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Boston University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA+ Faculty AccessibilityA-
Useful SchoolworkB- Excess CompetitionA-
Academic SuccessA- Creativity/ InnovationD
Individual ValueF University Resource UseC+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB- FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceB Social LifeA
Surrounding CityA+ Extra CurricularsA+
SafetyA-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable, Snooty

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Arrogant

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Date: Sep 19 2003
Major: Archaeology (This Major's Salary over time)
I <3 BU.

First, the bad: The only real downfall of going to BU is the high tuition. Personally, I didn't get much but loans, but I know from other people I've met that BU gives good scholarships that pay for up to full tuition, and they give many grants as well. Also, many people I know have a work-study job.

Actually, that's not the only downfall. The girl/guy ratio may be whatever it says up there but it feels like it's 9359385/200 sometimes, and out of those guys, about half are gay, which isn't nice if you're a straight girl like me. But that's not a big deal.

Now, the good: Academically, BU is good for my department (Archaeology) as well as many others. It has tons of libraries for all topics and many other resources. The classes would be huge, with all the students in the college, but like other big universities, they separate some classes into Lectures and smaller Discussions so that each student understands the material. I'm only a first-year, but only one of my classes is taught by a TA, and that's only in a few lectures a month.

Socially, everyone here is so friendly, or at least approachable. People don't mind if random strangers just go up to them, etc. Some people I know complain about cliques that form so quickly when the school year starts, but if you make the effort to meet people, tney are very accepting about talking to people outside of their clique.

What I love about the people here is diversity.. in all aspects. By the numbers, BU is pretty racially diverse, but what's more important is that everyone hangs out with everyone else. There are not many ethnic cliques, or people don't even seek out people of different races - they just hang out with who they feel like it, regardless of race.

Sexual orientation is also something that everyone is very accepting about. My friend jokes that at BU, you must first assume someone is gay, and then they can be proven straight, because there are so many homosexuals that everyone is just very open-minded about.

As for the Frat/Sorority scene, there are always good parties to go to on the weekend, but Greek life isn't that visible in BU.. Occasionally I'll see a girl with a sorority shirt, and they advertise Rush, but that's about it. There are also many many many clubs in other subjects, from religious organizations to something called the

People Watching Society.

Of course, there's the city of Boston.. Whether you like clubbing and going to bars, or you like film screenings and movie theaters, or like to listen to local and other bands play, everything's here right in Boston, or at least everything is accessible by the T. Harvard Square in Cambridge is right across the river and has lots of street performers and shops.

And as for the campus, it's not really a closed campus like in most colleges - Instead (what I like about BU) the schools and facilities of BU are integrated into the city of Boston. But if you still prefer the campusy feel, there are places with lots of grass like the BU Beach and West Campus Complex..

Dorms: According to Princeton Review ratings last year, BU got number one in Dorms like Palaces. I guess this is accurate.. I thought it was an average/small room, but according to my friends who go to other schools, our rooms are pretty nice. They come with desks, chairs, ports, dressers, mirrors, closets, and desk lights, though you probably would like to bring your own lamp anyway.

And dining: I don't know how to compare this to other schools, but for me, BU "cafeteria" food is not at all cafeteria. It's quite good, actually, and they have such a wide variety of meals (and icecream and cake and pie and cookies and Freshman 15), as well as Late Night every night with desserts and all that cal.

Hm.. let's see, I'm trying to think of what I forgot. Anyway, if there's any questions you can just email me by clicking on the link to the left. Overall, I just can't see myself going to any other college but Boston University.

                     
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questionI know archeology is way of engineering, but i was curious, hows the engineering department,the faculty,the students etc, if you would know, because your comment seems more mature than many I've read…thanks
questionThis was probably the only polite and objective review I've read so far. Thank you so much for that information, because it answered pretty much all my questions. I was wondering, however, how big the campus was. Is it concentrated in the city or spread out more throughout the city? I was also wondering if the freshmen campus was far away from main campus, like at Boston College? Thanks so much for your review!
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