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December 19

Is it really cold in Boston?

By Lisa H.

I’m always surprised when I get this question on the road, especially because I primarily travel to the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, where the weather isn’t very different from here in Boston (and  I’m pretty sure that they’ve gotten more snow than us for the past two years). I understand it a bit more when I travel back to my hometown of Richmond, VA where even rumors of snow lead to hoarding of canned goods and a day off of school for 2 inches of snowfall.

So, to dispel any mysteries surrounding winters in Boston for those of you in warmer climates, I provide you with (in my opinion) the two most important characteristics of the coldest season of the year:

Winters here are long, rather than frigid. While we’ll likely have a few days that get particularly cold (think Minnesota, with temps regularly well below zero), winters here are much more temperate (we’re talking like 10-35 degrees) but the cold will start as early as October – like this year when we got our first snow Halloween weekend – and will go right on up until April.

Winters are unpredictable. One year we’ll get very little snow, and the next we’ll get this:


The snow here is one of the things that make Boston the charming city that it is in the winter, and I love watching the whole city turn white — this is the view from our office window looking out onto Commonwealth Ave last year:


But as much as I love the snow and winters here in Boston (I do love my seasons), I’m very grateful this holiday season for the days I get to enjoy the snow from the comfort of my own living room while working from home, and the week I’ll be spending in California before the worst of the winter really hits. But for when the snow does come, my best advice is to ignore all fashion and invest in a heavy winter coat and some waterproof snow boots.

Happy holidays, and stay warm!

December 15

What movie are we going to see this weekend?

By Stacey Milton

Coolidge Corner Theatre, located just off campus in nearby Brookline

Some of my favorite memories of being a student a BU include weekend outings to the movies with friends. Living in Myles Standish Hall, we were a ten minute walk from the theatre at Fenway. I couldn’t tell you how many weekends were spent corralling a group of five or more to see the new Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter (there was a new film in either series for each year I was a BU student — it was awesome).

As a high school student, I worked in a small, five-screen movie theatre in my hometown. I loved working behind the scenes as a projectionist, but often lamented that many of the films that I wanted to check out – mostly indie or foreign films – never made it to our little town. I was like a kid in a candy store when I found that in Boston I could see every film that I wanted to check out. I think I saw Amélie three times at the theatre in Copley. Alas, this particular theatre is now a Barneys.

I have no doubt that current students are still enjoying this movie-going tradition on the weekends. In fact, I was thrilled to come across this post from BU Culture Shock, the blog of BU’s Howard Thurman Center. Their recent post, “CULTS, CLASSICS AND REAL BUTTER” is a great guide to the many independent theatres in the Boston area. Film buffs, take notice. You’ll want to check these out for sure.

December 13

Admissions Tip#6: Don’t wait until the last minute to hit submit

By Stacey Milton

Online applications can hit glitches. Make sure you have enough time to fill them out, check them, and fix them. Starting on them the day before a deadline is a don’t.

Over 95% of Boston University applications are submitted online, and many of those come through during the last week of December.

If you wait until December 31st to submit your application, you may find yourself flirting with disaster: not only will many other students be submitting applications through the Common Application (lots of online traffic!) but the BU Admissions Office will be closed until January 3rd, so you won’t be able to contact anyone right away if you encounter problems. Keep in mind that this won’t hurt you with regard to application consideration, but it will add some unnecessary stress to your holiday break!

If you are ready to submit your application — your essays have been proofed, you’ve crossed your t’s and dotted your i’s — then take a deep breath and send it our way! Then you can take that great sigh of relief in knowing that it’s out of your hands for a few months.

December 12

So much cheer, so few pants…

By Stacey Milton

Hundreds gathered in Boston for the 12th annual Santa Speedo Run on Saturday, Dec. 10. Runners, running enthusiasts, and fans of the quirky tradition took part in the roughly one-mile race down Boylston Street and Newbury Street. Proceeds benefit the Play Ball Foundation.

Runners in the Santa Speedo Run 2011. Photo courtesy of

Like many of my fellow Bostonians, I found myself downtown doing a little Christmas shopping this weekend. I actually enjoy the frenzied bustle of Boylston Street during the holidays, provided I have a nice warm beverage in hand. As with much of the East Coast, here in Boston we’ve had an unseasonably warm winter thus far, but this Saturday the temperature had dropped to a brisk 38 degrees. So, you’ll probably understand why I found it a little peculiar to see a girl standing outside the Apple Store wearing a perfectly weather-appropriate parka and….no pants. No pants! It was freezing outside, and she was in what appeared to be a bathing suit bottom.

Now, I know why: This Saturday was the 12th Annual Santa Speedo Run! Though less established than the Boston Marathon, this fundraising event has spread to other cities throughout the US, and the name pretty much says it — excited runners take to the streets of Boston in their skivvies, decked out in bright red and green to raise money for the Play Ball Foundation “which provides Boston middle school students with a chance to play and build friendships and character through the lessons of sport.” It’s a great cause, and a wonderfully amusing event to stumble upon while out doing a little holiday shopping. People-watching in Boston doesn’t get any more interesting than that!

You can check out more great photos from the event on

December 8

Admissions Tip #5: Create a plan to manage college correspondence

By Stacey Milton

Separate correspondence from your friends and family from the college process. Designate an email account for college stuff only so you don’t miss a message between Aunt Betty and spam.

