Made possible by a collaboration between the Center for Career Development and the Newbury Center, the BU Professional Clothing Closet provides students with FREE professional attire appropriate for interviews, networking events, career fairs, and the workplace.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I access the Professional Clothing Closet?
Appointments (30-min each) are available in Handshake. Log in using your BU credentials. From the Career Center drop-down menu, select Appointments. Select Schedule New Appointment, then choose the Professional Clothing Closet category and select a time that works for your schedule. You’ll be asked to answer a few questions about what you’re looking for, which will help us make sure we have the range of items and sizes available.
I can’t sign up for an appointment on Handshake. Is there another way to access the closet?
We have been overwhelmed with the positive response to the Professional Clothing Closet, which has made appointments scarce. If you aren’t able to sign up for an appointment at present, it means no appointments are available at this time. We release new appointment availability each week, and we do get cancellations from time to time, so please continue to check back on Handshake for new openings.
If you are in urgent need of professional clothing items, check out this helpful list of local thrift stores from BU Today.
How many items can I take?
You’ll be able to take (and keep) any four items per school year, but only one suit.
Do I have to return the items I take?
No, you can keep the items you select. No returns necessary, although you are welcome to donate items you no longer need that are in good condition back to the closet.
Are there any costs or fees?
No, the Professional Clothing Closet is absolutely free to students.
Can I volunteer with the Professional Clothing Closet?
The Professional Clothing Closet welcomes students, faculty, staff, and community members to volunteer with us on a weekly or monthly basis. Volunteers help us curate and organize the donations that we receive. If you would like to sign up or learn more about our volunteering opportunities, please email us at email@example.com.
How can I donate?
Donations can be dropped off at any of our drop-off locations. Currently, we are accepting donations at the following locations:
- Yawkey Center for Student Services: 100 Bay State Road on the 5th Floor, just as the elevator doors open.
- Shirts, blouses
- Slacks, skirts, dresses
- Portfolios, bags
Items must be clean, free of damage, and with clearly labeled sizes
Give now. We appreciate your support.
I donated clothing. How can I get a receipt for tax credit?
Unfortunately, we are currently unable to provide a receipt for a tax credit. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The Professional Clothing Closet is grateful for community support. We need your help to have enough clothing and operational funding to provide up to 4 items of clothing for any BU student who wishes to utilize the resource.
Yawkey Center for Student Services
100 Bay State Road, Room 103
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appointments available in Handshake.