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Reviews 2495 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Tons of opportunies, staff always willing to help. Grading is tough, but it makes the students work harder.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: my overall experience at BU so far has been great! it definitely holds one of the most precious memories in my heart. I came into college nervous of what it would be like, but BU has offered me much comfort.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversify the Campus! Boston University is widely accredited to its diverse population. Many students come from foreign countries to study at BU.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Be You – A large university in an urban setting. Many events and activities are provided so that students will never be bored.Student health services are great!The city of Boston itself is very rewarding to be around. There are local festivals in the city such as Marathon Monday and Hemp Fest. The BUPD is always around to ensure safety. A great university for the perfect freshman experience!

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: As far as the living situation goes at BU, living on campus is the best option! The best apartment to live on campus is the Student Village I on Buick St. The apartments are fully furnished with a clean kitchen, living room area, decent sized fridge, beds, desks, and drawers. It is a very secure place to live in because there are security guards at the front 24 hours every day of the week. There is recycling room and laundry room that can be paid with BU convenience point so you never need to worry about not having enough quarters! This is best apartment I have lived in through the 4 years I have been at Boston University.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Dining Options – Dining options can be very costly in Boston. Although Boston University offers a handbook of discounts, it almost ends out being about the same. They are coupons entailing you to purchase $100 and get one free. You are better off dining on campus because food is tax exempt with your BU ID.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The boys range from unattractive to smoking hot. The girls are attractive.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorm Life – The freshman dorms are great. But the housing lottery is no fun for rising sophomores because most end up in Freshman housing instead of upper classman dorms. But the housing is in a nice area of campus and our dorms are next to dining halls and classes.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe. The campus is in the city but its surpisingly has a closed campus feel. Campus Safety is always available. Keeping your doors locked is definitely a must, although it is rare that theft will happen.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Driving in the City – There are plenty of parking lots on campus, but with the public train running down the middle of campus a car is unnecessary. It is expensive to buy a parking spot and dangerous to drive down the street with people crossing whenever and wherever they want.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Where Did My Quota Go? At Boston University there are numerous computer labs in every building and library on campus. However, we are only given 100 pages in our print quota and there are some classes that require us to print more than that. We are given the option to print double sided, but being in the sciences, there are a lot of articles and powerpoints that have many pages to print.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Definition of Experts – I am enrolled in the Athletic Training program at Boston University and the professors are really what makes the program so well-known. We have professors that are still practicing athletic trainers and also serve on the national board for athletic trainers. There are multiple experts that teach specific parts of the body, as well as a professor with their PhD, which is rare. The professors are always looking to help out the best they can and they always know where to refer you so that you get the answer you're looking for.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Good & Bad – Rating transportation depends on where you want to go. The T which gets you anyplace is usually on time and cheap, but does not run late at night. Cabs are moderately costly. You will also only find a small number of student drivers, given that the school is in the city. The University shuttle is somewhat reliable but does not circulate fast enough.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is not funded by the university, but appears to be growing. The letters that do exist are active in philanthropy and party throwing. It is not a major scene at BU simply because it is not everyone's cup of tea. Allways fun parties though. Also, only frats have houses.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Boston University is one of the most diverse places I have been to, ethnically socially, and intellectually. This was obvious the moment I stepped on campus. Just look at the events calendar, filled with culture shows and discussion sessions on the latest discoveries and issues. Furthermore the University has the Howard Thurman Center, which is dedicated to connecting students in diverse cultural and social networks.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Too Many Smokers – Drugs can definitely be found if you're looking, but cigarettes are the most prominent on campus. In front of almost every dorm there are people sitting and smoking. On Comm Ave there are people smoking in groups of people, where the smoke gets in your face. If there are dilerberate areas to not smoke, most don't regard the signs. Basically, it's annoying for non-smokers.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Above Average Food – BU has made it a priority to add plenty of options, a vegetarian station, and a kosher hall. But each dining hall is different in quality and number of options. Also, It's not hard to eat healthy on a regular basis.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There When You Need It – Safety at BU is your own priority when you're out and about in the city. But on campus, the security guards at the entrance of every dorm make you feel completely safe. No one without a BU ID can enter the dorms. Also the Student Health Services are open 6 days a week to provide students with help about any issues.. just make sure to make an appointment.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: BU has so much to offer its ridiculous. The city life makes you feel independent, yet you still have the college feel of going to class, staying in small dorms, and watching hockey games. People have a good sense of work hard, play hard. Most students have sports and club involvement on top of academics. I love BU, but you have to take the opportunities it gives you to fully enjoy it!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Quincy Market – Although there are many high end more expensive restaurants in Boston, Quincy Market has a great variety of food. Faneuil hall is a nice place to hang out, eat, and shop!

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: New Gym – The FitRec is beautiful! The inside is so modern that it makes me want to work out more. It has everything from machines to bball courts, ping pong tables, and a rock climbing wall. On the other hand, the music practice rooms in the college of fine arts are great for private rehearsal and sound proof.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: Very Generous – Very generous with financial aid if you're a deserving candidate. Can usually appeal for a couple thousand more.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Gotta love the Terriers. Hockey is a huge deal. Basketball is now getting there. A lot of people complain about a lack of football -- hockey is more fun anyway.

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5 College Senior

Local Area: So much history in this beautiful city. Explore, live a little!

4 College Senior

Weather: Tough It up – You came to New England. Expect snow, cold wind, and the like. Autumn is beautiful. Winter is quaint. Spring is fantastic once things start to bloom and life returns on campus. Summer is humid and hot. You get all the seasons you want.


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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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