About the Center
The Newbury Center opened its doors in January 2021 with the goal of fostering the holistic success of first-generation students at Boston University—students we refer to as “Terrier Firsts.” We aim to become a highly visible, transformative unit of the University, offering programming and services designed to ensure that first-generation students experience the same sense of well-being, belonging, self-efficacy, and academic accomplishment as their continuing-generation peers. The center is located in the heart of campus, at 755 Commonwealth Ave. and is primarily funded by an endowment established with funds received from Newbury College, a private liberal arts college that served many first-generation students in nearby Brookline before closing its doors in 2019.
Specific initiatives include:
Support for navigating the financial aid system and developing financial literacy.
Programs and systems to help students know where to turn for academic support
and how to make the best use of the many available resources that ensure academic
success, such as writing programs and course selection advice.
Support for taking full advantage of internships and study abroad opportunities.
Cohort and mentoring programs to foster a sense of belonging.
Outreach to families to build understanding and shared commitment to academic
success and cocurricular engagement.