The Admission Decision
Once admitted, students receive a packet of information designed to help them ease their transition to Boston College. The Welcome Packet will include information about many aspects of Boston College life, from orientation sessions to tuition and financing alternatives. This packet also includes instructions for going online to submit a number of required forms.
Included with the Welcome Packet will be information specific to each accepted transfer student's academic history. Students will be provided with a Transfer Credit Evaluation and a Degree and Graduation Requirement Evaluation (DEGRE) Audit. An Explanation Letter will describe how and why a student's credits transferred. There will also be information on housing, orientation, costs, and financing alternatives; and information specifically for international students.
Accepted students are to make careful note of deposit amounts and deadlines. Each accepted student is required to submit a nonrefundable Enrollment Confirmation Fee. Those students who have been granted University on-campus housing will additionally be required to submit a Room Guarantee Fee. All appropriate instructions and forms are included in the packet. Again, students are strongly encouraged to be aware of deadlines and enrollment fee schedules.
Transfer Orientation, run by the Office of First Year Experience, is a three-day, two-night program designed to address the unique circumstances, both social and academic, of new students who have already had some experience with college life. Orientation is a mandatory program that is usually held in the middle of July for transfer students.
Students will be assigned to an academic advisor who will help them determine the courses they will need to fulfill University degree requirements. Students will also register for courses for the coming semester at orientation.
In addition, students will have the chance to gather with other students, faculty, and administrators to learn about the many activities and resources available at the University. They will meet with current Boston College students who have transferred from other institutions and with Orientation Leaders, who are Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. Transfer students who will be living off campus will have the opportunity to get assistance in their search for housing.
Accepted students who wish to begin studies at a later date may defer enrollment at Boston College for as little as one semester to as long as two years. Deferment should be requested in writing to the Office of Undergraduate Admission by the applicant's deposit deadline. Housing previously offered will be guaranteed; however, the student must reapply for financial aid during the application cycle immediately preceding the date of desired entry.
By deferring admission, students must understand that until they enroll at Boston College, they may not take college-level courses at any college or university, as this would alter the academic record upon which they were accepted.