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Reviews 2891 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Senior

Campus Quality: The Highlight of My Life. BU is what you make of it. Take good professors and challenging courses. Broaden your mind -- that's what you're here for! College isn't just about getting into graduate programs or high paying positions -- BU is an enormous research institution with more opportunities than you can imagine. 11,500 students live on campus with a diverse background (and one of the largest international populations). Get to know as many new people as you can -- forget the idea that college is about partying, getting drunk, and getting a diploma so you have a job. If that's what you're looking for, find it at ZooMass instead.

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3 College Senior

Party Scene: Not Much of a Partyer – I was never one to go out much, but you're in the city of Boston, and you have all of its resources at your disposal if your 21+. Not an A because the 18-21 crowd doesn't have all too many options.

3 College Senior

Technology: The situation is improving. BU cut waste by eliminating a number of computer labs that ultimately proved to be unnecessary (most bring laptops, and printing is available in dorms and libraries). WiFi access is being rapidly expanded, though probably several years too late.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: I am originally from Boston. So I know what to expect. But the fact that the school is a street and my dorm is pretty far from my class. So when it rains or snows, it really sucks. It is so hard to walk on the streets and plus cars are everywhere.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Social Atmosphere – I just feel the school is too big and the students do not really interact with each other in class. Even in dorms, the people do not really to talk one another on the same floor. The clubs, there are just too many people that you don't get the chance to meet and talk to one another.

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2 College Sophomore

Academics: I was a biochemistry major, but I recently switched into a business major. From my experience as a biochemistry major, I thought the way some people did not have as much opportunity as other students.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Excellent School Activitites – BU is a highly diversified school where it is hard to find any social laggard. There is always a club waiting for student no matter what kind of interest.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: A Good Environment With Good Flow of People – I always feel safe around campus area because people are always walking around and I believe that a place with people is a place is less crime.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Pricy Food With Medium Class Restaurants – Restaurants around BU has the faces of medium class restaurant in terms of service, design and food quality. Yet, the price if comparable to upper class restaurant. For example: pad thai lunch in a very good looking Thai restaurant in New York charge 6.95, but it is charged the minimum of 8 dollars in a self service restaurant around BU.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Unnessary Security – I don't think BU is too strict in terms of affecting academic or social lives. However, I do feel that all the extra securities they have in place at dorm halls are unnecessary and semi effective.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not sure about fan support or performance (other than hockey) that the student body has on BU since it's such a large school and all but I do feel that the athletic facilities are top notch and the amount of sports offered are large. (runon)

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Pretty Good When You Compare to Other Schools – Although the food can sometimes feel repetitive, they cycle out the meals every day so there is always something new. The food also tastes great and the availability of other dining centers (different kind of dining hall offered) such as the GSU add more to the variety.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Don't Drive – You don't need a car on campus at all. You are in the city so parking is a nightmare. The school does have some parking lots but you need to buy a parking permit.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties Hard to Get Into – Unless you are a girls parties are hard to get into. You usually need to know someone in the frat or house but if you do get in they are loads of fun. MIT frats are also on campus.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Extremely Diverse – BU is perhaps the most diverse place I have ever been to in my life. There is a very large amount of international students and people of all sexual orientations.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Keep your grades up in senior year! gpa is everything for financial aid when you are not qualified for help! colleges like boston university have very expensive tuitions and money is never a bad thing to gain! work on your essays and find out all scholarship information and start right away!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: transportation at Boston University involves taking the boston university shuttle, walking, the t and or t bus and car( if a student has one). Transportation is highly convinient and the cost is minor especially since u can get monthly passes for t riding and that can take you else where around boston, and the shuttle and walking are free.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: constantly having dance parties at the metcalf ballroom, the george sherman union has many events always advertised and club booths, also in the george sherman student basement there is a lounge ofter free food and games. the BU beach also has many outdoor activites for students and lawn parties and picnics.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't do it, but they are everywhere. Literally, every floor has that one kid that loves to disable the fire alarms and make the hallways smell like s***. So if you're into that, go find those kids and have a blast.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Pretty Nice – FitRec (BU's gym) is pretty nice. The equipment is really up to date, and there's tons of it.
There are way too many libraries to list here, but the main one is Mugar, and is usually really quiet, especially on the 3rd floor and up. Also, the science and eng library is always quiet and dead.
There are also way too many activities.

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: All the guys are nerdy, gay, or just plain weird. Let's just say I got extremely lucky when I found my man.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Simulation Learning Center – We have a simulation learning center where we can practise dentistry before starting seeing patients in clinic.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not Sure – As far as I know, there is no Greek association or events going on here.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: No Cheap Housing! There is only one on campus building on the medical campus for graduate students. There is a long waitlist to get an apartment here and other options are often unsafe, or the rent is prohibitively high.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Really the only limiting factor is the BU athletics: all we really have is Men's Hockey. If we had a better basketball team or football team, school spirit would go up and hopefully stress would go down. Once you get past required classes, things get really awesome.


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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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