Boston University Reviews

  • 45 Reviews
  • Boston (MA)
  • Annual Tuition: $53,948
88% of 45 students said this degree improved their career prospects
89% of 45 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Bianca Tocci
  • Reviewed: 1/13/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"The institution of Boston University became my home away from home. The staff within the department of psychology cared deeply for their students and worked tirelessly to ensure student success. The degree you receive upon graudation is incredibly well earned as the classes are both rigorous and throught provoking."
Ana
  • Reviewed: 12/28/2019
  • Degree: Graphic Design
  • Graduation Year: 2010
"BU is an amazing school and I loved my time there. The graphic design program was great. It has changed a lot since I was there and has gotten even better. The college of fine arts is small and intimate in such a higher school. I highly recommend it. The professors and staff in CFA go out of their way to get to know you and help you pursue your goals."
Lauren Nicole
  • Reviewed: 11/20/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"Upon entering BU, I would highly advise an incoming student to enter into the school in which they are planning to get their degree from. I was placed in the College of General Studies (CGS). Since there was a core curriculum I had to complete, I wasn't given much opportunity to explore different areas of study during my freshman and sophomore year. However, once I entered into the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) to focus on my psychology degree, I enjoyed my experience a lot more. I was allowed to take many more classes that I was interested in now that I was entering into my major. During my time in CAS I had a lot of great professors who clearly enjoyed their subject matter. My favorite types of classes were the seminars, which only had about 15-20 students and were more discussion based. All in all, if you choose a psych degree, you will be in a great program with lots of great professors who provide awesome opportunities."
formerly traumatized student
  • Reviewed: 10/15/2019
  • Degree: Biomedical Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"Individual experience in this department is greatly dependent on your advisor/lab. There are many ambitious and political research professors here but if yours is not powerful and decent be prepared for an uncertain and unfriendly experience. Competition is stiff among graduate students and the culture is awkward, relations among faculty were similar. I recommend careful consideration and planning before entering this program and if you do enroll have an exit strategy. If things aren't great after the first year they will likely get much worse. Also investigate the typical career prospects for a phd graduate; a PhD creates some interesting industry opportunities and ideally but you will need to take the initiative to tailor your experience for an industry job, otherwise satisfying academic careers are nearly non-existent."
JS
  • Reviewed: 10/3/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Boston university. Although I did not end up going into the field that my degree is in, I feel the information I gained has helped me not only in every day life but in my new career as well. The university is very welcoming of students that are different and non-traditional, which is something hard to come by."
Student
  • Reviewed: 7/31/2019
  • Degree: Political Science
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"My experience with Boston University was very mixed. There were definitely some great parts- the diversity and classes available. I also encountered a lot of frustrations. 1) Study Abroad: During my time at BU, there were no study abroad opportunities in my desired location. That is fine, BU offers the option to create your own study abroad program. The way in which I had to go about doing it was very difficult, with a lot of red tape. It wasn't a nice, simple process as it should've been. I went abroad Summer after Freshman year and Spring and Summer of my Junior Year. Communication about preparations for graduation during my second time abroad were delayed, and caused the second issue I've had with Boston University. 2) Graduation: Due to my external study abroad program, my documentation for my graduation got delayed. Therefore, my diploma says 2013, even though I finished course work in 2012. I was already working a job in 2012. I was under the impression that my diploma was going to be mailed directly to me after graduation, but I never received it. I had to go, in person, to Boston University to get it resolved. I never received any communication from the University about my status not being changed to "Graduated". 3) Boston University Finance/Collections: Because of the issue with my graduation date, my documentation for loans was messed up. I was able to resolve all other issues of student loans with my other services, but apparently Boston University was handling a Perkins Loan taken out for me. Communication has been way less than acceptable at this point. I reached out recently since the account is showing up as a negative account on my credit, and tried to set up a payment plan. Nobody there has been able to communicate effectively with me providing me with any sort of answers. I am beyond frustrated, as I am trying to do what is right in paying the debt back but am met with blocker after blocker. On top of this, they have been sharing information inappropriately via email- sending links to external vendors with the account number included in the same body. Basically, I am very happy with the education I received (although my degree is not related at all to what I'm doing now) but am exceedingly disappointed in the administration. I guess that's what you get when you attend a giant school. Still, I am very, very disappointed."
Samantha Leahon
  • Reviewed: 6/21/2019
  • Degree:
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"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 the year I spent there. I was only there for my senior year, as I had come from a smaller school that merged with BU. I enjoyed the spirit of Boston University, where the students are inspired and eager to learn. The professors encourage professionalism and intelligence. There are unique, small programs that are engaging, challenging, and enjoyable. In the school of education, there are professors who will go above and beyond to support you in any way that you need. I felt supported throughout my time at Boston University.Boston University was a challenging school to attend. There are amazing professors, and you will learn a lot, but you must work hard to complete your degree. 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. Attending Boston University was more than an education, it was a learning experience in all the best senses of the word."
