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I grew up a Boston local, and alwaysAverageEducation
I grew up a Boston local, and always figured on attending school here in Massachusetts. BU seemed a good fit for me, as I was persuing a degree in education, but felt that a private university could offer challanges and opportunities a state school could not. After four years here, I can honestly say I would not recommend Boston University to my friends. My issues lie in how students are treated. At every opportunity, it seems the university has exhibited its interest only in one thing: money. I understand tuition costs are rising universally, but while financial aid is only given to a minority of students, new (and completely pointless) facilities are springing up around campus. Schools within the university (at least the schools without healthy donations by alumni) are underfunded and understaffed. Advisors are typically useless, as there is more red tape in the university than could be found in all of capitol hill. Class sizes are large, which is only excusable thanks to the masses of grad-student TA's that prove very useful.

There are nice aspects about BU. It has an excellent location (as long as the Sox aren't playing) and the degree you walk away with will be worth quite a bit. Being a hockey fan, the BU Mens (and womens) hockey teams are excellent sources of entertainment and school pride. However, these positive aspects are overshadowed by the glaring gaps in student support. Student Health Services (SHS) at BU is a joke. I contracted Swine Flu my freshman year, and having chronic lung issues put me at high risk. SHS told me I should stay in my room, with my roommate, and they would see my sometime in the next week. Whenever a student shows signs of severe depression, they suffer the risk of being forcefully removed from the university as they are seen as a liability.

I know it may be a bit naive of me to assume that a university ought to take care of its students, and I am sure BU is not the worst university at this task. However, for paying a small fortune, I would say you are not getting your money's worth.Go to Northeastern. It's cheaper, they actually help you gain work experience, and there you're a little more than the $60,000 you pay each year.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2013
Surrounding City: A, Individual Value: F
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What a joke BU is.Not so brightEngineering Department
What a joke BU is. I wasn't expecting anything spectacular, but I'm definitely transferring (losing some credits in the process, but won't tolerate another two years here). I'm sick of being the smartest kid in every single one of my classes only because I'm the only one who consistently does the homework and gives an ounce of effort. The students are lazy slackers. It feels like a posh commuter school here.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2014
Surrounding City: A, Education Quality: F
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I came to BU thinking that I wouldBrightPsychology
I came to BU thinking that I would be challenged much more here than at my state university, and I have been sadly disappointed. The weed-out classes are hard, for sure, but my other humanities classes haven't been very hard, although the teachers have been nice and knowledgeable. But BU is ridiculously expensive, and rather than using your $50,000+ to improve programs or even to renovate the nastier dorms on campus (mostly anywhere except StuVi and some of the brownstones), BU has chosen to build a giant $100 million dining hall/office building we don't need and a 23 million dollar lacrosse stadium. I'm insulted by the way they waste our money. And the administration has handled the recent sexual assaults on campus very poorly. BU will suck your money up. If you intend to go to grad school after college and you aren't interested in a highly competitive field, I wouldn't go here. I love the city, but the school wasn't for me.
1st Year Female -- Class 2015
Surrounding City: A+, Individual Value: D+
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