Why Boston College?
here are 20 reasons — we encourage you to find more
Academic advising is a crucial element of undergraduate education. Boston College pairs students with faculty advisors in their major field who are available for consultation regarding curriculum, research opportunities, and other academic issues. To ensure a coherent, well-developed education, students meet with their faculty advisors before registering each semester.
A network of advisement centers — including faculty, deans, the University Counseling Office; the Premedical, Predental, Preveterinary, and Prelaw programs; the Office of AHANA Student Programs; the Career Center; and the Peer Advising Network — is also available to offer guidance related to life, work, and academic choices.
AHANA, an acronym that is trademarked to Boston College, refers to students of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American descent. Approximately 25% of undergraduates are AHANA students. The Office of AHANA Student Programs works collaboratively with other University offices to improve academic, career, and developmental services for all students while increasing awareness of diversity issues at Boston College.
Also, see our AHANA statistics.
Boston College is home to a rich mix of cultural organizations, including musical performance groups, dance troupes, and theatre productions, ranging from classical to contemporary. Among the musical groups, students find a gospel choir and a pep band, a cappella groups, and jazz ensembles.
The McMullen Museum of Art regularly mounts critically acclaimed exhibitions, including past surveys of work by Edvard Munch and Caravaggio. The Robsham Theater Arts Center presents dozens of performances throughout the year, including dance recitals, student-directed plays, and musical productions. The annual Arts Festival is a three-day celebration of the hundreds of Boston College faculty, students, and alumni involved in the arts.
Over half of the undergraduate population participates in the University's 31 varsity teams and 38 intramural and club sports programs. Boston College's NCAA Division I athletic program is ranked sixth in the nation for its stellar student-athlete graduation rate.
Women's: basketball, cross-country, fencing, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing, sailing, skiing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor track, outdoor track, volleyball.
Men's: baseball, basketball, cross-country, fencing, football, golf, ice hockey, sailing, skiing, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor track, outdoor track.
Women's: field hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, water polo.
Men's: lacrosse, rugby, soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo.
Coed: cheerleading, crew, cycling, karate, equestrian, figure skating, multi-sport/running, skiing/snowboarding.
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Boston College students enjoy quality, convenience, and flexibility with the University's meal plan. The plan uses a debit system that allows students to use their Eagle-One card as often as they desire at any of the University's eight dining locations. BC Dining Services prepares all meals to order and accommodates a variety of dietary needs, offering vegetarian, vegan, and health-conscious meals.
Students can also opt to use their Eagle-One card in the BC Bookstore, in laundry rooms, and at select off-campus restaurants and food delivery services.
The Boston College Career Center offers students a multitude of career planning services, beginning Freshman year and continuing when they become alumni. The Center provides academic major(s) advising; an alumni networking program; online searches for internships (over 15,000 internships in the U.S. and abroad); and employment and internship recruitment days for positions in Boston, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, DC. Career counselors also conduct résumé writing workshops and mock interviews for students seeking internships, postgraduation employment, and graduate training.
Boston College encourages students to enhance their educational experience by taking advantage of opportunities for leadership development and volunteer service. There are more than 200 academic, pre-professional, religious, fine arts, athletic, government and political, media, and multicultural clubs and organizations on campus. Through these programs, students learn about the intellectual and social issues that interest them and contribute to the University's vibrant community life outside the classroom.
The Core Curriculum is the backbone of Jesuit education at Boston College. The "core" is designed to give students an understanding of the significant forces that have shaped world culture and history and the ability to connect themes and ideas across a wide spectrum of disciplines.
Through a series of 15 liberal arts courses, undergraduates are challenged to gain a broad body of knowledge, so that they will be prepared to speak, write, listen, and act effectively as world citizens. Degree and foreign-language requirements vary slightly by each college within the University. Core discipline requirements can be found at the link below.
The University Fellowships Committee was formed in 1995 to encourage and guide Boston College undergraduates in competing for prestigious national fellowships. The program has expanded from one Fulbright recipient in 1995
to 197 recipients of 17 national fellowships through 2006. Students are
encouraged to apply for University research grants and national fellowship preparation advisement.
In the past five years, Boston College Seniors have received recognition from the most prestigious national fellowships, including the following:
Each of the four undergraduate divisions at Boston College offers its own
honors program. While they differ in requirements, each provides extraordinary challenges, small classes, close attention from faculty members, and a
classroom community of highly talented and focused students. In addition to special courses, seminars, and extracurricular activities, the honors programs typically involve a Senior year thesis or independent project, completed under the guidance of a faculty member.
