Getting Started at SPH

Welcome! Below are a few steps you should take to begin your transition into SPH.

Make it official.

Once you’ve gotten your BU ID number from SPH Admissions, Boston University Information Services will email you and ask you to set up your BU account information, including your BU email, which will be your primary means of receiving School and University communications. In addition, your account login gives you access to registration, grades and finances — it’s essential.

MPH Students: Fill out the curriculum RSVP form.

Please RSVP for your core curriculum using this form — your selections will determine the next steps. Most full-time students will be registered for their classes by the SPH Registrar and will be able to view their schedule on the Student Link once they are registered. Most part-time students will register online on the Student Link. (Please note: dual-degree candidates do not need to fill out this form.)

Part-time Students: Plan your coursework and register for classes.

Within a week of completing your RSVP form, you will receive an email from Brendan Hoey, Assistant Director of Advising, providing next steps for registration. Please contact Brendan or Chris Paal if you have any questions about course selections.

Money matters.

Finalize financial aid and other funding sources. Contact OSFS with any questions.

Find a place to live.

Start your housing search. Connect with other students and find roommates on Facebook and learn about Boston’s neighborhoods, work with BUMC’s Housing Resources office.

Get acquainted with the details of student life.

Keep an eye out for emails from Graduate Student Life.

Put Orientation on your calendar.

Orientation is held on Thursday, January 14, 2016.

Get [a] physical.

Read this Letter from the Director of Student Health Services. Your doctor must sign your Medical History & Physical Report, which you need to send to Student Health Services (snail mail or fax). Failure to submit the required immunization records will result in a registration hold on your Student Account. The deadline to complete these health-related actions is January 14th for Spring admits.

Choose health insurance.

Decide on Student Health Insurance plan or file insurance waiver through Student Link

Pipe up if you need educational or physical accommodations.

If you had educational or physical accommodations in your last degree program, please speak with Mary Murphy-Phillips, Director of Graduate Student Life, as soon as possible so she can work with you.

Assess your transportation needs.

Get familiar with Boston public transportation and/or parking services on campus. Students can also save 11% on public transportation with a discounted semester-long MBTA pass through BU TranSComm, find more information on the TranSComm website.

Check your compliance.

Check your compliance status on the Student Link under the “Personal” tab. Compliance is critical; without it, students are blocked from University functions.

Buy books, course readers, and a computer (if you need one).

Textbooks can be purchased or rented through the BU Bookstore! Information about course readers and textbooks will become available in each semester’s course reader and book document at the bottom of the Courses webpage. Also, be sure to assess your tech needs. If you need an upgrade or a new computer, discounts are available if you buy software or a computer through BU.

Transfer credits and course waivers.

Submit transfer credit or course waiver requests to the Registrar.