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Below is a list of common questions we hear from students. We have sorted the questions by topic. Click on each topic to reveal the related questions. If you can't find the answer to your question, please feel welcome to contact us.

Does Boston College offer academic merit scholarships?
Boston College is committed to meeting the full demonstrated need of every admitted student, and therefore we offer a limited number of merit scholarships. In fact, the Presidential Scholarship is our only academic merit-based scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to the top 20 applicants each year. While there is no separate application for the Presidential Scholarship, a student must apply through our Restrictive Early Action Program to be considered. Visit our Tuition and Aid page to learn more about financial aid at Boston College.

Can I be involved at ROTC at Boston College? 
Yes. Army, Navy, and Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs offer substantial financial aid opportunities for qualified and selected individuals.

Army ROTC has an Extension Center on the Boston College campus and offers full-tuition scholarships with additional BC incentives. More information can be found at bc.edu/rotc or 617-552-2580.

Navy ROTC (617-353-0474), providing full-tuition scholarships, and Air Force ROTC (617-353-4705), providing partial scholarships, are based/hosted at Boston University. You can find more information about this program at www.bu.edu/navyrotc.

Does Boston College offer credit for AP courses?
You may use qualifying AP exam scores of 4 or 5 to fulfill University Core requirements. You will still be required to take the full 120 credits necessary for graduation unless you have the equivalency of 24 AP credits, in which case you may qualify for advanced standing and would be eligible to graduate from Boston College in 3 years. Click here to see if your AP scores will qualify at Boston College and to learn more about our AP policies.

Does Boston College offer credit for IB courses?

Scores of 6 or 7 on Higher Level exams will earn advanced placement units and will generally satisfy a University core requirement. You will still be required to take the full 120 credits necessary for graduation, unless you have the equivalency of 24 credits, in which case you may qualify for advanced standing and would be eligible to graduate from Boston College in 3 years. Click here to see if your IB scores will qualify at Boston College.

Does Boston College offer credit for college courses I took in high school? 
Advanced placement units can be earned for college courses taken during high school according to the following guidelines: 

Students enrolled in courses designated as “college courses” that are taken at the high school with a high school teacher may only earn advanced placement units if corresponding College Board AP exams are taken and qualifying scores are earned. A college transcript alone cannot be used to earn advanced placement units for these courses.

College coursework taken on a college campus with a college professor and with other college students either during the academic year or over the summer may be evaluated for advanced placement units. Only courses that are deemed equal in depth and breadth to coursework taught at Boston College and are being used to supplement high school coursework (and not to fulfill high school requirements) will be considered.

Each 3- or 4-credit course with a grade of B or better will earn 3 advanced placement units. College transcripts for these courses should be submitted to the Office of Transfer Admission by August 1. Students who enroll at a local college to satisfy high school graduation requirements are not eligible for advanced placement units unless they take the corresponding College Board AP exams and earn qualifying scores.

Does Boston College offer credit for AP courses?
You may use qualifying AP exam scores of 4 or 5 to fulfill University Core requirements. You will still be required to take the full 120 credits necessary for graduation unless you have the equivalency of 24 AP credits, in which case you may qualify for advanced standing and would be eligible to graduate from Boston College in 3 years. Click here to see if your AP scores will qualify at Boston College and to learn more about our AP policies.

Does Boston College offer credit for IB courses?

Scores of 6 or 7 on Higher Level exams will earn advanced placement units and will generally satisfy a University core requirement. You will still be required to take the full 120 credits necessary for graduation, unless you have the equivalency of 24 credits, in which case you may qualify for advanced standing and would be eligible to graduate from Boston College in 3 years. Click here to see if your IB scores will qualify at Boston College.

Does Boston College offer credit for college courses I took in high school? 
Advanced placement units can be earned for college courses taken during high school according to the following guidelines: 

Students enrolled in courses designated as “college courses” that are taken at the high school with a high school teacher may only earn advanced placement units if corresponding College Board AP exams are taken and qualifying scores are earned. A college transcript alone cannot be used to earn advanced placement units for these courses.

College coursework taken on a college campus with a college professor and with other college students either during the academic year or over the summer may be evaluated for advanced placement units. Only courses that are deemed equal in depth and breadth to coursework taught at Boston College and are being used to supplement high school coursework (and not to fulfill high school requirements) will be considered.

Each 3- or 4-credit course with a grade of B or better will earn 3 advanced placement units. College transcripts for these courses should be submitted to the Office of Transfer Admission by August 1. Students who enroll at a local college to satisfy high school graduation requirements are not eligible for advanced placement units unless they take the corresponding College Board AP exams and earn qualifying scores.

Where do freshmen live?
All freshmen are able to live on campus and over 98% of freshmen chose to do so. 

Freshmen live on either the Upper Campus or the Newton Campus. Our Upper Campus is attached to the main Chestnut Hill campus and approximately 60% of the freshman class resides there. Forty percent of our freshmen live on the Newton Campus, a satellite campus located approximately 1.5 miles from the main campus. A shuttle runs from the Newton Campus to the main campus approximately every 10-15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. 

All freshmen live in traditional residence halls. Approximately 95% of freshmen live in double rooms. Freshmen residence halls are single-sex by floor.

Are all students guaranteed four years of campus housing?
All students are guaranteed three years of on campus housing, with half of each incoming class guaranteed four years of campus housing. Students who are awarded four years of campus housing are: students with physical disabilities, NCAA full scholarship athletes, students in the Connell School of Nursing, and the top 15% of the incoming class. 

If a student is awarded three years of campus housing, there are a variety of off campus housing options available for students. Students at Boston College who have been awarded three years of campus housing live off campus during their junior year. Over 95% of the senior class lives on campus. 

Are students at Boston College able to study abroad?
Approximately 40% of students at Boston College pursue a study abroad experience. Students may study abroad for a semester, a full year, or during a summer program. Click here to learn more about study abroad opportunities at Boston College.

Can I have a car on campus?
Given Boston College’s proximity to a major urban center, parking on campus is limited. The vast majority of students are not able to have cars on campus.