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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is a Bigger Activity – The drug scene is not really big, although it depends on who you hang out with. If people are doing drugs, they're usually just smoking. Drinking is a much more popular activity.
a lot of smoking during finals including weed

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: no greek housing for sororities and no official greek houses for frats
friendly and overall nice people
fun events

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I think living on-campus is so much better, its more convenient and cheaper!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Student Centers Are Excellent – The Student Union and other student centers are great places to get together with the classmates I love!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great Programs – I'm in the dual-degree program getting a degree in both journalism & cultural anthropology. The workload is a intense, as expected, but the program is great and I love every minute of it!

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Great Resources – The school's location in the city offers unique opportunities and a wealth of resources.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Great diversity and a large international student population.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Boston University offers an incredibly wide-ranging selection of majors. The breadth and depth of each field's curriculum is impressive. The school offers great resources such as its renowned study abroad program.

1 College Sophomore

Weather: Snow and Rain Make Life Hell! Most, if not almost all, the school is year is cold. There is a lot of snow and rain, and sometimes the two mixed together!

This weather makes it difficult for students who have to travel far to get to classes because there a lot of puddles that form and it's very windy, which also makes the rain fall sideways.

Some recommendations:
- If it rains, wear boots and try to find an umbrella that has a rounder, more engulfing top, because flat topped umbrellas will turn inside out.
- Buy a winter jacket that can also serve as one for the rain.
- Don't ever leave your dorm/ apartment late when it is raining; the agitation will cause you to fall in the bad weather.
- When it snows, try to have a snowball fight once in a while!

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Heavy Load on the Wallet – The off-campus housing at BU is very expensive, but it also depends on where you look. There are apartments that are more luxurious than others, but overall they are expensive. I think that this is the main point that students are worried about. However, if you can get a nice apartment and manage your utilities right, it can end up being way cheaper than living on campus.

Also, most of the apartments are very far from the central campus itself, which makes accessibility a problem during winter and rain. That being said, depending on where you are, you can be close to the train line, the main supermarket and lots of restaurants.

Off-campus housing at BU is a large task because you have to factor in so many things when looking for an apartment. It's best to find one with a roommate as it will be lighter on the wallet.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Underage drinking isnt too strict but in MA it is illegal to own a "fake id", so if you are caught it will be on your record for 6 years.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drugs Not So Much – you can party if you want to party but it does not define your experience your experience at BU

3 College Senior

Diversity: Lots of International Students – Lots of international students not too many African American/African students.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received no financial aid whatsoever. The only way I got any money was to take out a loan.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Warren Towers and West Campus are the 2 typical freshman dorms. And while that has its bonuses, such as living with a large group of people your own age who are going through their first year as well, the rooms are quite small. Warren Towers is especially dreary. The rooms are tiny, which can cause tension between roommates, and the dining hall doesn't even compare to the dining hall in West Campus. The best options are Stuvi and Stuvi 2 (Student Village) They have everything you could want. But good luck getting a room there without being a senior or lucky junior. More than anyone sophomores get screwed over with the housing process. So if it's at all possible, find an older student to pair up with.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: BU doesn't really have a defined campus. It melts into the city really quickly, which is nice for people that want a real city school. In fact, some MIT frat houses are closer to campus than some BU dorms. The FitRec is large and has plenty of equipment for everyone. However, it is all the way in West Campus, so on the cold and rainy days that plague most of the school year, it can be a real hassle to get up there. The library is extremely spacious and has different rooms depending on how quiet you need your studying to be. The PAL lounge is excellent for group studying. The GSU (George Sherman Union) is where most kids will meet up and grab lunch. There are a number of different options, although the get old about halfway through a semester, and everything is available on dining points. There's a club for everything at BU, so if you're trying to find a place to fit it, it's more than possible to find.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am so happy i chose BU. I love the School of Education because its special and is a mini-support system for the small group of students. I love following varsity sports. I am so happy that I joined greek life. My classes are great but lots of work.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are Lots of Fun – Varsity sports are very fun at BU. I love going to hockey games and there is a lot of fans and school spirit at those events. I think the other sports all get a lot of fans but not as much as hockey. I just wish BU had a football team. The athletic facilities are amazing at BU and intramural sports are really fun.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great Education Program – I am in the School of Education. I love that Boston University has a special education program, different than most other colleges in the area. I love the classes in SED. The only thing i do not like is that SED is restrictive because every student must take a lot of classes to graduate. It is hard to take classes outside of your major/program.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: There is a plethora of nightlife variety to choose from in Boston, accessible through subway or bus! Downtown Boston has many clubs to go to if you like dancing and good music. It, as well as Allston, where many students live, have plenty of bars to go to as well. You are also sure to find plenty of house parties--students love to entertain in their apartments. Underage nightlife pretty much can only be found through these parties, as there is only 1 club I can think of that has 18+ admissions, though I find it rather trashy. As someone who is of age, I can tell you that I have been able to check out bars and clubs all over Boston. Transportation is great because you have the T system, and the very reliable bus system. The only downside is that the T closes at 12:50, when bars or parties close at or around 2AM. Taking a cab back from any of these events can get very expensive. If you're not into partying or dancing, there are 2 really nice movie theaters to go to, and of course, so many AMAZING restaurants to dine at!

