Really?! (addressed to all the bolded items) All of this sounds great and very reassuring! The bars and profs sound fun too. Of course, from what I've heard BU has some phenomenal professors. The most interesting thing to me was that BU no longer ranks; I read on another recent post of yours (because I wanted to see if you'd mentioned it anywhere else) that this is a recent change. Did they just start, or I should say stop, class ranking during the 2006-2007 year? And is this info (about no longer ranking the class and about only receiving a grade in two classes during first semester) anywhere on BUSL's website (because I don't remember seeing it but wish I had if it's on there somewhere)? Thanks for the valuable information!
they stopped ranking students in the 2005-2006 class (i.e. my one L class). so when i came in 2005, we all thought we would be ranked, but then they sent out an e-mail telling us that the ranking thing is done. so yes, it's very recent. and the info is sort of on the website: it's in the student handbook (probably in the "registrar" section). as far as the class set up, i don't know if it's on the website... nobody really talks about it as a big perk of BU, but to me it's HUGE.
you'll see when you start that everyone first semester is lost and confused and stressed; everyone seems to forget that they only have two classes that count during the first semester learning curve. so, e.g., a friend of mine did really bad first semester and he even had a C+ in one class. but now he's doing great: last semester he got an A+ in a class, that means out of 100 students he got the highest grade. if he started at a school where first semester counts as much as the others, his GPA would be permanently screwed.
more or less, same thing happened with me. first semester my two grades were a B and a B-. those are the two lowest grades i've had since being in law school. but because first semester counts for so little, by GPA now is great.
so i see it as a huge benefit that you can stress out first semester, but ultimately know that you have a buffer zone while you're learning the ropes... maybe other schools do the same thing. i have no idea... maybe you should call the registrar's at your other potential schools and ask?
moocow...thank you so much! i've been stressing over my decision to go to BU too. after reading what you said, and seeing how much someone who goes there actually likes it, i'm feeling a whole lot better! thank you so much!
i'm glad! all of my friends really like it here! let me know who your professors are when you find out, i'll give you the low down on them...