This section pulls in information you entered when you created your account. Confirm that what appears here is correct; click the Profile Section link to make changes.
If you commonly use a preferred first or middle name that differs from your legal name, select Yes in this section and enter the preferred information.
If you are sending any documentation or test scores where your name is listed differently than it appears on your application, select Yes in this section and enter the alternate information. This ensures that your documents and test scores are matched to your application. Contact customer service so they can manually match these items to your application; failure to do so could cause significant delays.
Examples of alternate names include:
- Birth names (if different from current legal name)
- Maiden names
- Nicknames (e.g., "Bob" for Robert, "Beth" for Elizabeth, etc.)
- "Westernized" names
- Alternate punctuation (e.g., your name appears with/without a hyphen, apostrophe, or diacritical marking)
- Alternate spacing (e.g., your name appears with or without specific spaces)
- Known misspellings (if a document contains a misspelling)
Select your legal sex. BU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences requires a “male” or “female” response to fulfill the university’s federal reporting requirements. If desired, you may also indicate your gender identity in this section.
Gender Identity and Preferred Pronouns
If your gender identity differs from your legal sex, use this section to indicate your gender and pronouns.
Enter your date of birth in MM/DD/YYYY format. For example, January 7, 1989, would be listed as 01/07/1989. Make sure you enter your date of birth correctly; failure to do so could cause significant delays with matching documentation and test scores.
Then, enter your country, city, state/territory/province, and county of birth. If you are unsure of your county of birth, select N/A.
Note: to ensure applicants are entering consistent data for some questions, this application uses pre-populated answer options that are maintained by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). For example, country answer options are derived from ISO 3166, which is the international standard for country codes and codes for their subdivisions.