Admitted Students

Welcome to CGS

Get ready for the opportunity of a lifetime.

Throughout the month of April, we’ll be offering a series of virtual open houses to give you the opportunity to connect with students, faculty, advisors, and our deans. From interactive Zoom panels, to Instagram Q&A sessions, you’ll have several opportunities per week to ask your questions about life in the Boston University community. Check below for a list of upcoming events, a welcome message from Dean Natalie McKnight, and more resources to help you envision yourself at CGS.

Get to Know Our Community

Virtual Open Houses

Calendar of Events

All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

We Are CGS: Students, Faculty, and Deans Answer Your Questions, Zoom Panel, Register through MyBU Portal
April 3: 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
April 10: 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
April 17: 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
April 24: 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Ask A Terrier: An Inside Look at BU Student Life, CGS Instagram
Karsten Grape, April 6, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jo Nichols, April 9, 7-9 p.m.
Aile Cheng, April 13, 9-11 a.m.
Emma Waltz, April 16, 4-6 p.m.
Graham Rodes, April 20, 2-4 p.m.
Anastasia Boulos, April 23, 7-9 p.m.
Ana Obergfell, April 27, 2-4 p.m.

Ask An Advisor: Your Academic Pathway Through Boston University, CGS Instagram
Matt Bae, April 15, 2-4 p.m.
Heidi Chase, April 22, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Jeffrey Sierra, April 29, 8-10 a.m.

Dean's Welcome

Dean’s Address: The Top Ten Reasons Why CGS May Be Right for You

Dean Natalie McKnight welcomes you to the College of General Studies with a video presentation on why CGS may be the right fit for you, from your gap semester to your path to BU’s other schools and colleges.

Mock Lecture

Interdisciplinary Teaching in Action: A Mock Lecture with CGS Faculty

Sit in as three of our faculty members model CGS’s interdisciplinary curriculum by examining one subject through the lenses of humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Welcome Panel

We Are CGS: Students, Faculty, and Deans Answer Your Questions

Our community is going live on Zoom every Friday in April to answer your questions about the CGS curriculum, pathways through BU, how to spend your gap semester, and more. Learn more about how to join or watch previously recorded sessions.

Student Life

Ask A Terrier: An Inside Look at Boston University Student Life

Looking for an inside look at what life is like as a BU student? Our students are taking over our Instagram throughout the month to talk about their BU experience and answer all of your questions. Here’s how to tune in or rewatch.

Academic Advising

Ask An Advisor: Your Academic Pathway Through Boston University

From the moment you commit to BU, our academic advisors are there to be your guide on everything from how to spend your gap semester to your academic pathways to a degree BU. Join them on Instagram throughout the month as they answer your questions.


All About CGS

Helpful Handouts

CGS At-a-Glance

The CGS Experience

1,200 students. 4 academic divisions. 56 faculty members. 0 teaching assistants. The College of General Studies’ unique approach explained, from gap semester through Capstone.

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Student Testimonials

The Student Perspective

What is it like starting your first semester of college in January? Do you have any advice for future CGS students? Our students share their answers to these questions and more.

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CGS Courses

This one-page guide walks you through your what your first two years of courses will look like, including a solid grounding in each of the four divisions, as well as electives in your major.

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Alumni Spotlight

Where CGS Can Take You

Our alumni have gone on to success in all fields. Meet some of our most notable alumni, including a nonprofit site director, a founder and CEO of a marketing company, and an oceanographer and documentary filmmaker.

Meet Our Alumni
Faculty Spotlight

An Interdisciplinary Team

Our faculty are experts in the fields of rhetoric, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics. And they teach all lectures, hold all office hours, and grade all work.

Meet Your Faculty

Your Gap Semester

Your gap semester is a world of possibilities. Where will yours take you? We’ve provided a list of recommended programs to help you get the most our of your #My100Days experience.

Plan Your Gap

The BU Community

Admissions Resources

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Virtual Events

Admitted Students Events

Virtual events sponsored by the Admissions Office will address all your questions on financial assistance, logistics for international students, and more.

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Virtual Tour

Explore Comm. Ave.

If you can’t be on campus, this virtual tour is your next best thing. Get to know Commonwealth Avenue with a virtual tour of Boston University.

Welcome Video

Dean of Students Address

Join Kenneth Elmore, Dean of Students, as he details student life at Boston University, including BU’s residential community and campus student groups.

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Financial Aid

BU is committed to making your college experience affordable. Learn more about paying for college, and plan to attend a virtual financial aid info session.

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Your To-Dos

CGS Checklist

Your BU journey is about to begin. Now what? Click here for important steps to take to get you ready for what comes next.

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Your Account

MyBU Portal

Your MyBU portal is your key to registering for our live open house events on Zoom, as well as for other important admissions documents.

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Connect With Us

Get acquainted

Join us for Summer or Winter Orientation

No matter where you are coming from, University Orientation is designed to make your transition into a large university easier, as well as introduce you to life in Boston.


Share and Connect with #BU2024

We want to follow you on your adventures, from when you’re accepted through commencement. Tag us in your #BU2024 posts and we’ll reshare!


Connect with Your Classmates

The CGS 2024 Facebook group is the perfect place to connect with your classmates. Join to meet your team members, ask questions, or plan meetups on campus.


Picture Yourself Here

Can you see Boston University as your home for the next four years?  Explore the rest of the our website to see what else the CGS Experience can offer you, from your gap semester, to London, to Capstone.