Absence for Religious Reasons
According to Chapter 151C of the General Laws, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, any student in an educational or vocational training institution, other than a religious or denominational educational or vocational training institution, who is unable, because of his or her religious beliefs, to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study, or work requirements on a particular day, shall be excused from any such examination or study or work requirement, and shall be provided with an opportunity to make up such examination, study, or work requirement that may have been missed because of such absence on any particular day; provided, however, that such makeup examination or work shall not create an unreasonable burden upon such school. No fees of any kind shall be charged by the institution for making available to the said students such opportunity. No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to students because of their availing themselves of the provisions of this section.
Change of Major/Degree Program
Metropolitan College students should contact their academic advisor concerning any degree or program changes.
Communications Expectations & Resources
Metropolitan College believes that all students should be evaluated critically and consistently based not only on what they have to say, but how they say it. In an effort to ensure future success, both academically and professionally, no student, regardless of nationality, will be granted a Metropolitan College degree if he or she cannot produce clearly written work such as research papers, business correspondence, critical analyses of issues or problems, well-organized business plans, or other documents normally expected in the field.
Here you’ll find information about our expectations in terms of written and spoken communication, as well as resources for students seeking to improve writing skills or pursue English language instruction.
Metropolitan College is proud of the diversity of its student population and is committed to educating undergraduate and graduate students in an environment that welcomes students from all backgrounds and cultures. At the same time, faculty members are committed to evaluating student work in a manner that is consistent with the high normative standards of university education.
It is a common and unfortunate misconception to believe that excellence in a field of study, such as mathematics or computer programming, can be achieved without proficiency in English, even if mathematical symbols and formal syntax are the same regardless of native language. In fact, the contrary is often true: a subtle change in the English formulation translates into a different formula or syntax construct, and may lead to serious errors. While it is the duty of educators to develop and nurture students’ English knowledge and skills while ensuring their mastery of professional terminology, responsibility must also lie with the student. Open communication must be maintained within the classroom and assistance must be sought if a student feels that he or she is in need of further tutoring.
At the undergraduate level, Metropolitan College has revised its English Composition requirements to assure a higher standard of proficiency in written communications. As part of course requirements, students must demonstrate their mastery of writing and spoken English.
At the graduate level, this challenge and responsibility is equally important. The University faculty recognize that Boston University has a large population of international students, many of whom are not English speaking. They also recognize that many graduate students who are native English speakers may not have had an undergraduate education that demanded extensive written work (e.g., majors in studio art, music performance, mathematics, or engineering). Knowledge of the English language is central to success both in graduate studies and a professional career. Understanding lecture material, taking part in class discussion, efficiently distilling knowledge from the large body of professional literature, articulating ideas for a project or a management approach, justifying a strategy or business plan—all depend on the ability to communicate, orally and in writing, clearly and concisely. Toward this end, each department or graduate program will develop its own diagnostic means of evaluating student writing and make remedial assistance available to all students who are not producing work at a satisfactory level.
Writing & English Language Resources
The ERC Writing Center offers tutoring and assistance with writing, free to Boston University students. Staffed by BU doctoral students, the Writing Center is designed to assist students with all aspects of the writing process excluding proofreading and editing. Our writing fellows help students with writing elements such as organization, documentation, and style. Visit bu.edu/erc for detailed information and hours of operation.
The Center for English Language & Orientation Programs (CELOP)
890 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-353-4870 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Center for English Language & Orientation Programs (CELOP) offers non-native speakers of English a variety of courses geared to different levels of language proficiency. Visit bu.edu/celop/part-time for details on courses, schedules, and costs.
Metropolitan College Courses in Writing & Composition
1010 Commonwealth Avenue, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-353-6000 | Email: email@example.com
Metropolitan College offers writing and composition courses for native speakers of English as well as international students. Courses include:
- MET AD 501 Business Communications for International Students
- MET BC 101 Basic Writing Skills
- MET EN 101 Expository Composition for International Students I
- MET EN 102 Expository Composition for International Students II
- MET EN 103 Basic Composition
- MET EN 104 English Composition
- MET EN 201 Intermediate Composition
For more information, see undergraduate courses in English & American Literature.
Boston University Summer Term offers courses for native speakers of English and international students. Courses include:
- CAS WR 098 Intro to College Reading and Writing in English (ESL only)
- CAS WR 100 Writing Seminars
- CAS 150 Writing and Research Seminars
Find full descriptions, schedules, and costs of Writing Courses at bu.edu/summer.
Students who achieve academic excellence at Metropolitan College receive recognition on the Dean’s List. Metropolitan College undergraduate degree candidates who have completed at least four 4-credit courses in one academic year with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 are eligible for the Dean’s List. Students with incomplete grades are ineligible. A letter from the dean is written to each student who receives this honor and a notation is made on the student’s permanent record.
Good Standing for Graduate Students
Students matriculating in Metropolitan College graduate degree programs are required to maintain high levels of achievement to remain in good standing in their programs. The academic status of graduate students is reviewed by the student’s department or program office at the end of each semester. Good academic standing is defined by (1) a semester grade point average of at least 3.0; and (2) a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
The lowest grade acceptable for credit is a B- for most graduate programs, with the exception of Actuarial Science, Computer Science programs, Criminal Justice, and programs at military locations, in which case the lowest grade acceptable for credit is a C.
Undergraduate Academic Residency Policy
Students must complete a minimum of 48 Boston University credits for the undergraduate program. More than that minimum may be required for completion for a student’s chosen program of study. “Boston University credits” include those earned in Boston University summer courses and Boston University study abroad programs. Exceptions to the residency requirement may be granted by petition to the Office of the Provost. This policy applies to all Boston University undergraduate students.
Withdrawal/Leave of Absence/Reinstatement
Withdrawal/Leave of Absence Online Form (Kerberos required)
For Students Without a BU Login
If you do not have a BU login, you can print the Withdrawal/Leave of Absence Form and submit it to:
1010 Commonwealth Avenue, 3rd floor
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-353-6000 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upon receipt of your official Withdrawal/Leave of Absence Form, the Office of the University Registrar will adjust your account according to their published refund schedule. View the schedule and find additional information at the Office of the University Registrar website.
To return from a leave of absence or to request to be reinstated after a period of time away from the College, students should contact the appropriate MET office as indicated below.
MET graduate degree students should contact their academic department or program office.
MET undergraduate degree students should contact MET Student Services via email to email@example.com, or by calling 617-353-2980.
MET graduate or undergraduate non-degree students should contact MET Student Services via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 617-353-2980.