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3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather in Boston is really hard to figure out. Some days it's 90 degrees, others its -10. Just because the calendar says "January" doesn't mean it won't rain. There is also an inevitable bone-chilling wind in the middle of the winter.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not for Everyone. If you're under 21, your ability to get your hands on alcohol is extremely limited since everywhere cards. However, if you like gross, sweaty basements and frat parties, you can get "thirsty" every night if you so please. I don't often see drugs harder than weed on campus, but I'm sure they're around if you really want them.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Warren Towers (Probably Freshman Year) – They look like three tall prison towers, and while the amenities are reminiscent of jail cells (brick wall, old furnishings, etc.), it's really thriving because of the mass amount of people living here. Very social.

3 College Junior

Administration: The campus is not that strict. The only thing that I personally don't like is the limit of guests that I am allowed to bring into my dorm.

2 College Junior

Diversity: Diverse to a Certain Extent – My school is diverse to a certain extent. There is a decent number of international students. However, there aren't a lot of Hispanic or African American students

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There have currently been quite a few robberies around my campus. Some of them have happened during the daytime. It's not horrible, but I think we should feel safer walking around the school

3 College Freshman

Technology: It Is Difficult to Find an Open Computer on Campus – Open computers at Boston University are always difficult to find, not only at midterm and finals time, so it is almost a must to bring your own, especially if you like to work close to your dorm and not walk back late at night from the library. On the other hand, the campus almost has WiFi everywhere, which is normally strong and fast and the printers, which are only in black and white work fine.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Don't Know of a Lot – Don't know how to get a lot, but generally BU gives a fair amount of scholarships even though it also costs a fair amount.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Lots of Drugs – Almost everyone has or knows someone that smokes at least pot. Not very enforced.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Not Enough Variety Close – Not a lot of places close, only really Mexican and some coffee places.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The Boston University Bridge is one of the only places where a plane can fly over a car driving over a train traveling over a boat all simultaneously, and BU lets you know. The BU Beach is a little park where if you close your eyes, the cars on Storrow Drive sound like waves, and BU lets you know. Martin Luther King, Jr. graduated from BU, and BU definitely lets you know. BU was ranked the hardest school in the Northeast to get an "A" in, and BU let's you know (when you get your transcripts). Their pride is oozing from everything they say. And after a while, you find yourself bragging about all the fun BU facts, all the crazy traditions and experiences. Boston University is a place devoted to making sure that you, "Be You."

3 College Freshman

Weather: Always Ch-Ch-Changin. New England is known for its wacky weather. As my grandmother used to say, "If you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes". It can go to being 60 degrees and sunny to 20 degrees and snowing in an eye blink. The wind from the Charles River whips up Commonwealth Ave like a hurricane. Nor'easters are fun when they produce several inches of snow on top of several inches of ice! If you thought Boston drivers were crazy, you ain't seen nothing till it snows.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Boston Is the Campus – The best part of Boston University is a combination of its academics, traditions, and location. Located in one of the finest parts of one of the most entertaining and dynamic cities, BU gets an A++ for location. Public transportation runs right through the center of Commonwealth Ave which is the hub of Boston University. Whether its grabbing coffee in Kenmore Square, going to a Red Sox game, or hopping on the T to Quincy Market, Boston University has direct access to the center of it all.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received the financial aid I needed and the process was very easy.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've never had any experience with off-campus housing at BU.

4 College Freshman

Academics: For the most part I have found the academic selection at BU to be impressively broad. There are classes taught regarding almost every subject imaginable. The professors are intelligible and personable and the teaching fellows are carefully chosen. The workload at BU is not unmanageable but it does require adequate time management skills.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: BU is actually pretty bad with its bureaucracy, and it's not unknown to revoke scholarships and aid. It does cut down a good amount of the costs, but you have to have a little fire in you to stay on top of things and make sure that they don't deny you loans or aid you did in fact earn. You will most likely have to make multiple phone calls and emails, but they are typically rewarding in the end. PS scholarships are almost always given to freshmen who send in their applications before a deadline that can only be found in small print - BEWARE! However, they still give aid even if you don't make it.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There Are Sports ...If You Like Hockey? Boston University cut its varsity football program in 1997, despite the statue of Harry Agganis hurling a football outside our sports arena. On the one hand, not having football does somewhat diminish the thrill that those of us who love football hope for in going to college. Yet the school's hockey program is like no other! I can't describe what going to a game is like! Even the women's team is amazing and has olympic medalists. The ice skating and IM sports are average, and IM sports are far from free, but then again a lot of fun. The seasons are short, but there are pick-up games at the amazing gym (!!!) which is possibly the best part of our athletics, with everything from a climbing wall to a small lazy river!

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Many of the awards are only granted upon admission to the school, and I was initially overlooked. After an appeal, however, I received a solid amount of money, but you cannot earn these awards later as you progress through BU. If you're unhappy with what you receive initially, definitely appeal the decision. The worst that can happen is that they don't give you any more money. BU has an alleged reputation for being stingy. The scholarships within each professional school are helpful, but I'm not sure how selective they are/how many people apply for them, but I know that I plan on applying for them.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: A Little Over the Top – Some RAs are just plain mean and out to get you in trouble, especially in freshmen dorms. In upper classmen dorms, however, the RAs are a little more relaxed. One thing that is a little annoying is the guest policy. Every time you want to have a guest come into your building, they have to leave some form of ID. The only way to avoid this is a 3-day pass, but for that, all of your roommates need to sign, and when you live in an 8 person suite, it's hard to coordinate.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Great Variety – All of the dining halls have very good options that are also very healthy. If it gets old, there are plenty of quick, relatively cheap places around campus that offer basic meals. Plenty of places to use dining and convenience points, which is also helpful. Only let down is that some of the best places don't accept dining/conv. points. Other than that, great selection and variety.

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1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Show Me the Money – Received hardly any financial aid, repeal letter was denied. Wondering how to pay for future years here

4 College Freshman

Parking: Public Transportaion Passes – Get a semester T pass! It comes in handy when you want to go off campus and can't scrounge up the $2 for the fare. The discounted price the school offers for the pass is reasonably priced and I use it all the time.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Needs Work – The process itself is just a lot of paperwork. The big problem with financial aid stuff is that the school doesn't have much to offer when it comes to scholarships. The people are friendly and are a good help, but it's sometimes hard for them to communicate.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very Diverse – You are guarenteed to meet someone who is a different race, economical background, political beliefs, religion, sexual orientation, etc. BU does a great job in bringing different individuals and helps build tolerance to others

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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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