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Impressions Of
Boston University

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Reasons to attend and to not attend Boston University

To Attend

  • “First and foremost, if you come into BU with any goal, you can accomplish it. The resources are there for you to do that. There’s funding in all kinds of places that you couldn’t even imagine. No matter what field you want to study, you can find a program through extracurriculars or classes.” [See Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.]
  • “You’re in Boston, which is a great place to be as a young person. There are so many college students in Boston, so there’s a lot of youth culture.”
  • “The professors are some of the most knowledgeable people I’ve ever met in my life.”
  • “Being in a big city.”
  • “The diverse student body. One of the coolest things about BU is the diverse set of people I interact with and people who have become my best friends.” [About 37% of the student body is White and 22% are international students.]
  • “The resources as far as getting a job. It’s a great place to go for your career.” [92% of recent graduates found employment or other placement within six months of graduation.]

To Not Attend

  • “Weather. The winter’s terrible and the summer can be really humid.”
  • “If you’re intimidated by being in a large city with a lot of other students, this could be a hard thing to get over.”
  • “It’s really competitive and can feel cutthroat at times. Sometimes you’ll spend 80 hours in a week doing work and you have to wake up the next week and do it again. You have to be ready for that. You can accomplish the goals that you want, but you really have to know that that’s what you want to do.”
  • “If you don’t join a club, it can be hard to find a real friend group. I struggled a little bit freshman year and I know a lot of people who have as well, but if you get involved in clubs and are outgoing you will be able to make some long-lasting friends.”
  • “If you don’t like big classes.” [The average class size is 27 students and there is a 10:1 student-faculty ratio.]
  • “The grade deflation.” [See The Tab article and CBS News article where B.U. was ranked among the toughest grading in the U.S. and The Daily Free Press article, “Student Government investigates grade transparency.”]
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