Boston University - Comments and Student Experiences|
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.
From an academic standpoint you are going to run the gambit. BU is a gigantic school of over 16,000 undergraduates and 40,000 students in all! You encounter every type of class imaginable here; large ones, small ones, classes taught by TAs, classes taught by TAs who don't speak English well, and classes taught by professors who very well may change the course of your life. The University is composed of a huge number of schools: the College of Communications, College of Health Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, etc; if you do not find your area of academic interest at BU you are simply not looking hard enough. Couple the diverse range of course offerings on campus with one of nation's best study abroad programs and you can't really go wrong.
Socially, my experience is that your social life is simply what you make of it. It sounds terribly cliche, but it's the truth. It is easy to feel alienated in a large, rather bureaucratic institution like BU, but if you make an active effort to make friends and find stuff to do there are few impediments. Students come from a highly diverse range of back-rounds (BU has one of the largest gay and international populations in the nation for example) and chances are you will find a core group of people who share your interests. BU offers an amalgam of things to do during the week and on weekends. Live music, Sporting events, and Theater performances only begin to scratch the surface. The party scene at BU is somewhat lackluster; girls tend to go to off campus frats (MIT, Northeastern, etc) or to near by Ashford St. to party. Boys tend to follow the girls, but frats are notoriously bad for turning guys away. During the second, third and senior year many people move off campus which adds a new dimension to the party life.
All in all I am very satisfied with my BU experience. As a prospective student, I can not more earnestly recommend my school. Yes, its not a prestigious as some of the big name institutions that it shares a city with, but let me tell you that statistics can be deceiving. BU students, for the most part, share a drive and passion to succeed. Professors, in my experience, expect nothing less then the best from their students and reward only exceptional work with "A" grades. A degree from BU is looked upon quite favorably in the real world and is certainly nothing to scoff at. In the end, as you take your standardized tests, and page through college review books, and prepare your applications you have to ask yourself a question: where will I be most happy going to school for the next 4 years? (not, which school sounds the nicest on a resume or which school my parents want me to attend) For me that school is Boston University
I am majoring in biomedical engineering. It is easily the most difficult major in the most difficult college at BU. (This website should really have an option for biomed btw) I get up at 8 am and do not come back until 8 or 9 pm. The I do homework or participate in clubs. 95% of my time is spent thinking about being an engineer and excelling in my classes. The people here are a bit arrogant, but generally friendly (I am from the midwest, so we are a bit warmer). The professors here are engaging. They try hard to get you to come to office hours and develop a deeper interest in the class. I have never had a professor not have time to discuss anything I want with me. For academics and my future plans, I visit two to three advisers, who always seem happy to see me and know my name and schedule. They give advice based on what would make me not only a good engineer, but happy.
Is BU ridiculously hard and puts too much on grade inflation? Yes. Have I cried and felt depressed because of homework and tests? Holy s**t, yes. However, it's satisfying to be here. I feel like I am gaining valuable information about how to conduct myself as an engineering. I am doing what I love.
Within one and a quarter of a year, I have learned three computer programming languages, learned how to operate multiple programs such as CAD, PSpice, and Solidworks, I am about to sequence DNA in a class lab, I am helping to build a drone, and I have built my own board for electronics I was inspired to create on my own. I wouldn't trade it for anything.
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