Use the Studentlink to plan your schedule and register. Please be sure to log onto your BU Student Link (www.bu.edu/studentlink) as soon as possible to verify your specific registration time and to be certain that you are in compliance and will be eligible to register at your assigned time.
Fall 2020 Semester COM Registration Calendar
Please note that this information includes the process on how to register for additional COM credits above and beyond the COM credit limit at your initial registration time. Please read and note the dates carefully.
Saturday, February 15 Planner for fall 2020 live
Saturday, March 28 COM Graduate students register on WebReg for up to 20 COM credits
Sunday, April 5 COM rising Seniors and rising Juniors (majors, minors, CGS) register on WebReg for up to 14 COM credits
Sunday, April 19 COM rising Sophomores (majors, minors, CGS) register on WebReg for up to 6 COM credits
Monday, April 20 COM rising Sophomores (majors, minors, CGS) register on WebReg for up to 10 COM credits (at midnight as Sunday, April 19 becomes Monday, April 20)
Tuesday, April 21 COM rising Seniors (majors, minors, CGS) register on WebReg for up to 20 COM credits (at midnight as Monday, April 20 becomes Tuesday, April 21)
Wednesday, April 22 COM rising Juniors (majors, minors, CGS) register on WebReg for up to 20 COM credits (at midnight as Tuesday, April 21 becomes Wednesday, April 22)
Thursday, April 23 COM rising Sophomores (majors, minors, CGS) register on WebReg for up to 14 COM credits (at midnight as Wednesday, April 22 becomes Thursday, April 23)
Tuesday, April 28 Cross-Registration for all non-COM, non-CGS students register on WebReg for up to 10 credits (at midnight as Monday, April 27 becomes Tuesday, April 28)
Summer 2020 Registration
Thursday, February 20 All Boston University students can register for BU Summer Term 2020 courses via the BU Student Link. More information about BU Summer Term is online at www.bu.edu/summer.
It is important to note that for the fall 2020 a few courses in the Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations Department have updated course numbers and in some cases updated titles. Please do not panic. While course numbers and titles have changed, the path to your degree has not changed. If you have taken a course under the previous number and title it will still fulfill the same graduation requirement. If you have not taken that course graduation requirement yet, you will take it under the new course number and title.
Please note, students may not retake a course they have already received credit for with the old number and title under the new course number and title. That would be the equivalent of taking the same course twice and is not allowed.
Course number and title changes in Mass Communication, Advertising, and Public Relations Department include:
COM CM 323 is now COM CM 501 Design Strategy and Software
COM CM 444 is now COM CM 506 Governmental Public Affairs
COM CM 448 is now COM CM 548 International Public Relations
COM first-year students (freshmen) are required to meet with a COM Undergraduate Affairs academic advisor at least once in the spring 2020 semester. Furthermore, we encourage all COM undergraduates to meet with a COM Undergraduate Affairs advisor at least one time each semester.
COM Undergrad Affairs is now working remotely. We are maintaining normal business hours, Monday– Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00pm. To schedule an appointment with an academic advisor please email us at email@example.com with your name, BU ID number and what question(s) you may have for an advisor. You may also request a specific COM Undergraduate Affairs advisor for your meeting in your email and we will do our best to accommodate you. You will be scheduled to meet with an academic advisor via Zoom.
COM holds dedicated advising weeks based on student class year where all advising appointment are reserved for certain year students. Appointments the following weeks are reserved for:
March 30 through April 3 – rising Seniors and rising Juniors only
April 13 through April 17 – rising Sophomores only
Due to the overwhelming advising appointment requests we receive, we strongly encourage you to plan early and set an advising appointment as soon as possible to discuss your registration and other plans.
COM curriculum guides are available on our Curriculum Guides and Minors page for your reference. Please be sure you are referencing the correct guides based on your entry method and date to Boston University.
