Getting Started at SPH

Now that you’ve made the wise decision to attend SPH (congratulations!), there are a few things you should take care of before you get here.

Phase 1

  1. 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.

  2. Plan your coursework and register for classes.

    Watch for emails confirming your deposit and providing next steps for registration. Registration generally begins in April for fall and continues on a rolling basis. The Registrar’s Office staff will e-mail you the Registration Packet and Schedule. Consult your concentrator’s guide and register for classes through the Student Link. Contact your faculty advisor or departmental curriculum coordinator or the Registrar’s Office for first-semester advising and advice.

  3. Money matters.

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

  4. 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.

  5. Get acquainted with the details of student life.

    Keep an eye out for emails from Student Services.

Phase 2

  1. Put Orientation on your calendar.

    Fall 2015 New Student Orientation will be held on Thursday, August 27 and Friday, August 28, 2015. Student Services will email you with the agenda, details, and a link to RSVP.

  2. Get [a] physical.

    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. There is a seven day grace period after the first day of classes to submit this information. The deadline to complete these health-related actions is generally the first week in September.

  3. Choose health insurance.

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

  4. 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 Student Services, as soon as possible so she can work with you.

  5. Assess your transportation needs.

    Get familiar with Boston public transportation and/or parking services on campus. Apply for a parking pass, if needed. Save 11% on public transportation with a discounted semester-long MBTA pass through BU TranSComm. More info on the TranSComm website.

  6. 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.

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

    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.

  8. Transfer credits and course waivers.

    Submit transfer credit or course waiver requests to the Registrar.

SPH Orientation

Kick off your experience with SPH Orientation 2015!  Meet peers, faculty & staff, and the deans of the School during this day-long interactive and engaging introduction to academic and campus life at SPH.

  • Detailed information about your concentration, academic requirements, and the practicum experience
  • In depth information on financial aid, student health services, and staying safe on campus
  • Look ahead to career plans and how you can become an active SPH alumnus
  • Presentations on life outside the classroom, such as student organizations, research opportunities, volunteering, and other extracurricular activities
  • An overview of campus services, such as the ID Office, Bookstore, Housing Resources, and Parking and Transportation
  • Workshops on how to conduct research for your classes and computing resources

Fall 2015 Orientation schedule TBD