Welcome First Year Students

Welcome to Boston University; we are excited for you to join our vibrant intellectual, social, and cultural community! Whether this is your first semester of college or you are transferring to BU from another college or university, your BU experience will challenge and inspire you in ways you may never have imagined.

As you navigate the transition to academic life at Boston University, the Educational Resource Center is here to help you succeed. Our programs will support you in developing vital academic and professional skills that will enhance your performance at BU and in your future careers. Learn more about our services and check out our Frequently Asked Questions below. Then follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to stay up to date on all the latest ERC news and upcoming programs!

We look forward to meeting you soon!


Academic Coaching

For individualized support and mentorship, the ERC offers Academic Coaching where you can meet one-on-one with a professional staff member to hone your time management and study strategies, note taking and test taking skills. We also offer regular workshops to help you gear up for assignments and exams throughout the semester.

In addition to individual study rooms, we provide an Open Study space each week, where you can work independently alongside other students and talk with a Student Support Specialist.

Subject-Specific Support

Our Peer Tutoring program supports students in a number of 100- and 200-level courses from across BU’s campus. The ERC’s Peer Tutors are experienced undergraduate students who are here to help and encourage you as you make the transition to academic life at BU. Our tutors have excelled in the courses they tutor and are eager to share their knowledge and experiences with you.

Communication & Culture

No matter which major you choose, writing will be a fundamental part of the curriculum. We believe that, with the right help, everyone can become a better writer! ERC Writing Assistance can assist you with all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming and outlining, to formatting citations and revising your argument. Even better, Writing Assistance will remain available to you after you graduate to help with personal statements, graduate school applications, etc.

Our English Conversation Groups are the perfect opportunity to build confidence and maintain fluency in English! These program is also a great way to connect with peers from across all departments at BU while learning about the English language and American culture.  These groups are very popular with BU international students who want to learn more about American idioms as well as popular and professional culture. Visit the English Conversation Groups page to learn more and to sign up for a session.

Frequently Asked Questions