Archive for the ‘Admissions Travel’ Category

November 6

Figuring Out Your Path as an International Applicant

By caitfair

The BU Admissions team has been travelling across the United States and the globe to meet students who are interested in studying at Boston University. Our International Team set out in September and October to bring a little bit of Boston abroad. Caitlin Fairfield, an Assistant Director of International Admissions, met with students in Europe through college fairs and high school visits.

Caitlin Fairfield

Caitlin Fairfield at CIS Geneva College Night

Having been an international student myself, I have a profound sense of admiration for those who chose to pursue their undergraduate degree abroad.

Bravely, all freshmen coming to Boston University start a new chapter, a new leaf, a new life, and a new set of friends. International students do all of this, sometimes in a new language, a new culture, a new style of education. As an international student, there are always many questions about the ins-and-outs of college life that are not so different than American freshmen: Where to go? What to eat? How far is the closest burger place? And for international students, the questions of student visas and TOEFL scores are thrown into the mix. Or maybe simply why American kids wear bright sneakers instead of shiny, pointy shoes. It’s a lot to grasp. Keep in mind, there are always resources (like the International Admissions office) to help you with practical and cultural queries, all along the way.

In my travels, I was fortunate to meet students from all across the globe in places like London, England, Paris, France, Brussels, Belgium, Madrid, Spain, Zurich, Geneva, and throughout Germany and the Czech Republic. Many students had questions about curriculum changes (like transitioning from IB curriculum to the American system), living arrangements, and food choices for students.

First, let me tell you, if you are on an international curriculum, you will be a wonderful fit for Boston University. The kind of preparation you receive from the IB, French Baccalaureate, or German Abitur is one that will prepare you well for the challenging work at BU. Our flexible academic structure and liberal arts based curriculum fused with professional studies allows students to explore their preferred area of study, while growing in personal experiences, and keeping an open mind. At BU, we like to think big, we like to see the whole picture.

The Swiss Alps

BU traveling through the Swiss Alps

As far as the other two concerns of housing and food, all Boston University students are guaranteed all four years, and the dining services here may even rival your local patisserie. All the basics (like your new favorite place to study overlooking Kenmore Square) are covered!

So, relax. Focus on your strengths, and where you would like to go with BU. As international students, you are already adventurers, and this is your big moment with your own American Dream. You are equipped to take on the challenge of American education, and just like they say, the American folks are pretty friendly, and ready to make life-long friends from all around the world.




October 29

BU Admissions Interruptions Due to Hurricane Sandy

By Stacey Milton

Hurricane Sandy

Due to the severe weather that is affecting the entire east coast, BU Admissions has been grounded for a few days. In fact, Boston University and much of Boston is closed today—a rare occurrence.

Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, we’ve had to contend with cancelled flights and school closures, and we will be unable to visit some schools as originally planned this week. This is disappointing, as we always look forward to meeting students in person. We’ve also extended our Early Decision deadline to Monday, November 5, 2012.

If BU Admissions is not able to visit your school this year, please know that you are always welcome to contact your regional admissions representative with any questions, concerns, or to simply introduce yourself.

For those in the path of the storm, we hope you stay safe, warm and dry. Good luck!

September 24

See you this fall

By Stacey Milton

It feels like we were just out on the road meeting with newly admitted Terriers, and yet our travels to meet with prospective BU applicants have begun yet again.

View from the T - a perfect fall day on campus

My colleagues are all across the country—and world—visiting students at high schools and holding special admissions events. Just last week, I was meeting with juniors and seniors in Delaware and Chester County, Pennsylvania. I was pleasantly surprised to see great numbers everywhere I went. It was a fun four days, even in spite of some wicked rain and flooding in Pottstown, PA. I’m thrilled that so many students are taking the time to learn more about BU, and I can’t wait to meet even more over the next two months.

