Boston University has many resources on campus to support personal and academic wellness.
A selection of these resources can be found in the Be Well @ BU slideshow, where you can learn about the seven dimensions of wellness. We also encourage you to visit the websites below to learn more!
College presents a wonderful opportunity to cultivate food preferences and lifestyle practices to promote a lifetime of health and well-being; however, navigating a sea of overwhelming food choices and constant social pressures is very challenging. The Sargent Choice Nutrition Center will provide you with the knowledge and expertise you need to meet your health goals. Every student is entitled to one nutrition counseling session with a Sargent Choice Nutrition Center registered dietitian at no charge. Students at nutritional risk for any reason are eligible for more sessions.
The Sargent Choice Nutrition Center also supports the Sargent Choice program, which promotes healthy food options at BU. Their registered dietitians work closely with dining hall directors and chefs to create delicious and attractive foods that meet the comprehensive nutrition criteria set by Sargent College. Sargent Choice foods are available at most on-campus dining locations.
The Fitness & Recreation Center offers a variety of state-of-the-art facilities, including an 18,000-square-foot weight and cardio room, two swimming pools, racquetball and squash courts, two multi-use gymnasiums, an elevated jogging track, a 35′ climbing wall, a Pro Shop, and the Healthy Blends Café. Physical Education, Recreation & Dance offers for-credit and non-credit classes in everything from fitness to climbing to martial arts. The department also coordinates all intramural and club sports programs.
The Educational Resource Center provides academic support programs to the University community, including peer tutoring, the Writing Center, Language Link conversation groups, and various workshops. These services are available free of charge.
The Center for Career Development can assist students in choosing a major, finding an internship, or preparing for their post-college job search. Services include workshops, job and internship fairs, résumé review, mock interviews, and career assessment tools.
The Danielsen Institute
185 Bay State Road
The Danielsen Institute offers a variety of psychological services, including individual, group, family, and couples therapy, as well as psychological testing and assessment for adults, adolescents, and children. Many insurance plans, including Boston University’s Aetna Student Health Plan, can be used to cover a portion of applicable fees, and a sliding fee scale is also available.
The Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders (CARD)
648 Beacon Street, 6th Floor
The CARD offers treatment for a variety of anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, and eating disorders. Fees are based on a sliding scale, and some treatment associated with research studies may be free of charge.
The BU Psychological Services Center (PSC) at CARD
648 Beacon Street, 6th Floor
The PSC offers structured, symptom-focused, empirically validated treatments, including stress management, relaxation training, assertiveness training, anger management, and treatment for problems such as adjustment disorders, test or performance anxiety, difficulties in attention and concentration, and insomnia. The PSC provides a thorough initial intake interview to determine the nature and extent of emotional problems as well as a neuropsychological assessment of attentional and cognitive/learning impairment. Fees are based on a low sliding scale. The PSC exclusively treats BU students, staff, and faculty. All treatment is provided by PhD graduate students under the close supervision of licensed psychologists.
The Center for Gender, Sexuality and Activism (CGSA) strives to be a safe space for people of all genders and sexualities. Using a social justice framework, the CGSA aims to end gender oppression and violence, and advocates for the full equality and inclusion of women, queer and trans students. This dynamic community fosters challenging and open discourse, promotes student activism, and provides resources and education for the Boston University Community.
A variety of chaplains are available to all students, regardless of religious affiliation. Appointments can be scheduled, or students can visit the chapel office on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.
The USC is an excellent starting point for anyone unsure of where to turn for help. The staff will point you in the right direction, or—if your concern is complex, multilayered, or involves multiple offices—help you figure out the best way to address the situation. They also handle withdrawals and leaves of absence for undergraduate students.
775 Commonwealth Avenue, 3rd Floor
Dining Services is made up of residence dining, retail dining, and Catering on the Charles—our on-site catering department. The Dining Services team works extremely hard to create an enjoyable on-campus dining experience. If you have a food allergy, please let them know (the sooner, the better) so that they can do their best to accommodate your needs. Please feel free to ask a server about ingredients, read all food labels and food signage, and don’t be afraid to speak to a manager.
Disability Services provides services and support to ensure that students with disabilities are able to access and participate in the opportunities available at Boston University. Disability Services also employs students as note-takers, readers, and in other positions assisting disabled students.
The Howard Thurman Center is Boston University’s center for cultural learning and collaboration. Through a variety of workshops, programs, and celebrations, the Howard Thurman Center aims to build community by eliminating barriers of divisiveness that separate individuals, groups, races, cultures, religions, and ethnicities.
The Judicial Affairs office and student safety programs serve as the primary administrators of the Code of Student Responsibilities and also provide information and resources to the University community regarding personal safety on and off campus.
Boston University Police Department
32 Harry Agganis Way
617-353-2121 | Anonymous Tip Line: Text the BUPD at tip411 (847411) and type BU <space> your message
The Boston University Police Department is a full-time, professional law enforcement agency that also provides a wide variety of public services, including emergency medical response, Rape Aggression Defense classes, and laptop and bicycle registration. Through the community policing program, officers are assigned to various areas of campus to work closely with the community in addressing crime and crime prevention, as well as social issues, which directly affect the quality of life at Boston University.
Environmental Health & Safety provides a full range of environmental, health, and safety services to the University community. These services include, but are not limited to, fire and life safety programs and support of the University’s recycling program.
The mission of the Dean of Students office and the Division of Student Affairs is to enhance the quality, character, and perspectives of our students. Through its many orientation, mentoring, and counseling programs, the division promotes an environment that encourages intellectual exchange and individual expression. The dean of students has an open-door policy and is available to all students by appointment.