Welcome Class of 2025
Welcome to Boston University and Kilachand Honors College! We wish we could gather on campus to celebrate with you this summer, but we hope the pages below will help you learn more about our unique and robust living and learning community.
Continue to explore by using the links at the bottom of this page for a deeper dive into the many aspects of your Kilachand experience and to review information about fall course registration so you’re prepared when the time comes.
We will see you soon at your pre-Orientation session!
Kilachand & BU Orientation
Don’t forget to register for BU Orientation!
Kilachand will be hosting VIRTUAL pre-Orientation sessions in early June. Attending one BU Orientation and one Kilachand virtual pre-Orientation session is required for new BU students.
At our pre-Orientation sessions you will join the Kilachand Advising Team to review the Kilachand curriculum, how Kilachand integrates with the BU Schools & Colleges and the BU Hub, and review fall course registration. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about community programs and extracurricular opportunities at Kilachand. We can’t wait to meet you!
- Wednesday, June 2 at 7PM EDT
- Thursday, June 3 at 3PM EDT
- Friday, June 4 at 9AM EDT
You will automatically receive a Zoom link for your pre-Orientation session to the email address you used when registering.
Advising & Registration
All Boston University students will be assigned a First-Year Advisor 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 when it is time for you to register.
Kilachand Academic Advisors will be the First-Year Advisors for Kilachand students in the College of Arts & Sciences, and a professional advisor from your home school or college will be the First-Year Advisor for those of you in all other schools and colleges.
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 Advisors will be available for one-on-one advising meetings with via Zoom beginning in mid-June. In the meantime, please review our Kilachand Summer Advising & Registration page for new students.
Housing & Kilachand Hall
All first-year Kilachand students live together in suites on dedicated floors of Kilachand Hall, where the Kilachand Directors, Academic Advisors, and Post-Doctoral Fellows also have offices. Upperclassmen in the College serve as Resident Assistants and our faculty reside as part of the Faculty in Residence Program. The frequent, informal interactions among students, faculty, and staff fosters a community of collegiality and support.
Community is central to Kilachand, and we consider our residential experience an essential component to engagement in our program. Kilachand Peer Mentors host Study Breaks on the first floor of Kilachand Hall, where we also hold classes, co-curricular events, and other community events such as voter registration drives and the Kilachand Teas. Those who thrive in Kilachand find our community and residential experience to be a draw and benefit of our program.
We invite Kilachand students who are seeking support in identifying gender-affirming housing within Kilachand Hall to email Amanda Shalian, our Director of Student Academic Life, for a confidential conversation about your preferences.
You can find a walk-through of the BU Housing Application here. You can list Kilachand Hall as your first choice, and simply list any other residences in the remaining spaces. Don’t worry – whatever you select, your space in Kilachand Hall has been reserved for you! If you’ve chosen a new friend to live with, please know that you can indicate one another as your preferred roommate on your Housing Application, but you must both be Kilachand Honors College students.
Join us in the Virtual Common Room
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.
While we cannot (yet) host you there in person, we invite you to join us around a virtual table for conversation.
Kilachand Ambassador and Peer Mentor Office Hours
Professors, teaching and learning assistants, advisors, and other staff hold office hours during the academic year – scheduled time outside the classroom to meet one-on-one or in small groups. Regularly attending office hours is a great way to get your questions answered, reinforce understanding, discuss shared interests, and build relationships in the university setting. As experts on all things Kilachand and BU, our Ambassadors and Peer Mentors are excited to host their own small group conversations!
Dates, registration pages, and Zoom links coming soon!
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.
You will hear from your Peer Mentor in late summer. Keep an eye on your BU email!