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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to complete these pre-registration procedures before June 1, 2016?

You need to complete the pre-registration information by June 1, 2016, in order to register for fall courses. The Engineering Diagnostic Exam assesses a student's overall proficiency in Algebra and Trigonometry and is an online exam. Some students may need additional Algebra and Trigonometry review before attending Boston University in the fall. You can view sample questions for the EDE here. Also, students who register for orientation early will have the most options.

When do I register for classes?

You will be able to register for classes starting on June 1, 2016. Detailed instructions and instructional videos will be posted to help you in the process. If you have any trouble, please feel free to contact the Undergraduate Programs Office at 617-353-6447.

Do I have to take a test during University Orientation?

The Engineering Diagnostic Exam is the only test we need you to take at this point. Remember, you need to complete the Engineering Diagnostic Exam online by June 1, 2016. International students will take an English Placement Exam at Orientation. This assessment will help us register you for your fall writing course.

I have Advanced Placement (AP) credits and/or college credit - can I use them?

Probably. Once Boston University receives official notification of your AP scores, they will be reviewed for credit. Please remember AP credits will not be awarded until we receive your scores. The AP Credit Guide lists equivalents for the College of Engineering.  Transfer credits will be reviewed on an individual basis. Please refer to the necessary transfer credit procedure for having courses evaluated.

What is the academic calendar for 2016-2017?

The Registrar's Office posts the official academic calendar. Visit their site to learn important dates.

I don't know my Boston University ID number. How can I find out what it is?

Your Boston University ID number was sent to you when Boston University received your $650.00 deposit (in your admit packet). If you do not know your ID number, please call the College of Engineering at 617-353-6447 or the Admissions Office at 617-353-2300. You will need your social security number in order to have your BU ID number released.

What if I don't complete my network account?

This account must be established for you to take the Engineering Diagnostic Exam and to register for classes at University Orientation. If you have trouble establishing these accounts, please call the IT Help Center at 617-353-4357.

When will I find out my fall room assignment?

After you complete the Housing Interests Survey online, and submit your $650.00 deposit , the Office of Housing will assign you a room. Assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. The Office of Housing will mail your fall room assignment to you in mid-July, including:  on-campus mailing address & phone number, room & dining plan charges, roommate's name and information about moving in for the fall semester.

Do I need to buy a new computer before starting at Boston University?

The College of Engineering recommends that you come to campus with a laptop. Please see our computer recommendations below.

Computer Recommendations

The College of Engineering recommends that you come to campus with a laptop.

If you plan on purchasing a PC, the College of Engineering recommends Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise, or Windows 7 Ultimate operating system (OS). BU Linux and Mac OS X are also compatible with the College's network infrastructure. Please be aware that Standard or Home versions of a Windows OS do not provide the proper resources for compatibility with the University network. Google Chrome OS is not recommended and will greatly limit availability of on campus resources.

The College of Engineering does not have specific hardware recommendations or software configurations as each user's needs will vary greatly. However, the following configurations are provided for your convenience:

Minimum Configuration

Intel Core i3 processor, or better
4GB RAM, or more
120GB SATA Hard Drive, or larger

Recommended Configuration – If you are purchasing a new laptop

Intel Core i5 processor, or better
8GB RAM, or more
250GB+ SATA Hard Drive or Solid State Drive

If you anticipate running CAD applications, be sure to purchase a computer with a dedicated video card.

The IT Help Center provides academic discounts to many popular computer manufacturers such as Apple and Lenovo. Additional details about computer configurations, prices, and details about the IT Help Center may be accessed at

For a list of software accessible to users in the BU community, please visit

For information about BU Linux, please visit

For information about the Boston University College of Engineering, please visit our website:

Have more questions?
Dan Goncalves and Jane Lesniewski are the freshman counselors for the College of Engineering. Feel free to contact them at 617-353-6447. You can also send email to