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I've learned a lot since I came to BU.BrightPreMed and Medical
I've learned a lot since I came to BU. My science classes always challenged me, my professors are always assessable (even if the classes are too big), and there are many opportunities on campus to get a job, be involved, or even volunteer somewhere like at a hospital or lab (esp if you are premed like me- i volunteer every week at boston med center). i've meet some close friends here too that help the large size of the school become smaller. you tend to see the same faces in your classes as well. some comments on this site say the students in classes are not very smart. but i have to disagree with that. my science classes are filled with some bright kids, some of whom you can't believe even came to bu in the first place (and probably were rejected from some ivy somewhere too). if you want to be in a city, boston is a good place to start. bu does have some fantastic programs (like the study aboard program) as well.

but bu is by no means perfect. the tuition is too high as many people say. i know people who bu was REALLY kind to in terms of their fin aid package - they got scholarships, good grants, etc. especially if you REALLY REALLY need it. but many times BU fin aid, esp for middle class kids like myself, is rare. im on no fin aid whatsoever even if i have another sibling in college. i know another girl who was raised by a single parent (who has a regular middle class job and is no means rich) and is in the cas honors programs - and she STILL got no fin aid or scholarship. i guess you have to be lucky or really need it to get fin aid.

as for the dorms, yeah some of them, particularly warren, could be so much nicer. especially for the amount we pay. even the food is gets old real fast (keep in mind though, some colleges like stonybrook have worst caferinas. really.). but when you get beyond freshmen/sophomore year, student village apartments, bay state (brownstones, even towers and shelton), and south are good options that open up. i live on a newly refurbished floor on towers, and I like it. The rooms look new, and the dining hall is less crowded than some of the other ones on campus. In fact, towers and bay state road dorms are being renovated every summer. In short, housing is pretty good, and not as bad as many people have said.

the worst thing about this school though is advising. it's so useless, you are pretty much on your own. if you arent on top of things or are not independent enough to figure out your own courses, then BU really isn't for you. and unfornuately BU advising shows that. I came into college with a set goal, but even when I was questioning what I wanted in life and what would I need to get there, advising STILL wasn't helpful. This is a concern among many BU students. Not all schools at BU have such bad advising though. Apparently COM and SHA, because they are more specific and smaller schools, have pretty good advisors. Other than that, CAS students in particular, are screwedd.

Overall, I like BU. It has its flaws (even though they are by no means small) and its perks. Come visit if you truly want to decide for yourself. It's worth it, even if you don't like it. Trust me on that one.

One last thing, particularly for premed students. Being premed here is TOUGH. if you are coming in thinking you are going to get all A's, you be think about switching schools. The BU chemistry department literally is designed in a way for barely anyone to get A's (that in one case is an example of grade deflation). You've considered yourself warned on this ifyou are premed. It's not easy here, but at least grad schools/med schools know about BU's grade deflation problem. so all isn't at a lost.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2011
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: B-
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I went into BU with a lot ofBrightCommunications
I went into BU with a lot of very high expectations. I was so excited to live the typical "college" lifestyle-- go to parties, make tons of friends, and become really interested in my subject area. I was very disappointed. If you don't make friends the first few weeks of school, you're completely out of luck. If you're a guy, you most likely won't have many friends unless you pledge. For the price of this school, it is 100% not worth it. There is literally no campus-- the buildings and dorms are in a straight line up and down Comm Ave. The professors are sub-par for what they're getting paid, and grade deflation, especially in pre-med, is ridiculous. I remember reading reviews on here when I was choosing schools and being pretty blind to any bad reviews. I really regret that now, and if I had the choice, disregarding the few great friends I've made, I would have picked a school that was smaller and much less money/gave me financial aid (I am paying full tuition at BU).
1st Year Female -- Class 2014
Surrounding City: A+, Useful Schoolwork: F
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Boston University is a good school, but that'sBrightEducation
Boston University is a good school, but that's bout it. The class difficulty (speaking from experience in the college of arts and sciences and the school of education) is moderately high, and the classes suffer from moderate grade deflation (making it increasingly hard to get a higher GPA). The student resources are vast, with a large library, university-wide wifi access, and great writing/research programs (though the student health service is pathetically unhelpful at times). There is school spirit, especially surrounding the BU mens hockey team. Social life is what you make it, there are many extracurricular clubs, student groups, and an actively growing greek life. You can find parties easily, but they are hard to get into due to the the police being very hard on house parties. Overall, it would not be difficult to go to BU and just coast through the next 4 years without a problem, but the school does have some fun and growth opportunities to offer. And it's in Boston, that's a plus.
1st Year Male -- Class 2013
Surrounding City: A+, Campus Aesthetics: C+
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