Welcome Class of 2027
Welcome to Boston University and Kilachand Honors College! We invite you to explore the many aspects of your Kilachand experience and to review information about summer programming and fall course registration so you’re prepared when the time comes.
Important dates to mark on your calendars:
- June 1, 2023 Fall’23 course registration opens for all incoming first-year students
- June 12, 2023 Deadline to register for BU Orientation
- July 1, 2023 Housing assignments are released (please submit your housing application prior to this date)
Boston University expects all new students to participate in the BU Orientation experience in its entirety. This experience includes completing the Orientation Blackboard course as well as attending an Orientation session. The deadline to register for an Orientation session is June 12, 2023. If you miss the deadline, please contact BU Orientation directly at 617-353-3555 or email@example.com.
Kilachand will be hosting an Orientation breakfast at 9 am on the second day of each Orientation session. During this breakfast, you will receive a copy of our Kilachand Summer Reading and have the chance to mingle with Kilachand students, faculty, and staff.
Advising & Registration
All Boston University students will be assigned a First-Year Advisor in their home school or college who will work with them this summer (and beyond!). You will hear from your First-Year Advisor with information about your fall coursework, BU course registration, and academic advising on or by June 1, 2023.
How this information is disseminated and which courses you will take in the fall will vary by your school or college of enrollment, but don’t worry – you will hear more soon – just keep an eye on your BU email!
Kilachand Specialty Housing
The first-year residential experience is central to the Kilachand Honors College community. All first-year Kilachand Honors College students are required to live on designated floors within Kilachand Hall. The space includes suite-style rooms, offers a shared kitchen on the first floor, and is located in historic Kenmore Square just steps from Fenway Park.
Kilachand Hall offers single-gender suites comprised of two bedrooms which house two to three students each, and all suites offer one shared bathroom. Kilachand Honors College first-year students will be assigned to suites on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors, with additional suites on the 4th floor and 5th floor available for continuing Kilachand students. Suites on the 6th, 7th, and 8th floors are open to the BU community. Resident Assistants on floors 2-4 of Kilachand Hall will be upperclassmen in Kilachand Honors College who work to support our first-year students as they acclimate to college life.
Selecting a Residence
Kilachand students should simply select Kilachand Hall as their first choice on their New Student Housing Application. The survey is set up to require multiple options, so while those other options do not apply, you can simply put any other residence as your other choices. BU Housing receives a list of all incoming Kilachand students and will assign your rooms accordingly.
As with all BU students, Kilachand Honors College students are assigned roommates based on their responses in the New Student Housing Application, simply from a smaller pool comprised only of first-year Kilachand students.
Students who have already identified their Kilachand Honors College roommate may request their roommate on their New Student Housing Application. Students with roommate requests must each request one another; requests where only one student indicates preference and the other does not are not granted. While these requests are not guaranteed, BU Housing makes every effort to accommodate roommate requests.
Please note that first-year students can request to live only with other Kilachand Honors College students in the Kilachand Honors College specialty communities, meaning first-year Kilachand students will not be granted a roommate request if their intended roommate is not enrolled in Kilachand Honors College.
We invite Kilachand students who are seeking support in identifying gender-affirming housing within Kilachand Hall to email Taryn Craig, for a confidential conversation about your preferences.
If you are seeking living accommodations such as a single room for medical purposes or approval for support or services animals, please connect directly with the Office of Disability & Access Services.
Required Summer Reading
Octavia Butler’s Dawn, the first in her Xenogenesis trilogy, is a strange novel. Like all good science fiction, however, it leverages that strangeness as an opportunity to explore fundamental questions about what it means to be human and how humanity responds to an uncertain future. Lilith Iyapo, one of the only survivors of a nuclear apocalypse on Earth, has been “rescued” by the Oankali aliens. Yet from the moment of her reawakening, Lilith questions the narrative of her alien saviors, asking what price must be paid for their generosity, pointing out that the refuge they offer is more akin to a prison cell, and that the “trade” they request–to mix genetically with humans–is a form of forced assimilation. Lilith is both intrigued by and uneasy with the Oankali, perhaps mirroring an uneasy ambivalence that the novel provokes in many of its readers. Written by a visionary Black feminist author, the novel is especially interested in questions about consent, autonomy, gender, agency, and free will in a world that feels little need to regard the primacy of such issues. But it offers neither Lilith nor the reader any easy answers.
Dawn is a challenging book. Published in 1987, and acting in part as a meditation on the threats of U.S.-U.S.S.R. competition, the novel examines the costs of maintaining hierarchies. In the process, Butler evokes histories of colonialism, racism, and imperialism, raising questions that are as much about the past and present as about the future. In a time of great precarity, when the decisions we make today will either prevent or accelerate ecological disaster in the near future, the novel’s challenge is prescient. Like Lilith, we are a crossroads, and by discussing and debating her choices, we might be able to see the choices that we face with greater clarity.
Incoming First-Year Student Required Reading
We ask our incoming first-year students to read Dawn during the summer and invite them to join our optional book club conversations via zoom on Tuesday, August 15th, from 4-5:30pm EST. Dawn will be part of the Studio Writing curriculum during fall semester.
A hard copy of the book will be handed out to students during our June Orientation breakfasts (see the “BU Orientation” section above). For students who are attending the August Orientation, we will be mailing books to you over the summer. More information about book mailings will be communicated via email.
If you’d like support preparing for or processing this content at any point, or if you have concerns or questions, please reach out to Studio Coordinator Chris McVey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us in the Virtual Common Room for Community Conversations
The Kilachand Common Room is a shared space at the heart of Kilachand Hall. Open 24-hours a day, the Common Room is a favorite place to study, connect with friends, practice the piano, and lounge on comfy couches. It’s where we host Kilachand Teas, Co-curricular events, Peer Mentor study breaks, voter registration drives, and often, just hang out! It transforms into a classroom, a cinema for our Favorite Film Series, and even a polling station. The Common Room is central to our building and our living-learning community.
Kilachand Community Conversations
While we cannot host you there in person this summer, we invite you to join us around a virtual table for conversation. As experts on all things Kilachand and BU, our student Ambassadors and Peer Mentors are excited to host their own small group Community Conversations this summer!
All of our conversations will be hosted virtually on Zoom and will be recorded for those unable to attend live.
“How to Succeed in Kilachand Year One”
Tuesday, June 20, 7:00-8:00 pm EST
Join on Zoom (Meeting ID: 532 569 3257, Passcode: 8BKhDa)
“Experiential Learning in Kilachand & BU”
Wednesday, July 12, 7:00-8:00 pm EST
Join on Zoom (Meeting ID: 532 569 3257, Passcode: 8BKhDa)
“Summer Book Club: Dawn”
Tuesday, August 15, 4-5:30 pm EST
Join on Zoom (Meeting ID: 935 8047 5665, Passcode: 279665)
The Peer Mentor Program
The Kilachand Peer Mentors help first-year Kilachand students navigate their college experience, areas of academic interest and the Kilachand curriculum. All first-year Kilachand students are assigned a Kilachand Peer Mentor who are a valuable resource as Kilachand first-year students begin their academic careers at Boston University. This is a unique opportunity for students to share their experiences, and campus resources with their mentees. These relationships will serve as a foundation for the Kilachand community.
Incoming students can expect to hear from their Peer Mentors in the first week of June. We will also host a Peer Mentor Meet & Greet during our Week of Welcome events in the first week of classes. Keep an eye on your BU email!