Accepted Graduate Student Checklist
This checklist will help you plan your next steps as a new master’s or CAGS student in the BU Wheelock community. The Graduate Admissions team is here to support you as you move forward with this process and will be emailing you additional information as your starting semester approaches.
Accept your offer of admission
Accept your offer of admission and submit your non-refundable, $200 tuition deposit online to secure your place in your program! (You should receive an email with instructions).
Create a BU login
For access to BU’s webmail and other internet services, students need to have a login name and Kerberos password. This account will help in contacting your advisor and registering for classes. Detailed information will be sent to you from Graduate Admissions when you accept your offer of admission and pay the $200 tuition deposit. Once you create your account, please remember to check your BU email regularly as this will be your primary email account for the University. You may set up email forwarding to another email account. It can be accessed at www.bu.edu/webmail.
Connect with your advisor
Your advisor will be able to guide you with course selection, academic interests, and more. In addition, discuss with your advisor the recommended start term for your program. Some programs recommend a summer start instead of a fall start. Watch this video to learn how to find your advisor.
Register for classes
To register for classes, visit StudentLink. Click on ‘Academics’ and then ‘Registration.’ Note: If you wish to withdraw after registering for classes, you must contact the Data & Enrollment Management Office (email@example.com). You cannot fully withdraw from all of your courses online. For additional information on adding and dropping classes, watch this video.
Find housing and roommates
Start your housing search in the new graduate housing website.
If you need a roommate, our office conducts a housing and roommate survey in late spring each year and distributes the results to everyone who opts in. This can help you team up with other grad students to seek housing. Look for that email to arrive in your inbox this spring with more information.
In addition, the following resources are available:
Off-Campus housing: For information on off-campus housing such as apartment listings, information about tenant rights and responsibilities, neighborhood descriptions, definitions of common rental terms, considerations before signing a lease, and other resources to help with your housing search, please visit http://www.bu.edu/offcampus/.
University-owned apartments and graduate housing: BU Real Estate leases, manages and maintains residential apartments, a limited number of parking spaces, and commercial property owned by Boston University. Residential apartments are leased to full-time Boston University graduate students, faculty and staff only.
To view a list of required textbooks and to purchase textbooks, visit the BU Barnes & Noble bookstore.
Transportation & parking
All incoming BU students must provide medical health history and immunization records before arriving on campus. Failing to submit your health history information by the start of school may jeopardize your enrollment status. Use the patient connect portal to get started.
Disability & access services
To be compliant with the University you must complete:
- Health Information: Please view Incoming Health Requirements
- BU Alert Phone Number
- Settle Student Account
- Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Law Requirements
- Update Current Address
These requirements can be found via the StudentLink and can be completed once you have established a Kerberos user name and password. Compliance is critical; without it, students are blocked from University functions. To learn how to find your compliance status, watch this video.
Academic policies & student resources
Review information on Academic Policies and Student Resources on the BU Bulletin. Bookmark this page for future reference.
BU ID, aka 'The Terrier Card'
Terrier Cards for new students are issued at the start of the student’s first semester. For information on how to obtain a Terrier Card, visit http://www.bu.edu/terriercard/.