All Student Services Resources A to Z
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Alphabetical Listing of Student Services Resources
A student's academic record is the official record of all courses, credits, grades, and degrees in chronological order from the student's entrance to the university.
Undergraduates use their password and a 4-digit access code to register. Access codes and registration appointment times are printed on the "Registration Information/Degree Audit" forms that students receive from their academic advisors.
Appointments are scheduled from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and are based on class year. Students may not register before their appointment time, but they may register anytime thereafter.
Undergraduate students may not audit a course with the exception of undergraduates in WCAS.
Students in GSA&S and CGSON may register for an audit online. CGSOM, GSSW, Law School, and LSOE students must consult the Associate Dean’s Office before they can audit a course. WGCAS students may not audit courses. After the drop/add period, graduate students who wish to change a course from credit to audit or audit to credit must go to the Associate Dean's Office and complete a Graduate Course Exception form. Students in the Carroll School of Management Graduate Programs may change a course from credit to audit but not audit to credit.
Boston Theological Institute (BTI)
The Boston Theological Institute (BTI), a consortium of theology faculties primarily in the Boston-Newton-Cambridge area, has as its constituent members the following institutions:
- Andover Newton School of Theology
- Boston College's Department of Theology
- Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry
- Boston University School of Theology
- Episcopal Divinity School
- Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
- Harvard Divinity School
- Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
- St. John's Seminary
This consortium offers complete cross-registration in several hundred courses, the use of library facilities in the nine schools, joint seminars and programs, and faculty exchange programs. Theology majors and students in the School of Theology and Ministry who want to cross register through the Boston Theological Institute should pick up a cross registration petition in Lyons Hall and return it with an authorization by the appropriate date. Students are expected to consult with their advisor or department chairperson before cross registering. Graduate Theology majors may take up to half of their courses through BTI. Students pay tuition to their home schools, not to the host institution
Classrooms, one-time bookings
Closed, Restricted, and WCAS (Evening) Courses
Courses that are restricted by school, degree, or major are marked in the print and online schedule of courses with an asterisk (*), and the specific restrictions are printed underneath.
Students who want an override into a closed or restricted course should go to the department offering the course. The departments should do one of the following: decline the request, add the course to the students’ schedule, or provide them with a stamped override form that they bring to Student Services, where the staff will add the course to their schedule.
WCAS designates a limited number of spaces in certain courses for students in A&S, CSOM, LSOE, and CSON. Students may enroll in only one WCAS course per semester. For the fall and spring semester, students can sign up for WCAS courses in McGuinn 100 beginning on the first day of classes. Courses are offered on a first come, first served basis with a limited number of spaces in each course. Freshmen may not enroll in WCAS courses.
Students who receive a "Time Conflict" message while they are registering for courses need to check the course schedule on Agora Portal or the Course Status List available on U-View. What is on the computer is correct since it is the most up-to-date.
Under a program of cross registration, sophomores, juniors, and seniors may take one elective course during each semester at Boston University, Brandeis University, Hebrew College, Hellenic College, Pine Manor College, Regis College, or Tufts University if a similar course is not available at Boston College. Cross registration forms are available in the Office of Student Services, Lyons Hall.
Graduate students, except law students, may cross register for one course each semester at Boston University, Brandeis, and Tufts. M.B.A. students are not permitted to register at Brandeis University and students in the Graduate Finance Program are not allowed to cross register at any of the universities. Cross registration materials are available in Lyons Hall.
Law school students may cross register for classes only at Boston University Law School and only if the course they wish to take at BU will not be offered at any time during the current academic year. Students wishing to cross register must see the Director of Academic Services for permission.
The Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies (GCWS) is an inter-institutional enterprise established to advance the field of women's studies and enlarge the scope of graduate education through new models of team teaching and interdisciplinary study. Faculty and students are drawn from nine member schools: Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis, Harvard, Northeastern, MIT, Simmons College, Tufts, and UMass Boston. Graduate students enrolled in degree programs at Boston College may with the permission of their department apply to participate in this program.
