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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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5 College Junior

Technology: Wireless Access – I lived on the 8th floor of a doom this past year and I had wireless and was able to watch hulu and have high speed internet! Wherever I go on campus I have wireless which is really nice. (even outdoors) and the IT Help center are AMAZING!! I call them up at all hours and ask their help with any problems I have!

3 College Junior

Local Area: Boston Is Great – Boston is a great city to explore if you have any free time on your hands while at school.

5 College Freshman

Parking: Why Do You Want a Car? BU is connected by the subway: The T. The T goes down the entire campus so there is no need for a car at all. Just get a semester pass. If a car is necessary, there are plenty of parking spots around campus from empty parking lots to entire parking garages, but don't expect to find one during a Red Sox games since Fenway Park is less then mile away.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Bu isn't very strict at all. Of course there are quite hours but they are seldomly enforced. There's no curfew either. The only thing that is remotely strict is the drinking rules which are understandably strict. Drugs will obviously get you thrown out if severe enough, but if you're caught with drugs or alcohol it is confiscated and you're fined at least $100 and put on probation.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: We're Actually Good! It's odd coming froma high school where the sports suck to a college where were pretty good at most things. Ice hockey is where we shine and nearly all the games I've went to were packed with fans and student involvement. Unfortunately, that's really the only sport that is on that level. I can't speak too much for the others as I haven't went to any other sporting events, but I can say that FitRec (Bu's gym) is fantastic. It has everything you could want and more and hosts many different forms of sports.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: They're There – Kids who come to BU are typically sheltered and think drugs and drinking are the coolest things ever. Adderall is fairly popular during finals.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Average Service – The library itself becomes very crowded at times, and it's hard to grab a computer. Within the schools, though, there are many computer labs that are often less crowded. WiFi in your dorm, though? You should probably forget it. BU really needs to improve the servers, especially since we pay 300 dollars for internet service a semester.

4 College Freshman

Academics: A World of Opportunity – The curriculum at BU is very diversified, and you can probably find any type of class or program desired. I highly recommend the study abroad programs BU offers. A lot of times it's the same cost as being on campus, and you get a lot more.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: They Could Be a Little Less Bias – I did not receive any aid because my parents make so much yet i do so well in school. It is really unfair. I suggest that students do not stop hassling the financial aid office for every penny

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1 College Freshman

Administration: The Police – They are out to get you and do not ever give you a break about anything. They do not look out for your future at all

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Gym and Bathroom – These facilities are always clean and prepared for student use

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: In the City – The thing that sets BU apart is obviously its location in the middle of Boston. While you miss out on the classic tree lined campus with rolling hills, you have the advantage of feeling more like a grown up living in the city. You take The T rather than some designated college bus and also have the advantage of NOT hiking up ice covered hills in the middle of January...the ones on the typical campus.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Sushi and City Convenience – Although you might expect BU to receive high grades in this category, there really isn't a whole lot going on at night. In a way, the city (with the exception on bars) shuts down relatively early. You're best bet as a freshman is to get some sushi off campus (open until 3am I believe, along with the convenience store underneath Warren) or order a pizza from Dominos or Papa Johns (not that thrilling, and you'll have to pick it up downstairs due to security in the freshman dorms).

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: What You'd Expect from a Big School. There's a pretty decent variety since the BU is so big. You should be able to find anyone you're looking for eventually. Whether it's the sensitive artistic type, future astro-physicist, or die-hard sports fan (although I recommend spending time in West Campus if the latter is your preference).

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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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