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First Gen Connect Welcome Visits during Orientation

The University Service Center and First Gen Connect are happy to welcome our 2015-2016 first gen Terriers, students who are the first, or among the very first, generation in their families to attend college.  We want to celebrate your achievements and welcome you and your family to our vibrant BU community!

Join us for our Summer 2015 Welcome Visits, being hosted most Wednesdays and Fridays in June and July.  Stop by to introduce yourselves, meet our staff, and learn about the First Gen Connect program.  Families are welcome to visit too; we’ll have a parent newsletter sign up available and staff will be available to answer questions.  Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with members of the University community while you are visiting campus this summer!

Summer 2015 Welcome Visits at the University Service Center
881 Commonwealth Avenue, Lower Level
Wednesdays
5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
Fridays
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
June 10 June 12
June 17 June 19
June 24 June 26
July 8 July 10
July 15 July 17
July 22 July 24
July 31

 

Fall 2015 leave of absence and withdrawal inquiries

End of semester drop-in hours 

USC regular weekly drop-in hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday between 9–10:30 a.m., as noted below. Students can stop by with any and all inquiries.

Students who are considering Fall 2015 leaves of absence or withdrawals should touch base with a USC staff member before going home for the summer—we can discuss options and implications now, and the best timeline for finalizing a decision and updating records before August 1.  For your convenience at this busy time of year, we’ve added additional afternoon drop-in hours during the week of May 3 (bolded dates below):

  • Monday, April 27       9­–10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 28       9–10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 30     9–10:30 a.m.
  • Friday, May 1             9–10:30 a.m.
  • Monday, May 4          9–10:30 a.m. and 2–3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 5          9–10:30 a.m. and 2–3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 6    2–3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 7        9–10:30 a.m. and 2–3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 8             9–10:30 a.m. and 2–3:30 p.m.

Of course you can always reach us by phone at 617-358-1818, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Best of luck with your final papers, projects, and exams as Spring 2015 courses come to a close!

Spring 2015 leave deadline / additional drop-in hours

Special hours: week of April 13

The deadline to arrange a Spring 2015 leave of absence (or withdrawal) is Wednesday, April 15 at 5 p.m. Additional drop-in hours have been set up to assist students this week:

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015 9 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015 2 – 4 p.m.

The USC is holding our usual drop-in hours to assist with all other inquiries, including CGS Summer London leaves and withdrawals, Fall 2015 leaves and withdrawals, and general student questions and concerns.

First Generation Connect Welcome

Welcome to BU’s first generation college student* program!

The USC is pleased to welcome our trailblazers, students entering BU for 2015-2016 who are the first, or among the first generation, in their families to attend college.  Congratulations on your achievements to date, we are confident these are just the first of many more!

Through the First Gen(eration) Connect program, the USC serves as a resource for students to ensure a smooth and successful transition from high school to college life and beyond.  If you are the first, or among the first in your family to go to college, welcome to our vibrant University community!  Be on the lookout this summer for our welcome email, newsletters, and invitations to events.  If you have any questions at all, please contact us at usc@bu.edu–we are happy to help!

Like our First Gen Connect page on Facebook to stay in touch!

* First generation college students are those in the first generation of their families to go to college–i.e. students whose parents did not earn bachelor’s degrees, although elder siblings and cousins may be attending college already or have earned four-year degrees.

Leave of Absence deadline (Spring 2015)

Just a friendly reminder that the deadline to arrange a leave of absence for the Spring 2015 semester is Wednesday, April 15 at 5 p.m.  If you are an undergraduate student considering a spring leave at this point, review our web page and then call 617-358-1818 to speak with an associate director right away.

Our phone, email, and drop-in/appointment traffic all increase quite a bit as the April 15 deadline approaches, so please contact us as early in the month as possible.  We are happy to help!

Weather Closing / 80% tuition refund schedule deadline extended to 2/3

The USC will be closed on February 2 due to severe weather conditions in the Boston area.

As noted in the BU Today article, the deadlines for adding classes for the spring 2015 semester and for MET registration is extended to Tuesday, February 3. The original deadline of Monday, February 2, for students who withdraw or take a leave of absence for the spring 2015 semester to be eligible for 80 percent cancellation of semester tuition charges is extended to February 3.  This extension applies only to the standard tuition refund schedule. 

Snow closure Jan 27, 2015

The University Service Center will be closed on Tuesday, January 27th due to severe winter weather.  Please check www.bu.edu/today for more information about the University closure, and the lastest about when offices will re-open.

USC Open Martin Luther King Day – Jan. 19th

The University Service Center is open for normal business hours (9 am – 5 pm) on Martin Luther King Day, January 19th, 2015.  We are generally available for drop-in visitors from 9 am to 11 am, and can make appointments for the afternoon between 2 pm and 4 pm. 

As a reminder, this is the last day students may submit leave of absence or withdrawal paperwork for the semester and still receive a 100% cancellation of Spring ’15 tuition and fees.  Please get in touch with the University Service Center if you have any questions or concerns.  We will be happy to help!

Leave of absence/withdrawals after holiday housing closure

Students who arrange a spring leave of absence or withdrawal after December 20 should move out of their on-campus residences within 48 hours.  Apartment style residences, including 25 Buick Street and 33 Harry Agganis Way are open during Intersession; dormitory style residences are closed between December 20 and January 15 so students must plan their move out between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, January 16, when dormitory residences re-open.

Intersession Closure – 1 pm 12/24/2014

Boston University will be closed for Intersession beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 and will re-open on Monday, January 5, 2015.  If you contact us during Intersession, we will receive your message and respond after we re-open on Monday the 5th

Undergraduate students wishing to take a leave of absence or withdraw for the Spring 2015 semester should contact us promptly when we re-open from Intersession so we can help you with all necessary steps.  If you have previously discussed your plans with a USC Associate Director and just need to complete the required paperwork to finalize your decision, you may click here to access the Spring 2015 Leave of Absence / Withdrawal Request Form.  Please note that in order to access the form you will need to enter your BU login and Kerberos password.