Academic Services Center

635 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 207

Welcome to the Academic Services Center (ASC)

The ASC can help you with a variety of questions and procedures. Our hours are 9:00-5:00 Monday-Friday, and you are always welcome to drop by. We can answer basic queries, direct you to alternative sources of information, and/or help you to make an appointment with an academic counselor.

For questions about changing/declaring your major, academic opportunities, and advice of all types, you can also use the advising portal. The Sargent College Dean’s Hosts also work out of the ASC office, and they are available for tours with prospective students and other honored guests.

Visit the University Registrar’s site for information and services offered by the Registrar’s Office, such as Important Semester Deadlines and Dates, Registration, Ordering Transcripts, and, for downloadable forms, such as Registration and Add/Drop Forms.

Meet our Advising Team

Deborah Claar is assistant director of academic services where she serves as an academic counselor to juniors and seniors. She meets with intra-University and outside transfers to evaluate their credentials, offers professional development seminars, serves on the College Academic Policies & Procedures and Undergraduate Education Committees ex officio, and works closely with the faculty to ensure school policies are being met. She is also an advisor for the Peer Counselor program and the Sargent College Honor Society.

Heather Nicholson is assistant director of academic services. She is an academic counselor to Sargent freshmen, sophomores, and advises undeclared students, College of General Studies (CGS) intra-university transfers and internal Sargent transfers. Heather runs open houses for interested students and meets with prospective students and their families. She is responsible for the spring events for accepted freshmen, coordinates the process for changing majors within Sargent, facilitates orientation for incoming freshmen, and oversees the Dean’s Host program and Student Government. She is also an advisor for the Peer Mentor program and meets with students who are interested in studying abroad or declaring a minor.  She is the Instructor for SAR HP 150, Freshmen Seminar and a Title IX coordinator.

Sharon Sankey is the assistant dean of student services. She is responsible for the administration and supervision of all Academic Services Center registrar functions, including registration, course adjustments, grade changes, petitions, student status verification and changes, and international student semester verification. She coordinates course and final exam scheduling, and all room requests are confirmed through her office. She also manages graduate admissions as well as graduate student withdrawals and leaves of absence.

Janet Turner is the director of graduate financial aid. She awards Sargent College financial assistance funds to graduate students and advises on the loan process at Boston University. She processes all credit releases, emergency loans, and other materials related to graduate student financial assistance. She is responsible for all financial aid records.

Other Resources

As a BU student, you have access to an extensive array of research resources through the University Libraries. A majority of our resources are now online, and you can access databases, journals, and books from your own computer. You can find guides that will link you to key health science library resources here. You may also find this guide on searching for evidence-based information to be helpful.

Librarians at the Mugar Memorial Library are available to help you:

  • identify online databases for your topic.
  • formulate search strategies for our online databases.
  • search for evidence-based information to support your research.
  • track down data and statistics.
  • use citation software (such as RefWorks or Zotero).
  • access the full-text of articles.

Library support

Kate Silfen is the Health Science Librarian at Mugar Memorial Library, and you can contact her at or 617-358-3965 for research assistance.

You can also call the Mugar Research Center at 617-353-2700 or e-mail We also invite you to chat online with a librarian.

100 Bay State Road

The ERC offers free peer tutoring services as well as workshops in Test-Taking, Test Anxiety, Channeling Perfectionism, Time Management, Problem Solving, and Note-Taking and Memorization.

The George K. Makechnie Study Center (MSC), conveniently located in Sargent room 237, offers students a comfortable, convenient place to study with ten computer workstations and four study rooms for group working sessions.

Life at BU can be very stressful for students as they face the challenge of a highly competitive academic environment and begin to assume a variety of roles and responsibilities. In addition to the support we can provide to each other, there are also professional support services available to students on campus through the Dean of Students and Behavioral Medicine.