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BU provided me with a broad and mostlyBrightPublic Health
BU provided me with a broad and mostly meaningful liberal arts education. However, this came at much too high a price. I would have been just as well-educated at a state school. BU is great only because it is more diverse and wordly than state universities, and it has a decent international reputation. Still, I usually felt like just another number in a sea of over-competitive students. I also felt like most of my peers were focused only on grades and not on actual learning. Plus, because of the school's size, the grading system often rewards those who can "work" the system rather than those who give their all.
4th Year Female -- Class 2008
Faculty Accessibility: A, Individual Value: F
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Great school, but in the end all theyQuite BrightEngineering Department
Great school, but in the end all they want is money. They will spend hours hunting down and finding reasons to charge you extra money. Expect those "student fees" that aren't included in tuition to stack up. Remember, getting medical help on campus isn't free. Expect the expensive mandatory fees of "Damage and Cleanup" if you live in on-campus housing. Finally, expect them to spam your phone and email, as well as try to talk to you in person, to get you to donate, for the rest of your life.
4th Year Male -- Class 2012
University Resource Use/ spending: A+, Scholastic Success: C
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I am in engineering, I cannot speak forQuite BrightEngineering Department
I am in engineering, I cannot speak for the other colleges because engineering sort of isolates itself away from CAS or CGS or SMG, etc.

I am majoring in biomedical engineering. It is easily the most difficult major in the most difficult college at BU. (This website should really have an option for biomed btw) I get up at 8 am and do not come back until 8 or 9 pm. The I do homework or participate in clubs. 95% of my time is spent thinking about being an engineer and excelling in my classes. The people here are a bit arrogant, but generally friendly (I am from the midwest, so we are a bit warmer). The professors here are engaging. They try hard to get you to come to office hours and develop a deeper interest in the class. I have never had a professor not have time to discuss anything I want with me. For academics and my future plans, I visit two to three advisers, who always seem happy to see me and know my name and schedule. They give advice based on what would make me not only a good engineer, but happy.

Is BU ridiculously hard and puts too much on grade inflation? Yes. Have I cried and felt depressed because of homework and tests? Holy s**t, yes. However, it's satisfying to be here. I feel like I am gaining valuable information about how to conduct myself as an engineering. I am doing what I love.

Within one and a quarter of a year, I have learned three computer programming languages, learned how to operate multiple programs such as CAD, PSpice, and Solidworks, I am about to sequence DNA in a class lab, I am helping to build a drone, and I have built my own board for electronics I was inspired to create on my own. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

1st Year Female -- Class 2017
Useful Schoolwork: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: B-
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