I don’t know about you, but I get way more emails a day than I could possibly read. Between work messages, Facebook updates and notifications of holiday sales, it’s a mess in there. One remedy is to clear out the unnecessary clutter with a designated email account that you can use exclusively for college applications. Many colleges, including BU, will be in touch primarily through email, so it’s important to be sure that you are getting those important messages.

In addition, BU applicants can check their application status through their Web Account, so it’s also good to get into a habit of checking it pretty regularly to see if we are requesting anything. But, if you forget to check your Web Account, we will most likely email you to let you know if we are missing anything for your file. Even more importantly, we’ll be sending you an email when your decision is available online later in the spring, and you won’t want to miss that!

(Plus, as an added benefit, there’s nothing potentially questionable about compared to some of the other email addresses we’ve seen!)

November 17

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Stacey Milton

Don’t forget, Boston University is closed Thursday, November 24, and Friday November 25 in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving is one of the many American traditions that international students get to experience for the first time while on campus. We  even have a Thanksgiving themed dinner in the dining hall before the break!

For those who have never celebrated the holiday and will remain on campus, there is a Thanksgiving Meal at Marsh Chapel at 2pm on Thanksgiving Day! All students, faculty and staff on campus during the holiday are welcome to attend.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Ann Corbett
International Student Advisor

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!

October 17

Hello from BU’s Admissions Reception Center!

By Stacey Milton


121 Bay State Road, home to our visitor center

I am Leah McDermott, the Senior Staff Coordinator based at 121 Bay State Road.  I am the very lucky person who gets to manage the day-to-day operations of BU’s “front door.”  I really feel that I have one of the greatest jobs in admissions.

Every day I walk down a picture-perfect street lined with brownstones to an ivy-covered building with marble pillars—truly the epitome of what comes to mind when you hear the words “Boston” & “University.”  I’ll let you discover what lies behind our ten-foot wooden doors, but the beauty of the building isn’t even half the reason why I love my job so much.

I love the energy and enthusiasm that lives inside this historic building.  I spend my days with our student volunteers and staff members and the BU spirit that fills this place is simply contagious.  We have about 200 students volunteer to be Ambassadors of BU and I would say the major qualifications for this position are easy to meet:  love BU and love talking about why you love BU!

Brownstones along Bay State Road

Brownstones along Bay State Road

Our tour guides love chatting with students, parents, staff – even the walls – about their experiences as BU students.  I have heard stories ranging from the secrets of Google from a former student intern (well, I now know that they have secrets, I didn’t get the details) to learning how to use a “toilet” during a semester abroad in Morocco.  I am constantly wowed by the accomplishments of our students and learn something new exciting about the fabric of our community every day.  Ambassadors are the people who live and breathe BU and they jump at the chance to share their excitement with prospective students and their families, and me!

It is this wealth of fresh, positive energy from the students at 121 that has really helped to me feel like a member of the BU community since I started working here last January.  The granite steps and wrought iron lattice that lines the porch certainly describe a “Boston” “University,” but it is the passion from our students that defines Boston University.  I hope you’ll come visit us here in Boston someday soon so you can meet some of the awesome people I get to work with everyday because we certainly would love to meet you!

October 14

BU students travel too

By kede

We’ve talked a lot about our BU Admissions Directors’ chance to travel the globe while meeting prospective students. But, did you know as a BU student you’ll have the same opportunity?

Our study abroad program is the premier program in the country, with academic and internship opportunities in over 25 countries. Always wanted to visit Italy? At BU you can. How about Morocco, China or New Zealand? Yep, we have programs there too.

As impressive as the 1.3-mile BU campus is, we encourage students to get out of here and challenge themselves! Some are pursuing engineering studies in Dresden, Germany, others are interning at Yahoo in London. You can study language, liberal arts, fine arts, science, business, engineering, or pursue an internship. The opportunities abroad really are unbelievable.

As you consider applying to BU, think about the opportunity to study in an internationally ranked and recognized U.S. university, but also consider the chance to gain an international perspective of your own. Who knows? Maybe one day you’ll have a blog just like this one to share your study abroad experiences in.

September 12

Welcome to the brand spankin’ new BU Admissions blog!

By Stacey Milton

Hello from BU Admissions!

The process of applying to college has changed dramatically since I applied back in the fall of 2000. There were about 28,000 applications for admission that year, and I was beyond thrilled when I received the great news that I would be a future terrier and member of BU’s Class of 2005.

Now, as a BU alumna and member of the board of admission, it’s an honor to participate in the selection of the students who continue to shape this amazing place. It is so exciting to watch BU’s popularity grow each year – for the Class of 2015 we had close to 42,000 applications for admission!

My colleagues and I love being a part of this wonderful institution, and we hope you are as excited to learn more about BU as we are to share our stories. Through this blog, we will chronicle our adventures traveling throughout the U.S. and internationally as we meet with prospective students in the fall. We will share some tips to help you with the college admissions process (in our office alone we have over 75 years of shared admissions experience!).  And we will pass along some of the very cool, interesting things that we think you should know about BU. This place is ever-changing, so we are always learning new things (and we like it that way).

So, please keep in touch. Ask us questions. Let us know what you would like to know more about. And we’ll keep it coming!