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To BU, you are a number (with aQuite BrightPsychology
To BU, you are a number (with a bank account!). My father lost his job and was unemployed for a year... when we asked for financial aid they refused to help us, even though I almost four-pointed my first semester. Students are awkward and arrogant. I have my own group of friends, but classes are so large and people are generally close-minded so it is difficult to talk to others. Being in Boston is one of the few upsides to this school... there is always something to do if you want to get away. I'm transferring next year. I could get this experience for $30k less, somewhere else.
1st Year Female -- Class 2013
Surrounding City: A, Individual Value: F
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I've learned a lot since I came to BU.BrightPreMed and Medical
I've learned a lot since I came to BU. My science classes always challenged me, my professors are always assessable (even if the classes are too big), and there are many opportunities on campus to get a job, be involved, or even volunteer somewhere like at a hospital or lab (esp if you are premed like me- i volunteer every week at boston med center). i've meet some close friends here too that help the large size of the school become smaller. you tend to see the same faces in your classes as well. some comments on this site say the students in classes are not very smart. but i have to disagree with that. my science classes are filled with some bright kids, some of whom you can't believe even came to bu in the first place (and probably were rejected from some ivy somewhere too). if you want to be in a city, boston is a good place to start. bu does have some fantastic programs (like the study aboard program) as well.

but bu is by no means perfect. the tuition is too high as many people say. i know people who bu was REALLY kind to in terms of their fin aid package - they got scholarships, good grants, etc. especially if you REALLY REALLY need it. but many times BU fin aid, esp for middle class kids like myself, is rare. im on no fin aid whatsoever even if i have another sibling in college. i know another girl who was raised by a single parent (who has a regular middle class job and is no means rich) and is in the cas honors programs - and she STILL got no fin aid or scholarship. i guess you have to be lucky or really need it to get fin aid.

as for the dorms, yeah some of them, particularly warren, could be so much nicer. especially for the amount we pay. even the food is gets old real fast (keep in mind though, some colleges like stonybrook have worst caferinas. really.). but when you get beyond freshmen/sophomore year, student village apartments, bay state (brownstones, even towers and shelton), and south are good options that open up. i live on a newly refurbished floor on towers, and I like it. The rooms look new, and the dining hall is less crowded than some of the other ones on campus. In fact, towers and bay state road dorms are being renovated every summer. In short, housing is pretty good, and not as bad as many people have said.

the worst thing about this school though is advising. it's so useless, you are pretty much on your own. if you arent on top of things or are not independent enough to figure out your own courses, then BU really isn't for you. and unfornuately BU advising shows that. I came into college with a set goal, but even when I was questioning what I wanted in life and what would I need to get there, advising STILL wasn't helpful. This is a concern among many BU students. Not all schools at BU have such bad advising though. Apparently COM and SHA, because they are more specific and smaller schools, have pretty good advisors. Other than that, CAS students in particular, are screwedd.

Overall, I like BU. It has its flaws (even though they are by no means small) and its perks. Come visit if you truly want to decide for yourself. It's worth it, even if you don't like it. Trust me on that one.

One last thing, particularly for premed students. Being premed here is TOUGH. if you are coming in thinking you are going to get all A's, you be think about switching schools. The BU chemistry department literally is designed in a way for barely anyone to get A's (that in one case is an example of grade deflation). You've considered yourself warned on this ifyou are premed. It's not easy here, but at least grad schools/med schools know about BU's grade deflation problem. so all isn't at a lost.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2011
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: B-
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BU is not for everyone.BrightPreMed and Medical
BU is not for everyone. It is a big school, making it harder to meet people in large lecture classes. However, many professors are willing to help you with the class out if you shoot them an email or just go to office hours. Being pre-med at BU is extremely diffcult - the intro science courses that are apart of the pre-med curriculum make the average for the class a C+ instead of a B in other universities. The BU "grade deflation" is pretty subjective - it all depends on who your professor is and how they handle marks. If you are apart of the college of arts and sciences (CAS) like I am, most of the faculty advisors are useless if you are unsure about your academic choices. When asking about a career opportunity and more information my major, my advisor told me to go look it up myself. Anyone would expect an advisor to be more knowlegable or reassuring about a student's future. I find that this problem is generally in CAS. Smaller schools on campus like COM or SED have a more efficient and caring faculty. This is most likely due to the fact they are more specialized than CAS. Overall, if you do choose to come to BU, think about whether or not you want a big school. Be definite in your academic path because most of the time you are on your own in planning your own course of study.
1st Year Female -- Class 2011
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: C+
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