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Message for Puerto Rico Applicants


October 2017

Message to Puerto Rico

From John Mahoney
Director of Undergraduate Admission

Dear Families of Puerto Rico,

            For the past 33 years, I have visited your beautiful island on behalf of Boston College.  So, it was with great concern that I watched Hurricanes Irma and Maria affect Puerto Rico last month.  Since then, the thoughts and prayers of the Boston College community have been with victims; those who have lost access to food, water, and power; and those whose property has been damaged or completely lost. 

            I am confident that Puerto Rico will respond with strength and determination as it rebuilds and heals following these storms. In the meantime, students across the island face the challenge of resuming their studies, which is crucial both for them and the future of the island.  

            My colleagues in the field of college admission stand ready to work with young people and their families to complete applications and ensure that their college aspirations for fall 2018 become reality.  Here are Boston College’s guidelines to assist families with the application process this year: 

  1. Your priority at this time should be the safety and well-being of your family, repairs to or restoration of your home, and helping those around you who need assistance.
  2. Application fees for students applying from Puerto Rico will be waived.
  3. Early Action should not be a priority for students at this time.  Boston College does not use demonstration of interest in making admission decisions, so applying by our Regular Decision deadline of January 1, 2018, ensures that your application will receive full and equitable consideration in our evaluation process for this year.  Given this year’s extreme circumstances, it might be advantageous to apply Regular Decision, as this would allow us to consider some senior year course work in making our decisions. 
  4. For students who wish to apply Early Action, the deadline will be extended until December 1.  We will consider grades through junior year and your senior year program of study.  College Board has tentatively postponed the next administration of the SAT to October 21.  If that test and the November SAT are administered as scheduled, those results will be considered for Early Action review.  If the October and November tests cannot be administered, we will not be able to consider December SAT results for Early Action review.  If the December SAT is administered as scheduled, results will be considered for Regular Decision applicants. 
  5. Due to continuing lack of power and Wi-Fi access, application materials may be submitted by students and counselors to:  Boston College, Undergraduate Admission Processing Center, P.O. Box 67485, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, or via email to
  6. For students or counselors who need to communicate directly with the Office of Undergraduate Admission regarding specific issues or problems, you may contact my assistant, Mr. Seth Dolan, at (617) 552-4991 or  You may also email me at

At this time, it appears unlikely that I will be able to visit the island later this month to conduct the annual Boston College Eagle Overview at Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola on Sunday, October 22.  It is important that schools have time to make necessary repairs and return to the teaching and learning process which has been interrupted by these storms.  If and when it is appropriate, I will reschedule this program, and I will communicate details directly to students and counselors.

You remain in my thoughts and prayers, and I look forward to returning to Puerto Rico in the near future.  


John L. Mahoney
Director of Undergraduate Admission
Boston College