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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Love it – I absolutely love BU in every way possible, but definitely visit before committing because it's not the perfect school for everyone. A lot of people have trouble finding a group of friends because there is such a large population of students and it can be tough to find your nice. If I could go back in time, I would still choose to attend BU.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: So diverse. There's so many international students from everywhere - Asia, Mexico, England, Brazil, India, etc. You can walk around and here different languages or accents, it's cool and interesting. Most international students tend to stick together though. BU is also diverse in terms of types of people. You can't really say BU is a preppy school or a hipster school ... there's ALL types of people.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Things are pretty close so you can pretty much walk anywhere, but there's also taxis (which are sometimes too expensive) and the T. The T stops running at 12:30 am I think and it's $2/ride unless you have a Charlie card which is $1.70/ride. If there's a lot of people (like on weekend nights) you can hop on the T unnoticed and don't have to pay.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Check out Rate BU if you want to see the hottest girls and guys. But mostly BU is 1/2 gay guys and the other half of the guys are either 1. taken 2. single and messing around or 3. single for a reason. But the girls here are all really pretty, nice and dress fashionably.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: City Schools are strict. Being a city school BU has to be strict. Security is very strict, but we don't want random homeless people wandering our halls do we? But, sometimes they're overly strict, like sending people to the hospital for being caught tipsy... Campus strictness can definitely loosen up a bit, but it's nothing to get too stressed about.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Hockey is basically the only big sport that people watch and attend games. People REALLY enjoy the games though. Most people are drunk, screaming, cheering and it's a lot of fun. If you're looking for a big sports school, BU isn't for you.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The school buildings are really nice. The FITREC and Agganis Arena are both absolutely gorgeous. The GSU is really nice and so is Mugar Library. Really, everything is nice. The dorms could use a little work, but that's another story.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: THC + alcohol. BU is mostly weed and alcohol, but if you like harder drugs you'll have to do a bit of scavenger-hunting. Other drugs aren't prominent AT ALL, but do exist if you're willing to do the search.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It exists – You'll see people walking around wearing their letters on hoodies or tote bags, but other than that Greek Life really isn't too prominent. Frats have parties every weekend and sometimes the Greek Life will host events for charities and fundraising.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: You're in the Heart of Boston – If you're over 21 you're right in the heart of Boston and there's so much to do! If you're under 21, you can't drink or go to clubs (they're strict with checking ids) but you can go to a hookah bar, a concert (at the House of Blues or Paradise Rock Club), a frat party, shop (the Pru and Newbury St) or you can watch a movie at a theater. There's lots to do. Transportation to and from places is easy- you can walk, take the T or a cab.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: We're so spoiled here with dining. We complain that the food is repetitive or bland, but compared to other schools we really have amazing food! Also it's "all-you-care-to-eat" style, which is great since you don't have to pay for individual items. I love BU's food and dining services!

1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: An Unpleasant Environment – I would never choose to come here, given a second chance. There are a ton of people everywhere and it's difficult to get to know other students and professors. There is nothing even resembling a campus either. I was particularly uncomfortable with the number of thefts, as well as being inappropriately approached by a an older man very close to my dorm. It is nearly impossible to tell who is a fellow student during the day. You can blend very easily into just being a number.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Rainy Through the Fall – The first couple months of school were fairly rainy. The whole city looks flat and gray. It definitely makes everyone a little irritable because people come to class cold and wet. All the buildings are very spread out so everywhere is a long walk unless you want to use public transportation.

2 College Freshman

Technology: Internet Reliability Could Be Better – The few wi-fi connections that exist in the academic and residential buildings are unreliable. I frequently lose the internet connection when using wi-fi. Occasionally, the internet also drops when I am using an ethernet cable in my dorm.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: I absolutely love the BU bus, properly names the BU-S. It is convinient, on time, and gets you from point A to your point B quickly.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Too Typical – Many of the guys and girls here are very typical, top-40 listeners. People are average looking, and it's hard to find members of the opposite gender of substance. Stay away if you're looking for someone that has personality.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Good Food, Bad Prices – While there are many options for near by off campus dining, many people opt out of it because of meal plans. There is some guilt in spending actual money for food.

1 College Freshman

Parking: There is almost no parking but if youre willing to pay hundreds a semester to park miles away from your dorm/apt. then go ahead....

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: BU Health services offers a variety of services for common colds, to STDs, to referring students to doctors for more serious illnesses. Although the making appointments and waits required can be HELL during "plague" times.
BUPD does a good job as well they have tip lines and one can frequently see them driving through the streets (sometimes undercover so watch out!). I have never felt unsafe.

4 College Student

Campus Quality: Big University Means Big Campus Life – The school is very well known, it has a high sports academic, there is a large diversity and parties almost everynight. The school offers a godd academic programs such as medicine and overseas programs.

3 College Student

Diversity: People all around the world come to study at Boston University. It has a great basketball team and many diversed groups. One can never feel isolated because, every ethnicity is representated, men and women attend the university from different religion background.

4 College Student

Local Area: Boston, MA Is a Great City for College Students – Boston areas offer many attractions, activities and recreation to students and people and general. The nightlife is never dull, and activities can range from kayaking on the Charles River to bike in CAmbridge in Boston. Shopping is available for the moderate shopper to the expensive from the Wrentham outlet Mall to the sophisticated Prudential Mall. With different museums to visit, Boston is indeed a great city and offers an exciting atmosphere.

1 Niche User

Campus Housing: Housing is very poor for how much you pay – For paying how much we do, the housing is disgusting. Every dorm complains that there is a layer of dust on all of their stuff because the buildings are so old. Also, the rooms are very small and the elevators are very slow.

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1 Niche User

Guys & Girls: Ugly Guys – After being here for two months I have yet to see more than 2 guys that are actually attractive and I am not usually very picky.

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2 College Senior

Academics: Too Conservative – Art history only covers visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, photography). It doesn't include music, film, etc. The classes are good for a general background versus specific knowledge. Also, major is general rather than specific track. I wish it would include taking art courses so that I could get a better perspective on what artists were thinking and how they were creating art. Teaching styles of professors are the same--invokes only internal stimulation rather than a seminar/discussion style. Not very many non-western art courses or photography courses (a few of my areas of interest).

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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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