RISE: Admissions Timeline

As announced by the president and provost on Tuesday, April 7, Boston University has cancelled on-campus programming for Summer 2020. In light of this, we have made the incredibly difficult decision to cancel the Internship track this year due to its hands-on laboratory nature. The RISE Practicum track will be moving to a remote learning environment.

February 14: Your online application and a complete set of your supplemental materials are due by 11:59 pm EST.

A complete set of supplemental materials includes your high school transcript, standardized test scores, and financial aid documents (for those applying for financial aid).

February 25: Recommendations are due by 9:00 am EST. Recommendations received after the deadline will not be accepted. It is your responsibility to ensure that both of your recommenders submit the required forms by the deadline. You will receive an automated email when a recommender submits a form on your behalf.

An application is considered complete only after the online application, supplemental materials, and recommendations have been received. We will email you once we have received your complete application to confirm receipt. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Late February through mid-March: Complete applications will undergo an initial round of review by the RISE Admissions Committee. Following the initial review, qualified applicants to the RISE Internship track will be notified of advancement to the matching phase of the admissions process.

During the matching phase, your application will be shared with researchers with whom your research interests align. Your application may be sent to the researchers with whom you expressed a specific interest in working, as well as other researchers whose interests match yours. You will only receive an offer of admission if and when a faculty member agrees to host you as an intern.

Not all applicants who advance to the matching phase will receive offers of admission. The chances of receiving an offer of admission vary by field of interest; the most competitive fields are those in which a large number of applicants express an interest, or in which few researchers are available to host interns.

Due to the amount of time it takes our office to secure internship placements, we ask matching pool applicants to inform us immediately if you are no longer interested in participating in the program. Students in the matching pool should not reach out directly to faculty members.

Internship track applicants who do not advance to the matching phase will be informed by email in mid-March. Due to the high number of applicants, we are not able to provide individualized feedback about students’ applications.

Late March: Offers of admission will be made to applicants who applied to the Practicum as your first choice. A small number of applicants who applied to the Practicum as your second choice may also receive offers of admission at this time.

Late April: Most offers of admission to the Internship track will be made by this time. Students for whom we are unable to find a match will also be notified.

Unmatched students will be given the option to remain on a waitlist, should a RISE placement become available in late spring.

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