This beautiful fall weekend in Boston was also quite BU-oriented. Boston University welcomed thousands of alumni back to campus for our annual Reunion Weekend. Kicking off the celebration on Saturday night was an impressive display of talent – from student choirs to the Boston Pops. I saw lots of familiar faces as different student groups were highlighted; our admissions volunteers really ARE involved in everything. I was super proud to see one our Admissions Ambassadors, Alison Weltman, representing the Community Service Center and announcing a 1 million hour student service pledge over the next five years.

Tomorrow, it’s back to eastern PA, my Admissions home-away-from-home (and for me, it really is home!). I’m looking forward to meeting many  interesting students thinking about BU.

And, if you happen to be in Tampa, FL; Warwick, RI; Long Island, NY; Troy, MI; or Portland, OR – we hope to see you Monday night at our BU Admissions event!

Dean Kenneth Elmore leads an impromptu Jeopardy match during Alumni Weekend's Celebration of BU

BU's Pep Band, bringing down the arena

October 26

Warm Reception, Cool Day

By Jonathan

Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Lattes are on the menu, haunted houses seem to be on every corner, and I hear from friends back east that leaves are beginning to change colors. Fall is in the air! However, I travel to sunny, southern California to visit high schools and attend college fairs during the fall. I am one of the few people on our staff who packs a swim suit and lays out on the beach for a little bit over the weekend.  It’s fabulous!

Last week, I woke up to a cloudy, rainy and cool California. Where did the “never-ending” summer go? It appeared my weather was similar to that which my friends had been Tweeting and Facebooking about for some time on the east coast.  At my first high school visit of the day, I was greeted by this sign:

Whitney High School

This instantly put a smile on my face as I raced toward the door in the rain (I didn’t even think to pack an umbrella for southern California) and was greeted by a student at the front gate, who happily shared her umbrella with me as we walked to the Career Center.  Inside, I found a room full of eager and excited, future Terriers.  We had a wonderful conversation about BU and the admissions process, and none of the students were shy about asking questions.  This is why I love my job! No matter the day, no matter the location, no matter the weather, I have the privilege to meet with many amazing students.


In true California fashion, the weather cleared and I watched a beautiful sunset over the Pacific before attending a college fair that evening.  Whether you met me at the fair last week, or you meet one of my colleagues across the country, know that our energy and enthusiasm comes not only from working at such an amazing place, but from having the chance to get to know you. Come say hello!

September 22

Lights, camera, action!

By kede

IMG_2235John Gursky joined the Admissions team on September 1, and today he toured the College of Communication’s (COM) BUTV10 film studios to learn more about the curriculum for COM students. He does a pretty great impression of a news anchor, doesn’t he? is Boston University’s student-produced and managed television station. Established in 2005, it’s a University-wide resource that presents the work of students, faculty and alumni via campus channel 10, live streaming video and on-demand web content. If you’re thinking about applying to COM, you should know it’s just one of the cool resources offered to students.

On October 17, John will begin his international travel to spread the word about all of BU’s exciting academic opportunities in nine undergraduate colleges and schools. There’s a lot to learn before then! Good luck John.

September 16

How do you say…

By kede

Kelly in Mandarin

…your name in Mandarin?

Assistant Vice President & Executive Director of Admissions Kelly A. Walter shared a cool picture from China of her name in both Mandarin and English. After meeting many impressive prospective international students, Kelly is wrapping up her visits in China. Safe travels back to the U.S.!

September 15

BU in Beijing!

By kede

Kelly BeijingDuring her travels in Beijing, Assistant Vice President & Executive Director of Admissions Kelly A. Walter visited with Principal Tian at Beijing School No. 80.  This is one of the top schools in Beijing, and their most recent visitor was the President of China, Hu Jintao. This is the only school he visited in Beijing. Very impressive!

BU is one of the top 10 universities in the U.S. for international students, with representation from more than 100 countries – including Argentina, China, France, India, Poland, and Turkey.