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Alright, as typical of a college review site,Quite BrightEconomics
Alright, as typical of a college review site, this place suffers from a massive amount of non-response bias. Yes BU has its share of problems, but nothing like what people here are making it out to be. We live in an age where everyone dreams of going to a beautiful grassy quad campus with frisbees and professors smoking pipes and ivy-covered buildings, so when people come to BU and see our urban campus they get scared and confused. Boston University has a very nice campus actually, and it is meticulously groomed and the buildings are very well taken care of.

But that isn't the point. The point is that if you come to BU with the intent of working hard and fighting for the top spot in your class, you might as well be at Harvard. BU gets ridiculously competitive; there is no such thing as a "gentleman's B" here.. it's called an F. Some people complain about grade deflation. I don't know if it's true or not, but all I can say is that getting an A at BU is a rare accomplishment. Top students here are hyper-busy, involved in some of the most interesting and unique clubs and organizations, and have access to the top professors in the world.

Yes, BU has Ivy-League professors.. maybe even better in some departments. You will not be disappointed with the real professors (freshmen level intro classes can be hit or miss). Also, the College of Arts and Sciences is a very good school, don't let people trick you. The International Relations department in particular is one of the best in the nation.

Now here's where I have an issue with BU... we let in too many students who are not serious about learning. The school of General Studies (CGS) hurts BU's ranking big time, since it is basically a 4-year daycare for rich kids. There are not many frats or sororities, which I am thankful of.. I think only 5% of men and 9% of women belong to a greek chapter. There are great parties on campus, and at MIT frats, and of course in the wonderful city of Boston.Bottom line: BU is where the serious and hard working students will get a world-class education. A few of my best friends just landed 100K+ jobs straight out of undergrad because they worked like crazy and took advantage of what BU has to offer. Very underrated school in my opinion... it sounds like many of these reviewers expected BU to hand them a degree on a silver platter... ain't gonna happen here.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2013
Education Quality: A+, University Resource Use/ spending: B-
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The Honors Chemistry program is intense.AverageChemistry
The Honors Chemistry program is intense. I look at other programs at school and notice nobody works as hard as science majors.

Some things that dissapoint me is that BU isn't as respected because we have BU biddies. And people that don't care here really bring us down.

Also College of General Studies is a joke, and nobody even cares about their future by attending that college.

International students are everywhere and they're really rich for some reason.
Some science majors take courses with the SYMED (seven year medical students) they are really cut throat and think life is about grades to disregard everything they say.

Nobody is really smart at BU. I only had a little intelligence jumps but even i'm really average. The best thing about BU is that since its a big university nobody is really watching you. That means as long as you can work within the system you can do whatever you want.

1st Year Male -- Class 2013
University Resource Use/ spending: A+, Innovation: C+
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As a biomedical engineer at Boston University IQuite BrightEngineering Department
As a biomedical engineer at Boston University I have to say the program is exceptional, the classes are challenging, the labs are up to date, and the professors are great. They do throw you right into engineering so you really get to know what you'll be doing eventually (which is also a good thing to prevent people from getting all the way to Junior year and realizing engineering isn't for them).

It's in Boston, so of course location is a plus. Be warned that the campus is not enclosed and doesn't have the typical quad and greenery like other campus' nearby, but it definitely still has its own appeal.

The people are friendly and you can always chat up a random person. The dorms vary significantly in type and style so you have many options. There's Warren Towers which is a freshman starting point, there's the brownstones which are mostly upperclassman, there's Student Village (or Stuvi) which is apartment style housing and plenty more.The food on campus can get dull after a while but in no means does it not taste good. There's special nights and unlike most colleges, the food here is completely edible and yes, yummy.

1st Year Female -- Class 2014
Education Quality: A+, Individual Value: B-
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