Orientation 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:  Check your BU Email address!  The College of Engineering sent out Early Bird emails to BU email addresses in mid June.  The Division emailed advisor assignments, Orientation and Registration information on December 2.


Spring 2016 Important Dates

  • January 13, 2016, 4pm: Deadline to sign up for the Semester MBTA Pass
  • November 1, 2015 to January 19, 2016Registration/Check-In with Elizabeth Flagg at 15 St. Mary’s Street, Rm 119.
  • TBA:  College of Engineering Orientation
  • January 19, 2016: First Day of Classes
  • Medical Insurance Waiver:  The completed Medical Insurance Waiver must be received by Student Accounting Services to waive participation for the Spring 2016 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 (to be assigned — you will be informed mostly likely by mid-June) to discuss your course registration selection in person.
  2. Have your advisor approve your course selection.
    Submit a signed Registration Form at 15 Saint Mary’s Street, Room 119.
    OR by email to the Graduate Programs Manager with your advisor’s approval of your course selection.
    If you register by email, provide the complete course number (College, Course Number, Section, Credits).
  3. International students, your registration will be completed after you have received your visa authorization.  Please let me know when your visa is approved.
  4. Submit a Funding Application and Funding Contract Certification Page
    (ONLY Funded Students: Dean’s Fellows, Systems Fellows, Research Assistants)

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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