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Alright, as typical of a college review site,Quite BrightEconomics
Alright, as typical of a college review site, this place suffers from a massive amount of non-response bias. Yes BU has its share of problems, but nothing like what people here are making it out to be. We live in an age where everyone dreams of going to a beautiful grassy quad campus with frisbees and professors smoking pipes and ivy-covered buildings, so when people come to BU and see our urban campus they get scared and confused. Boston University has a very nice campus actually, and it is meticulously groomed and the buildings are very well taken care of.

But that isn't the point. The point is that if you come to BU with the intent of working hard and fighting for the top spot in your class, you might as well be at Harvard. BU gets ridiculously competitive; there is no such thing as a "gentleman's B" here.. it's called an F. Some people complain about grade deflation. I don't know if it's true or not, but all I can say is that getting an A at BU is a rare accomplishment. Top students here are hyper-busy, involved in some of the most interesting and unique clubs and organizations, and have access to the top professors in the world.

Yes, BU has Ivy-League professors.. maybe even better in some departments. You will not be disappointed with the real professors (freshmen level intro classes can be hit or miss). Also, the College of Arts and Sciences is a very good school, don't let people trick you. The International Relations department in particular is one of the best in the nation.

Now here's where I have an issue with BU... we let in too many students who are not serious about learning. The school of General Studies (CGS) hurts BU's ranking big time, since it is basically a 4-year daycare for rich kids. There are not many frats or sororities, which I am thankful of.. I think only 5% of men and 9% of women belong to a greek chapter. There are great parties on campus, and at MIT frats, and of course in the wonderful city of Boston.Bottom line: BU is where the serious and hard working students will get a world-class education. A few of my best friends just landed 100K+ jobs straight out of undergrad because they worked like crazy and took advantage of what BU has to offer. Very underrated school in my opinion... it sounds like many of these reviewers expected BU to hand them a degree on a silver platter... ain't gonna happen here.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2013
Education Quality: A+, University Resource Use/ spending: B-
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BU is a really nice college, and itBrightUndecided
BU is a really nice college, and it has improved drastically starting this year (2008). the campus is gorgeous - comm ave is in perfect condition. the living situations are great - warren isnt exactly stellar, but it's very fun. the brownstones are unreal. the people here are nice. there is no stereotype here - there are so many people and so many colleges that you pretty much have someone of every background and type. but that's normal for an urban area, and it's a positive thing for most people. im a little biased because my roommate situation is great, ive made a lot of good friends. . . there is hope, and BU is a great school. Also if you have an irreplacable love for Boston like I do, and you're not exactly the Harvard or MIT type ... can't go wrong.
1st Year Female -- Class 2012
Scholastic Success: A+, Innovation: C+
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I grew up a Boston local, and alwaysAverageEducation
I grew up a Boston local, and always figured on attending school here in Massachusetts. BU seemed a good fit for me, as I was persuing a degree in education, but felt that a private university could offer challanges and opportunities a state school could not. After four years here, I can honestly say I would not recommend Boston University to my friends. My issues lie in how students are treated. At every opportunity, it seems the university has exhibited its interest only in one thing: money. I understand tuition costs are rising universally, but while financial aid is only given to a minority of students, new (and completely pointless) facilities are springing up around campus. Schools within the university (at least the schools without healthy donations by alumni) are underfunded and understaffed. Advisors are typically useless, as there is more red tape in the university than could be found in all of capitol hill. Class sizes are large, which is only excusable thanks to the masses of grad-student TA's that prove very useful.

There are nice aspects about BU. It has an excellent location (as long as the Sox aren't playing) and the degree you walk away with will be worth quite a bit. Being a hockey fan, the BU Mens (and womens) hockey teams are excellent sources of entertainment and school pride. However, these positive aspects are overshadowed by the glaring gaps in student support. Student Health Services (SHS) at BU is a joke. I contracted Swine Flu my freshman year, and having chronic lung issues put me at high risk. SHS told me I should stay in my room, with my roommate, and they would see my sometime in the next week. Whenever a student shows signs of severe depression, they suffer the risk of being forcefully removed from the university as they are seen as a liability.

I know it may be a bit naive of me to assume that a university ought to take care of its students, and I am sure BU is not the worst university at this task. However, for paying a small fortune, I would say you are not getting your money's worth.Go to Northeastern. It's cheaper, they actually help you gain work experience, and there you're a little more than the $60,000 you pay each year.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2013
Surrounding City: A, Individual Value: F
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