A Welcome Letter from Dean Natalie McKnight
Dear Parents and Families,
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the College of General Studies (CGS)! I want to encourage you to partner with us in helping your students have the richest, most rewarding undergraduate experience possible while they are at CGS and when they continue into the college from which they will graduate. You and your students are now part of the CGS family, a very supportive and extensive group of faculty, staff, current students and alumni that students can benefit from throughout their academic careers and beyond.
We hope you will use this webpage to find information on our academic and co-curricular programs, as well as tips on planning for the gap semester, move-in, studying in London, engaging in undergraduate research projects, and more. We also hope we get to see you in person during Friends & Family Weekend, parents’ receptions during move-in weekend, and other events both on campus and around the country.
We welcome your feedback on your experiences with CGS, and we also hope you will take advantage of the many resources and events offered by BU’s Parent and Family Programs.
Thank you for joining us as part of the CGS family—we owe our students to you!
Natalie McKnight, Dean, CGS
Parent & Family Programs
Welcome to the BU family! Check the Parent and Family Programs page for resources on how to best support your student, from a university calendar to details on visiting Boston.
First-Year Experience Timeline
This timeline provides important dates and reminders for your student to navigate their first year, from the gap semester to summer term. It’s also available to students through their class page.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the CGS curriculum structured? What should my student do during the gap semester? How does my student prepare for London? All your most pressing questions are answered here.