Students currently enrolled in a Boston University degree program are encouraged to check with their school/college for specific registration requirements.  Non-degree students will follow Metropolitan College’s guide for registration.

  1. Confirm your registration start date and time.
  2. View the University Class Schedule to determine which courses you would like to register for.
  3. Meet with your academic advisor (if your school/college requires advising or restricts online registration)
  4. Log in to the Student Link and confirm you have met all requirements for registration.
  5. Use the Registration Planner to choose classes and start planning your schedule before your registration date/time!
  6. Browse through the Registrar’s website to read important information on the University’s Legal Notice on student financial obligation, adding/dropping classes, withdrawals and leaves of absence, and more.

Students who have taken a leave or had a period of absence from Boston University while pursuing a degree program will contact their school/college’s advising office for assistance with returning to the University.

Students wishing to return after previously completing a degree at Boston University will retain their original BU ID and follow Metropolitan College’s guide for registration; students will continue as non-degree seeking until they’ve applied and been accepted into a degree program.

The process for registration for students looking to take classes for the first time at Boston University is dependent on a variety of factors, such as which specific course you’re interested in taking. For more information on specific classes, you may search the University Class Schedule or search the schedule based on course descriptions.

Recently Accepted Into a Degree Program: Students should contact the advising office at their specific school/college for further details pertaining to their initial registration. Recently accepted undergraduate students will typically register during their assigned orientation session with the assistance of an advisor from their specific program.

Non-Degree Students Looking to Take Undergraduate Level Courses (i.e. courses under 600 level):

  • If a student is looking to take a Metropolitan College undergraduate level course, they can follow Metropolitan College’s guide for registration.
  • New non-degree students looking to take an undergraduate level course within any other school/college on campus will also need to go through Metropolitan College’s Undergraduate Student Services Office for assistance with registration. For example, if a student is interested in taking CAS BI 300 level course as a non-degree seeking student, they would go through Metropolitan College’s Undergraduate Student Services Office for their initial registration with the University.
    • Please note, if a course is either full or reserved for specific students at the time when you’re attempting to register as a non-degree student, you may need to obtain further approval from the professor directly to enroll in the course. 

Non-Degree Students Looking to Take Graduate Level Courses (i.e. courses 600 level or higher):

  • If a student is interested in taking a Metropolitan College Graduate Program course as a non-degree student, i.e. without having applied or been accepted into the program, they can follow Metropolitan College’s guide for registration.
    • Please note, if a course is either full or reserved for specific students at the time when you’re attempting to register as a non-degree student, you will need to obtain approval directly from the department within Metropolitan College that is offering the course. 
  • If a student is interested in enrolling in a graduate level class with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the student should complete a registration form, obtain the professor’s signature of approval on the form itself and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Student Services Office stamped approval on the form and then turn that form into the Office of the University Registrar. This form can be turned into FirstPoint at 881 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor, emailed to Registrar@bu.edu, or faxed directly to 617-353-1689 after obtaining the required signatures and stamped approval.
  • If a student is interested in enrolling in a graduate level course with any other school/college on campus, excluding the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, students should contact the school/college’s general student services office directly to inquire about becoming a non-degree student within that specific school/college. For example, if a new student is interested in taking a School of Education 700 level course, the student would go through the School of Education’s Student Services office to inquire about being established as a School of Education non-degree student.Please note, if a class is either full or reserved for specific students at the time when you’re attempting to register, you may need to obtain further approval from the professor directly to enroll in the course.

Students interested in taking classes at Boston University during one of the summer sessions will contact Summer Term for registration information.

BU Employees seeking to participate in Boston University’s Tuition Remission benefit must register for course(s) before applying for this benefit through BuWorks Central; contact Human Resources for information on this and other employee resources.

Adding/Dropping Classes


Registered students can adjust their schedules using the Student Link, or by submitting an Add/Drop Form, during the registration and add/drop period on a seats-available basis. In most cases, to add a class that is full or closed, the instructor’s signature is required on an Add/Drop Form.

Add/Drop forms can be found in the school/college administrative offices, CAS departments, and the Office of the University Registrar.

Eligible students may use the Student Link to drop classes until the deadline for dropping with a ‘W’ grade; students are encouraged to consult with their school/college and the office of Financial Assistance to discuss the implications of dropping a class.