All full-time, undergraduate students attending Boston University starting in the fall 2021 semester are able to access a link off of this page that will bring them to their Orientation registration form. Boston University expects all new students to complete their Orientation experience in its entirety, prior to their first class. This includes both the mandatory Blackboard course and a live, remote session. The deadline for registering for the live, remote Orientation sessions is June 4, 2021. The deadline for completing the Blackboard course is September, 1, 2021.
All Orientation reservations are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so please register as soon as possible. In order to be eligible for Orientation, new students must complete the following steps:
Step 1: Submit your Enrollment Deposit Payment
Paying your deposit reflects an initial commitment to Boston University. Once your deposit payment has been submitted, it usually takes 3–5 days for the payment to actually process and become reflected in all of the University systems. Take advantage of this processing period to complete the next step!
Step 2: Review the Orientation Website
Be sure to review all of the information on the Orientation website prior to attempting to register for a session! The information on our site should help you understand our expectations for attendees. If you are unclear on anything you read, be sure to contact us before you register. We are happy to assist you with any questions/concerns.
Step 3: Wait for the Email Invitation
Once your enrollment deposit has processed, you will receive an email from BU Admissions [firstname.lastname@example.org] inviting you to set up your BU email and sign up for an Orientation session. Do not lose this email! It contains a link that is unique to you. This link will begin the process of creating your permanent “@bu.edu” email address.
Step 4: Create your BU Email
You must activate your Early Access account and then confirm you have read the Boston University Google Apps Acceptable Use and Data Security agreement. This will then give you access to BU Google Apps including BU Google Mail to access your University email account, which will be the primary method BU will use to communicate with you going forward. For more details, check out this comprehensive explanation of setting up your account.
If you encounter any issues setting up your virtual presence, or have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Information Services & Technology (IS&T) IT Help Center.
Also check out IS&T’s tips for improving Internet connectivity at home for a better online experience
Step 5: Register for an Orientation Session
Using your new BU email account and Kerberos password, you can now log in and complete the online Orientation registration form. Registrations are not considered complete until they have been submitted, so don’t forget to click the Submit button once you have completed your form. Once your form has been submitted, you won’t be able to make changes to your registration on your own.
Registration will begin on Friday, April 30, 2021.
Step 6: Select your Reflection Question
We are in these extraordinary circumstances where we have time to reassess and gain a better understanding of what motivates us and brings us joy. These moments help us gain a better understanding of who we are and what we want for the future. The Reflection Questions start the journey to clarify who we are. Select your favorite question in the Sharing Moments/green section. You will be grouped with other new students during your Orientation session who are willing to share their answers with others. This group of strangers will be your Orientation group.
Step 7: Sign up for a Continuing Conversation
Dive deeper into a specific topic area hosted by representatives from all over Boston University! The goal is to give students the opportunity to not only learn a little more about how we do things, but also give you the chance to meet and lead the discussion with other people who share the same interests as you!
Step 8: Complete the Orientation Blackboard Course
Learn more about academics, safety on campus and who Howard Thurman is through our mandatory Blackboard course that must be completed by September 1, 2021.
Have questions? Get answers to frequently asked questions.