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2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guy to girl ratio is very visible on campus and the guys aren't that great.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I'm too busy for a relationship now. Maybe soon. Many friendly, talented people here.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: too many girls, not enough straight men

14 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There isn't an average student here, but you can say most students are not extremely religious. As for partying vs hardworking it depends on the crowd you hang out with.

9 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of girls. A lot of people dress fairly preppy. Anyone can be social if they want.

4 people found this useful Report
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If you are a guy—especially (but not necessarily) if you have a glimmer of personality, intelligence, or looks—you are way ahead. There are girls to go around, and around again. The student body is notoriously described by those both on and off campus as shallow and materialistic. This is obviously not universally accurate, but BU certainly serves up its fair share of these sorts of individuals.

The selection of suitable mates is certainly slim. If the good ones aren’t taken, they are usually gay. In fact, many girls here have relationships with people they met off campus (yet another benefit of city living). Finding people at such a huge university is easy; finding your niche, however, takes some time. Move around, get away from the University setting, and be open to friendships (romantic or otherwise), wherever they might occur.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
60%
Male Undergrads
40%
Birth Control Available?
Yes
BU Student Health Services offers free condoms. In addition, there is a Planned Parenthood in West Campus on Commonwealth Avenue. PP offers gynecological exams, all forms of birth control (including free condoms), the emergency contraceptive pill (without an appointment), STD testing, abortion services, and family planning. Not only are all of the above available, but they are provided at an extremely low cost because they operate on a sliding scale and will take insurance. For more information, call Planned Parenthood at (617) 616-1600.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. The Mugar Memorial Library
  2. Any of the clubs downtown
  3. Commonwealth Avenue (especially the steps of CAS)
  4. The BU "beach"
Social Scene
Surprisingly, there is a lot less interaction in classrooms and around campus. It is generally not the place to meet people. On any given day, students are usually clumped together, in prepackaged social circles. It is much easier to meet people off campus, and after academic hours.
Hookups or Relationships?
Freshman year is a sexual explosion. Hooking up is the only way most seem to go. After that, and especially once you start finding your scene, people tend to pair off, at least for a while. Many people date individuals they meet outside of campus life. By graduation, relationships either last or they don't. Either way, expect drama. With all of the moving around and general dispersal of your social circle, it's not easy to deal with a serious relationship after graduation.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
Out in Boston, around the town, and in the clubs-there are so many kids hanging out everywhere. If you can't find anyone, you are staying home way too often.
Dress Code
Most kids attending BU keep up with fashion, often to an obnoxious degree. Sitting along the sidewalk of Commonwealth Avenue can often feel like a model runway. As soon as the winter breaks, no matter what the temperature, the girls and guys on campus shed their layers, exposing their recent acquisitions from the French Connection, Prada, Gucci, D&G, Armani Exchange, and othe designers. A favorite activity: sit on Commonwealth Avenue, directly in front of a dip or crack in the cement (for good results, try the one to the left of the Tsai Center at the College of Arts and Sciences). Due to the fact that over half of the student body clip-clops around in high heels, this provides for an exciting afternoon. There is nothing better than watching some self-enraptured BU girl trip in heels and then pretend like nothing happened. Trust me.
Did You Know?
If you like the alternative scene, check out the "Crack-slab" on Newbury Street-all sorts of kids hang out around there. Or head out to Copley Square and chill on the grass, where you are bound to get approached by a hottie or three.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 130 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 132 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 94 responses

  • 29% Get involved in student organizations
  • 22% Being social in your dorm
  • 20% Start, or join study groups, and attend parties
  • 12% Greek Life or other student organizations
  • 6% Classrooms
  • 4% Joining clubs
  • 3% In class
  • 2% Doing FYSOP

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 162 responses

  • 40% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 51% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 9% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 1% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.

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