International study provides students an opportunity to integrate their Boston College major with coursework abroad, giving undergraduates a global perspective in their chosen fields. Almost 40% of undergraduates engage in an international academic experience by the time they graduate. We are proud of our comprehensive network of more than 60 academic partnerships in over 30 countries worldwide.
Also, see our Global Proficiency Program.
Supported with a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., Intersections is a University initiative designed to help students in their vocational discernment process. Students can participate in a variety of Intersections programs during each year of their University career, where they explore fundamental questions about their intellectual and creative talents and society's need for their skills.
The Halftime and Third Quarter programs allow students to take time to reflect on where they have been and where their talents might take them. During these popular weekend retreats and campus events, students work closely with faculty and staff who are trained in assisting undergraduates in the discernment process.
The University supports students in taking responsibility for their community and developing their leadership skills through a wide variety of training programs. Among the most extraordinary of these programs are the Emerging Leader Program for Freshmen, the two-year Jenks Leadership Program for Sophomores and Juniors, and the four-year Shaw Leadership Program. Leadership opportunities are also available for students as residence hall assistants, orientation leaders, and peer leaders in Campus Ministry programs.
Boston College's eight libraries house more than two million printed volumes, four million items in microform, over 200,000 government documents, and 6,800 linear feet of manuscripts and archival materials. Boston College is also part of the Boston Library Consortium, giving students full access to research libraries at ten of the area's top universities, as well as at the Boston Public Library.
Provided to all Freshmen during the summer before their first year, Orientation at Boston College is more than an opportunity to register for classes and learn about the campus. These small, interactive three-day programs are the first of many experiences, like the Cornerstone Program, designed to support the academic and personal formation of undergraduate students. With advice from upper-class students and academic advisement from faculty members, students learn about campus culture, community and academic expectations, and resources available to assist them throughout their University careers.
Premedical, Predental, Preveterinary, and Prelaw programs offer personal advisement and expert approaches to pursuing graduate programs in medicine and law. Through suggested academic curricula, faculty mentor relationships, research, internships, and professional development seminars, students maximize their graduate school options while earning their undergraduate degree in any of the University's 48 majors and concentrations.
In 2006, 88% of Boston College's Senior class Law School applicants gained admission to at least one American Bar Association–approved institution. In 2006, 91% of Pre-Med Seniors with at least a 3.2 science GPA and a score of at least 9.0 on the MCAT were admitted to at least one U.S. medical school.
Exceptional students applying Early Action to Boston College will be considered for Boston College's merit-based Presidential Scholars Program. Each year, a select group of about 15 Scholars receives full tuition scholarships for four years. Any additional financial need as determined through the financial aid application process is met with a Boston College grant.
Integrating the intellectual richness of the Honors Program with Jesuit values and vision, the Presidential Scholars Program provides unusually accomplished students with opportunities to achieve their fullest potential. Luminaries in the fields of politics, business, academia, religion, culture, and the arts address the Scholars each month during the Evening Speakers series. Each summer, Presidential Scholars participate in fully funded programs focused on service, foreign study and travel, and career preparation. The Presidential Scholars Program develops the academic and professional leaders of the future, and guides them to be responsive citizens of the world.
The Office of Residential Life provides a community living experience for undergraduates and continues the mentoring process outside the classroom. Resident directors and ministers live in the halls and serve as advisors and resources for students. Students are guaranteed three or four years of on-campus housing and reside in one of 29 residence halls. Housing styles range from traditional doubles to 8-person suites, high-rise apartments to townhouses. Special interest housing — including honors, multicultural, quiet, and substance-free living areas — is available for students who desire a unique residential experience.
Retreats give students a chance for reflection in their busy academic schedules. Two of the most popular weekend retreats are 48 Hours, open to Freshmen interested in finding ways to take advantage of Boston College's intellectual, social, and spiritual resources; and Kairos, a spiritual retreat that invites students to grow in their relationships with others, with themselves, and with God. Interaction with professional staff and Senior student leaders helps undergraduates understand the opportunities and challenges of a Jesuit education.
Boston College students encounter the world. Service learning opportunities allow students to apply their enthusiasm for creating a more just world to the work being done in the classroom. Each year, more than 500 students participate in PULSE, an academic course combining theology and philosophy studies and a weekly service component. Over Spring Break, more than 600 students travel throughout the Appalachian Mountain Range, and 300 students travel to Third World countries in Central America and the Caribbean to serve those less fortunate.
Inspired by the Jesuit tradition, service is embedded into the campus culture, with approximately 75% of students volunteering at some time during their undergraduate years.