AHANA Facts and FAQs
learning more about bc's ahana population
As you conduct more research about the different colleges and universities, it's important to have some of your most frequently asked questions answered. However, before you do that, review these facts about the recent growth in AHANA representation in the Boston College community. The following statistics highlight the substantial growth in diversity at Boston College over the past ten years:
FRESHMAN CLASS 1996
Black or African American: 5%
FRESHMAN CLASS 2007
Black or African American: 6%
MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED AHANA QUESTIONS:
1. What types of organizations can I get involved in once I arrive at Boston College?
Don't worry, there's plenty to do once you arrive at Boston College. There are over 200 student organization available to the BC community. Click here to see what organizations are available for AHANA students.
2. What is the cultural climate in Boston like?
Boston is a growing city that hosts a lot of exciting events. There is wealth of historical knowledge ranging from the Freedom Trail to museums and historical landmarks. There is also a healthy social life for college students. Most importantly, the quality of living in Boston is highly ranked in multicultural societies. For more information on Boston and its culture, click here.
3. Are there mentoring opportunities I can get involved in with a faculty member or administrator?
There are several opportunities to get involved with a mentor a Boston College. Your success is our #1 goal and there are numerous support mechanisms in place to ensure that success. Be sure to learn more about the Benjamin Elijah Mays Mentoring Program at BC.
4. Are there any career development programs specifically targeted at AHANA students on campus?
There are numerous opportunities for career development at Boston College, specifically for AHANA students. They offer services that range from assistance with locating an internship, job fair information, resume writing, interviewing skills, and networking with BC alumni. You can also visit the BC Career Center web site to read about the special programs offered for AHANA students.
5. Do you have to be Catholic to feel accepted on campus?
While Boston College is a Jesuit university, you do not have to be Catholic to feel accepted on campus. As an institution of higher education, Boston College is committed to the discovery and transmission of knowledge. But reflecting its Jesuit and Catholic heritage, it also seeks to integrate excellence and religious commitment, to both inform and form its students. Boston College endeavors to educate a new generation of leaders for the new millennium — men and women who will be capable of shaping a new century with vision, justice, and charity — with a sense of calling, with concern for all of the human family. We feel it is very important to have a full understanding of what it means to attend a Jesuit institution and it is our hopes that you take time to read this statement of Jesuit tradition.
6. Are there special housing arrangements or theme housing for students interested in cultural issues?
Yes there are! The Office of Residential Life offers students unique residential opportunities in the form of special interest housing. Each option is based on a particular theme that influences both the planned activities and the interaction among residents. The staff is specially trained to meet the needs of the residents. Residents are required to participate in a biweekly program/discussion and a monthly community building program. Students are also required to sign Living Agreements prior to moving into their room.
7. Are there fraternities and sororities on campus?
There are no fraternities or sororities on BC's campus. However, if interested, you can get involved in Greek lettered organizations throughout the city of Boston.
8. What should I do if I have special dietary needs?
The BC Dining Services employs three full time nutritionist to work with students individual needs appointments to discuss your dietary requirements.
9. Are there places I can go locally to buy ethnic products?
The city of Boston is host to a wealth of cultures and ethnicities. There are several privately owned shops and boutiques that will cater to almost anyone's individual needs, and they're are for the most part accessible by public transportation.
10. Are there local stylists that I can go to?
As with availability of ethnic products, there are numerous barber shops and beauty salons that cater to all hair types and are reputable establishments.