Boston University - Comments and Student Experiences|
Do not come here unless you can pay the full price of the school. Otherwise, you aren't rich enough. You won't be able to afford the clothes and style of BU which makes it really hard to make friends. Also, you won't have the rich person mentality, which makes it hard to relate to the other students. People here are very close-minded. They have no patience for individuality. Do not come here if you are: free thinking, individualistic, non-conforming, and/or independent.
Also, if you are a legitimately intelligent person, this school is not for you. It in no way helps you think or grow. This school is for people who have a super inflated opinion of themselves and think they're smart but are actually just try-hards (who aren't even able to put in decent work!!!!).
One of the positives BU offers is a good name. Employers, for whatever reason, seem to think BU is a good school. So,if all you are looking for is a brand name, then maybe BU is a good choice for you. However, if you want a quality education, DO NOT GO TO BU.
Before I talk about my experience, I would like to say that I think some people can be happy at BU, but in my study of economics, I was less that thrilled. I undervalued the importance of a campus, which would have made the large school feel more like a community and less like I was just a number in such a huge institution. I luckily met some good friends, but they felt the same way. People just aren't as approachable with a school this big.
However, I was more frustrated with the academics. I realized (at least in economics) the smallest seminar courses are about 45 people per class, while most range from 60-200 people. The professors don't know you by name and they are very mechanical, all about going by the books and less about trying to apply what we are learning to the real world. Many of my classes aren't discussion-based, and I feel like I am just regurgitating information rather than really learning. A lot of professors just read off their lecture slides, and it has become apparent that many of them simply don't know how to teach. I finally understand the cons of being in a research institution because a lot of the faculty are just there for their research grants, but they aren't qualified whatsoever to teach. Additionally there are so many prerequisites for classes I found interesting, that between those and the large lecture hall distributional requirements, I wouldn't get to take interesting courses until junior or senior year (but since the classes are so big and most professors are so bad, they wouldn't even be worth it).
Ultimately the academics prompted me to apply to transfer. The administration didn't care at all about my transfer process and made my life impossible to try to transfer (one professor literally refused to sign the paperwork he needed to sign and my advisor said he couldn't help. Additionally no one knew who needed to fill out what paperwork and they wouldn't send in any of the transcript forms they needed to). The institution truly only cares about profits and number-crunching rather than the quality of life, and that came across in my school experience.This all being said, I've heard from some of my peers that the engineering program, psychology program, and a lot of the humanities are pretty good. Also the humanities classes are a good deal smaller, so maybe it would be worth it to any people looking in those majors, but my advice would be that for the cost, you are buying a brand name. Save your money and go to a more intimate school with professors that genuinely care about their students.