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Reviews 2732 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Senior

Weather: Very Unpredictable and Extreme – The weather varies by season very much. When it is winter, snow can be guaranteed in large quantities. Wind, rain, and sun also appear in extremes during each season. Classes aren't necessarily affected though because of the great pick-up points with public transportation.

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Delicious, Diverse Delicacies! When I visited the Boston area, I experienced more food and restaurant options than ever before. My favorite place being Little Italy, Boston offers many diverse cultural food options. Many places are trendy and college student friendly. Many take the Terrior Card, which is helpful for BU students.

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5 College Senior

Academics: The academics and School of Management at Boston University are amazing and nationally ranked. Not only does the School of Management immediately immerse students in business-related scenarios and education, but it allows for hands-on work and experience.

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5 College Senior

Local Area: Lost to Do! Its Boston, a huge city with lots of opportunities. That means never a dull night!

College Student

Greek Life: They're Superflouous in All Aspects of College Life – They are there, but most choose to ignore their presence, and if they aren't ignored, the student populous rarely runs into them, so it would be increasingly difficult to go to into detail about how they effect the lives of us other students. The short answer is they don't.

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4 College Student

Campus Quality: The New School of Management – The New BU School of Management is one of the most impressive buildings of all Northeast colleges. With easy access to technology, BU's SMG is a leader

4 College Junior

Diversity: Ethnically, Boston University is very diverse. We have an overwhelming number of international students and people from every state in the country. However, most of these people are well-off and it's easy to feel self-conscious when you actually have to support yourself through school and not your parents.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I always feel safe in the daytime. At night, if you stay on Commonwealth Ave in well-lit areas, you have nothing to worry about. Off-campus at night is scary though, especially for young females.

3 College Junior

Technology: Recently, Boston University decided to condense all of the computer labs on campus into one centrally located lab in the middle of campus in the library. However, these computers are fast and there are more of them available. The downside is that they are all in one building. Also, the university reduced everyone's printing quota by 400 pages.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: the convinience of off-campus housing is really good.The rent is not expensive if it is one person. the person may pay $300 or $400 a month with bills for one room to yourself. The city of Boston is safe because there is not alot of people walking around at night. If a person may need help well then the school counselors may help you out because they are there for you to help.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Academic, and Boston – academic in BU is very strong.
people do come to BU in an expectation of party scene, though usually everyone studies at somewhat level.
although many are whites, I do feel very diverse in the BU community. Many international students, from states to other countries.
girls are beautiful, yet maybe somewhat spoiled.
u do have an option to go other campuses to find new people, though u probably dont need to do so in the freshman year. (BU consists of 33000 people so..)
overall i love BU, because the school makes me study, and most of the professors are great.

2 College Freshman

Administration: The BU campus is very strict.
if you drink alcohol and u get caught, even without a beer on ur hand, you are in danger of probation, possibly kicked out from college housing.
RA exists on every building, every floor, so ur best bet is to go somewhere else to drink.
BU police is extremely unhelpful and unfriendly, as well as the security of each dorms.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If You Want a Party School, Go Somewhere Else. there are virtually no greek life in BU.
people go to parties (frats) in MIT, though some frat houses for MIT are located at the end of BU campus.
on-campus alcohol is very strict, 1 strike and you will be kicked out from the housing.
In a stereotypical view, BU is very like boston college, an academic college more than party college.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Food Is Good, Lacks Variety – Food is good in the dining halls, but lacks variety. You tend to get sick of the dining halls towards the end of the semester. Not many options for restaurants accepting University dining points.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Unique Experience – You can find anything you want at this school. The academics are far above average although somewhat overrated. It can be very cliquey as people tend to run in small social circles, which is not my personal preference. There's not much school spirit or a strong community feeling. Overall, it's not the typical college experience but great nonetheless.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: There are free university shuttles, and the subway runs through campus, plus there are city buses and cabs.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Give and Take – the pretty one's are dumb, the smart ones can be cute. not bad overall

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: So far I've seen a lot of reviews that say most kids are very rich and there isn't a lot of financial aid. I have yet to meet many kids who are paying full, except for international students. Granted, even with financial aid, some people still pay a good chunk of money. However, the school is pretty generous with merit based aid, but you have to work hard to maintain an adequate gpa or you might lose scholarships.

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Niche User

Campus Food: All of the big dining halls have pretty good food. Also, every night there is the `Late-Night Café,' which is in the dining hall, and then, instead of the usual buffet, you pay for what you eat. They also serve late-night snacks like chips, soda, fruit smoothies, french fries, chicken fingers-you get the deal. Every dining hall is a little different. Some have a more modern style, with little booths and smaller tables, and others have the traditional big round
tables for like 8-10 people. You just have to go to all of them and decide that you like best, but that is usually determined by where you live on campus.

Niche User

Campus Food: If you're a picky eater, there's always pasta, sandwiches, or salad to eat. The food does get repetitive, but the good thing about being in Boston is that there are tons of places to eat if you want to go out for dinner that are all in walking distance.

Niche User

Local Area: The MIT museum is highly recommended. It is an interactive, hands-on museum displaying Artificial Intelligence, Hall of Holograms, Mechanical Artwork, and other fascinating exhibits. Best of all, it is only $3 to get in with your student ID.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: Warren isn't really that bad. Personally I am not really a fan of West. I feel like I'm going to leave with an STD every time I go in there. The people who live there party a lot, which is cool if you want that, just sometimes it can be a little much. Brownstones are nice, but you can't meet people. I would say the best place for a freshman is Warren. It's not exactly a paradise, but you deal with it for a year and meet people, which is what you really want to do your first year.

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Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: There really are a lot of choices. Lamb burger—how yummy is that?

College Junior

Local Area: You live in the city when you go to BU. We're also surrounded by tons of other universities. Our rival BC is a trolley ride away, MIT has frats on our campus, Berklee and Northeastern are also really close by, and Harvard is a 15-minute T ride away. Everyone interacts with everyone, and since BU has strict partying policies, BU tends to party at other universities, so we get to hang out with everyone, and they also tend to come to our school-sponsored events. There's always something going, even though Boston pretty much shuts down at 9 p.m.

College Junior

Diversity: There are the people who can own a small island, and the people who have to work their way through college. You get used to it. There's a huge variety of ethnicity, and there's a lot of student organizations and activities to find out about them. It tends to be a pretty liberal campus, though.


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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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