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Boston University CGS

csham93csham93 Posts: 15Registered User New Member
edited May 2011 in Boston University
BU is my number one choice and i wanted to major biological studies, but I got into CGS instead. Anyone with any experience going there, or friends who are in CGS? whats it like, is it the same as any other college in BU? just anyones opinion or things they've heard, etc. thank you (:
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  • mdbjrmdbjr Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    Same question for me. Got into CGS and they said I could go into COM Film later. Are there people who get into COM Film without going to CGS first? If so, why the difference?
  • grigg02grigg02 Posts: 404Registered User Member
    I applied to CAS as an English major but was placed into CGS as well. BU seems really cool so i'm considering it but I got poor financial aid so I'm wondering if I should pick between Penn State or this...
  • courtkid1012courtkid1012 Posts: 18Registered User New Member
    Yea same here. I applied for management and put into CGS. I mean it doesn't look too bad. You can take 4 other courses in your intended major, but you have to take certain classes. Looks like a lot of history and understanding classes, but what do I know.

    Courses College of General Studies Academics | Boston University <-- classes
    General Studies | Boston University <-- CGS website
  • mdbjrmdbjr Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    I dunno if CGS will help me do the language or sci/math in the first two years that COM FILM wants. Also, I did alot of search on cc and others places today and it seems the other BU students have a real tude about CGS. You hear the same?
  • JenonymousJenonymous Posts: 541Registered User Member
    Okay, I got accepted to BU (which I'm happy about!) and applied under CAS, but I'm extremely disappointed that I didn't get into the program of my choice and rather got placed into CGS, and I've heard negative things about this ... I'm not too sure on how I should feel. I was happy at first when I read the "Congratulations" greeting, but then I was p!ssed when I read on ... I'm VERY thankful that I even got accepted, but :| I'm not feeling this at all. *sigh*

    Is there any way to switch into a different school (ie. CAS) if there's room?
  • fishymomfishymom Posts: 1,849Registered User Senior Member
    My daughter will be a freshman at BU next fall and has spent a bit of time at BU through her sport. She talked to other students about CGS and no one said anything negative, other than telling her about the crayons, glue, scissors joke. But seriously, it is just a little tease, like calling engineering school kids nerds. No one tells CGS kids they are inferior. And if someone does, they have a problem, not you. The CGS program is not a joke. It is an excellent, rigorous program, with top notch academic support for students. If BU is a school you very much want to attend, do not worry about CGS. Learn all you can about the program and make your decision based on what you have learned, not some ridiculous stuff you read on the Internet.
  • jets89jets89 Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    Hello everyone, I'm currently a junior at BU in CAS, and I started in CGS. I originally applied to the School of Management, but got referred to CGS. CGS is a great program that many people don't know a lot about. It's a 2-year program and after 2 years you get to continue to any of the other colleges as long as you meet the requirements, which you can learn more about by looking at CGS's website General Studies | Boston University While at CGS you'll be filling requirements you would need to be doing at all the other schools at BU, so you won't be behind. You also have one elective each semester to take classes outside of CGS to use towards your major. CGS is team taught, so you'll have the same classmates and professors freshmen year. This allows you and your professors to get to know each other, something unique to the CGS program. There are also opportunities to study abroad in London through BU either the summer of your freshmen year or fall semester sophomore year. I would suggest attending a CGS open house so you can learn more about CGS and get a feel for the program, as well as have all your questions answered. I hope this helps in your college decision, good luck.
  • colleges3colleges3 Posts: 52Registered User Junior Member
    Well I'm not sure if cgs is a good idea if your major is biology or something intensive like that which requires numerous courses and research work. The same applies if you want to be pre-med. since cgs is a 2yr program, they have their own requirements and focus intensely on liberal arts - not sure if thats your interest or not..
  • jets89jets89 Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    Actually colleges3, there are many students in CGS that are pre-med, CGS has students filling their writing, social science, and humanities requirements while taking an elective in an area of their choosing. CGS also accepts certain AP credits which can allow students to take more than one elective and place out a certain CGS course. CGS also offers study abroad programs over the summer for Humanities and Natural Science which allow students to place out of some of their CGS courses to take electives as well.
  • 0310050403100504 Posts: 27Registered User New Member
    My D was accepted to CGS. She currently studies 2 foreign languages and I am concerned that even one language might be hard to fit into the CGS schedule unless she took no other electives for 2 years
  • Fuelie79Fuelie79 Posts: 4Registered User New Member
    I also got placed in CGS. I initially was pretty ****ed off, but it really does not seem that bad. If I got more than $0 for financial aid, I would have loved to go. BU has always been my top choice, and it kills me that I can't go because I can't afford a full tuition. My brother couldn't finish his last year at NYU because my family is tight on money right now. I was thinking about appealing, but I don't know if I want to take the chance of getting nothing again after enrolling.
  • shoot4moonshoot4moon Posts: 756Registered User Member
    DD originally was extremely impressed with BU, and actually used it to motivate herself for her whole junior year. Applied ED - deferred. Very maturely elected to pursue other options both simultaneously and after the deferral, and fell in love with DePaul University. Both campuses very urbanized (would not have been my choice, but it is not about me)
    DePaul highlights the smaller classes, quarter system with 6 weeks for an internship or break at Christmas, has a terrific business program, and gave her a chunk of scholarship money. However, it seems much more commuter-like - I really got the sense that there is not a lot of school focus after freshman year outside of academics.

    BU is bigger, also in a big city, seems to have a much closer knit campus community, also has a great business school. Almost exactly twice the price, and she would do the first two years in College of General Studies, which was her second choice.

    We are going back to visit BU a second time, as it has been two years and many colleges since she fell in love with it, but I thought I would ask the knowledgeable posters their opinions as well....I see a lot of people insisting on this board that CGS is great, and the rate my professor reviews are quite good, but I am just wondering if it is worth exactly twice as much cash. There is no chance of need based aid, and as she is white, female, undeclared major, from a higher ses community I see few options for scholarships (although of course she is looking into).....

    Posters????
  • BUseniorBUsenior Posts: 67Registered User Junior Member
    "She is white, female, undeclared major, from a higher ses community..." Sounds like half of CGS. She'll fit right in. The other half are white, male undeclared majors from high-SES communities.
  • BUBaileyBUBailey Posts: 651Registered User Member
    I don't really think that is what shoot4moon was looking for in terms of whether her DD should go to CGS. I think it's a very personal decision that will come down to money. If you're willing to shell out for DD's dream school, that is your choice. Your daughter will not graduate from CGS; she'll graduate from BU. No employer will really know she was inCGS for 2 years. And I really have no issue with the program itself. I have many friends who were in it who absolutely loved it. And you get the chance to continue into another prestigious school within BU (CAS, COM, SMG, etc). But I don't know that any school is worth paying twice the price of another (barring the Ivies) in this economy. But if you can afford it...more power to you. I love BU and CGS is no exception. While feelings on this board are clearly mixed, I think the program is just fine, the community is smaller, the profs are great, etc.
  • NEMOM72NEMOM72 Posts: 60Registered User Junior Member
    Agree w/colleges3. Being in CGS and making a transition to an intensive science major could be a challenge if one wants to be on a four year program. My D is leaning either BMB or Chem for a major. Between the lectures, discussions, and labs for the sciences requirements and the CAS electives, her schedule and workload is definitely more intensive than her peers in CGS.
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