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Reviews 2862 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's New England – Ridiculously cold in the winter, often with a ton of snow, and quite hot and humid in the summer - New England is a region with severe seasons and you should be prepared for it! Everyone up here is used to it - a snow day is practically unheard of. You will need far more cold-weather clothing than warm weather. It usually doesn't reasonably warm up until late April, and cools down again in September. If you like to wear skanky Halloween costumes, you better bank on not spending a lot of time outside or you'll freeze your butt off!!

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Strict - Be Smart! BU is quite strict about underage drinking and drug use - if you are charged with underage drinking by the Boston Police, they will notify BU and there's a good chance you will be charged with disciplinary action even if you were not on campus at the time of the violation. In terms of academics - don't be an idiot. I have personally witnessed a few cases of plagiarism being caught, and they will at least suspend you for a semester, if not expel you. Do your own work!

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Safe With Common Sense – Despite the recent outburst of news revolving around sexual assault and campus safety at BU, I never felt unsafe as a student. Like any campus in a city environment, it is important to make careful decisions about where and when you walk alone outside, and how you spend your nights out. BU has a pretty strict visitor and drinking policy, and I think for the most part the campus is well-controlled.

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The public transportation in Boston is wonderful! It is so easy to hop on the T and go anywhere in the city. The trains come very often. Additionally, the system is very clean and organized.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drinking is definitely more popular at BU, but it's not everything. Boston offers so many choices for people that do not wish to drink.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is very popular at BU, but it's not a school where you "have to" be Greek. Students can be involved in campus life without joining a fraternity or sorority.

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1 College Freshman

Administration: Very Strict – The police force is SO strict. There is security to get inside of every dorm. You always have to swipe in, and you always have to sign in a guest. The BU Police is located right next to West Campus, which holds the most partiers, so that's quite annoying. Drinking in dorms is not big because you will get caught, and it's pretty serious if you do.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Pretty Good – The athletic center (Fit Rec) is absolutely amazing. I have never seen a better gym. They have pretty much anything you want. That said, it gets a bit hectic. The GSU (student union) is very nice, connected to Mugar Library. It has very good restaurants. As far as the actual campus, it's very urban so make sure a traditional college campus isn't what you're looking for, or you'll be disappointed.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Pretty Good – I've had a pretty good experience so far with the academics. All of my professors have been extremely knowledgable on subject matter, and all have had the biggest, unique personalities. The registration process can be quite frustrating because they do it in order of the last number on your ID. If you're a 9, you are the last to pick, depending on the semester. You can be stuck getting none of the classes you intended. The workload is pretty heavy, but it mostly depends on what major you have. There are a bunch of places to study: Mugar, SMG library, plus varies study lounges in the dorms.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: I drive into night school...there are usually plenty of meter parking spaces. The meters are free after six, and my class is at six-so i only have to put a couple of quarters in. The T runs right in front of school, and runs constantly- very accessible. I also see buses, taxi's, and Zipcars constantly running. Prices for everything in Boston are probably above average, but so worth it.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – Again, I can only speak for the city itself. I do not live on campus and am thirty-three, but have spent so much time in Boston. I work in Boston, also. The people in Boston are great, just like everything else. I would say we are hot, interesting, and very social.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I do not live on campus, and I am thirty-three years old. I have lived right outside of Boston my whole life, and have spent a lot of time in Boston-prior to my enrollment. Everything is great in Boston; food, sports, scenery, schools, hospitals, museums, and attitude.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Is Weak – While Sorority life is growing quickly, the frat bros seem to be a pretty unnoticed group. Being Greek at BU doesn't matter like it does at a lot of other school. In fact most of the time the frat bros are looked down upon.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: People around here get really into the hockey games, which I'm not particularly a fan of being from the south. There's no football, and Basketball has very few diehard fans.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Could Be Safer – The police do as much harm as good, stopping petty student crimes over the muggings, and rapes, and thefts that occur around campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Hit or Miss – Freshman housing, particularly on East Campus, can be a crapshoot. It is expensive and in some cases the rooms are not new and are very small. Upperclassmen apartments are like a 5 star hotel despite the high price.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: West Campus dining open 7 am to 9 pm. Can always have a meal available for you. Although there is no late night, there are always off-campus options.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Little to Worry About – On campus, and even off campus I have never felt uncomfortable or worried that I would be harmed or have something stolen. BUPD is always patrolling (particularly at night) to keep you safe, even though they can be a hassle about parties sometimes.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: All Kinds – This city has so many races passing through the campus streets, but I grew up this way...I don't really notice.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: This is my proud city. Transportation, friendliness, parking, etc., may not be average to someone who isn't from a city... However, the scenery, parks, sports, history and food are excellent no matter where you are from!!

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: International Students Make Campus Culture – The percentage of international students at BU is huge. Being able to learn about foreign lifestyles is a really exciting feature of BU. For me, most of my close friends are from different countries and I love it because I get to see a new perspective on the world.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Hockey Is the Only Fan Sport – Besides Mens Ice Hockey, our student body doesn't really support many other sport teams. Our school has a large division I atheltics program but it does not play a crucial role in students' experience at BU.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Non- Freshman Housing Is GREAT – Freshman dorms are old and crowded but apartments for sophomores, juniors, and seniors are excellent.

4 College Junior

Local Area: It's a 21 Year Old's World. Boston is a fun town. Lots to do: museums, shows/concerts, fairs, etc, but the nightlife is limited to the 21+ crowd.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Watch Your Back – You will be fine you just need to watch your back.


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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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