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Reviews 3012 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Senior

Campus Food: Lots of options, lots of locations, you can always find what you're looking for or something you've never tried before.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Student drinking behavior is abusive, but students don't look down upon others whom don't want to drink.

A lot of students smoke marijuana and that has recently become bigger.

Peer pressure is nearly nonexistent but it does occur.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: BU School of Management was the best experience of my life. I learned more in my 4 years than I could have ever imagined and it truly prepares you for every possible job you may obtain.

I am now a high school teacher and I use my business skills everyday to give presentations to my students, market ideas to my students and analyze data to make decisions on how to teach my students.

The skills you will learn will be used in every possible job, without ever thinking consciously about it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life has just been recognized at Boston University. As such, it has never been a huge thing and with so many students, there is no feasible way for every student to join an organization.

This means if you want to join, you'll face more competition. But, if you choose not to join, no one will think twice.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The Business program is one of the top programs at the school. You regularly exchange ideas and intellect with peers and professors. Analysis and discussion is the center to the curriculum in addition to innovation.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Boston University is a large university that offers anything that a student could desire. The downside to that many options is getting lost in the diversity.

In a large city, BU provides so many internship opportunities. I interned at the Attorney General's Office in downtown Boston, providing crucial mediation between consumers and the health care industry.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Campus dining is wonderful overall. 100 Bay State Road is absolutely fantastic! Late Night at Warren will become your best friend, too.

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1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This is not the place to go if you are looking to move on from the environment of high school. The cliques and exclusive groups like the jocks and the preps gain even more people in a higher concentration at BU. If you aren't part of this crowd of people, it can often be very hard to acclimate to the school quickly. It may take a while to find your type of people and to make friends who are like you, if you don't play sports or don't plan on joining a fraternity or a sorority. But if that is your plan, you'll most likely have a great time at BU, because contrary to popular belief, these groups have a lot of presence on campus.

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is basically no partying done on campus. Everything takes place at the frat and athletic houses in Alston, which is definitely one of the creepier and more dangerous areas of Boston. The guys in these groups generally fit the stereotype of the arrogant and rude frat boy who is truly only searching for one thing. BU is definitely not the school to come to you if you are looking to party in the dorms or have a place to go every night of the weekend. Most of the frats won't let in large groups, make guys pay, or get shut down by the strict police system before eleven. Another problem is that even living in West campus, there is still about a mile walk to any of the action happening in Alston and there is no T stop where the parties are, so if you want to party be prepared to walk and potentially not get in anywhere.

1 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The ratio of guys to girls, 40/60, makes for a negative experience when it comes to the social life on campus. The straight guys have basically the pick of any girl that they want and this leads to a very arrogant straight male population, which can be seen especially in the bad reputation of the hockey team. Another result of the ratio is a large percentage of all girls floors which often times makes the "traditional college experience" hard to come by.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: Boston is a smaller city compared to New York or Chicago, but it is noticeably cleaner and safer. The public transportation system is excellent, there is no need for students to bring cars. Boston University is located within walking distance to major attractions such as Boston Commons and Newbury Street. There is ample shopping opportunity at the nearby Prudential Center. Many concerts are held on campus at Agganis Arena, which offers student prices for many major attractions.

4 College Junior

Technology: The library is huge and printers are available in all major large dormitories. You can send any documents to a BU printer so long as you have an account set up with ResNet. The IT department (located in the main library( can help you establish this account. Students are allotted a certain number of pages for printing each semester, after that students may purchase additional pages.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: BU has hired Boston Police (in addition to Boston University's internal Police Department) to handle the issue of drug usage and alcohol visibility. Drugs are not allowed on campus, despite the fact that Massachusetts has decriminalized marijuana.

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: There is wireless all over campus, so you can pretty much take your laptop anywhere and be connected. The easiest place to print is Mugar library, although there are a number of other places one can print, but you'll have to figure those out for yourself, as no one will tell you where else they are! The internet is fairly average, can be a bit slow at times. It's much more convenient to have your own printer for those days when it's rainy and/or absolutely freezing outside.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I'm a history major-International relations track, and although I enjoy some of the classes, there really is not a coherent set of courses in this major. They are also lacking classes in some areas, such as African history. The classes seem quite scattered and some of the professors can be very dry, despite interesting subject matter. I know they offer internships and it's quite a small major, so if you're interested in a certain area, there will be someone willing to help you achieve it. There are some awesome professors in this major, just have to seek them out!

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Alcohol would be the biggest thing on campus, but it's not in your face, although if you want, you can always find a party or whatnot. Quite a few people smoke, but, again, not a crowd or scene you have to be around if you'd prefer not to be.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Overall, the academics are probably not too bad, but some courses, such as science ones, have way too many students in them.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: BU just got a brand new 2-story dining hall to add to the collection of others we have. They have lots of options including many, many vegetarian and vegan options! But don't worry. There are awesome burgers and junk food too if you are in the mood. Tad expensive freshman year, when you have to buy the meal plan, but after that you have the option to opt out of it. There are also many different options that cost less. Overall, it's pretty fantastic.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Between the Mugar Library and other facilities, computers are always available. They aren't the very newest but they newer than what I have seen at many similar colleges and all work well.

3 College Junior

Majors: Biology is a very popular major. And many of freshman bio major students are pre-med. So basic/intro biology classes are very large and competitive, but since the classes themselves are too large. I can say that many classes under 300 levels (and couple of 300 level courses) are very inefficient. But once you get into the higher level courses (having students less than 80s), they are different and interesting, since professors start to remember your name. Normally, professors and TFs loves to help you during their office hour, so if you need a help, don't even hesitate.

3 College Junior

Majors: I was originally International Relations major, so there is not much information that I can offer for biology major. Yet, if you are an international student, Boston University requires you to submit certain level of TOEFL grade for each sections.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I did a summer semester at USC which is known as the Harvard of film schools, and I honestly think I am getting a better film and tv education at BU.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am a film and television major. The classes I'm taking now are great, but I wasn't able to take any Film and TV specific courses freshman year, just general communications courses that had nothing to do with film.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: BU is probably one of the most diverse colleges. There is no one "type" of student. While predominately caucasian and asian, there are people of all ethnicities and religions, political beliefs, backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, and sexual orientations.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: As a vegetarian, it is very difficult to find something to eat in the dining halls other than pizza pasta and cereal. They have vegetarian options but they are usually either contaminated or just gross. Late Night is awesome though. The new dining hall on Bay State is supposed to be pretty nice, but I just moved off campus.


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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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