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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Boston University's off-campus dining is Boston. Boston has a vast variety in eateries from fast-food to five star dining. You can find practically anything you'd ever want as long as you're willing to take the T.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Boston weather is crazy. Within two days, it could be hailing, and then the next day sunny and 65.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Hockey is extremely important to the BU atmosphere.

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4 College Student

Transportation: The subway, the bus system And taxi system. All convenient. Taxi is a bit more expensive. Subway or bus is the way to go. Alot of walking on campus too

3 College Student

Scholarships: It's Been a Nightmare – It's been horrible. Just because was denied my noncustodial waiver I was automatically given no aid. And I really needed it!

5 College Student

Transportation: I Love the T – It was so easy to get around on the T. Boston was jut a few stops!!!

4 College Student

Health & Safety: Extremely Safe – I felt so safe because I could call the university police at any time as well as notify them via the. Our box system

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4 College Senior

Majors: BU SOT is everything you can expect from a conservatory. hard work, big pay off. EXTREMELY talented kids. 4% acceptance rate. The Theatre arts and acting tracks allow really specialized and personalized schedules which is nice. Study abroad junior spring. Most go to NYC, followed closely by LA. If you're sure theatre is your thing. BU is the place to be.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Large School, Small Families – Bu is large but you really get to know the people in your college. Especially in the smaller ones like CFA, SHA, Sargaent... There are only 18 people in my year in my major and get more than enough one on one time with our professors. Also, BU is really great about branching out of your major. If your credits allow, you can take classes in areas not required by your major. I, for example, have taken a ton of COM classes even though my major is in CFA. BU study abroad beats all other univeristies in the U.S HANDS down the greatest thing about BU is their incredible abroad programs. Truly world class. You will travel like a rock star for less than you pay for a semester in Boston. Bu housing is also great. There are so many different options. From old brownstones on bay state to big dorms, to beacon st studios, to StuVi which is like living in the ritz. PRIME real estate. BU is really international. There are so many kids from outside of America, it's so nice. We have great traditions like marathon monday and senior week. Greek life is active if youre interested but you wont feel left out if youre not. Yes, its true there are more girls than guys. But hey, not caring if you go to class on friday mornings in your sweat pants is awesome. People are generally very active and healthy. Great bars and cuktural events in Boston---duh. AND fenway is literally on campus. BU kids in general are smart, fun-loving, creative people who are as talented at academics as they are at having fun.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: BU athletics are very noticeable on campus. There are lots of athletes around. Hockey games are obviously the biggest athletic events to attend on campus, but all of them are fun and have great support. There are also lots of club and intramural sports, even quidditch for "regular" students who love sports.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am very happy to be back to school. I am working towards a Bachelors and eventually would like to get into Law, politics, and government. I'm a little late on figuring out what I want to do, but am excited now that I know! Having Boston University's name behind me when I graduate is why I am here.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Some Good Programs – Sargent (for rehabilitation) and the college of Communications have some of the top ranked programs in the country. BU also is close to the city so it's easy to explore.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Mostly Frats for Under 21 – If you're 21+, you have all of Boston to choose from. If you're under 21 there are some good 18+ clubs but most people go to frat houses. Generally, you have to know someone to get into the better parties

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There's a Mix – Because BU is so old, there's a mix of facilities. Some buildings (CAS) are old and resemble a high school while others such as StuVI and the FitRec are absolutely incredible.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Don't Get Caught Drinking – BU is pretty serious about underage drinking. If caught in the dorms, you can get fined, and a second time will get you kicked out of housing. If you can't swipe into the dorm, a $1000 ambulance ride is in your future...

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's there but not a huge part of campus life. Most of the people in a frat or sorority tend to stay within that social circle. Sororities don't get houses...Unfortunately, greek life has had a bad rep this year with hazing and busted parties. If you're not up for rushing, definitely check out frat parties at MIT or Harvard.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: So So – BU housing is generally safe with security at the entrance of almost all dorms. Petty theft happens but only if you're not locking up or watching your things. Be careful if you like partying because BU prides itself on the fact that its police force cracks down on underage drinking. While the BUPD has its grip on underage drinking, they can sometimes lack in their response to other situations. That said, it's a generally safe campus for being in a city.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I was an apprentice for Ironworkers Local 7 when I was twenty-one. I am still an Ironworker, and the Unions are very strong in Boston.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: So many different bars and clubs all over. Transportation everywhere.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The Gym Is Probably Pulling up This Grade. I'm not huge on athletics but I have to say I was vastly impressed at how great the athletic center on campus was. Free to students and offers a very large variety of athletic things to do in a very innovative building. As for the rest of the school, it looks like a very dated building holding some kind of historical prestige. The Mugar Library is pretty well organized as well.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Boston's a nice place with tons of things to do around campus. There's an event in front of the Marsh Chapel every now and again and people handing out fliers. It could be better, if every other step didn't have the smell of smoke around it. The people range from awful to nice as well.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Lots of Great Sports, Lots of Spirited Fans – Terrier hockey team is ranked very highly. Other sports are competitive as well. If you aren't super athletic but would like to join a sport, there are many intramural sports anyone can join. School spirit is high, and many students go to games to cheer on the Terriers!

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Not Bad – Not many relationships freshman year but many people go to parties. Many of the guys are frat guys or taken or pretentious. Other guys aren't very good looking. Also lots of gay guys. Girls are beautiful and dress nice, very thin, however they see, fake, especially if they are in sororities. Social life at parties because everyone talks and everyone gets along, even if you've never seen that person in your life. But cops have become mroe strict with the record number of students getting hospitalized for intoxication last year.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Bad Idea for the Most Part – The apartments are expensive, but not if you split the cost between 4 people or so. However, living on campus is much more convenient and provides students with more safety and a social atmosphere. Someone broke into one of my friend's apartments off campus last semester -- that would never happen on campus. Also, landlords do not like students and royalty fees will most likely be high.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is very accessible from campus. In fact, the metro and city bus pass through the center of the school. The school also offers a bus that takes students everywhere on 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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