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I was decently excited about BU and theQuite BrightEconomics
I was decently excited about BU and the idea of being in the beautiful city of Boston. There seemed to be a lot of opportunities at BU, and I figured that because the school was so big, there would be so many resources. It only helped that BU is a research facility, so I could work with professors 1-on-1 to get great internship and research opportunities.

Before I talk about my experience, I would like to say that I think some people can be happy at BU, but in my study of economics, I was less that thrilled. I undervalued the importance of a campus, which would have made the large school feel more like a community and less like I was just a number in such a huge institution. I luckily met some good friends, but they felt the same way. People just aren't as approachable with a school this big.

However, I was more frustrated with the academics. I realized (at least in economics) the smallest seminar courses are about 45 people per class, while most range from 60-200 people. The professors don't know you by name and they are very mechanical, all about going by the books and less about trying to apply what we are learning to the real world. Many of my classes aren't discussion-based, and I feel like I am just regurgitating information rather than really learning. A lot of professors just read off their lecture slides, and it has become apparent that many of them simply don't know how to teach. I finally understand the cons of being in a research institution because a lot of the faculty are just there for their research grants, but they aren't qualified whatsoever to teach. Additionally there are so many prerequisites for classes I found interesting, that between those and the large lecture hall distributional requirements, I wouldn't get to take interesting courses until junior or senior year (but since the classes are so big and most professors are so bad, they wouldn't even be worth it).

Ultimately the academics prompted me to apply to transfer. The administration didn't care at all about my transfer process and made my life impossible to try to transfer (one professor literally refused to sign the paperwork he needed to sign and my advisor said he couldn't help. Additionally no one knew who needed to fill out what paperwork and they wouldn't send in any of the transcript forms they needed to). The institution truly only cares about profits and number-crunching rather than the quality of life, and that came across in my school experience.This all being said, I've heard from some of my peers that the engineering program, psychology program, and a lot of the humanities are pretty good. Also the humanities classes are a good deal smaller, so maybe it would be worth it to any people looking in those majors, but my advice would be that for the cost, you are buying a brand name. Save your money and go to a more intimate school with professors that genuinely care about their students.

1st Year Female -- Class 2018
Surrounding City: A+, Faculty Accessibility: F
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DO NOT COME HERE.Quite BrightEconomics
DO NOT COME HERE. Coming to this university was the absolute worst decision of my life. First of all, you are a NUMBER here. You are going into the hole financially to obtain a state school quality education (and a mediocre one at that). Professors are too wrapped up in their own research to bother helping you, because BU looks for the best researchers to hire instead of the best professors for their students. Not only that but half of my classes have been taught by STUDENTS! I am paying 60,000 a year for someone a few years older to teach me.. hence I end up teaching myself from my textbook. Their "student resources" are a joke. There is no help in getting an internship and for resume reviews they have fellow students showing you a bunch of sample resumes and telling you to copy them. I tried going to free tutoring on campus and it ended up being a student who didn't teach, and who wouldn't let me leave when I found him unhelpful because he wanted to be paid for a full hour. Other times my tutor just would not show up. And sure, it seems that they have plenty of activities to get involved in, but most of their clubs are inactive or no longer exist. Others are too large for anyone to truly become involved except for the few leaders and their friends. My peers consist of antisocial bigots who make their grades their lives.Others I have met in other schools are spending their school years partying nonstop because daddy is going to hand them a job. There are VERY few normal students here who are somewhere in between these two stereotypes. And on a final note, GRADE DEFLATION IS REAL AND UNETHICAL. Teachers either curve down to meet the B- average requirement, or make the tests so difficult that the average is average a 40/50 and they curve up to a B-. How is this learning? I can tell you I honestly feel like I learned jack from this university, and they have no resources to allow me to have actual experiences with my major beyond textbooks. Coming here was the biggest regret of my life and I cannot wait to leave.
1st Year Female -- Class 2016
Social Life: A, Individual Value: F
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BU's standings in the US News yearly rankingsQuite BrightEconomics
BU's standings in the US News yearly rankings keeps dropping and dropping...
Not sure if this is a "market correction" for BU's stock but I predict it will keep on dropping until the School can only afford to admit International Students in.

Basically, the School is built along the Public Transit System along a street. The buidlings range from debilitated to modern. The architecture from third-world ugly to gaudy new.

Don't let the school brochure or Wikipedia entry fool you into believing that the Faculty are filled with Prize-winning Professors. Contrary to the belief, there are only about 4 "star professors" here who spend more time doing other things than teaching. They rely heavily on TAs to fulfill teaching requirements. Seeing Professors during Office Hours is nearly impossible. My other complaint about the faculty is that most professors are foreign. They speak with very heavy accents.

And lastly, the worse part about the School is the Student Body. This is most apathetic bunch of kids I've ever come across. Half of the Students are International. They usually stick to their own tribe and rarely allow outside interaction. The other half are Long Island/NYC kids who spend more time getting drunk than they do studying.

BU has essentially one decent Sport. Even then, the more superior school down the street has won more in the last 10 years. What's embarrasing about BU students is that they try to initiate a rivalry with BC. They don't even bother responding to whatever immature chants BU kids come up with at games because they know they're better than that. So if you're thinking about going to BU, many things will prevent you from having a productive experience such as Grade Inflation, widespread apathy, disinterested professors, crappy campus layout, high tuition for what it is and stupid drunk kids.

4th Year Female -- Class 2012
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