Boston University Reviews
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Boston University has a wealth of knowledge and opportunity at one's finger tips. Whether or not a student decides to access these resources is up to one's potential. Unless student's are naturally inclined to being outgoing and seeking out places that they can make a difference in or even call home, it will take a considerable amount of effort to find the people and the opportunities that make Boston University a most memorable place. As long as students are not afraid to approach professors, raise their hands in class when they have a question and say the first hello to another student in the same predicament, they will find a community of acceptance that thrives on diversity and variety. Furthermore, Boston University has very rigorous academic programs, so students should not be terrified if they receive their first end of semester report filled with low marks. The university is notorious in curving down, so persistence is key. Luckily, many of the faculty members not only offer support outside of their classes, but they also sincerely care about the student's well-being and future aspirations. Making one's goals clear in any class or even any advising session is a must. Professors can only help students who help themselves. During my academic career I would have not succeeded to where I am had I not had faculty members who looked past my mistakes and instead at the perseverance I maintained throughout college. Expecting a high degree of difficulty can be depressing, but if students make themselves known in class and continually show up at office hours with the professor or the TA, they will be noticed and judged differently had they not made an appearance. Along with just showing up to class and external appointments, these meet ups offer students a chance for research opportunities, internships and even future careers. Boston University has an amazing community of faculty, alumni and students. Ultimately this university can help unlock the potential within every student, it just takes quite a bit of effort to find the resources available and then choose what opportunities he/she should take advantage of.
Boston University has a very large and diverse student body, with tons of options for what degree you can pursue or career you are interested in. However, the cost of attendance is likely its biggest weakness. Depending on your major, it seems hard to justify the cost of attendance if your desired field is not a particularly affluent one. However, if you know what field you are interested and can afford it, then the school is one of the best places to learn and grow, and I loved all 4 years I spend at BU. I majored in Human Physiology at Sargent College of Health Sciences, which prepared me well for medical school at SUNY Downstate, which I am currently attending. The professors throughout BU vary in terms of quality, as some are recruited purely for their research and have not had much experience teaching as a profession, but the difficult yet relevant coursework and lack of hand-holding really strengthens students for graduate programs--especially medical school. I am so glad that I was able to take gross anatomy with actual cadaver dissections, as well as neuroanatomy, systems physiology and cardiopulmonary pathophysiology while in undergrad. These classes really help put students in the mindset of a clinician and overall are of a higher quality than most programs I have heard of. In summary, BU has a high cost but can yield you extraordinary experience, growth as a person, and a host of opportunities pursue while in college or afterward.
Boston University is a great school for anyone who is looking for a non-traditional experience. BU offers a number of incredible opportunities outside of the classroom. I studied abroad twice, had four amazing internships, and graduated in 3 years. BU will take you out of your comfort zone so if that's something you're interested in, I urge you to consider it.
I think there are college programs that can prepare students to work in the arts. Boston University's program is not one of them. The graduation requirements were changed multiple times during my 3 years, meaning I often took classes that the following semester didn't count toward my degree. The program was unfocused, with the majority of my classes being outside of film in order to graduate on time. There is no network, and no training for how to get work. If you are interested in studying film theory, the program is fine, but for those interested in actual film production, BU is not the right program. In hindsight, I would absolutely have chosen a different school.
International Relations major in Pardee School of Boston University is very well-designed. The required courses are very useful to grant basic knowledge, and the great range of elective courses allow students to study on very specific topics or current events. Academic advisors are very helpful and they provide all opportunities in students' request towards their pursuit, such as direct study program and honor program. Many featured talks happen on campus are available to all students. Overall, it's a very good program to gain knowledge about our world.
Boston University, sprawling institution of higher learning, you provided me with a wonderful foundation for the things to come. This review is distanced a bit from my time there -- i'm writing this in February of 2017 and I graduated in 2011. I write currently as a a first year MFA candidate at The Juilliard School. I studied International Relations at BU, not drama, but Boston University played a part in my matriculation to Juilliard because of their inter-school minor system. I was able to study in the College of Arts and Sciences for my major while pursuing a minor in the College of Fine Arts. BU is recognized as having one of the best undergraduate theater programs in the country, so to be able to audition for shows and get experience in the program while simultaneously getting my degree in IR was a tremendous gift. In general, I would say that BU gives you as much as you can make of it. It's a large school (around 32,000 including graduate students), which means some of your classes are auditorium sized. I had close relationship with a few of my teachers, especially as my classes got more sophisticated in the second half of my education, but for the most part I had a professional and detached experience with my professors. There's not much of a centralized campus or quad; not a strong Fraternity or Sorority scene. In other words, the charms of the stereotypical college experience are few and far between at BU. What you will get is a long, embedded urban campus, plenty of school resources should you be proactive enough to search them out, the city of Boston as your campus (a great city to spend time in as a student), and a large and diverse student body. I can not stress this enough -- BU is large, it is in a city, and its not a particularly nurturing school. You should only apply and seriously entertain the notion of matriculating if you consider yourself the proactive sort, who's not yearning for an intimate college experience, but one where friends are found, Boston is to be explored, and you are willing to make the most of your own experience.
Boston University is an institution that challenged me to explore my boundaries. I participated in the study abroad program and lived outside of the US for the first time in my life. When I got back, I pursued research opportunities, became an RA, and got involved in the Boston communities. I believe that BU helped me greatly in my path towards medicine. Since graduating, I took two gap years and worked as a research assistant in the Boston-based laboratory. I have since moved on to becoming a medical student.
BYU is an amazing school. The environment and atmosphere is amazing. It was extremely difficult. I would say that it is just as hard as an Ivy League. The professors and staff care deeply about their students. They are always willing and able to help. I am grateful for all that I learned not only in my classes, but also from my professors. The Career Services helped me with my resume and how to act in an interview. I could have gone in for even more help. My teachers were more than willing to help me with things outside the classroom such as help studying for the GRE and help reviewing my Statement of Purpose for Graduate School. Because of their help, I was accepted to George Washington University and Boston University which are the number 14 and number 10 programs respectively for my program. Brigham Young University is also extremely cheap when compared to other schools (such as Boston University where I will be going for graduate school) but it does not give a cheap education. I would recommend attending BYU to any future student!
After reviewing a number of universities that offered Master's degrees in Criminal Justice (CJ), I selected Boston University - Metropolitan College. My reasons were many: 1) The recruiters were extremely helpful, and provided answers to all questions I had. They were extremely enthusiastic and encouraging. 2) Review of the available video testimonials from graduate students in the CJ program were very convincing of the many benefits of doing a Master's in CJ at BU. 3) The administrative people were extraordinarily helpful, and informative in not only answering my questions, but stepping me through the admissions process. 4) Throughout the program, all faculty members went above and beyond in assisting students through the 10 courses. 5) Regular contact with other students throughout the degree proved beneficial, in learning more about specific course materials that went above and beyond course content. All in all, a great experience. I highly recommend Boston University for anyone considering an online degree in Criminal Justice.
This is an excellent school. It fully prepared me and assisted me in finding a job soon after graduation. While there, I was surrounded by dedicated staff that helped me grow. The curriculum was challenging, but I always came out of classes feeling I had learned important content and material. The school itself is expanding. They are constantly building and improving the campus... not just during parent weekend! The school also has a strong international presence in its student body, as well as many study abroad options. Very happy with my time here!