Fall registration begins on Sunday, March 30 at 7 AM. Please use the fall planner now on the Student Link.
Summer registration is ongoing. Check out the class offerings in the Summer Registration Packet.
How to Register
On day of registration, access the online registration system on the Student Link.
- Select the brown “Academics” tab.
- Select registration
- Scroll down to the appropriate semester (Summer 2014)
- Select Reg Options>Register for Class
- If you have planned your courses on the “Planner,” choose “Search by: Planner” to register for all of your courses at once.
- I cannot log into Student Link
- I cannot find the “Planner” function on the Student Link
- How do I use the Planner?I’ve used the Planner. What do I do on the day of registration?
- I can log into Student Link, but cannot register for ANY courses
- I can log into Student Link and register for some courses, but not all of the ones I wish to register forFAQ’s
I cannot log into Student Link
Students must have a current Boston University user name and password to log into Student Link. If you have a BU email address and password and still cannot log in to Student Link, please contact the Information Services and Technology Help Desk at 617-353-HELP (4357) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I cannot find the “Planner” function on the Student Link
- Access the online registration system on the Student Link.
- Select the brown “Academics” tab.
- Select “Registration.”
- Students will be prompted to login using their Boston University email name and Kerberos password.
- Scroll down to find the semester you are registering for, and click on “RegOptions.” Please make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen and are looking at the bottom left corner.
- Choose “Plan” (this will be the only option available prior to the start of registration)
To use the Planner (continuing from the steps above):
- Choose “Add additional classes to your planner” at the bottom of the screen.
- Choose “SPH” for for the college drop-down menu and click the “GO” button to the right of this field. This will bring you to a full listing of every class offered at SPH for that semester.
- Mark the box next to each of the courses you wish to add.
- Click on the “Add to Planner” button.
- Return to the “Plan” link to view the courses you selected.
On the DAY OF REGISTRATION
You will use your planner by following the “How To Register” instructions at the top of the page.
I can log into Student Link, but cannot register for ANY courses
There are several reasons you may be prevented from registering. These include:
An accounting hold.
Student Accounting holds are put in place by the Office of Student Accounting Services because a student owes money to Boston University. Student Accounting Services is the only office who can lift this hold. To check why you have an Accounting Hold, use the “Student Account Inquiry” option on the green Money Matters Tab in Student Link to check your student account. If you have questions, call Student Accounting Services at 617-353-2264. If you are a part time student, you may pay the amount due online with a credit card. Full-time students must pay by check. It is recommended that students pay in person at 881 Commonwealth Avenue.
An Immunization Requirement hold.
University regulations and Mass. State Law require that all full time and international students are in compliance with DPH immunization requirements. If you receive a message that you are not in compliance with vaccination requirements, please contact Student Health Services at 617-353-3575 for information on what documentation you must provide.
A Boston University Alert/Campus Emergency Phone Number.
University regulations require that all students, faculty and staff provide an BU alert phone number. The purpose of this number is to alert students, faculty and staff in case of an emergency on campus. It is different from the emergency contact number, which is generally a family or friend who you wish to be contacted if an emergency occurs. To update your BU Alert Information, log in to Student Link and select the purple ‘Personal’ tab. Select the “Address and Phone” choice. Complete the “BU Alert/Campus Emergency Phone Information” as requested. Update your address information.
A Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Law hold.
This is a new compliance requirement for graduation. All continuing students who have a home address that is outside Massachusetts are required to acknowledge the MA Motor Vehicle Law each Fall in order to register for Spring. To acknowledge this law, students must go to the purple “Personal” tab on the Student Link, and click on the bottom link on that page, called “Mass Motor Vehicle Law Acknowledgement.” Follow the directions on the page.
An Advising Code hold.
The School of Public Health does not require advising codes to register for classes. However, if you attended Boston University as an undergraduate, the code requirement may still be attached to your account. If you are told you need an advising code to register for courses, call the Registrar at 617-638-4963 to correct the problem. If you are a dual degree student and your primary school is an undergraduate school (for example, Sargent College) and requires an advising code, please contact that school for assistance.
Being a dual degree candidate.
Dual degree candidates are held to the registration restrictions of the school at which they are primary. For example, a BS/MPH student who is has not completed their BS is still primary at Sargent College. Therefore, registration for BS/MPH students will not begin until the first day of registration at Sargent College. If you are a dual degree student who is primary at another school and are blocked from registering online, you will want to contact your primary school for information on when your registration period begins.
Being a non-degree student.
Non-degree students are students who are taking classes at the School of Public Health, but who have not been admitted into a degree program, are ineligible for online registration. Learn more>>
Returning from a leave of absence. Students who did not take classes during the current semester and did not take an official Leave of Absence with the Registrar’s Office, may no longer be active in the system. For assistance, please call the Registrar at 617-638-5059.
I can log into Student Link and register for some courses, but not all of the ones I wish to register for.
There are several reasons you may be blocked from registering for a particular class. These include:
The class is full.
All SPH classes have an enrollment limit. Once this limit has been met, the class is closed to web registration. If you would like to be placed on the wait list for a class that is full, please submit a wait list form.
The class has seat reservations.
If you receive a notice that a class is full, but it appears that there are seats available in the course, the class has seat reservations. Seat reservations are put in place by the department to save seats for concentrators who must take a course. If you are blocked, fill out the online wait list form to be added to the wait list.
Other Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I register for a class that is web registration restricted?
Directed study, directed research, all practica, and a small number of other courses that require instructor consent for registration are not available for web registration. To register for these courses, you will need to fill out and submit an add/drop form. All paperwork is available at http://sph.bu.edu/registrar/forms/ and on the shelves outside the Registrar’s Office.
How long will I be on a wait list?
Class wait lists are maintained until the first day a class meets. The Registrar’s Office follows a hierarchy of offering seats to students by concentration, graduation date, and date the form was submitted.
I have a hold on my account. Can you lift it?
Unfortunately, no. The Registrar’s office cannot lift any type of hold that you may have on your account (accounting, immunization, emergency alert number, MA Motor Vehicle Law). These holds are put on your account by other offices, and we therefore have no power to lift them, even for registration purposes.
I have a hold on my account. Since you can’t register me, will you hold seats in classes for me?
No, we cannot hold seats in classes for students with holds on their record. Contact us as soon as the hold is lifted, and we will be happy to assist you in registering after your record is settled.