. BU comes with a heavy price tag.

3 College Junior

Majors: Undergraduate and Graduate – I attended B.U for my undergraduate as well as my Graduate degrees. My undergraduate degree was in Psychology and i felt as though I got "lost in the crowd" with this major. Psych is one of the largest majors and the advisors are uncaring and useless. The workload was not extremely difficult and students have a lot of choices in terms of coursework. I typically enjoyed my classes, but found some professors challenging to work with. At the end of my undergraduate education, I felt as though I wasn't an expert in anything and did not have many job opportunities. Now I am pursuing my masters in education. I have yet to begin this coursework, but from the few education courses I took during my undergrad experience, the school of education seems to be a more supportive atmosphere where all professors and advisors are invested in each student's success.

4 College Junior

Academics: Plethora of Options Available – Boston University professors are always excited to talk about their specialty and offer assistance when needed. The workload is manageable, if time is managed well. The registration process is very easy and done online in number order. The University is extremely well rounded in terms of study options and even allows students to create their own major. B.U. is unfortunately well known for grade deflation, so be weary of classes graded on a curve.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Heart of Boston – Boston University is located in the heart of Boston, walking distance from Fenway park. Students often feel as though they are an integral part of the city and are treated as such

2 College Freshman

Weather: It Gets Cold – Coming from California its an adjustment, slush snow and lots of wind.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Coming from SoCal, public transportation is amazing. No need or desire for a car, the BU Shuttle or BUS is also a great option. Also, this is the biggest pedestrian city so you are set.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: West Campus – West Campus is getting redone and it's going to be beautiful. The dorms are small, but it's part of the college experience. The food is delicious. Boston is an amazing city and quite safe. West Campus is not near to classes generally but is near to the MIT frats, if your going into CGS its the best option.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Everyone knows how to have fun, but still do what they need to do academically. Everyone comes from such diverse backgrounds and provides an interesting experience.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are mainly house parties. People over 21 mainly go to bars

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of different places such as Panera, Chipotle, Qdoba, Upper Crust, Starbucks, and local restaurants. The cost ranges from $5-$25 depending on what you get. There are typically student discounts at all stores. It's best to check them all out because they each have different food options.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls at our school are well known for being beautiful and mostly being bitches. A lot of the very attractive girls tend to go to Harvard to try and find their future husbands, while a good amount like to stay back and join the festivities at our school. You'll find that although greek life is not prominent it is still a big thing on campus with a majority of incoming freshmen girls joining sororities.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Boston is a very international school with people from all around the world like Italy, Norway, Egypt, and Germany, just to name a few of the people I personally know. There are definitely a substantial amount of Asians at the school and a very small group of African Americans. The majority of the school is very accepting of everyone and there haven't been any problems with people getting along with one another.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Boston is a very historic city with a lot of places to visit and tons of things to do. Close by you have Fenway Park the oldest baseball park in the country, where you can catch some redsox games. All the historic tourist areas are fun to visit once in while and the museums are free admission as a student. Boston University is somewhat of a party school, nearby you have the area of Allston where the majority of the fraternities have their houses and have parties every weekend. If not MIT and Harvard are nearby as well and they like to have parties on the weekends.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Hockey and More Hockey – The only sport that people attend games for is hockey. We had a good team and we are given a "Sports Pack" with our tuition. They really encourage us to have school spirit...but it is a big school so not everyone is into it, especially because the only sport is hockey. There are a lot of sports that only have club teams, such as volleyball. They do not compete in any divisions and its much less intense. Other sports are only important to the athletes in them, but otherwise non-athletes don't really care about the athletics at Boston University.


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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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