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BU is a really big school, with verySuper BrilliantBusiness - Management and Administration
BU is a really big school, with very little "real" college campus. If that does not bother you, BU is a great place to spend four years. The first year is tough, and a lot of people may transfer out to state schools. But really, it weeds out the antisocial types. To succeed here you need to be somewhat outgoing, but once you put yourself out there it pays off. There are numerous clubs and activities around campus and Boston.

As a student in SMG (you'll learn to love acronyms, as every school goes by them), the school is super competitive. Some people will stab you in the back to get ahead, and some people will cheat to get good grades. That said, you pay the high tuition costs for the best networking. Most of your peers will be incredibly successful, and some will be running companies right after graduation. If you care about making money and you have a thick skin, BU is perfect for you. If you need lots of hand holding (ie professor face time) and want a serious party school, do not go to BU. Also, do not go to BU if money is a serious issue for you. Sad but true, a lot of the kids have more money than god, and this makes some feel uncomfortable. Upside, you will go to some of the hippest parties and clubs (buying a table is popular) if you take advantage of the oppurtunity. BU students are well prepared for careers and typically brilliant. Grat school, worth every penny if you embrace it.

3rd Year Female -- Class 2008
Surrounding City: A+, Campus Aesthetics: D
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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
Useful Schoolwork: A, Individual Value: F
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After reading all of the negative posts doneEconomics
After reading all of the negative posts done by freshmen who cannot get used to the idea of not attending a state school with a football team and frat row I felt the need to stand up for BU a little. No, we do not have football and frats and if this is shocking to you one must wonder how you were admitted in the first place. BU is a place where you go to get a great education and learn who you are as a person. Nothing will be handed to you here and personally until I started taking higher level classes I was not very happy. It is very easy to get into a rut and it is true, at BU you are a number, but that's what happens at a school with nearly 16,000 undergrads. That said, it is on you, the student, to make yourself known and it is on you to take advantage of BU. Don't blame the school if you don't have friends, don't blame the students (4,000 in a class = lots of good and bad people) for why you're unhappy, and don't blame grade deflation for your grades. Take challenging classes with some amazing professors (Professor Lukes is the best teacher I've ever had), start talking in class, find a good friend or two and do what you're supposed to do at a university. Learn.

And regarding grade deflation, it doesn't exist. What happens is BU makes it very hard to get A's, hard to get B's, relatively easy to get C's, and they're not afraid to fail a student who does not show up. This is not Harvard where A's are the norm and B's are atrocious. Other schools realize that BU grades hard and guess what, it makes your A/B that much more valuable especially if they see that you've been challenging yourself as opposed to taking geology 101 your senior year. Also BU in my opinion is a model for the future of schools in its campus and student body. People frequently rip on the international student population but their fully paid tuitions are helping BU build skyskrapers for dorms, steal teachers from Harvard, and overall improve the school. BU is certainly on its way up and all the naysayers will brag about their diploma twenty years down the road when it's that much more valuable. CGS is a joke though, shit needs to go.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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