« on: August 05, 2004, 04:58:14 PM »
i was trying to decide between bu and bc a few months ago when i was making my decision. i looked at both schools, sat in a bunch of classes at both, and talked to countless students, proffs, deans, etc... also, im jewish and i ultimately chose BC (and am thrilled with my decision)...
here is my take on the situation:
bu or, Be-jew, as many of us local jews call the school, was attractive simply because it has such a high jewish population. i was quite apprehensive about bc simply because its undergrad is catholic. however, i found that, while it is affiliated with the church, it does have quite a few non-catholics, and even non-christians. the undergrad even has a Hillel! (fyi, Hillel is the national collegiate jewish organization). the law school is even more jewish... i was quoted by the dean and a bunch of jewish proffs as between 20 and 30%. keep in mind, that the school is in one of the most jewish parts of the country (newton, brookline, brighton, etc) so perhaps it is natural that a lot of jews end up there... i will even be living in a hassidic neighborhood next year! and, of course, there is a jewish law students society at both school. in the end, i didnt find the catholic thing to be an issue one bit. if you are looking for a super-jewish school (at least as far as the undergrad situation) then BU might be better. but i really cant complain about a 30% jewish population at bc.
as far as the reputation thing, here is what my cousin (who just retired as senior parther at palmer and dodge, also graduated from harvard) had to say (obviously im paraphrasing):
“bu has a bit more of a national presence, but not huge (though it is there). bc is the best local school to go to simply because of the alumni thing.”
i had heard that the faculty at bu was known as one of the best and id definitely say that they were all amazing. but not any more so than the proffs who i saw at bc. maybe i just got luckily in what classes i sat in on, but i really didnt see any appreciable difference between the proffs.
the ultimate 2 reasons why i chose BC over BU were these:
1) BU's law school is a hole. really, a disgrace! its also set up in a 14 story building... a setup that doesnt exactly encourage student-student and student-faculy interaction (as all the proffs offices are at the top and all the classrooms and library are at the bottom) BC's is all brand new and beautiful and very well setup. i have herd that BU is trying to get a new law school built. but not early enough to help me, unfortunately.
2) BC's students just seemed happier and were much more helpful. BC's environment was almost anti-competitive... to the point where you can find books in the library with pages already tabbed to help the next student who comes along! BU's was quite competitive... it felt like a big lawyer factory. however, all this is just what my gut told me and, therefore, quite subjective... so for those who are interested youll just have to see for yourselves.