New Student Checklists

Ready? Set? Go!

We know you are as excited to join the BU community as we are to have you. So take a few minutes to check out the information below about important steps remaining to become a full-fledged Terrier. You will find links to health and emergency contact forms, how you will get your Terrier Card to make it all official, and checklists to keep you on track.

Certificate of Immunization


Before the start of classes, you must complete and submit a health form and Certificate of Immunization form to Student Health Services. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires immunizations to be completed prior to enrollment. For details on the required immunizations, visit bu.edu/shs/resources/forms/fys.

BU Alert System


All students must provide Boston University with their appropriate emergency contact information before registering for classes at University Orientation. In the event of a campus emergency, this information will be used to notify students. To learn more about this notification system, visit bu.edu/ehs/faqs/bu-alert.

Student Link


The Student Link provides direct access to public and personal academic, financial, and institutional data maintained in the University’s central computer system.

In the spring, you will receive an email with information on how to set up your Boston University email account and password, and this login information will also be used to access the Student Link. This login must be set up before you attend the University Orientation. If you are unable to set up your BU email address or still have questions, please contact the Information Services & Technology Help Center at 617-353-4357 or ithelp@bu.edu.

BU Identification Card (Terrier Card)


All Boston University students are issued a Terrier Card with an assigned University I.D. number that will be used for all University records including registration, class adjustments, and access to the telephone information system.

Your new Terrier Card will be issued during the University Orientation session. Photo identification must be presented to receive a new card. Valid identification includes a driver’s license, state identification card, or passport. The Terrier Card is valid for on-campus identification only.

Health Insurance and Medical Care


Massachusetts law requires all students who are enrolled in at least 75% of the full-time curriculum to have medical insurance. Students who can not demonstrate coverage under a qualifying medical insurance plan are required to purchase the University’s student health insurance plan.

International students, please be aware that there is no socialized or national system of health care in the United States, and medical treatment is extremely expensive. All international students and international exchange visitors at Boston University are required to have appropriate medical insurance coverage. Students in these categories are automatically enrolled in the Boston University Student BASIC Plan and their student accounts are charged for the coverage.

If the student has a comparable level of health insurance coverage, a Medical Insurance Waiver may be completed to waive participation in the plan. The completed Medical Insurance Waiver form and proof of insurance must be received by Student Accounting Services no later than September 30, 2015, to waive participation for the 2015-2016 academic year. Before filing your Fall 2014 Medical Insurance Waiver, carefully read the Comparable Coverage guidelines to make sure your insurance plan meets the strict requirements to qualify for the waiver. There are very few outside plans that do qualify.

To view your personal medical insurance status or to waive or confirm the medical insurance charge, visit the Student Link.

For more information about student medical insurance: