No other city in the world can compete with Boston's remarkable concentration of history, higher education institutions, and culture. The city provides many opportunities for internship and research positions as well. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) helps students locate research positions both within and beyond the university; BU's Center for Career Development works to provide students with the resources they need to get internships or part-time jobs in any number of fields. Boston is a world-class center for attractions including museums, libraries, baseball at Fenway Park, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and a thriving theater district. In fact, students make up 20 percent of Boston's population during the academic year.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
Boston University's academic and athletic facilities are some of the best in the country. The Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC) is home to teaching space, a full carpentry and machine shop, a metals foundry, and laboratories; while the Photonics Center houses state-of-the-art laboratories devoted to developing new light-based technologies. The Student Village provides first-rate recreation, athletics, high-rise apartments, and dining. The Village includes the Fitness and Recreation Center and Agganis Arena, offering space for University sporting events as well as concerts and family shows. The University also offers the Yawkey Center for Student Services, which houses the Center for Career Development, Educational Resource Center, Pre-Professional Advising Offices, and Marciano Commons, a two-story dining hall.
Boston University has one of the world's most extensive study abroad programs. Among the University's 100+ programs are language and liberal arts programs; programs that combine studies with internships; fieldwork programs for students wishing to pursue academic or scientific research; and summer programs. Programs are available in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Guatemala, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey. There are also programs available in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.
Student Organizations & Activities
Boston University students are extremely engaged, participating in academic clubs, cultural or religious organizations, and community service groups. There are more than 450 student organizations and more than 50 intramural and club sports that students can participate in. You can get involved with organizations such as Alianza Latina, Holistic Yoga Society, BU Habitat for Humanity, the Debate Society, or the Alpine Ski Team. A separate student government exists at each school and college to manage student affairs, and the Student Union includes members who represent all schools and colleges within the university.
Continuing the theme of wide-ranging options, BU undergraduates divulge that student “life at BU is anything you want it to be.” Because of BU’s location in “the heart of Boston,” “the city itself is like our campus”, and BU undergrads can mingle freely with Boston’s many other college students students in nearby Cambridge, Somerville, Allston, and Brookline. Students are rarely bored because “there’s always something interesting going on onand off-campus”: campus life boasts “a lot of clubs and activities to get involved in,” as well as “house parties,” “BU hockey games,” and “frat parties,” while students’ access to Boston spans everything from “a run along the Charles River” to “shopping on Newbury or in Harvard Square” to frequenting “plays and ballets and museums” and the many local “clubs and bars.” Students strive to maximize the best of both sides of BU life, “prid[ing] themselves on being able to find balance in living strong academic lives and exciting social lives as well.” Students seem satisfied with the choices they do end up making, reporting that BU life is “wonderful” and that “there is more to do than you will be able to find the time for.”