Last week I toured the Boston University campus while my son Ryan took his organic chemistry final. There is no question that I had more fun that day! He spent his summer as a visiting student studying organic chemistry, working at the BU recreation center and participating in early morning swim practices. During his free time, he attended several Red Sox games and checked out the local eateries. There is a lot happening on the BU campus all year round!
BU’s campus is located along a one-mile stretch of Commonwealth Avenue and is just steps away from the Charles River and Fenway Park. Students here utilize the city of Boston and all it has to offer: museums, restaurants, nightclubs, etc. BU boasts of having several “T” (Boston’s subway) stops right on campus.
There are approximately 18,000 undergraduates and the student body is diverse. More than 159 countries and all 50 states are represented. 81-percent are from outside Massachusetts. Students at BU say that they value the ethnic, racial and religious diversity on campus.
Students studying at BU have many academic choices. Standout colleges within the university include: the College of Health and Rehabilitation Science: Sargent College, The College of Engineering, The College of Communication and The Questrom School of Business. The Business School ranked #25 by Bloomberg Businessweek’s Best Undergraduate Business Schools for 2014. Questrom students are required to complete a semester-long project focused on new product development.
BU advises all students to participate in experiential learning on and off campus. Students are advised to hold at least one internship before graduation. Many BU students intern at museums, TV stations, Fortune 500 companies, and hospitals in Boston and beyond. Boston University encourages students to have a study abroad experience as well. There are over 100 abroad opportunities available to BU students. Students may also choose to study domestically at BU study away locations in LA and Washington DC. The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) helps facilitate undergraduate, on campus research in both the physical and social sciences.
There are more than 500 student clubs and activities on campus. Student athletes can participate in one of the 20 Div. I sports teams or join one or more of the club and intramural sports teams. Greek life is active on campus, but it is not the center of the social scene. Community service is popular. Fitrec, BU’s beautiful recreation center, offers strength training equipment, cardio machines, a swimming pool and group exercise classes.
Housing is guaranteed all four years. Students have the option of living in traditional dorms, living and learning communities and suite-style housing. Many of the beautiful old brownstones on Bay State Road serve as theme houses and fraternity houses. My son lived on Bay State Road this summer in a brownstone that serves as the “Music House” during the traditional school year.
Admissions and Financial Aid
Admissions told me that the most competitive applicants often take four years of the five core subjects: English, math, science, history and foreign language. BU superscores the SAT and often considers the highest subscores of the ACT. For students planning on studying engineering and business, high school calculus is highly encouraged. Highly competitive applicants are encouraged to apply for the Presidential and Trustee Scholarships.
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