Sandra Soto
  • Reviewed: 6/19/2019
  • Degree: Elementary Education
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"The School of Education at Boston University is uniquely positioned to offer undergraduates a rare combination: the opportunity to forge strong connections with kind and caring scholars within a tightly-knit community along with access to a very wide array of research assistantships, clubs and extracurricular activities, and jobs and internships in the broader Boston community. During my time at BU, I worked off-campus with the Boston University's Initiative for Literacy Development and Intergenerational Literacy Program, both of which were incredibly impactful experiences and helped prepare me as I studied to become a teacher. I also worked on campus as a Resident Assistant, represented the School of Education as a senator in student government, and volunteered with the Empowerment League within the Community Service Center, all of which were overwhelming positive experiences. However, BU is a large university and many, especially those studying in the College of Arts and Sciences, do find it to be a difficult place to find community. I was able to form relationships with professors and other students that I still cherish today by proactively researching all that BU had to offer and getting involved with a number of organizations during my first year. It was not my first choice when I initially applied, but it turned out to be the perfect place for me!"
SandraT
  • Reviewed: 5/18/2019
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2007
"Excellent school. Excellent Program. I was between job and wanted to get into technology. Because of my degree, I had a job offer before I even graduated. The online program was well designed. Instructors and TA's were always available to help or answer questions. My online classmates were intelligent and reliable. Attending and graduating from BU was the best decision I have ever made."
Daniel Ehrenpreis
  • Reviewed: 5/1/2019
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"Boston University offers an incredible network of intellectual peers, esteemed professors, worldwide opportunities, cultural diversity, and the ability to freely develop yourself. You may be wondering, "is it truly worth the cost?", and my response is "yes!" My time at Boston University was one of personal growth, adaptation, and recognition. Starting college at 17 years old, I was able to hone in on what I was truly interested in, and the biggest influencing factor was being encompassed by a wide-range of peers with career interests ranging from film and television communications to gastronomy. On top of the incredible people that you will meet, being able to study in a major city opens the door for opportunities into any sort of field that you may be interested in! The city of Boston is a fun and historical place to explore, which truly fed my curious nature. Whether you want to go to the Museum of Fine Arts (Free for all Boston University student, by the way), eat authentic Chinese cuisine in downtown Chinatown, or just walk the esplanade around the Charles River, everything is literally a step away from campus! Additionally, Boston University focuses on providing the most "bang-for-your-buck" in looking beyond academics to focus on career goals and opportunities. The career center at Boston University provides any individual (currently or previously) affiliated with the institution to find internships in the area, scholarships for post-graduate pursuits, and even application/resume aid. Being apart of a vibrant community of scholars in the heart of an eclectic city, will open your eyes to a whole new world of community and potential! Boston University has lead me to my greatest passions and will always be the institution that has shaped me into the person I am today!"
Andres Pazos
  • Reviewed: 4/23/2019
  • Degree: English
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"I attended Boston University and graduated in 3 and a half years. I loved the changing of the seasons and how easy it was to navigate BU's campus. Not to mention the school pride demonstrated on an annual basis with the Bean Pot. What I enjoyed most about attending BU was the classes coupled with the ability to live and thrive in the city of Boston. In addition, the ability to meet and make friends with students from so many other schools such as North Eastern, BC, Harvard, MIT, Emannual, and Simmons to name a few. I'd Highly recommend BU to anyone."
Allison O'Malley
  • Reviewed: 3/18/2019
  • Degree: Political Science
  • Graduation Year: 2009
"Boston University was one of the best things to happen to me. I was able to study such a wide array of subjects and it opened the world to me. Boston University has an amazing study abroad program. This was the thing that really cemented my love for BU. While I did not find my true career passion there, I was exposed to the most unbelievable experiences."
Cameron Nurse
  • Reviewed: 6/4/2018
  • Degree: Biomedical Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Boston University is a great institution. It is a world class university that employs an extremely rigorous curriculum. During my time there i evolved as a man and as a student. It was a strenuous stretch of years. However, i am eternally grateful for the experience that was bestowed upon me."
Matt Proulx
  • Reviewed: 4/30/2018
  • Degree: Accounting
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Absolutely would not recommend if you have Republican based political views. Boston University is a predominately liberal shool and if you even attempt to present another political view you will receive nasty comments from other students. This school prides itself on diversity but again, if you are a republican you will not be welcomed. BU makes it clear that they only respect the left and could care less about the students that have other views given their past emails regarding the 2016 presidential election. This school is dilusionally liberal and makes students with opposite views unwelcome and afraid to speak up and show what they believe in because you will be subject to any hatred a major portion of these students will show."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 8/11/2017
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Boston University is a great school with a rigorous Biology curriculum. The downside is that the university is expensive with increasing tuition each year and no increase in financial aid. There is also not much diversity or support for multicultural students."
Ferid Azemi
  • Reviewed: 8/1/2017
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2011
"Boston University, is one of the best. This is the best school, with perhaps the best professors in the US. I have completed Master degree of Criminal Justice, and this institution requires to keep your GPA:3.00 or higher, or else you would be kicked out of a program. I think this is the best university for the best students. Minimum requirement GPA: 3.00 and two years of time, if you are committed, you will do it, and you can do it, just as i did. I strongly recommend those who want reputable university ( top 100 the best world universities), and achieve great academic success."
Summer Mundon
  • Reviewed: 4/5/2017
  • Degree: Mechanical Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
Vincent J. Sinatra
  • Reviewed: 3/24/2017
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
Ellen H.
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2017
  • Degree: Political Science
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
Kendra Long
  • Reviewed: 2/28/2017
  • Degree: Film Production
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"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."