The Boston College course number consists of seven characters. The first two characters (alphabetic prefix, e.g., “MA”) indicate the department or program offering the course and the last two characters indicate the section number. The middle three characters indicate the level of the course.
Generally, course levels are as follows:
- CORE—Courses fulfilling University Core requirements
- ONE—Undergraduate electives
- TWO—Undergraduate courses designed primarily for majors
- THREE—Courses for undergraduate and graduate registration
- GRAD—Courses for graduate registration
Boston College students register for courses at participating BTI or consortium schools or through the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies.
Degree audits are available for students in A&S, CSOM, CSON, LSOE, and the Law School. A degree audit is a computer-generated analysis that enables students and their advisors to review academic progress and unfulfilled requirements. The degree audit is a valuable tool for academic planning because it matches the courses taken with the requirements for a degree program.
Students can request a degree audit or a simulated degree audit (which shows the requirements for different schools, majors, and minors) from their Agora Portal account at any time.
Degree requirements are printed on the left side of the degree audit. Courses completed successfully and courses in progress are printed beside the requirement on the right side of the audit. A requirement is marked complete (***) upon receipt of a satisfactory grade. The requirement is not marked complete if the course is in progress (IP) or if the course is a year-long course that is graded at the end of the second semester (J).
The Language Proficiency Requirement for A&S and CSOM is marked complete after the student has either received a satisfactory score on the SAT II's or has completed at least the second semester of an intermediate level course. All other language courses leading up to the fulfillment of the requirement are listed as electives.
One hundred and twenty credits, which include all Core and major requirements, are required to earn a degree. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 96 of the 120 required credits in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Labs, withdrawals (W's), failed courses (F's), and advanced placement credits (AP) are printed at the bottom of the form in the section marked “Labs and other courses not counting toward the 38 required for the degree.”
Elective courses are printed at the bottom of the degree audit in the section marked “Courses counting toward degree not matched to above requirements.” Some courses can be reused to fulfill both Core and major or minor requirements, but count only once in the degree summary tally at the end of the report.
Undergraduate students with documented physical and learning disabilities receive the accommodation of a priority registration appointment during their first two years.
A student attains the status of a doctoral candidate by passing the doctoral comprehensive or the oral defense of the publishable paper and by satisfying all departmental requirements except the dissertation. Doctoral candidates are required to register each semester and to pay for doctoral continuation until they graduate. Students in Nursing, Education, and Graduate School of Social Work register for Doctoral Continuation after completing all courses including the required two or more semesters of dissertation-related course work.
Students registered for Doctoral Continuation in one semester will be registered for the next semester until they graduate. Students are not registered automatically for the summer term. Students whose departments require permission need to obtain an override for Doctoral Continuation and process it in the Office of Student Services in Lyons Hall.
- "Register for Courses" link under "My Services" through your Agora Portal account (portal.bc.edu)
- U-Dial voice response system, 617-552-8800
- U-View using the University’s Information Systems (UIS)
The registration systems are available seven days a week, with exceptions, until 11:00 p.m. through the first seven class-days of the semester.
The drop/add period is the first seven class-days of the semester, although students may drop/add any time after their registration appointment through 11:00 p.m. on the last day of the drop/add period.
How to Register using U-View
Students must obtain an override form from the department to obtain a seat in courses that are restricted by school, degree, or major. The override form must be stamped in the appropriate section:
- "Open/Restricted" overrides school, major, degree, and department restrictions.
- "Override for a Closed Course" overrides all restrictions and size limits for closed courses.
- "Approval for Time Conflict" overrides a corequisite or allows students to be registered for two courses that conflict in time.
Overrides cannot be processed through U-Dial or U-View.
