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BU College of Communication Quick Start Guide and FAQs

What is BU College of Communication? 

The BU College of Communication application simplifies the process of applying to programs. You start by selecting the program you wish to apply to, then you submit one application that includes all necessary materials. 

Start your application.

How long does the application process take? 

It's important you apply as early as possible since completing your application can be a lengthy process, and since application processing times vary throughout the cycle. Below is a suggested timeline that includes key actions to keep the application process on track. This timeline may need to be adjusted based on your programs' deadlines and requirements. 

Timeline

Key Actions

Prior to the Start of the Application Process

  1. Research programs you wish to apply to. Pay special attention to:
    • Cycle dates and application fees.
    • Recommendation requirements. 
    • Minimum requirements, including standardized test scores, supplemental applications, foreign evaluations, etc. 
  2. Begin contacting potential recommenders to confirm their participation. 
  3. Review the instructions in this Help Center. 

At Least 3 Months Prior to Deadline

  1. Create your account
  2. Complete the Colleges Attended section. 
  3. Complete the Recommendations section. 

At Least 10-12 Weeks Prior to Deadline

Check in with your recommenders to confirm that they received the recommendation request via email.

At Least 6-8 Weeks Prior to Deadline

  1. Complete and submit your application.
  2. Monitor your application and follow up on any missing items.

At Least 4-6 Weeks Prior to Deadline

Continue monitoring your application until your status is Complete. 

After Deadline

Download a copy of your application for your records.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Transcripts Programs and Statuses Fees and Payments
Do I need to send transcripts?

You must upload unofficial transcripts. See Colleges Attended for guidelines.

 

Should I send my high school transcripts?

No.

 

How do I remove a program?

Your application must always have at least one program selected. To remove a program, click the checkmark next to the program name on the Add Program tab or click the trash icon on the Submit Application tab.

 

Can I apply to more programs after I submit my application?

Yes, if the program's deadline date has not yet passed and the application cycle is open.

 

Should I submit my application if I'm still waiting on recommendations and/or official test scores?

Yes. You can submit your application before your recommendations and/or official test scores are received by BU College of Communication.

 

Will BU College of Communication update me on the status of my application?

Your application status for each program is listed in the Check Status section of the application. BU College of Communication will notify you when recommendations and official test scores are received.

 

When will I learn about admissions decisions? Did I get in!?

You must reach out to your program(s) to learn about a school's admissions decisions.

 

Is there any other way to pay other than by credit card?

We currently only accept payments by credit card: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.

 

I want a refund. What do I need to do?

Refunds are not given for any reason. Review Withdrawing Your BU College of Communication Application for more information.

 

 

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