Boston University Online Learning – Student Resources

Boston University is dedicated to supporting you throughout your experience as an online student. Be sure to bookmark this page—you’ll want to visit it often. It contains information and documents that will guide you through the application and registration process, assist you with technical issues, and introduce the many resources you can access as a Boston University student.

If you have questions, we encourage you to contact us at any time.


Visit the Office of the University Registrar to see academic calendars, course schedules and descriptions, instructions for ordering transcripts, and other services related to records and enrollment.

Student Link

The Boston University Student Link is an online resource where you can access information about your status as a Boston University student, such as grades, class schedules and enrollments, financial aid, housing, and account standing.

Online Tutoring

Boston University is pleased to work with Smarthinking™, an award-winning online tutor service available to all online students free of charge. Smarthinking provides tutoring in a variety of subjects. You have access to Smarthinking directly from your online courses. See the services and subjects offered by Smarthinking.

Disability Services

In accordance with University policy, every effort will be made to accommodate unique and special needs of students with respect to speech, hearing, vision, or other disabilities. Any student who feels he or she may need accommodation for a documented disability should contact Boston University Disability Services for review and approval of accommodation requests.

Disability Services
Boston University
19 Deerfield Street (2nd Floor)
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Phone: 617-353-3658 (V/TTY)
Fax: 617-353-9646


Boston University’s official bookstore is Barnes & Noble @ Boston University. The bookstore offers course textbooks as well as BU apparel and other school essentials.


Boston University is home to 23 libraries on two campuses. Mugar Memorial Library, located on the Charles River Campus campus, is the University’s main library, offering a variety of online resources to students. For detailed information about accessing Boston University library resources, visit the BU Libraries website.

Leave of Absence

A student who is registered for a semester and decides not to attend must officially take a leave of absence or withdraw. A leave of absence should be taken when the student intends to return in a future semester; a withdrawal indicates a decision to permanently leave the University.

To request a leave of absence, contact the Dean’s office at your school or college of registration.

Add/Drop a Course

After registering for classes, you can adjust your class schedule any time during the add/drop period on a space-available basis by going to the Student Link. Requirements and refund policies for dropping a class vary. Consult your school or college for details.

Important Dates

To download a PDF of important dates applicable to you, including first and last days of classes, registration deadline, last day for 100% tuition refund, and last day for withdrawal, please visit our Important Dates page.

Apply For a Program

To apply for a graduate program at BU, follow the link for the school or college for your program on the Graduate Admissions page.

To apply for the online Undergraduate Degree Completion Program, visit BU’s Metropolitan College admissions page.