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Reviews 2862 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It's a Tough One – There are so many apartments in Boston, but it's difficult to find the perfect one in terms of cost and appeal. If you are looking for a relatively nice apartment, the best place to look would be in Allston, the land of college students. The apartments are within budget, in a fairly safe location, and are well-maintained.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Crowded Subway, Easy to Access Though – The Green line is always cramped, especially after Red Sox games, but it's always available and on a tight schedule. The busses are okay but often don't run completely on time.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: University Has Some Weird Policies – The University will actively seek to find new and exciting scholarships for you, but this is to make it so the university contribution to your overall financial aid can go down. In one instance, this led to me receiving a private scholarship for $11,000, so they removed the university scholarship for $20,000. My -$9,000 winnings weren't very helpful in the long run. This took a ridiculous amount of work to fix. The bureaucratic system actively tries to hide the person in charge of your financial aid so people can't contact them when, say, they suddenly lose $9,000 without doing anything.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: You Get What You Give – I had an amazing experience personally, but this is because I actively sought to embed myself in multiple microcasms of the BU community. BU is not a school where people will just come by and recruit you into something, and it's not one where Professors are going to hold your hand into grad school. Go to office hours, talk in class, join or found a club, and you'll have a blast like I did.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: On campus it is a bad idea to have or use drugs, on academic property or in large dorms. The small brownstone and apartment housing, and the esplanade (off campus) behind Baystate Road frequently smell of marijuana. Pot is decriminalized in Boston and you can tell. The University has a much stricter rule than the city. So if you're going to engage in that sort of activity, do it off campus.

1 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Swift and Severe – BU has a zero tolerance policy that can make BYU look progressive. Even in the case of making a good decision to, say, get a friend suffering alcohol poisoning an ambulance, you will get punished without any chance of appeal. Do not bring drugs to this campus, the risk is too high. It is slightly better in the small brownstone housing, since RA's are less likely to be around, but in large dorms such as Warren Towers - people are evicted from Student Housing with alarming frequency.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Learning and Preparing for a Job – I am in Biology with a specialization in Ecology and Conservation. I found a volunteer position in a marine biology lab my freshman year! BU strongly encourages science majors to get involved in a laboratory and provides a lot of advice and support for premeds. The teachers are all passionate about what they do, and most science teachers also conduct amazing research. BU also has a phenomenal study abroad program. The majority of students end up studying abroad for a semester. I am planning to go to Ecuador for the Ecology program, where I will take classes and participate in field research. Bio & Ecolo as well as Marine Science students also have the opportunity to participate in the Marine Science semester which gives credit for a whole semester of field research in Boston!

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: BU has been voted the best place to go to school at by the Huffington Post and for good reason. The city atmosphere makes the school young, vibrant, and exciting. Though the school is large, all of the student activities and clubs are so well organized that finding your place at BU and meeting people you love is easy. BU has great school spirit and such a variety of fun and interesting people.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Yes, the big thing at BU which is universally hated by all students is the grade deflation, especially in science, engineering, and math courses. I was personally frustrated many times because I felt like I was learning so much and my grades did not reflect that the way that I wanted it to.
Despite this the teachers at BU are very kind, accessible, and more than happy to help. Since the classes at BU are large the student must take the initiative to seek out the teachers' help. But all of the teachers I have approached have been overwhelmingly kind and helpful.
Core Curriculum really helped to improve my writing and my science and math courses all taught me so much.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Be Smart – Boston University is a very safe school as long as you are smart about it. You have to remember that Boston is a very large city and since BU is just a street in Boston there are many non-students who you will interact with. The BUPD and Boston Police are very responsive and helpful for whatever you need.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There are some buildings that are very modern and up to date, but other buildings like the College of Arts and Sciences is very old and has not seen a lot of improvements recently which only makes it stick out more compared to the new modern buildings.

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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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