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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The Boston University Fitness Center may be the best fitness center I've ever seen. With 7 different basketball courts, 2 racquetball courts, two pools, a hot tub, a two floor workout facility and tons more, the Fitness Center at BU provides fun for students with all interests. The libraries are huge and have the resources to be able to research any topic.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Take Advantage of What's Available – The school offers a myriad of ways to grow beyond just school. Talk to the wonderful staff members and join the many groups, and you'll meet wonderful people and have connections for future jobs and internships.
Also, the Social Scene is pretty great, it is very independent and spontaneous. Parties are very unique at this school.
Learn new languages for free, the school offers free Rosetta Stone for students to learn languages on their spare time. They also offer a place for students to meet and practice their languages.
Most importantly, get to know the staff that works with the student body, they are magnificent and good relationships will give you advantages beyond your wildest dreams.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Never Lacking – The school offers a wide variety of options to get around. Locals tend to prefer the public bus, however people who are not from the are find the train very useful. The train is simple and gets you from various points on campus, while at the same time easily taking you around Boston. Moreover, the school also offers free bus that takes you to all the different colleges, campuses, and dormitories.

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1 College Sophomore

Administration: Police force is pretty strict. The school is against any underage drinking and other drug use. They rigorously train RA's so making it clear that you must follow the rules. RA's will not ignore many violations. The school makes examples of second and third time offenders. Just make sure you don't get caught, and avoid doing anything on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: At first, BU seems starkly white and off putting. However, the students the university attracts are extremely diverse in their knowledge and experience. This permits for people who may look extremely different, to find that common ground and comfort found in people that look similar to yourself. no matter what, you will fit in and find an amazing group of peers.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Beyond Satisfactory – The food at Boston university is good, and the cuisine is great, especially if you attend the West Campus dining hall. The variety is great, I couldn't imagine eating any better on campus anywhere. And if you ever do get tired of dining hall food, which is possible, you have plenty of options that will satisfy your need for extreme variety.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Excellent School. Fantastic school. Recommended to everyone of all majors. It is a bit more on the science research focus but it will really welcoming to everyone of all backgrounds. There are many foreign students with which bring with them a diverse culture which is great!

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Everything is available to you. If you want soft stuff its around, if you want the hard stuff, it is around also. If you prefer to stay away from that scene like myself, it is fine and no one will think less of you. Drinking is probably more popular but everything is available.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Awesome Biomedical Program – The college of engineering's biomedical program is outstanding. Many of the professors pioneered the field and really want to share their knowledge with their students. They love undergrad students and try to share their skills with them and convince them to be their grad students.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The Dog Pound – So there is always a sport event going on. Rowing, track, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, and many more. The studnet sport group: The Dog Pound, sends students updates, tailgate information and gives out hats, stickers,etc. BU sports are soo fun to go to, especially hockey. Club and intermural sports are awesome too. Theres plenty of different sports like volleyball and squash.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Not Too Familiar – Im not too familiar with off-campus housing. I do know however it can be expensive, especially if you want something closer to campus. But what do you expect, your in a city.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: The City That Never Stops Surprising You – Boston University is convinently located a little outside of downtown. Its crazy how residential and small it feels. Overall the campus is really easy to navigate. The appreciation for culture at BU is great. The Howard Thurman Center hosts weekly talks with the Dean of Students: Dean Elmore and has many other culture-embracing activities. In the winter you can go watch BU hockey! Which is so exciting, especially when they play Boston College. Boston is a college city. MIT and Harvard are across the Charles River, and Boston College is farther downt he B line on the MBTA. The campus and city is convinent, easy to navigate, fun, exciting and you never stop seeing something new.

3 College Junior

Parking: Don't Drive in Boston – Students don't really use or need cars unless they need to frequently leave the city. City traffic is a nightmare but it is quicker normally than the T, but it is also less predictable. The school has parking garages though and the rules are fair for those, but not many students keep their cars at school. Parking in the rest of the city is costly and even finding a spot to pull over and pick up someone is hard.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: City Schools Rock! You can take the T anywhere and use the internet to find anything nearby or in your price range, or you can just wander and discover places on your own. There is the best variety of kinds of food from Chinese, Italian, Buffet, Hamburger, or Tai food. And most of these places are easy to get into with little to no wait.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Quantity and Quality – The school is so large and there is no majority. There is a guy for every girl and there is a large variety of both as well as a good way to find people to your taste via clubs.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Students who are 21 are older will definitely find the benefits of going to school in the city very quickly. Boston is an awesome city for college students to meet and interact at nearby bars, clubs, and events. There is always something going on in Boston whether it be a sporting event, concert, or great time at a bar. It's so easy to travel around the city on the T also. The only downside is that bars and clubs close at 2 and public transportation is only available until 12:30am.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The Student Village Is the Place to Be – Boston University offers housing to students for all four-years. Although many upperclassmen decide to move off campus to nearby apartments, BU does offer a variety of different housing options from typical dorm style with community bathrooms, to suite style with private baths, as well as apartment style with private bedrooms and baths. The Student Village is a brand new 26 story apartment building for upperclassmen. All the apartments have four private bedrooms and beautiful views of the city.

3 College Senior

Technology: At Boston University there are numerous computer study centers. They are located throughout BU's large campus and are accesible to any part-time or full-time student as well as faculty and staff. Wireless access is also available throughout campus in all of the main buildings. BU also offers an IT Tech lab where students can go and ask a specialist questions, comments, and concerns when they are having problems with their personal computers.

3 College Junior

Weather: Boston Is Schizo – Boston weather is about as unpredictable as anything. one day its 90 derees, the next its 60, one day it sunny, the next is snowing. Its hard to get to and from class, and rainy days do not motivation make.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: There isn;'t much to say, i love so much about my school. my building, the College of Fine Arts is a beautiful inside and out (its the only ivy covered building, which makes sense because the CFA acceptance rate is that of Harvard's acceptance rate!) and it is used and rustic on the inside with little bits of the past students everywhere. i think the Student Union is beautiful and really convenient, the fitrec is really nice and has almost everything you could ever need; and the entire set up of the campus is unique and timeless.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Frustrating Yet Flexible Classes – For such a big school, BU is kind of bad at having enough sections of classes so you can fit everything in your schedule. Also, they restrict many classes to only fall or spring semester. However, there are a lot of options - independent studies, etc. - that compensate that. Furthermore, often if you just ask, they might be able to squeeze you into a full class.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There aren't actually a lot of sororities and fraternities - they don't even have their own houses - but those that do exist are comprised of by the very, very rich students. Since they don't have their own houses, they don't throw parties. However, MIT frats are right next to campus and you can always count on them being packed on the weekends.

2 College Sophomore

Technology: Printing Quota Is Frustrating for Many Students – In an effort to go green, BU has limited the number of pages you can print for free per year to 100 pages. While a valid effort to reduce paper usage, it's a little unrealistic when you're constantly writing papers, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Find Yourself Here – BU is great school to discover yourself. There is no shortage of interests and opportunities on campus. The university will not hold your hand though, its up to you to make the most of it: find internships, join clubs, make good friends, pursue your academic passion. If you do this you'll have it made. Not many schools can offer what BU has to offer.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Spring/Fall Barely Exist – It's pretty much cold from November to March. A lot of rain/snow in the winter too.

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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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