MSE New Student Guide

Here you’ll find a number of resources to help get you started with your new academic life at Boston University.

NOTE TO NEW STUDENTS: Be sure to check your BU Email address! The College of Engineering sent Fall 2018 Early Bird emails to BU email addresses on May 8, 2018.  Division welcome and registration emails were sent May 10, 2018.

Fall Important Dates

  • August 10, 4pm: Deadline to sign up for the Semester MBTA Pass
  • Now to September 17: Registration (if needed), Elizabeth Flagg, 15 St. Mary’s Street, Rm 119.
  • September 4: First Day of Classes
  • Medical Insurance Waiver: The completed Medical Insurance Waiver must be received by Student Accounting Services to waive participation for the Fall 2018 semester. Refer to this page for details on the process and eligibility.

Registration Guide

Resources you may need for the Registration Process and New Student Check List outlined below. Includes Forms, Important Dates, Course Information, Account and Other Resources (Student Accounts, IT, Room Access and more), Policies and Procedures

Registration Process

  1. Contact your Advisor (via email is fine) to discuss your course registration selection in person.
    Fall 2018 MSE Courses
  2. Have your advisor approve your course selection (again, via email is fine).  Forward the registration approval to  Be sure to provide the complete course number (College, Course Number, Section, Credits).
  3. International masters students, your registration will be completed after you have received your visa authorization. Please let me know when your visa is approved.

New Student Check List

  1. Check In
    International Students — Upon arrival, check in at the International Students & Scholars Office at 888 Commonwealth Avenue)
    Everyone — Check in with Elizabeth Flagg, 15 Saint Mary’s Street, Rm 119.
  2. BU Email Account — set up your BU email. Contact the Graduate Programs Office for information on how to set up Early Bird email access.
  3. Confirm Registration on the Student Link.
  4. Settle your Student Account (Student Link or Student Accounting Office at 881 Commonwealth Ave).
  5. BU Terrier Card — go to the Terrier Card Office at 775 Commonwealth Avenue.
  6. Confirm Compliance with the University (emergency contact phone, immunizations, student account, MA Motor Vehicle Law acknowledgement)

International Student Resources

  • International Student Orientation Informational Meeting (check with ISSO about the meeting time for new students– international students are required to attend.)
  • For pre-arrival information, please refer to the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO).
  • Please note that Immigration regulations allow you to enter the U.S. no earlier than 30 days prior to the start of your program indicated in section 5 of your SEVIS Form I-20.
  • How to Obtain a Social Security Card for Student Employment
  • How to fill out your W-4 Form (click on on the arrow to the right of the categories to see instructions, if applicable. For example, “If Your Country Does Not Have a Tax Treaty with the U.S.”

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