Academic Information

Academic Information

Academic Credit

A full course load in a standard six-week summer session at Boston University is eight semester credits (generally two courses) or a total of 16 semester credits for the full Summer Term.

Credit for Boston University courses offered during Summer Term may be applied toward any Boston University degree under conditions established by the faculty recommending for the degree; but in view of the diverse requirements for different degrees, students should have their selections approved in advance at the School or College to which the credit is to be submitted.

Transfer of Credit

Boston University students are expected to take their courses at Boston University Summer Term unless, for reasons of extreme distance, students cannot get to our campus during the summer. In particular, courses offered by other Boston-area institutions may not be transferred back to Boston University unless a) the course is a program requirement and is not offered in the Boston University Summer Term, or b) prior approval has been obtained from both the responsible department chair and dean of the requesting student. Boston University students who have been granted permission to take classes elsewhere must have their course selections approved at the School or College to which the credit is to be applied.

Visiting students expecting to transfer summer credit to other institutions should secure advance approval of their course selections from the institution to which they wish to transfer credit.

Transcript of Grades

Transcript of Grades

Requests for official transcripts may be made using the Student Link. A transcript fee is charged for all official transcripts. Please refer to the Registrar’s office website for complete information on how to order an official transcript.

Official transcripts can also be obtained in person at the Registrar’s office during regular business hours. A valid photo ID is required. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for any questions you might have.

Boston University Office of the Registrar
881 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-353-3612


The designation of “Audit” is a registration status used when students officially register for a class without earning a letter grade or credit. Audit courses are subject to full tuition and fees.

Students may register for a class on an audit basis only when space is available and only with the permission of the instructor. Students who receive permission to audit a course are expected to attend classes regularly and complete assigned readings. Other requirements regarding participation are to be agreed upon by the student and instructor.

A Permission to Audit a Course form must be completed and returned to the Summer Term Office. The last day to add courses with audit status or convert classes from credit to audit is May 28, 2019 for standard Summer 1 courses and July 9, 2019 for standard Summer 2 courses.

No audited courses can be counted toward a degree. They cannot be paid for with financial aid.

Audited courses will be designated as AU on the transcript; however, failure to meet the requirements agreed upon by student and faculty can result in a student being officially withdrawn from the course at the instructor’s request, in which case the student will receive a mark of “W” on his or her transcript.

All students attending and participating in a course must be officially registered. Students are not allowed to “sit-in” on summer courses.

Taking a Course Pass/Fail

To encourage intellectual exploration, Boston University permits undergraduate students in good academic standing to elect up to two courses total of academic course work on a Pass/Fail basis to satisfy credit requirements for the bachelor’s degree. The two courses designated as Pass/Fail cannot be taken in the same fall, spring, or summer semesters. Students on academic probation may not elect to take a course Pass/Fail during any semester they are on academic probation.

A student’s earned grade in the course designated as Pass/Fail will be replaced by a “P*” for Pass as long as a student has earned a course grade of D or above. A student’s earned F grade in the course designated as Pass/Fail will be designated as “F*.”

Complete information on the Boston University Policy on Pass/Fail Courses for Undergraduate Students can be found here.

Students who are interested in taking a course on a Pass/Fail basis must discuss the option with their advisor. If after careful consideration the student opts to exercise the Pass/Fail option, the student should complete the Pass/Fail Course Designation Form with the Authorized School Official for their BU School or College. The Authorized School Official for visiting students is the director of Summer Term.

The deadline for submitting the signed form is 5:00 pm EST on the “Drop with a W” deadline for the course. This deadline is June 13, 2019 for standard Summer 1 courses, and July 24, 2019 for standard Summer 2 courses. The deadline for non-standard courses is computed individually and is published by the individual course on the Student Link.


Boston University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. The individual schools and colleges of the University carry additional accreditation in their respective fields.

Contact Us

Boston University Summer Term
755 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 105
Boston, MA 02215

Phone: 617-353-5124
Fax: 617-353-5532