Frequently Asked Questions
The Undergraduate Associate Dean's Office is located in Fulton Hall, Room 360.
How do I arrange a Leave of Absence or a Readmission?
You must pick up a Leave of Absence or Readmission form in Fulton 360 or in the Office of Student Services, fill it out and return it to the Associate Dean's Office in Fulton 360. If you are on a leave and need a readmission form sent to you, please visit the Student Services website or contact the Associate Dean's Office at 617-553-3932.
How do I withdraw from the University?
Students must fill out a withdrawal form which is available only through the Office of Student Services or the Associate Dean's Office.
If I am sick, whom do I notify?
Call the Associate Dean's office at 617-552-3932.
How do I change / add a concentration?
In order to change / add a concentration, you must complete paperwork in Fulton 360.
Can I major or minor in Arts and Sciences?
Yes, after declaring a major in CSOM, students can also pursue an A&S major or minor after consultation with that particular Arts & Science Department Chair/Secretary and the approval of the Associate Dean. The Lynch School of Education also offers minors to CSOM students.
How do I arrange a course overload?
Students with a GPA of at least a 3.0 may register for a sixth course through UDIAL and UView during drop/add. Other students may petition the Associate Dean's office.
What is a course approval form?
A Course Approval Form grants permission to take a course for credit at other accredited universities. Students must obtain this approval before enrolling in any course away from Boston College. A course approval form can be found here.
What is drop/add and when does it take place?
Drop/add is the term applied to the first week of classes in each semester when students are allowed to adjust their academic schedules. For exact dates, visit the University's academic calendar.
How do I override into a closed course?
Override permission into a closed course is obtained only through the Department Chairperson of said course.
Can I pass / fail a course and how do I do it?
Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are allowed to take a course pass/fail provided the course is an elective in A&S, LSOE, CSON. Pass/fail is declared during drop/add and may require permission of the instructor. The pass/fail option should be used sparingly (1 course) if a student is contemplating application to graduate school.
Who is my advisor?
Advising is done through a team advising model that changes each year as the advising needs of students develop.
Freshmen are assigned advisors through Portico.
Sophomores and Juniors can find their advisor's name and email address through U-View but are encouraged to also use the many advising resources available through the Dean's Office.
Seniors are not assigned an individual faculty advisor. Instead, they are encouraged to reach out to the professors they have had in their concentration classes and take advantage of advising offered by the Associate Dean's Office and Career Center.
Please visit the Advising section to learn more.
How do I withdraw from a course?
Withdrawal forms are available in Fulton 360 or can be downloaded from the Student Services website. The form must be filled out and left with the Associate Dean for processing. The Associate Dean's Office encourages students who are withdrawing from a class to meet with a member of our advising staff to discuss how to make up the course credit.
What if I disagree with a grade?
A student should consult personally with his professor about a disputed grade. If further satisfaction is required, the student should speak with the Department Chair. Please visit the Academic Policies section for more specific details on academic grievances.
Do failures remain on my permanent transcript?
Failures (F) do remain on a student's transcript.
What's a deficiency?
A course deficiency is incurred any time you do not successfully complete the expected number of courses in a semester because of failure, course withdrawal or underloading.
Can I take a summer class?
There are two different ways of taking classes over the summer: for credit or for enrichment.
If you have a deficiency (approved underload of courses, withdrawal, or failure), you may take a class for credit over the summer. This class will count towards your requirements and will be included in your GPA.
If you do not have a deficiency, you will be taking the class for enrichment. This means that while it may fulfill a requirement, it will not count towards your GPA, nor will it allow you take less courses during the school year.
A student must earn a grade of C- or better to receive credit for any course taken over the summer at Boston College or at another university. In some instances, the Associate Dean may stipulate a higher grade. After the course has been completed, the student should request the Registrar at the host university to forward an official transcript to the Registrar's Office at Boston College.
Please note: you may not take any Carroll School classes over the summer.
You must get courses approved prior to leaving for the summer.
Where do I sign up for Summer School?
Summer school classes and information can be found at www.bc.edu/summer.
Can I take a class over the summer at another institution?
You may take a class at any four-year college or university over the summer. You will need to get approval for these classes from the sponsoring department for the course and the Associate Dean in Fulton 360.
If I would like to study abroad, what do I do?
You must first visit the Office for International Programs (OIP) in Hovey House and meet with an Advising Assistant. After you have narrowed down your destinations through this meeting and doing some research, you need to meet with an International Study Advisor.
Can I get into the Honors Program after my freshman year?
Yes, if your grades are very good you may request consideration to be admitted into the Honors Program by contacting the Program Director, Ethan Sullivan, firstname.lastname@example.org after your first semester of freshman year.
Can I get academic credit for an internship?
Students may receive a one-credit practicum for unpaid work in the business world. You will need to complete internship paperwork with your supervisor and submit it to the Associate Dean's Office.
How do I prove foreign language proficiency?
All Carroll School of Management students may demonstrate proficiency as follows:
- By achieving a score of 3 or better on the A.P. exam (French, German, or Spanish) or a score of 500 or better on the SAT II (French, German, Italian, or Spanish) reading exam. Starting with students entering in the fall of 2005, students must receive a score of 550 or better on the SAT reading exam in French, German, Italian, or Spanish.
- By achieving a score of 4 or 5 on the A.P. exam or of 600 or better on the SAT II reading exam in Latin or Greek.
For languages other than French, German, Italian, and Spanish: By passing one of the proficiency tests administered by the departments of Classical Studies and German Studies. Tests may be given in other languages by special arrangement in the Slavic Studies Department.
- By successfully completing course work through the second semester at the intermediate level or one semester above the intermediate level.
- By passing four years of high school language study (which need not be the same language, e.g., two years of Latin and two years of French would fulfill the language requirement).
- By taking one year of a new language or by completing two semesters of an intermediate level language if the Carroll School of Management student enters Boston College with three years of a foreign language.
Students wishing to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than those listed above and those for whom English is not their first language, should consult the Associate Dean's Office.
Language courses will count as Arts and Sciences electives. Students with documented learning disabilities may be exempt from the foreign language requirement and should consult with the Associate Dean. Fulfillment of the proficiency requirement by the examinations listed above does not confer course credit.
For further information consult the Associate Dean's Office in Fulton 360.
What other schools cross-register with Boston College?
Cross registration is available at Boston University, Tufts, Brandeis, Regis, Pine Manor and Hebrew College.
Is academic tutoring available at BC?
Academic tutoring is available through the Connors Family Learning Center in O'Neill Library.
What happens if I have three final exams in one day?
Students with three final examinations scheduled for the same day are entitled to take a makeup exam at a later date during exam week. If one of the three exams is a common departmental exam, this is the exam that is taken at the later date. Students should not schedule departure flights until after the last day of exams, unless their examination schedule is definite.
How can I get a copy of my transcript?
Student Services has instructions how to get an official copy of your transcript. Note: It takes a few days for it to arrive.
Your GPA will always appear your transcript, but Student Services provides students with a GPA calculator on their website.
What is Beta Gamma Sigma?
Beta Gamma Sigma is a national business honor society and only Juniors in the top 5% or Seniors in the top 10% of their classes are invited to join.
Who maintains the Dean's List and how do I get on it?
The Dean's List is generated by the Office of Student Services. The qualifications for listing can be found on the Student Services website.
What does it take to graduate with honors?
Honors are determined by percentage and class size. Summa Cum Laude is awarded to the top 4.5%, Magna Cum Laude to the next 9.5%, and Cum Laude to the next 15%.
How do I know if I am set to graduate?
The Office of Student Services in Lyons is the final authority in clearing students for graduation.
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