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BU has a distinctive vibe of its ownQuite BrightMath
BU has a distinctive vibe of its own and you have to be at a certain point in your life to really like it here.

BU is not a Big 10 school of jocks getting drunk every weekend and has a bit of a grad-school-esque vibe. There are a lot of kids who go to parties off campus on the weekends, but an incredible amount of kids make use of the city by going to music concerts and new restaurants. This is not a huge public school where a majority of the kids are looking to get hammered every weekend, though I would say that most students drink.

Not to stereotype the entire student body, but the students here are INCREDIBLY open-minded and liberal. Additionally, most are not religious and openly make wise-cracks about it.

Everyone I meet here is a character, which is something that I really appreciate about the school. Most students are VERY worldly and sophisticated. Also, just take a look for yourself at the student body. BU has international students from EVERYWHERE. I have close friends from Mexico, New Zealand, Bolivia, and Japan, and I'm sure most students are in my situation. Additionally, though BU is sometimes known as a school of rich kids, most everyone I bump into is on some form of financial aid and I have close friends from rural america, suburbia, and large cities.

As a side note - yes, there are the catty girls with their ugg boots and miniskirts, but they make up a tiny part of the student body and tend to stick to themselves. And yes, there are some fashion conscious people here, but most students dress in whatever ridiculous outfit that they feel fits for the day.

BU is not a typical college experience in the sense of going to football games every night and getting hammered... but at BU I've grown so much as a person - everyone is so open-minded that it makes it incredibly easy to interract with people from all different backgrounds and lifestyles and every day I discover something new that I never knew I was close-minded about.

All in all, anyone will find their niche here, though I'm sure really preppy people who want the greek lifestyle will probably get annoyed. The students here are dorkier than at most schools, but are incredibly open-minded dorks who like to explore new things and people and have fun. Every student has a choice of either getting drunk for four years and going to football games and frat parties, or meeting friendly, offbeat students of all different backgrounds. Personally, I don't think there is a choice.

Lastly, the professors here are INCREDIBLE. I've moved from hating certain subjects to loving them. I would major in everything here at BU if I could.

And the lack of campus... What is nice about BU is you really get a choice. If I'm in a campusy mood I'll go hang out at the BU beach behind the CAS building and will completely forget that I'm in the middle of Boston. And if I'm in the mood to interract with the city, I'll walk to class down Comm Av with the T and the world of Boston passing me by. And if you're just dying for a real university campus, just bop on over to Harvard or MIT to study.

For those looking at NYU, I'd recommend investigating both cities, because they are incredibly different with very different feels. Boston has a tad bit more grass than New York, New York has a better subway system and taller buildings, and, most importantly, in Boston people could really care less how you look or what you're wearing and how much it costs or whether or not you're eating in the new "hot" restaurant. People in Boston are more into politics and the intellectual environment. And not to insult Newyorkers, but as they can be described as "independent", Bostonians can be described as a bit less self-involved. In terms of an education, the classes are great, but mostly the BU students have made me a completely different person than who I was when I first came to BU. I can be whoever I want here with NO judgment and I've learned how to accept and befriend people from all different backgrounds and lifestyles.

3rd Year Female -- Class 2007
Surrounding City: A+, University Resource Use/ spending: D+
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I really don't have all that much badQuite BrightOther
I really don't have all that much bad to say about BU. I'm a freshman, and besides just not fitting that 'BU' vibe, I don't have many complaints. Boston is COLD and the bus they use is as terrible and unreliable as the public transport. Some teachers are very helpful and caring but others are just so absorbed with themselves and their own accomplishments that they don't care for students. This semester, I had some teachers that took way more time than required to help kids, and then I had some teachers who were there for a paycheck, and when I asked for help I got a "I don't have time to help" response. The BU crowd comes mostly from private schools--as do many who go to top universities--but BU really favors the rich kid. Well, no, BU doesn't favor them, but the kids here are either really hard working poor/middle class kids who want an education or rich kids running around with daddy's money who only came to party. There are a TON of international students, but there's also a huge rape culture here. There is a ton of grade deflation with many professors who don't curve grades/classes. On the positive side, the FOOD is amazing and the guys and girls are really attractive--however, most of them know they are good looking. The Deans are all nice but I don't really see them much and the health services is GREAT. Fin aide is very stingy though; BU doesn't give much money.
1st Year Female -- Class 2017
Campus Maintenance: A+, Individual Value: D
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I transferred to BU my Sophomore year, andSuper BrilliantComputer Science
I transferred to BU my Sophomore year, and I must say, I am in love with this school.
It's hard to pin down just one characteristic of BU that really satisfies me; rather, I think of BU as an orchestra in which different traits work together to form a beautiful whole. It is the combined impact of a tenacious faculty, thriving spirit, and the present opportunity at BU that makes this university truly sing. But I'll spare you the flowery language and get down to specifics.

Faculty: Don't expect to walk into class 5 minutes late everyday and be greeted warmly. Some of the top researchers in the country teach in the classrooms of BU, and with that kind of elite faculty comes a trace of arrogance. This arrogance is, for the most part, relegated to the professors of the upper-level classes within each major, so you are unlikely to encounter it during your first few years at BU. You must understand, though, that some of the people teaching at BU actually *are* hot shit, and their arrogance is, to some degree, warranted. Additionally, as long as you are serious about your academic work, you won't have to worry about bringing out the arrogance within your professor. You wouldn't walk into Isaac Newton's class late, would you?

Just one more word on the arrogant downside of BU faculty: don't get wrapped up in the demeanor of the conductor or you'll miss the symphony's beautiful crescendo. The faculty at BU, through some kind of black magic no doubt, has the distinct ability to actually make you *learn*. And not just learn in the "here-let-me-vomit-all-these-facts-on-command" kind of way, but learn in the sense of acquisition: in the sense of mastering your major while leaving no questions unanswered and no rocks unturned. The end result is that over time you come to realize the intricacies of that which you study and, in a weird kind of way, you start to see why these people go through the trouble of teaching you everyday: they honestly want to see you excel. My professors have bent over backwards for me so that I could meet the deadline on a lengthy project, or complete a difficult assignment on time, and many of my professors have thrown deadlines out the window in the name of receiving quality work. I don't know how much I can stress this until you stop reading, so I'll lay it out real clear: the faculty at BU can guide you to fame or dismiss you as a miscreant, but it all depends on how much *you* want to succeed.

Ack, I've got to get back to my essay. That's another thing about BU: there is a homework requirement, haha. I might write more later. Good luck, whoever you are, in finding a school that suites you.

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1st Year Male -- Class 2010
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