Most COM courses marked as “permission required.” This means that you need to be a COM student to register for them at your assigned time, so unless there are flags or you do not meet the pre-requisites, COM students and CGS students do not need permission to plan and register for any COM classes at your assigned time. Students from any other school or college (non-COM, non-CGS students) must wait until the cross-registration date on Tuesday, April 28 to add any COM courses that list “permission required”.
Fall 2020 Registration Information
To ADD/DROP or CHANGE SECTIONS a student must use the Student Link and may only do so on a space available basis (for adding or changing a section).
To change from a grade to an audit (AU): Students must go to the professor with an add/drop form, have them sign it and return the form to COM room 123. Audited courses will not count toward graduation, but you will be charged tuition and fees for participating in them.
If a COM course is at capacity, COM Undergraduate Affairs, our advisors, and the COM professor of record for the course cannot add students over the limits enforced via the BU Student Link.
If a COM course is full, your best course of action is it to keep an eye on the BU Student Link to see if a seat becomes available as another student drops the class or switches sections. We also encourage students to reach out to department offering the COM course to see if there is any waitlist or course demand list that they can be added onto. The Film and Television Department often posts information on that process online here. The Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations Department often posts information on that process online here. Some courses will have seats that are reserved for transfer students from outside Boston University. Those seats will open via the BU Student Link (if any remain) on the first day of classes (at midnight as Tuesday, September 1 becomes Wednesday, September 2).
Rising Seniors and rising Juniors will register on Sunday, April 5, please refer to the Studentlink for your registration time.
Rising Sophomores will register on Sunday, April 19, please refer to the Studentlink for your registration time.
KHC students are encouraged to meet with a KHC advisor as well as an advisor in COM Undergraduate Affairs prior to Fall registration.
Most non-COM students may register for COM courses on a space-available basis beginning Tuesday, April 28 (at midnight as Monday, April 27 becomes Tuesday, April 28). COM CO 101 is the required course for COM majors. COM CO 101 for fall 2020 will be available during regular registration times. Most other COM courses will become available for non-COM students at cross-registration.
All COM undergraduates (except for some second semester seniors) are expected to be enrolled as full-time students (12 or more credits in a semester). The normal academic load in COM is four courses (16 credits). Students may take up to 18 credits without incurring extra charges. For more than 18 credits, please refer to the Overload Up to 20 Credits Form on our COM Undergraduate Affairs forms page.
Any final semester senior who plans to be part-time (fewer than 12 credits in a semester) must be registered in the final courses they need to graduate in January 2021 and must contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request their status to be changed to part-time. Any international students planning to be part-time in their final semester before finishing their degree must also clear this with ISSO.
It is extremely rare and under extraordinary circumstances that COM undergraduates who are not in their final semester are allowed to be in part-time (take fewer than 12 credits) in a fall or spring semester. This is not allowed at all for international students. Undergraduate COM students in this situation wishing to be part-time must submit a petition to COM Undergraduate Affairs (COM, room 123) in an effort to request part-time status. The Petition Form and instruction on the process are on our COM Undergraduate Affairs forms page.
Please keep in mind that students have a maximum of seven (7) years in which to complete their degree.
If you have a question or would like to make an appointment, please stop by COM Undergraduate Affairs (COM, room 123) or call at (617) 353-3471. We do not accept appointment requests via email, but quicker questions that do not require a full advising appointment can be sent to us at email@example.com. Please be sure to include your name and BU ID number.
New COM Students starting at Boston University in September 2020
COM incoming first year students accepted to Boston University for the first time in September 2020 will be contacted via email at a later date about the fall 2020 registration process. Similarly, incoming transfer students who will be joining Boston University from an outside (non-BU) college or university for the first time in September 2020 will be contacted at a later date about the fall 2020 registration process. All incoming BU students starting at BU for the first time in September 2020 should be sure to sign up for a Boston University orientation session. Information regarding Boston University Orientation is online here.