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. We can answer basic queries, direct you to alternative sources of information, and/or help you to make an appointment with an academic counselor.
During the fall 2020 semester, the ASC will be staffed 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST Monday-Thursday. Emails and phone calls will be answered in a timely fashion during regular hours (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST Monday-Friday). You can email us at email@example.com.
For questions about changing/declaring your major, academic opportunities, and advice of all types, you can also use the advising portal.
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.
Roz Abukasis is an academic counselor who advises Sargent sophomores, CGS students who continue into Sargent and intra-university transfers. She serves as advisor to the Peer Mentor Program and collaborates with Debbie Claar in facilitating the professional development workshop series. She is also the Sargent Staff Advising Representative to the Advising Network Committee.
Deborah Claar is one of the Assistant Directors of Academic Services and academic counselor to juniors and seniors. She meets with intra-university and outside transfers to evaluate their credentials and offers professional development seminars in collaboration with the Sargent College Alumni Association and the Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations. She serves as advisor to the Peer Mentor program, the Sargent College Honor Society and as a Title IX Coordinator.
Heather Nicholson is one of the Assistant Directors of Academic Services and academic counselor to first-year students, advisor to undeclared students, as well as internal Sargent transfers. Heather facilitates events for prospective students and meets with them. She is responsible for the spring events for admitted first-year students, runs the orientation for incoming first-year students, and serves as an advisor for the Dean’s Hosts and Student Government. Heather works with students who are interested in studying abroad or declaring a minor and is the instructor for the SAR HP150 Sargent First-Year Experience Seminar. She serves on the Sargent College Academic Policies & Procedures as an ex officio member, works closely with the faculty to ensure that policies are being met and serves as 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.
Graduate Financial Aid
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.
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.
Kate Silfen is the Health Science Librarian at Mugar Memorial Library, and you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-358-3965 for research assistance.
Educational Resource Center (ERC)
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.
Makechnie Study Center (MSC)
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.
Students in distress
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.