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Let's be honest: B.Quite BrightCommunications
Let's be honest: B.U. is basically a school for not very bright or motivated students from upper-middle class backgrounds (mainly from Long Island and the Tri-State area). Thanks to former President John Silber who turned B.U. into a Big Business similar to Exxon or IBM, it is now al about the $$. If your parents have $$, you can get into the school even if your are dumb as rocks because the school doesn't have to dole out financial aid. I went there and I can tell you that the most intelligent and non-apathetic students there are the ones on financial aid. Everone else got admitted because their parents paid in cash and are looked at as potential donors. Those are the students that are ridiculously stupid and unelightened and really should be going to a junior college. But alas, B.U. has set up a money-seeking Colleg of Basic Studies Program. Its basically a high-priced junior college within BU for fairly un-intelligent and unmotivated students who want to say they go to a privtate univeristy rather than a j.c.. Then, BU admits these j.c. students to the mainstream BU program regardless of grades or low SAT scores (which are a given since they are in Basic Studies to begin with) if and ONLY IF - the j.c students parents can pay in full!!! How do I know? Not only was I a B.U student but I briefly worked in the admissions office as well!!!
4th Year Male -- Class 2007
Surrounding City: A, Collaboration/Competitive: D
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I am a sophomore economics major.BrightEconomics
I am a sophomore economics major.
Ive had a great time at Boston University. I have a lot of friends that had gone to Harvard and Boston College and they are calling me all the time to go to parties. A lot of the parties are at MIT frats, which isn't directly part of BU, but it is definitely apart of the BU experience. There are two huge off campus areas (south campus and west campus) that are dominated by students that are lots of fun. You can always find something going on there Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. You won't be able to go out every night of the week here like people do at southern schools. It is important to meet people and become friendly with people who own a house or an apartment.

The one bad thing about BU is the housing. The dorms aren't that great especially warren and west(although they are great for meeting people), but the senior housing is great (student village). Also, other schools often drink in the dorms and have mini parties there. This happens a lot less at BU. You can "pre-game" but that is about it without getting in trouble.

The classes have a fair amount of work and the people who experience grade deflation simply aren't working hard enough. In high school your grades are massively inflated most of the time, but here you need to earn your grades. I have never felt cheated out of a grade here. All of my professors have been very nice and I have never felt that any of them are overly arrogant.

Studying abroad is ridiculously fun. I have studied abroad twice, both during the summer, and I can't say that I ever had more fun. I recommend anyone attending this university or any university to go on one of BU's study abroad programs.

BU is also in the middle of the city and I enjoy the fact that it isn't hidden from the city. I don't really feel that it doesn't have a campus because I certainly know when I am on BU campus, so I wouldn't worry about that.You normally get to be good friends with the people on your floor, and if you don't like them it can be hard to meet new people. It can be challenging making new friends here after the first few months, so I can see why some people dislike it.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2010
Useful Schoolwork: A+, Campus Aesthetics: C+
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Boston University is definitely what you make ofBrightEconomics
Boston University is definitely what you make of it. I was honestly miserable there for my first year, although that had to do with the culture shock of coming from a very small, poor town in the Southwest and spending a week in the hospital during my first semester. However, now that I am almost two years removed from my undergraduate studies, I have come to appreciate what I gained at BU. You're definitely not going to have your hand held here. Perhaps I would have been happier at a small liberal arts college, but I believe going to a large research university provided more opportunities for personal growth and prepared me better for the real world than an insular liberal arts college in rural New England would have.

NYU was actually my first choice when I was applying to colleges in high school; I was admitted, but I ended up going to BU because they provided a very generous financial aid package. I believe Boston and BU were better for my undergraduate experience than New York and NYU would have been, ao I definitely do not regret my decision.

One thing I love about the school is how international it is. You won't encounter that in many schools no matter how high they are ranked. And speaking of rankings, definitely take them with a huge grain of salt (and don't base your choice of college solely on its rank). Sure, according to US News, the self-appointed authority on college admissions, BU isn't highly ranked (apparently this is mainly due to the administration's refusal to participate in one part of the survey), but if you look at the THES global university rankings, BU is one of the top 50 universities in the world (several American schools ranked higher than BU by US News don't even make the top 100). Still, the university should do more to fight its image as a rich kids' school. Many students and alumni agree that CGS should be done away with to improve BU's statistical standing, but it is a huge money-maker for the school, so that probably won't happen any time soon.

Overall, I think I am a stronger person for having gone to BU. I had actually considered transferring after my first year, but I came to the conclusion that there really is no "perfect school" and stuck with it (I have friends who attended Ivy League schools who were disappointed with their experiences, so happiness and rankings don't go hand-in-hand). Granted, BU isn't difficult to get into, but it is respected. I am currently a graduate student at LSE, and many people here think very highly of BU.

My only wish is that the grade deflation wasn't such a reality. Sure, some of the complaints are due to A-level high school students not prepared for the caliber of work expected in college, but when one sees the rampant grade inflation at schools like Harvard, concerns about admission to good graduate programs are valid. Also, even though BU's economics department is well regarded and has great professors, I wish the undergraduate curriculum was much more rigorous than it is (econometrics isn't even required for graduation, thus not enough space is alloted for everyone). Overall, I think BU is a good choice for anyone who wants to go to school in an urban environment and won't be overwhelmed by a large student population. It provides a lot of opportunities that one might not find at a smaller school, and the international student body provides a very cosmopolitan atmosphere. So if you're the type of person who needs his hand held and opportunities handed to him, then find another school. But if you're the independent type who can make her own way, then definitely consider BU.

4th Year Male -- Class 2006
Faculty Accessibility: A-, Collaboration/Competitive: B
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