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Boston U.-what's great about it?

weltschmerz89weltschmerz89 Posts: 48Registered User Junior Member
edited October 2008 in Boston University
So I'm also considering Boston U. as a place to transfer to; however, I feel as though actual students from the university could provide much more detailed pros about what Boston U. has got that makes it a more worthwhile school than others.
So what do you guys feel is great about Boston U.?
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Replies to: Boston U.-what's great about it?

  • DevilsruleDevilsrule Posts: 809Registered User Member
    Here are a few of the things I like:

    -Gives you a big school atmosphere and a smaller school atmosphere at the same time. The overall community is very large and diverse, allows for TONS of clubs, resources, activities, course offerings, etc. At the same time, the school is divided up into smaller colleges and communities, allowing for a more intimate and personal experience. So you really get the best of both worlds when it comes to this.

    -The city itself. Boston is without a doubt the greatest college city in the country. You will be surrounded by some of the smartest and most intellectual people you will ever meet, not only here at BU, but across the river at Harvard and MIT, south at Northeastern, west at BC, etc. The city is pretty much tailor made for a college experience. It has all the charm and history, restaurants and entertainment, but without the overly crowded and busy feel of NYC.

    -The reputation. People are always really impressed when I mention my school at a job interview. The degree and the name hold such a great weight in the national market. BU is seen as a premier institution, perceived as a much greater school than its silly US News ranking might hint.


    While there are a bunch of things, these are the main reasons why I like it here so much.
  • Aztec09Aztec09 Posts: 298Registered User Junior Member
    a bunch of females
  • DevilsruleDevilsrule Posts: 809Registered User Member
    ^^Add that to my list
  • ZamzamZamzam Posts: 854Registered User Member
    The 60/40 female/male ratio is pretty nice.

    I personally think that BU's strength is diversity. Not so much ethnic diversity (unless you think a lot of Jewish and Asian folk is "diversity") but the fact that BU has so many strengths in so many areas.

    Academically, you have one of the largest course catalogs around at your disposal: you can take all sorts of languages (ranging from French and Spain to Arabic and Wolof), you can take finance classes from SMG or wine-tasting classes from SHA, you can learn to a new instrument at CFA or how to dance at FitRec, and even within majors, you can pick your own path. As an IR major, I can choose from 4 different Regional tracks and 6 different Functional tracks, and some of those tracks have 2 or 3 sub-tracks to choose from (Central/Eastern Europe and Intelligence, in my case).

    Outside of academics, there are so many things to do, you'll always feel like there's another club you want to join. There are pre-professional groups (for those that like that sorta thing), there are cultural groups, there are religious groups, there are club sports, and there are artistic groups ranging from chorus groups (from choir to our myriad a capella groups) to Indian dance. I really enjoyed Club Fencing, but it's really a sport you need to be in shape to enjoy (squatting for an hour is mighty uncomfortable). There are also a couple academic activities to get involved in: I know CAS has a student government (CAS Forum), but I don't know about the other schools.

    Oh, and FitRec is simply beautiful. The pool is so nice, and there's a hot tub to wind down in after you swim.

    There are also ample restaurants to choose from for weekend splurges. (Not exactly cheap, but definitely delicious, and so, so worth it.)
  • LergnomLergnom Posts: 6,645Registered User Senior Member
    You need to think about what you don't like about where you are, what you want, what you study, etc. Since you're transferring, you went through the selection process once. Ask yourself what went wrong.
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