The GPA will not be affected by a P, but if the student fails the course, the F is calculated into the GPA. Field Education in the Graduate School of Social Work is graded on a pass/fail basis. A pass/fail option is available for a limited number of other courses when approved by the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Services. Connell School of Nursing students enroll in NU 810, NU 811, NU 812, NU 813, NU 901, and NU 902 on a pass/fail basis. Graduate students in the Law School and the Lynch School of Education may not take courses pass/fail unless the entire course has been designated a pass/fail course. School of Theology and Ministry students should contact their school for polices related to pass/fail. Students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Carroll School of Management, and Woods College of Advancing Studies may not take courses counting toward the degree pass/fail.
Students who have an outstanding balance on their student account or who have failed to submit proof of immunization to the Health Services Office will have a hold placed on their registration. If a registration hold message appears at the bottom of their Registration Information/Degree Audit Form, they must see the appropriate office (Outstanding Balance-Student Services, Immunization-Health Services) to resolve the situation before they can register.
Schedule of Courses Newspaper
The Schedule of Courses newspaper is printed in October and March for registration in November and in April. The printed schedule is usually delivered to campus at the start of the academic advising period, which is ten days before the first day of undergraduate registration.
A pdf version of the Schedule is also posted on the Student Services and Academic Services home pages in August, November, January, March, and June for the registration and drop/add periods.
The course and section exports are selected by semester, by department abbreviation, by level (Core, One, Two, Three, Grad), by Woods College of Advancing Studies (level and semester), and by building and room. The course/section records include the index number, the department abbreviation, the course and section numbers, the number of credits, the level, an abbreviated course title, the instructor, building, room, and time (50 or 75 minutes). The levels are L (Core), U (Undergraduate Elective), M (Major), B (Undergrad/Grad), and G (Graduate).
Additional information on a second or third line under the course or section listing can include an additional room, time, or text such as “Cancelled,” “Department Permission Only,” “Cultural Diversity,” or “TNE.” Text may come from a number of master schedule or master name transactions. For example, degree and class restrictions such as for “English Majors Only” or “For Masters Students Only” can be viewed and updated on MN screens, and they appear on the MC01 record and in the text exported for print. “Cancelled” is generated from the MC98 transaction and appears on MC01, MC03, and in the export for print.
The following are the items listed in the Schedule of Courses front and back matter:
- Registration Calendar and Procedures.
- General Information taken from the policies or academic regulations affecting registration, including degree auditing, changing a major or an advisor assignment, and the policies and procedures to process audits, overrides for closed and restricted courses, credit variations, cross registrations, internal transfers, overloads, pass/fails, and withdrawals.
- A list of the semester courses that fulfill the Cultural Diversity Core requirement.
- Instructions for cross registering.
- Instructions for registering through U-View or U-Dial.
- Academic Calendars, Final and Common Exam schedules for two semesters, billing information, and a directory and office locations list.
- Also included are the policy statements required by government regulations or by the financial aid auditors listed as follows: immunization requirements, enrollment status, Confidentiality of Student Records, student and parental rights under FERPA, the Notice of Non-Discrimination, voter registration information, tuition and fees, Massachusetts medical information, and withdrawal and refund dates.
Withdrawal from a Course
Undergraduates may drop or add a course(s) online during the first seven class-days of the semester. Undergraduates only may drop a course, including a sixth course, until October 1, in the fall and February 15, in the spring semesters in their Associate Dean's office.
After the extended drop period, undergraduates who withdraw from a course will have a "W" recorded in the grade column of their academic record.
Graduate students who withdraw from a course after the drop/add period (first seven days of the semester) will have a "W" recorded in the grade column of their academic record.
To withdraw from a course all students must go to the Forms page of the Student Services website, print the withdrawal form, and then go to the Office of the Associate Dean for their school. Students will not be permitted to withdraw from courses after the published deadline. Students who are still registered at this point will receive a final grade for the semester.
Withdrawal from Boston College
Students who wish to withdraw from Boston College in good standing are required to file a Withdrawal Form in the Associate Dean's Office. In the case of students who are dismissed for academic or disciplinary reasons, the Associate Dean will process the withdrawal.