Charles River Campus Students

Admitted Students Days

February 28
April 11

Join us for a fun event where you can interact with future classmates, faculty, and alumni to get a closer look at the School of Social Work and the Boston University campus! Details to be announced later.

Orientation for All New Students

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
All Day

The Boston University School of Social Work Orientation for all incoming students provides you an opportunity to engage with the entire school, become familiar with its philosophy, and meet the dean, faculty, and administration.

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Field Education Orientation

(for FT CRC students/not AS students)

Thursday, September 3, 2015
8:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

George Sherman Union—Small Ballroom, 2nd floor

Research Waiver Exam

A Research I Waiver Exam will be offered Friday, September 4, at 10 a.m. (Register for the Research I course and attend it until you receive the results of the exam. Note: Students can take this exam only once. To register for the exam, contact

Advanced Standing (AS) Students

Interested in learning about certificate or dual degree programs?  Please contact the director of each program to discuss the possibility of an individualized plan.

Macro AS students wishing to take the Research I Waiver Exam can arrange for a proctored exam. Some summer course placements for macro students will depend on the results. Contact to make arrangements. (Other students, including AS students, have a choice of taking the exam on either May 22 or Sept 4.)

AS course registration packets will be sent out in April that explain how AS students register for summer and fall courses.

Summer AS Seminars  - TBA.

May 19, 2015 Summer Term I begins
May 22,  noon – 3:00 p.m. Welcome Lunch for AS Students
May 22, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Research Waiver Exam
Contact to register for the exam.
June 1, 2015 Summer Field Ed begins
June 29, 2015 Summer Term II begins

Pre-Entrance Reading Requirement for New Students

In response to the needs of diverse populations and in recognition of the role of race and ethnicity in meeting human needs, BUSSW requires incoming students to read the following:

  • All Souls: Family Story from Southie. (Ballantine Reader’s Circle) Paperback
    by Michael Patrick MacDonald, 1999 (ISBN-10: 034544177X or ISBN-13: 978-0345441775).

The book will be discussed during diversity discussion at Orientation in Boston. This book can be purchased through most book vendors. The following discussion questions will help prepare you for the diversity discussion:

All Souls Discussion Questions

Classes Begin Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Throughout the summer you will receive pertinent material from us in the form of an electronic packet. Please be sure we have your most up-to-date email and mailing addresses. Contact with any changes.

Helpful Links

Click here to see how to settle into Boston and the Boston University School of Social Work community.

If you would like to visit the School and the Boston University campus, please contact our Admissions Office.