Academic Resources

Our first bit of advice? Take advantage of our advising services.

Whether it’s academic counseling or career guidance, one thing is certain: we’ll make sure you get the best advice out there. Our new Center for Student Services is home to the Center for Career Development, the Educational Resource Center, the Arts & Sciences Writing Program, the Pre-Professional Advising Office, and the College of Arts & Sciences Student Academic Life Office. But it’s not the only place where you can get help. Take a look:

Academic Advising

Do you know which classes you should take to meet your academic and career goals—and when? An academic advisor can help you make the right choices.

Academic advising is a priority at Boston University. Each school or college offers the service individually so that students get the best possible guidance in keeping with their personal interests and the specific requirements of their program.

No matter which school or college you belong to, you’ll find someone readily available to help you chart your academic path. Please see the individual school and college websites for further details.

Career Resources

Many students find themselves wondering how to get from college to their dream job. BU offers a variety of resources to help you find the most direct route.

The Center for Career Development is the advising center available to the entire University. This office provides a wide range of activities:

  • Internship recruiting
  • Career fairs
  • Seminars covering each phase of the career planning and search process
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume critiquing
  • Networking events with alumni

The center has a career resource library featuring job and internship listings for a multitude of career fields. You’ll also find reference materials on occupational exploration, career development and job hunting.

In addition, many of our schools and colleges have their own career centers, that focus on careers in their particular areas of concentration. These offices feature:

  • Discipline-specific job and internship listings
  • Workshops on interviewing and resume writing
  • On-campus recruiting
  • Networking with alumni of the school or college.

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in law, medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine, take advantage of our Pre-professional Advising Office. They can advise you on the application process, curriculum and professional school admission requirements for these fields. They also organize meetings and workshops and maintain a library of information on health-related careers.

Academic & Research Facilities

You need a lot of room and resources to educate more than 16,000 undergraduates. In addition to our 481 classrooms, Boston University has 23 libraries, over 140 research centers and over 2,000 laboratories. A few of the facilities that may be of special interest to you:

Mugar Library alone offers more than 2 million volumes, 4 million microform items and thousands of current serial subscriptions. Students also have access to any of 16 additional academic and research libraries within the Boston Library Consortium. The Mugar Library’s Department of Special Collections houses more than 100,000 volumes of rare books. Other treasures include historical documents from the 16th century to the present, including early editions of Dante and the papers of Abraham Lincoln, Robert Frost, Theodore Roosevelt and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Life Science & Engineering Building opened in 2005 with 187,000 square feet of labs, offices and conference and seminar rooms. Among the current projects: developing a library of molecules for biological research and drug development.

The Photonics Center is an $82.2 million laboratory facility devoted to new, light-based technologies for industrial and consumer products. Stop by to see a unique collection of light-based art.

The Boston University Theatre, formally opened in 1925, is also known as “America’s first civic playhouse.” It shows student-run and professional productions from the Huntington Theatre Company, BU’s theatre-company-in-residence.

You may also want to learn more about the following BU locations. Click on the names for individual websites.

Centers and Institutes

You can locate any of our academic and research facilities on a campus map.

Tutoring and Peer Support

Suppose your reading comprehension in Spanish class is excellent, but you’re tongue-tied when called on to speak. Or maybe you’re about to enter BU as a freshman and wish you had an ally to teach you the ins and outs of campus life.

What you’re looking for is here: peer support, tutoring services, language conversation groups and help with study and writing skills.

The Educational Resource Center (ERC) offers group programs and individual support to help you succeed, from your first day on campus until you fling your graduation cap in the air.

All of these services are available at the ERC:

The Writing Center offers one-on-one sessions to help you polish your writing skills, including the initial step of generating ideas. You can also sign up for workshops on grammar and writing research papers.

Peer Tutoring is available at no charge to undergraduates. ERC recruits the best students from across the University to work as tutors across all disciplines.

Freshman Resource Advisors are student volunteers from the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS). They help incoming CAS freshmen (and transfer students too) make an easier transition to Boston University. You’ll find similar services offered through our other schools or colleges.

The Language Link can help you improve your foreign language skills in small, informal conversation groups led by native and accomplished speakers. It’s a great way to practice and have fun in 12 different languages.

For more information and a complete list of services, visit the Educational Resource Center website.