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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I don't receive any financial aid, but I have friends who've managed to get a decent amount from BU and FAFSA. Be sure to file FAFSA on time.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is extremely expensive, so many students (including myself) forgo the car for public transportation. Not only is it cheaper, but it's extremely convenient.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Political Science Major – Overall, a poli sci major at BU has a lax major requirement compared to other majors. Many classes are offered that count for credit, giving students the chance to tailor the major to their particular interests. I, for instance, am also an African Studies minor, and so take as many African politics classes as possible. The professors are great (for the most part), the main adviser is extremely helpful and passes along numerous poli sci job opportunities, and although reading heavy, the program is overall enjoyable.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Frat Parties Are Always an Option – As a freshman, unless you already know an upperclassman who has an apartment, you typically party in Allston at the BU frats. The houses may not be as clean or good looking as the MIT frats (which are always another option, but getting into them is much more selective) there is always drinks and music. Generally, girls won't have to pay, guys, however, will. The trick to always knowing where parties are at is making connections and befriending frat boys if you're an underclassman. There's always something going on in Allston on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Beautiful Campus, Always Something to Do – Boston University is in the vibrant Boston city, with brownstone buildings and beautiful classrooms. The libraries, some of the most visited places on campus, are filled with unlimited resources and services that are at your disposal. There's always something to do on campus, the only problem is if you have enough time.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Major Grade Deflation – Although Boston University is known for it's prestigious academics, what they don't usually tell you is their major grade deflation. BU is rated one the hardest university in the Northeast to earn an A because of this. Classes are very difficult and the average grades are lower as opposed to other colleges; it's almost impossible to receive an A in a class. Although this is compensated with the knowledge of this grade deflation by graduate schools, a 3.0 gpa turns into roughly a 3.3 gpa.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Growing up in New England, I've grown used to the rapidly changing and unpredictable weather Boston has to offer. One day it could be sunny and 80s, the next day rainy and 50s. The winters are generally long and fairly harsh, there's always a lot of snow to have to deal with and walk through. Classes almost never get cancelled due to the frequency of the snow. When it's nice outside, however, it's beautiful and all you want to do it stay outside. Especially in the fall, it's beautiful.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Popular – Drinking seems to be much more popular as opposed to drug use at Boston University. Enforcement of the legal drinking age seems to be overlooked if a party is busted by the police, typically there is no consequences for those who don't own the house/apartment that the party is held at.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Help Outside of the Classroom – I'm currently majoring in human physiology with pre-med and the curriculum is very challenging. Although at times it may seem like you have no idea what is going on in a class full of 300 students, the professors, teacher's assistants, and many other student services are readily there to help with any questions you may have with the material. This has helped in so many ways, and by utilizing these resources and stepping up when you're confused and don't understand something, it will help you ultimately succeed.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Different chapters have different characteristics. My roommate is actually in tri-delta.I know how the Greeks work but never think of getting into one because it's too expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments which are near school are expensive and people manage to split the rent by living together. A little further from the school, the apartments are cheaper and still very safe.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Intensive Analytical and Quantitative General Chemistry – Engaging and responsible professors. Classmates were very competitive and mostly medical schools oriented. Workload is moderate and acceptable. Group study pattern encouraged.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Upperclassman dorms are way better than the underclassmen dorms. They are bigger and nicer and less restrictions. It makes you feel more independent and less like you live in a prison cell.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a lot of different options since we are right in the heart of Boston. There are also a lot of different restaurants around because we are so close to Fenway Park. But, they can be more geared to non-college students in terms of price.

4 College Junior

Academics: Early Childhood Education Program – The education program in general at Boston University is very rigorous. In order to graduate on time without taking any summer classes, each student pretty much has to take at least 18 credit semesters (in other schools most students take 16 tops). Although it can be jam packed because certain prerequisites are only offered during a particular semester, I do think this program helps prepare us. We have to take a variety of liberal arts classes in addition to our education and early childhood education classes, such as histories and sciences. Junior and senior year, the program caters to student teachers, which allows ample time to do volunteer work or other types of things on campus.

1 College Junior

Academics: This Massive School is not for those who like to have a name and not a number – This school really hates students; the advisors are bad, if you are assigned one at all because they have 250 or more students to consider. You will always be a number and that's all. The scheduling is really off, with classes for majors over lapping and forcing you to have awkward personal schedule and it's VERY hard to get into any sort of community. I cannot speak for other departments, but the Engineering department is huge and not very tight, i only know a few other students and i'm a junior. None of the professors will know your name or anything about you really, it's very impersonal. Most importantly perhaps is that if you need a good teacher to learn, this is probably not the college for you; the professors (especially math and science majors) are RESEARCH oriented and are not really great at the rather important act of teaching. If you have any interests other than your college, you're probably not going to get to indulge them because it's nearly impossible to take classes from another college...even though they're all BU. Word for the wise, make sure your read the fine print about housing; the stipulations about who is eligible for it is VERY restrictive and you'd be better off finding an apartment with a few other people. I really do not enjoy the management of this school but the classes are top notch, you will be thoroughly prepared to enter the field when you graduate. that's the only positive to this college.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Feel very safe on campus, walking home late, etc. Never had any problems.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Love the academics, professors, hate the grades. Absolutely worst university for grade deflation. It is extremely depressing. Workload is hard, be prepared for all-nighters. Very expansive study abroad program.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Vegetarian Options – As a vegetarian, I sometimes feel discouraged by my lack of options. Although we are a vegan/vegetarian friendly school, many of the options revolve around pasta, which gets tiring. In the student union, there is even a restaurant or two that offers NO vegetarian options.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Enthusiastic College of Communications – I am always getting sent emails about speakers, job fairs, seminars, etc. I'm always being told to update my online resume that gets updated to the BU server. I feel that BU is very dedicated to helping all of its students succeed

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Inside Scoop – The parties are fun, but people aren't crazy wild. There is the opportunity to meet people from other schools. If you are not the party type there are so many other opportunities. I would say that BU has some of the most active students anywhere. The community service center is a large part of student life.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: School Unique – If I could rechoose schools, I would come back to BU 115%. I love my independence here and the people I have met and the things I have gotten to do!

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Social Life – I love how there is always something going on at BU. I love how I get to hang out with not only BU guys but also guys at MIT and Harvard! I like to dress up in my peacoats and riding boots and this is the perfect place for it!

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5 College Junior

Transportation: They just bought brand new BU Shuttles that run up and down campus every 10 minutes. These are really helpful. Most people walk between classes because all classes are in same general area. More people have begun to bike. The T also runs straight through the middle of campus and has stops every two blocks. This is really helpful because I work in Boston and can jump on the T. This is great because BU has fast, great access to the city of Boston and I am constantly doing things in the city

5 College Junior

Diversity: I feel very accepted here on campus. Everyone has a variety of backgrounds and I have definitely opened my horizons and met new people.

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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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