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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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Boston University honestly gives every individual every oppoQuite BrightBusiness - Management and Administration
Boston University honestly gives every individual every opportunity to succeed. I've just started SMG, and it is INTENSE. The workload is tremendous; the "team" focus places alot of pressure on one's ability to work with people. Im already spending 8 to 10 hours a week with my team and its only the third week of school. However, the experience is already showing its usefulness. For being what is normally perceived as a "fluffy" degree, SMG anything but that. Everything that ive done has had a purpose. The professors are a lot of fun and enertaining. Also I would recommend trying to get onto one of the specialty floors, especially the SMG floor. Im on it and I'm having an absolute blast.

To really sum things up:

Boston U is a place that gives you Every opportunity to excel both intellectually AND socially.
Its in a very unique area, right on Commonwealth actually in the city of Boston. The "T" runs right through BU, and makes travel very simple. Resources are everywhere.

I will say that BU is definitely a large institution; there is a sense that you are almost overlooked. If you're motivated and ambitious, BU is an excellent place to go to school. If you're more timid and shy, a smaller school might be a better fit. But overall, I am Extremely satisfied with my decision to come here.

Plus, BU is very expensive; almost everyone here is at least upper middle class. So if thats a problem, then I would possiby look else where. From what ive heard, alot of people have been shafted with financial aid. Personally, i was not. So basically if they want you here they'll give you the money for you to come. So if you're a prospective student, I would definitely give BU a look. SMG and COM specifically are quite good. Anyhow good luck.

1st Year Male -- Class 2010
Innovation: A+, Individual Value: B
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