These schools are similar to Boston University in key aspects like size, setting, and academics.
88% of students
Academics: If you're a humanities major, BU is absolutely worth looking into. I have only enrolled in one class that had more than 50 people (it had 60). All of the professors are genuinely interested in what you have to say, and most of the English professors are generous with extensions if needed. Dorms: If you live in the normal freshman dorms (Warren and West), tough luck. Try to get placed into one of the smaller halls if you can, unless you really want to socialize. Housing is really luck of the draw, but it is guaranteed as long as you pay your deposit on time. Food: Granby/Hillel is the best dining hall. Marciano is a solid second place with more variety. The GSU has lots of options, but it can get pricey if you eat there all the time. Social Life: BU is huge, so don't plan on a community automatically forming around you. Go to club meetings and on-campus events.
If you are an engineering major, your schedule will have absolutely no room for anything else. STEM majors make sure you get good professors because the classes are large, and office hours are a must.
City campus, great professors
It can certainly be hard to get good grades within Questrom, the school of Business but with good time management and practice study skills, it is most certainly achievable. The campus itself is one of my favorite parts of Boston since it's not your typical campus with all the buildings lined up alongside Commonwealth Avenue and it is extremely easy to venture out and into the city of Boston. The clubs at BU have a lot of potentials and can be extremely helpful in helping you with career goals.
The classes can be ridiculously hard and it is not easy to find internships or co-ops within the school so that requires extra work and exploration outside the campus.
I love the diversity of students, the excellence of the professors, and the dedication to learning. Also, there are so many exciting things to do on campus and any extracurricular you could think of. Community is not hard to find even though the campus is so big.
Sometimes it can be overwhelming to be in a city and if you don't actively try to find things to do, you can be lonely stuck at home.
How they treated marginalized students
My education has been wonderful. I have learned from the greatest professors in the industry and have met wonderful people along the way. BU is more than just a school, it’s an experience.
The food is not the best around campus.