StudentsReview :: Boston University - Comments and Student Experiences
-or-
Search for Schools by Region
 

or within distance of city

Similar Schools
Boston College -- Chestnut Hill, MA
New York University -- New York, NY
George Washington University -- District of Columbia, DC


  Who's got the Best?

Perceptual Rankings:
You Make 'Em.
We Post 'Em.
You Vote 'Em Up.
You Vote 'Em Down.
Aww yeah.


Boston University

There are 92 Comments

View:

Sort By: [Date] [Major] [Rating]

Select Comments:

Positive Negative Neutral Advice
I graduated from BU in the early 80's.Biology
I graduated from BU in the early 80's. It appears that nothing has changed at the University. The main goal is to extract $$$$ from the kids. Education and experience sub par. I would rate BU as the most negative educational experience in my life. I have taught at and attended most universities in the Boston area. All are superior including the local community colleges. My advice....take your money and run...
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
Question
Honestly, this school was my dream school.BrightOther
Honestly, this school was my dream school. Despite the fact that it is expensive as hell, I pursuaded my parents that this was going to be a better school than the school I received a $20,000 scholarship/year from. Believe me, it is not easy to persuade Asian parents. I paid in full (being an International Student), paid for all the other costly items such as non-refundable housing fees, rented myself a micro-fridge and thought I was going to have the best experience of my life.

I was wrong.
I'm in my junior year now, and don't get me wrong--the students seem to be very friendly, to each other. International students are just seen in the typical stereotypes of "oh, they don't know any English and they will stick together in their own Asian group." I didn't come to college to stick together with fellow Asian people. I came to college to meet new friends and experience a lot of culture.

Okay, so the faculty and classes must be good, right? Well, not exactly. So far, the classes are very disoriented, not on the level that you would expect from a 60K/year institution. The teachers are sometimes late and sometimes not very good at teaching. Let's not mention the grade deflation, which lowers my GPA tremendously compared to other schools.

So, where is all this money going? The College of Arts and Science building is so old and so outdated, it's crazy. They still teach on blackboard and chalk, the classrooms are not very technology-friendly (where are all the outlets to plug my laptop in?!) and even the simple facilities like the bathroom are disgusting and sometimes don't even work. The other buildings don't fare much better.

So, the administration has to be good right? Wrong. The administration is by far, the worst that I have worked with. They simply don't care about you as a person. You're simply just a number, that is helping them profit. Of course, there is the board and the president of BU profiting from this "big business" that the school has become. I have tried to contact student accounting, university registrars and all the other administrative departments. In the end, all I got from them was a "can't-help-you" attitude and paying almost $10,000 for fees (such as late fees (that they charge you after not paying tuition 1 day before classes begin) and unnecessary housing fees.

The student services are pretty bad too. The health services make you wait days before you can finally check out your illness. The clinicians inside don't treat you any better. They simply tell you to take care of your problems yourself and buy your own medicine. What am I paying $2000/year insurance for? All in all, BU is a very corrupt school mostly focused on how much money they can get from a student. They don't care about you as a person, or your needs as a student. I wouldn't recommend anyone to go here.

3rd Year Female -- Class 2016
Surrounding City: A, Education Quality: F
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
Question
I would avoid the Film Department mainly forAverageVideo/Media
I would avoid the Film Department mainly for their treatment of Professor Raymond Carney, who has been badly treated for a decade by Chairman Paul Schneider, Dean Thomas Fiedler while BU President Robert A. Brown and Provost Dr. Jean Morrison have done nothing to stop it. Prof. Carney is now writing a blog called "Inside Boston University" detailing what has been going on within his department and the college.
1st Year Male -- Class 2018
Campus Maintenance: B+, Education Quality: F
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
Question
Compare BUSave BU

StudentsReview Advice!

• What is a good school?
• Statistical Significance
• How to choose a Major
• How to choose your Career
• What you make of it?
• How Ivy League Admissions works
• On the Student/Faculty Ratio

• FAFSA: Who is a Parent?
• FAFSA: Parent Contribution
• FAFSA: Dream out of reach

• College Financial Planning
• Survive College and Graduate
• Sniffing Out Commuter Schools
• Preparing for College: A HS Roadmap
• Talking to Your Parents about College.
• Is a top college worth it?
• Why is college hard?
• Why Kids Aren't Happy in Traditional Schools
• Essential College Tips
Ah, college. Considered by many to be the time of a young person's lif... more→
• Cost of College Increasing Faster Than Inflation
According to NPR, the cost of college... more→
• For parents filling out the FAFSA and PROFILE (from a veteran paper slinger)
Just so you know, filling out these forms is a lot more than penciling... more→
• How to choose the right college?
My name is Esteban Correa. I am currently a second year INTERNATIONAL ... more→
• Create The Right Career Habits Now
Getting ahead in your career can be easier if you make the choice to b... more→

• Senior Year (Tips and experience)
It's the end of junior year and everyone is anticipating the arrival o... more→
• Informational Overload! What Should I Look For in a College or University?
We are in an instant information age, where you can find almost anythi... more→
• Personality Type and College Choice
Personality type is something very important to consider when deciding... more→
• A Free Application is a Good Application
As a senior finishing her scholastic year, I feel that it is my duty ... more→

• College Academic Survival Guide
The leap from high school to college academics is not an insignificant... more→
• Getting Involved: The Key to College Happiness
As a tour guide, the absolute, most frequently asked question I got wa... more→
• Choose a Path, Not a Major
Unless you're one of the fortunate souls who's already found their cal... more→
• The Scoop on State Schools
A recent college graduate, I vividly remember touring campuses as a p... more→

• The Purpose of a Higher Education
You are one of the millions of people this year applying for admission... more→
• The Importance of Choosing the Right College Major (2012)
One of the most important academic choices you'll make while in colleg... more→
• How to choose a college major
I was not sure what college major to choose. When you are in your late... more→
• How to guarantee your acceptance to many colleges
Are your grades are not what you think they should be from high school... more→

• Nailing the College Application Process
College applications seem to always be put on top of students procrast... more→
• What to do for a Successful Interview
Interviews seem to become more commonplace in every facet of life as o... more→
• I Don't Know Where to Start (General College Advice)
Preparing for college is a difficult time for every student and it?s o... more→
• Attitude and Dress Code for an Interview (General College Advice)
An interview is something we all have to go through when we get a job... more→

• Starting College (General College Advice)
College is a huge milestone in your life. You?ve seen the castle like ... more→
• Boston Apartment lease: Watch out!

Are you a student and about to sign the very first lease in your li... more→

• What college is right for you?
When thinking about their choices for colleges, many students and pare... more→