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Reviews 2860 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: They Try – the opening scene of the social network ultimately defines their academics

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Ad Com – much like kafka's the castle but ultimately with more of a soul

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: This and That – It's dark a lot in the winter and I like the night.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have a very busy schedule with my major and pre-med. I work hard during the week and get to relax during the weekend. Most of my professors are great and the kids are the best. FYSOP was the best experience I have had!

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The t is good, but the bus isn't on time, so you can't count on it

5 College Freshman

Local Area: The restaurants, museums, athletic facility, shopping and the way the city responds to students is great!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Can be good also not so good, expensive but plentiful

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus Life – I don't really like the fact that our campus is a strip. It would've been better if we had an enclosed campus. But more or less, it has its own unique touch and it isn't so bad.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I Would Say Safe – Boston University is so close to the city, there's no need to feel unsafe. There's always a bunch of people around campus so you're never alone.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Not to Good – Parking is very expensive in the city and there are limited spaces. I would not advise bringing your car to campus because it is much easier to simply walk.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So Many to Choose from – There are so many restaurants that have great food. The food can be inexpensive depending on where you go but some places also can be very expensive. Generally, on campus there are a lot of student discounts. What is great about Boston is that there are restaurants of all different nationalities: Italian, Tia, Chinese, Indian, etc. I have yet to go to a restaurant in Boston where the food isn't good.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Always Something to Do – Boston is a great historical city and there is always something to do. There are plenty of places for shopping, many restaurants, museums,and more. Also you are always able to meet new people since there are so many schools in the Boston area. Boston is a great city and the environment is very positive.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is so good! Both Warren and West are extremely good. West has more options, but it has more students that it feeds, so expect longer lines. Warren has, in my opinion, the best bakery section. The cookies are addicting even if they sometimes are oatmeal raisin! Other dining halls like Towers and Shelton are good, but they are much smaller with less options. It's great having the GSU to grab something and go! The Rhetty-to-Go Meals are perfect, you can just place an order for one online and then pick it up the next day using your meal plan or your dining/convenience points to pay for it. Super convenient. And of course food trucks practically line Comm Ave. so you always have an option.

4 College Senior

Majors: I came to my school as an undecided student and it wasn't until halfway through my sophomore year that I figured out what I wanted to major in. There are a million intro classes you can take to help pique your interest and inch you toward the direction you would want to go. Declaring my major and minor took about 1 minute or less. I just met with the head of the linguistics department (which was also my linguistics professor at the time) and told her I wanted to decide my major and minor. I filled out a form and that's it.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I'd Stay Here Forever – I'd say college has been the best experience ever, simply because you get exposed to so much diversity in everything. The classes and what you can learn, the people and connections you make, and opportunities to interact with the city makes me not want to leave college. If the cost of coming here wasn't a problem, I'd get all my degrees here.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Being able to live in Campus Housing gives me independence from m parents and allows me to make my own decisions (whether they be good or bad). You can make friends with everyone around you without parent's curfew or restrictions on who visits your room and how late you stay up.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Helpful and Nice! BU is pretty good at meeting needs! I got a pretty good financial aid package and even though the financial aid process can be a pain, the people in the financial aid office are extremely helpful and soooo nice! BU asks for a lot during the process, so that's annoying, but if you're in need, they will help!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: FUN FUN FUN – There's always something to watch! The biggest sport here is hockey hockey hockey!!!! The only thing is, it's always a hit or miss with each coming year. One year they can be undefeated and amazing, the next year, they would be losing and struggling. However, always a fun time especially going against their rival, BC! Lots of school spirit with here. Men's basketball is also up and coming. They've been improving and always offers a great time!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: At Boston University, you can easily connect with your professors, for they are always willing to help out in any way possible.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Engineering, or ENG as we call it at BU, is one of the best colleges in the University. The dean is a leading member in the IEEE, and many famous professors (such as the guy who invented the LED) still teach regular classes for undergrads. All my teachers have been accessible and knowledgeable, though not always easy.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Boston is a college town at heart. With tons of schools in and around Boston, there is always an event for college students going on. You'll have plenty of friends from different schools, and from the many different colleges.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Vibrant City Life – Boston, by nature, is a college town. With more than 100 colleges and universities located in and around the city, it is a place almost made for students. There is constantly something to do, whether it be visit the Commons, eat authentic Italian in the North End, or indulge yourself in high attire at the Prudential, this city is endless with possibilities. I love it here.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Opens doors to the real world – Boston University is smack dab in the center of the city, with the T running through campus. The way the classes are taught and lifestyle on campus is trains you specifically for the world after graduation. It doesn't shelter you, or put any rose-colored glasses on you for four years. That's why I love it here. I feel like I've "grown up" so much more than my friends going to more enclosed campuses with traditional studies.

Also, a reviewer here earlier said that West Campus is close to the MIT frats. It might be because he/she's a freshman and didn't know, but West is actually on the opposite side of campus from the MIT frats, which are on Baystate, on our East side of campus. West is in front of Allston, which is where all of OUR fraternity and sports houses are. Just so any incoming students who are reading this know.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Professional Schools Are the Best – Good professors and interesting classes, but there is a lot of grade deflation. The professional schools are a lot better than the College of Arts and Sciences.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: College City – There is always something going on in the city of Boston. With so many college students in such a tight city you can always find people your age to hang out or see the sights with.


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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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