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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Get Out and Go the the City – Boston U sucks if you stay inside all day or if you only hang around your dorm. Even when it's cold, venturing 10 minutes to the Boston Commons or onto Newbury Street can be just what one needs to refresh themselves. Everyone has advice on where to go as there are hundreds of beautiful places to see in Boston. Get a bike, or do what of the bus tours. Oh and don't apply to College of General Studies (CGS) if you are undecided with your major. CGS is BU's way of compromising intelligence for diversity, sluts, and jocks. It's a dumbed-down version of College of Arts and Sciences and is less competitive. So far, from other people's words, I have taken that CGS sucks (there's a two year commitment with specific courses) and you should avoid it at all costs.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol and Drugs: No Problem – Most partying is done out of a vodka bottle, but it is easy to get any kind of liquor as well as weed. There is usually someone who lives on your floor who will have a fake idea or be of age to get you some alcohol. Drinking is more in people like to talk about it more. They usually have crazier stories they can impress their friends with when they are drunk than when they are high. But smoking down by the Charles River is safe and easy to get away with. It's a big university so wherever you live, there are going to be alcohol and weed. No doubt. I know people who have taken acid and cocaine, but those aren't very popular at all. Mainly the slutty party girls do coke, and the laidback stoners try acid once in a while.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Takes Hold of Much Partying – Most parties are in frat houses just West of campus...which can be a little far for some people because BU is a mile long strip along the Charles River. Massachusetts doesn't allow sorority houses which kinda sucks. I think Mass. claims that more than 8 women living together is considered a brothel. Greek guys are usually a little on the stuck-up side. They are cocky, and think they are better than the other guys that aren't into greek stuff. That doesn't mean they aren't friendly. I'd never join a frat, and I've met and had great conversations with frat guys. But a lot of them are just out to party. Sorority girls are most usually just trashy, disgusting sluts, even if they tell you they aren't like that. They are incredibly stuck-up and want nothing to do with anyone other than their male counterparts.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Very Safe, Nothing to Worry About – As a girl, I've always felt safe on campus, even walking around late at night. BU has their own police force and you'll see them around, driving or on bikes. They're very strict about dorm security. You need to swipe in to enter, all the big dorms have 24/7 guards at the front desk, and they have a fairly strict guest/visitor policy. Sometimes it can be a pain but I guess it's better to be safe than sorry.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Boston Is the Place to Be! I really love BU. I have met so many amazing people and been involved with so many amazing activities and it's only my first year. I enjoy all of my classes, especially my Core classes. There are so many different majors and colleges within the university, there is something for everyone. The only reason I wouldn't choose BU again is the price, while it's an amazing university, it comes with an outrageous price tag.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: College Town – You definitely won't get bored in Boston. I always feel relatively safe on campus by myself and off campus with friends. Paradise club is just a block away from a major dorm on campus, Fenway Park is a block away at the other end of campus. There is always something to do on campus or on the campus of other schools, since there are so many universities in Boston itself. Boston is easy to get around to, on foot or on the T. The only bad thing is that many places close early and the T shuts down at midnight, making it more expensive to get home.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: The only place to sit and use a computer is in Mugar, the main library. It is always crowded there although there are usually some computers open. Printing on campus is only available in certain buildings but they are not entirely inconvenient. Many of the dorms are switching to WiFi this year although there are still some that are without WiFi. The rest of campus, including the BU Beach, has WiFi access although it can sometimes be a pain to connect on a Mac. Since the library is a hike from most dorms, having your own computer is a must. Printers are less of a necessity but it is nice to just be able to print and go and not worry about your print quota.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Use the T – I hear that parking permits are expensive, but most students at bu don't have cars since there are so many national and international students. So parking spaces shouldn't be a problem. People usually walk or take the T (train) to get around. But after 12 the T shuts down so people are left with walking or taking a cab. If u plan to go far and don't want to pay for a cab or just hate walking from parties then a car might b helpful

