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Reviews 2848 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I never expected to love BU as much as I do, but in many ways it's my dream school. It may not have to reputation of nearby schools like Harvard and MIT, but I wouldn't want to be anywhere else as an undergrad.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very Safe Campus – Other than the "Peeping Tom" incident in the dorms recently, BU ensures the safety of its students without being at all overbearing or strict.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Overall Impressive – The dining hall has mostly good food and generally tries to have variety. You kind of get tired of it but it is usually pretty decent.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have found the majority of my classes and professors to be interesting. I enjoy going to class because of enthusiastic faculty.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Great School for Music Education – I'm very excited to be studying Music Education at Boston University. During my freshman year, my schedule was such that I wasn't particularly overwhelmed with work, and the focus seemed to be just getting used to the college experience. However, beginning my sophomore year, I'll already be doing observations at a local elementary school once a week for four hours. Finally, the music education office advisors are fantastic, very organized, and are truly concerned about your well-being and your ability to succeed.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: As a music education major, I believe that the academics at BU are very good. Concerning the work load, a majority of my time is spent practicing my instrument. However, being that I also minor in German, I'd say that the workload is definitely manageable. The Mugar Libraryis also a great place to study. And, depending on your dorm building, you could also find a study room in your building. I stayed at 575 Commonwealth (Hojo) my first year, and there was a great study lounge overlooking downtown and the Charles River.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Great School for Music – As a music education major, I've been very impressed by the program created by Boston University. Although this school is not a conservatory, the College of Fine Arts has a conservatory-like program. Additionally, the practice rooms were renovated several years ago, and they are possibly the BEST PRACTICE ROOMS ON EARTH (take it from someone who has used the practiced rooms at Carnegie Mellon University and New York University). Outside of the school, Boston is a very cultural city, and what could be better than using your College Card to get free tickets to the Boston Symphony? :)

3 College Sophomore

Parking: NO NEED FOR a CAR – There's really no need for a car if you plan on going to Boston University. The main reason: YOU ARE IN A CITY. There really isn't any parking on campus, unless you plan on parking on the street or paying for a spot in a parking garage. Plus, the T runs down the entire length of the campus, so it's much easier to take that downtown, to your class building, etc. Plus, to be honest and from personal experience, Massachusetts drivers are the MOST AGGRESSIVE DRIVERS YOU WILL EVER MEET. Anyway, Boston is a fantastic city, and the public transportation is so great that even if you were a permanent resident of the city of Boston, a car would not be necessary.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Urban Delight – The BU campus is interesting, in that the campus doesn't really feel like a campus at all. Instead, the entire campus stretches for about 2 miles down a road called Commonwealth Avenue and sits about 10-15 minutes outside of downtown Boston. The facilities are great, and BU always seems to be doing renovation projects (this summer they're supposed to by renovating Rich Hall -- one of the dorm buildings-- and now they're apparently doing a 26 million renovation project of Nickerson Field on West Campus). The only exception I can think of concerning the facilities is the College of Arts and Sciences in Central Campus, just because the building is kind of old and looks a lot like a high school on the inside........but then there's an Einstein Brothers on the bottom floor which makes it alright. :P

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys Are Okay – There are some cute ones but personally, I haven't found too many I am interested in.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: The Only Bad Thing About the School – Unfortunately, I have to pay a lot to come here. It IS worth it, but it is also a lot of money. I received very little aid, and scholarships were given out weirdly. I know some kids who received them and some who didn't, but their academic and background are almost the same. I wish I had received more money....

The office will try to help you find a job, but you should go search on your own.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: One Word: Boston – It's Boston! The best city to experience your college years and twenty's in. So many surrounding schools, research opportunities, internships, restaurants, parks, the river :), movies, shopping, etc. etc.
When you're at BU, you're at the center of the city. And another plus is, that, when you walk out onto the street (commonwealth ave), you're only gonna meet people from BU. It's amazing! You just put one foot outside that, though, and you can meet anyone!

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I Love It – After transferring from the university that I wasn't found of, I really love the atmosphere of BU and how the academics blend with the downtime with friends.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Depends on the Day – It depends on the day and the atmosphere of the people on campus that day.

3 College Junior

Technology: Only Crowded During Heavily Traffic Times – During the typical times of the year the labs get busy, but there is always the library and other facilities on campus.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Women's Rowing Team – Among the best athletics in the school. Great company, spirit n u make long time friends while in it. So much fun

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Don't Bring a Car – There is no reason to bring a car to Boston University. At all. There is plenty of public transportation, you will waste all of your money on gas and parking tickets (which they are evil about) and you won't get anywhere any fast than walking or using the T.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Getting around the BU campus is fairly easy. In front of Myles Standish Hall alone there is two bus stops and the Kenmore T station. The BU Shuttle stops throughout the campus and comes every ten to twenty minutes during the day and runs until around 3 am on weekends. And it's FREE. The only bad thing about the BU Shuttle is during lunch hours it often comes late and at peak times throughout the day it gets cramped in the bus, but you learn to push your way through. There is also the 57 Bus, which goes from Kenmore through the Charles River Campus ,and the T ,which is the best way to get around Boston as a whole. I recommend the MBTA Semester Pass if you plan on leaving campus at all or even if you liveo n the opposite side of campus form your college. On the bus or T it costs $2 in cash or $1.70 with a Charlie Card but with the Semester Pass you get unlimited trips for the semester for about $260. You can walk pretty much anywhere but in the winter it's nice ot have options.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Walking from one end of campus to the other is just 1 mile, so walking is the cheaper way of getting around. But the Green Line also runs through BU making the T a viable option of getting around as well. BU also runs its own bus service that goes from one end of campus to the other.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Boston has the most amazing selection of food: Italian in the North End, great Mexican food (surprisingly), Max Brenner for the chocolate lovers, and of course, a wide array of Thai on BU's campus itself.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Age Problem – Because Boston is such a huge college town, fake IDs will not work at all. If you're looking to party, you need to find age-appropriate places until you turn 21. However, there is still a lot of fun to be had! You just have to know where to look.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Food for Every Occasions – Boston is a place where you can find just about any type of restaurant you please. It is especially known for its variety of Asian and Indian restaurants. It is especially convenient for those who are vegetarian or vegan. Boston is also right near Cambridge, which contains its own plethora of restaurants.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: BU has been extremely generous and helpful with me. I would not have been able to afford BU on my own; however, with the help of the Financial Aid office, college has been extremely affordable.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: The Real Melting Pot – Although the majority of students on campus are white, BU is known for its high percentage of international students. The largest organization on campus is the BU India Club. BU has a wide range of religious and cultural organizations. As a student in a high school that was predominately black and hispanic, I fit right into BU.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Better Than Expected – I moved from LA to Boston and had the greatest time. Boston is a perfect city to go to school in and BU is right in the heart of the city. BU has everything you could want in a school--it's right for everyone.


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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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