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Choosing between Boston University and Cornell: opinions?

Hey, guys! I've been accepted to both Boston University and Cornell, and I'm a bit torn between the two. They're both awesome, but I'd appreciate any input on which one might be better for a biology major, campus atmosphere, or overall experience. Thanks a lot!

6 months ago

First off, congratulations on your acceptances! Both Boston University and Cornell are great schools, so you can't really make a wrong decision. I'll give you some insights to help you make a choice.

For a biology major, both schools have excellent programs. Cornell might have a slight edge in reputation and research opportunities, considering it's an Ivy League university and offers more access to faculty and research facilities. However, Boston University's strong emphasis on life sciences research still provides great resources for biology majors.

In terms of campus atmosphere, the two universities are quite different. Boston University is in the heart of Boston, a bustling city with lots to do and see. The campus is more integrated into the city, so if you prefer an urban environment with easy access to museums, theaters, restaurants, and other local attractions, BU might be a better fit.

Cornell, on the other hand, is in the quieter college town of Ithaca, NY. The campus is surrounded by scenic nature, which might appeal to you if you're interested in a more peaceful and outdoorsy experience. The school's community might feel closer-knit as well, given its more remote location and smaller surrounding town.

As for overall experience, this really depends on what you value most. If you prefer a lively urban environment with various off-campus opportunities and experiences, Boston University could be the right choice for you. On the other hand, if you're looking for a more serene setting with a strong emphasis on research and a potentially closer community, Cornell might suit you better.

It could be helpful to visit both campuses and talk to current students to get a feel for each school's environment. You might find that one resonates more with you than the other, making the choice easier. Good luck with your decision!

6 months ago

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