College of Arts & Sciences
|Transfer students may choose from the following sessions:
||July 27 – 29
||August 31 – September 2 (No FYSOP)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why should I attend University Orientation?
University Orientation ensures that you are properly registered for classes and sets the expectations of what it means to be a citizen at Boston University. You will receive important information to help you succeed. Orientation attendance for all new students is mandatory.
How do I register for University Orientation?
Once you have paid your deposit, you will be able to register for University Orientation at www.bu.edu/orientation starting on May 1, 2016.
Are there benefits to attending an earlier session?
It is to your advantage, as a Transfer, to attend Session 7 at the end of July, as it allows for greater course selection and more flexibility in scheduling classes. Additionally, transfer students attending Session 7 will have the opportunity to meet with Academic Advisors, face-to-face, to discuss the process of transfer credit evaluation at Boston University. This session is reserved specifically for incoming Transfer students. Orientation presents an opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with the resources, students, and staff at Boston University in order to positively visualize themselevs as part of the BU Community. It should be noted that seats will be opened up for students unable to attend Session 7.
Students who attend Transfer Orientation at the end of July are also eligible to apply for FYSOP, the First-Year Student Outreach Project. Students selected to participate in FYSOP return to campus one week prior to the start of the fall semester to engage in a week of education and service in one of ten focus areas, including abilities, animals, children, elders, environment, gender and sexuality, homelessness and housing, human rights, food justice, and public health. FYSOP offers students the opportunity to reconnect with friends met during Orientation, meet peers with similar passions, explore the neighborhoods of Boston and make positive community change through service.
Is there a Parent Program?
Parent Orientation runs concurrently with University Orientation. We strongly encourage parents to attend. Approximately half of incoming students’ families attend Parent & Sibling Orientations.
Is on-campus housing available during University Orientation?
Transfer students may choose to stay on campus at a BU Residence Hall on Thursday night during Session 7. Thursday nights stays are included in the Orientation fee. Additional nights are available by request for Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. There are a limited number of rooms available for participating parents Tuesday through Saturday. This is a good opportunity for parents to experience college life and enjoy a beautiful view of the city of Boston.