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Step Out of the Box – There are many people who find someone they're attracted to during the year, but it's still not as easy as people would like. I think it would be easier for guys to meet girls or girls to meet guys if they went out of their comfort zone and said hi to someone they don't know. It's a nice way to meet people here because bu is so big that even if u feel embarrassed about saying hi to a complete stranger, you probably won't see them anytime soon. And it helps to visit other college campuses as well and do the same because bu is close to other colleges such as bc, wheelock, emmanuel, berkelee, mit, etc.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Use the Libraries – The libraaries help students focus on their work. I use the smg library or the mugar library. Both are really useful. The mugar library (main library) has 4 floors. The first 2 have computers and the rest have little desk areas that help students read or do any quiet work. It also has the pal's lounge where friends can sit on couches and relax as they do work. The smg library (school of managemnt)is similar to mugar only without the pal's lounge, but it is very convenient for those in that school or people dorming on east campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: West Campus = Best for Freshman – West campus is the perfect option for freshman dorms! Freshman get to meet new friends easily and the dining hall is just a step outside!

2 College Junior

Weather: Wind & Rain – Boston is gorgeous in the warm months. However, November-April has a lot of wind, rain, and snow. The city is good in terms of clearing sidewalks, classes are rarely cancelled. Commonwealth avenue is a wind tunnel. By mid april it usually gets hot and everyone hangs outside.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Best Hockey Team Ever – BU is big on hockey. Other sports don't have such a large following, but students always stand behind their school. The hockey team, however, always has a large crowd and the students go crazy for the terriers. The hockey team is one of the best in the country, everyone wants to watch the action.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are a lot of Korean and white students at Boston University. However, there are not many other ethnicities. There are a lot of different religious affiliations at BU, but a majority are jewish. There is a large gay population at BU. People at BU are accepting of everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Cheaper – Many students are able to find apartments off campus that are less expensive than the cost of housing on-campus. Expensive apartments are easy to come by though if you are willing to pay more for higher quality.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The Cost of Eating Out – Eating off campus is boston can be very luxurious but also very expensive, which isn't exactly college student conducive.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Athletic Training – This program;s curriculum is very science concentrated. It is also very hand on. Statin spring semester of freshman year you are required to do clinical hours. THe number of hours you have to do increases each semester.

3 College Senior

Transportation: The B.U.S – (the Boston University Shuttle) It's pretty reliable, but not too frequent and only does one route.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Sounds weird... but MIT throws the BEST parties in town for underage people. Then when you hit the 21, you can hit up downtown Boston for great dancing and fun atmospheres!

4 College Senior

Campus Food: Tasty AND Healthy! Get a meal plan! There are a whole variety of different places to eat, and there are multiple options for kind of food at each! The best part is that the school of health has to do a senior project and create healthy meals which we then get to test!

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Something for Everyone – We have a really great study abroad program. You can go pretty much anywhere and a lot of the programs allow you to take classes and have an internship. There are also always activities going on on campus. From concerts to speakers to community service events, there is usually something fairly inexpensive you can find to do on any day of the week.

4 College Senior

Administration: Fairly Laid Back – It's a little annoying that you have to sign in any guests (and they have to leave an ID) every time you want to enter your building, but considering it's a city I guess they're just keeping us safe. Partying in the dorms can be difficult because RAs are pretty on top of noise problems. We definitely don't have a zero tolerance policy, but you can get kicked out of housing if the RAs catch you drinking a few times.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Safe... for a City – You need to be living in on campus housing and swipe your BU ID to enter any on campus housing (or someone who lives on campus needs to sign you in). The BU shuttle runs fairly late at night, and most areas of campus are very close to the T. It's only really late at night after the T has stopped running that you need to be careful. As long as you stay alert and aren't talking on your cell phone or listening to an iPod, you shouldn't run into any trouble.

4 College Student

Administration: Zero Tolerance – if found with it, you are expelled for the most part or at least lose your housing.

3 College Student

Greek Life: Don't Really Know – It's there but im not really involved or care about it much so I dot know too much about it. but they are active.


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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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