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There's a lot to like about BU.Quite BrightHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
There's a lot to like about BU. It's a good school with a pretty decent reputation. I don't think there's any employer out there who would scoff at a degree from BU. It's also in Boston, which is known as the hands-down best college town in the country.

However, there's a lot not to like about BU as well. The price of tuition + room and board is astronomical. A year at BU without financial aid is edging near $50,000. You could get the same education for half the price at hundreds of universities, anywhere in the country. BU also has a rather stale social vibe, too. There's no real campus area (the BU beach is a laughable excuse for one), and no real school spirit either. A lot of the dorms have an intensely, even aggressively, antisocial vibe to them. Many of the people in the Bay State brownstones do not talk to anyone else in the building. People in south campus and the Hyatt are virtually isolated from everyone else on the campus (more of a problem for first-year students than anyone else).

All in all, the main problems with BU are that it's too expensive, and there's no real sense of community. It's certainly not impossible to have a great time at BU, but it's very easy to become isolated and lonely, even if you make the effort to get out and meet people. More often than not, BU is socially unrewarding and financially devastating. I know people at BU who are legitimately happy there, and even they testified saying "I don't give a shit about BU. I won't ever be coming back here."I'd recommend looking elsewhere.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2010
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I was very pleased with the education deliveredBusiness - Management and Administration
I was very pleased with the education delivered in the School of Management. My classmates were diverse, the faculty was excellent, the city was amazing, and the social/entertainment opportunities vast. It was a bit pricey (relative to other top notch schools) but I believe it was the perfect place for me.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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BU was my absolute last choice, but IQuite BrightArt & Design Department
BU was my absolute last choice, but I ended up coming here because it was the most financially realistic option for my family. The art program is something of a gem here- faculty are incredible, the assignments meaningful and challenging.

The social life is definitely intimidating and hard to get immersed in right away....its a huge school, so finding perfect friends doesn't come right away. The nightlife is similar- getting into parties is a lot about building connections. But with a little time, you find the right people to hang with, and learn where to go. Its really an incredible place, i was one of those kids who was super involved in teams and clubs in high school, but i'm not even very "involved" here yet, and i'm having the time of my life!There's a lotttt of kids here, but if you feel like you can find your place, BU has an amazing amount to offer.

1st Year Female -- Class 2014
Education Quality: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: B
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