3 College Senior

Technology: Up the Printing Quota! The computers at school are outstanding, and can be found in pretty much any building. Computers line the halls in the College of Arts and Sciences. Computer rooms can be found in Sargent, Communications, School of Management, the Science building, etc. There is definitely not a shortage there, not to mention a plethora of computers to chose from in Mugar library and SMG libray. These computers are all very advanced, and fast. Wireless access is also wonderful--you can connect in your classrooms, the dining halls, dorms, and even outside. One thing I feel that is particularly lacking is the print quota. All of my professors use powerpoint presentations to lecture, and a printing quota of 100 pages is most certainly absurd and unrealistic when they prefer you to have the notes printed. I breeze through the quota in less than 1/4 through the semester and end up needing to buy convenience points to afford the printing.

3 College Senior

Academics: It's All Relative – Boston University definitely has it's ups and downs, but it all really depends on your specific circumstance. One thing that is for sure, is that the professors are outstanding. I have never met a college professor that has thus far not kept up with their learning, or was not trying to advance their knowledge in some way. A good professor is one that is always learning themselves, and one that keeps up with current events and new findings. However, the registration process and counseling, for example, is one area that depends on the area of study. A student like myself in Sargent has an adviser that knows their path, and knows the steps and classes the student must take to get there. Yet, a student in the College of Arts and Sciences for
English may not get this same attention, or know how to guide a student effectively. Workload is something that also varies, as well as the time spent in each class. A student in the communications school may only have 1 hour of class, and very little homework, whereas a biology student may have to attend a lecture, a discussion, a lab, and a pre-lab, taking up more time. They also have to worry about exams, papers, and lab reports while other students may only have to worry about a couple of essays. What is fair to say though, is that the course material presented in all majors is not easy, but not in a bad way. The material is challenging, yet satisfying, and I can say that as a student that has taken health, science, business, writing, sociology, and psychology courses. Professors are presenting you with the best of the best knowledge in any course major. To reiterate, it really depends on the school you are enrolled in. There are plenty of abroad options for students, which is great, and many friends I have known that have been on them have loved them so much to the point where they wish they could have stayed there. As long as you have a decent GPA, you are able to apply to these abroad options.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: College of General Studies – There are many schools of thought that comprise what we know to be Boston University. I am in the College of General Studies. This convenient program is for first and second year undergraduate students who wish to gain a strong foundation in liberal arts. CGS is the most unique school at BU because we have very intimate classes of no more than twelve students, we have our own building and study lounges, we have our own library, and we have access to our own academic advisors. After completion of the CGS program students go on to other college of their choice to take classes specific to their majors; nevermind random writing or science classes because that is what CGS take care of, thus you'll be only academically focused on what your major asks of you as you also have room to take extra electives since your other course work would have been completed during your years in CGS.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: The Commonwealth of Intellectual Wealth – Historical cobblestone roads. Electrifying summer nights. Unmatchable cultural exchanges. As a proud Boston native, this city is always awake. Boston University presents its students with the opportunity to experience Boston at its best. Boston University is easily accessible via public transportation thus granting its students access to its main attractions. Some of these attractions include the African-American Freedom Trail Tour, the Boston Commons, and hundreds of other colleges on either sides of the Charles River. This is not to mention the ten minute walk away from Fenway Park where the Green Monster has declared to be his lair! Boston University is my choice pick of a University because I love the city as well as the constant chances I am granted to just learn. Go Terriers!

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: This Is the City of Boston – You're in the middle of the city - it's the best food available in the area.


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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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