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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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BU is huge, the classes are challenging, andBrightMath
BU is huge, the classes are challenging, and the people on your floor or in your first semester classes may or may not have similar interests as you. The best thing you can do is join a group on campus. That is where you will find your home away from home, and your leisure activities that will make college not just about maintaining that 3.5 GPA to make the Dean's List, but also about experiencing life on your own for the first time, growing as a person, and learning what your passions are.
1st Year Female -- Class 2009
Education Quality: A, Collaboration/Competitive: C+
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I wouldn't go to BU again if IBrightArt & Design Department
I wouldn't go to BU again if I could do it over. I have several reasons:

1. BU is really expensive! If you cannot get a good scholarship package or if you aren't rich don't go here.

2. Most of the people here are girls! I know that this reason may seem very superficial, but I need some balance in my classes. I might as well be going to an all girls school. Bu has a ratio of 30 girls :70 guys!

3. BU isn't really located in Boston. As far as I am concerned, it's in Brookline. Unless you are a theatre or medical major expect to rarely go into the city.

4. BU doesn't have the Design classes that will prepare me for a career in design. Their classes are limited more to fine arts like sculpture, painting, and drawing. They do have a graphic design major but; they require sculpture, painting, and drawing classes as prerequisites before you even begin the major course work.

Even though BU is one of the largest colleges in the nation, it feels limiting to me. Limiting in the kinds of people I can meet, the classes I can take, and the experiences that I have.

A lot of people will tell you that college is what you make of it. BU might still be the college for you, just make sure they have the program that you want, and the classes that you are interested in taking. Also make sure you can afford it.

1st Year Female -- Class 2010
Innovation: B, Social Life: D
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