Boston and the University Called Boston College
boston college experience for high school students
As a Jesuit University Boston College’s roots go back to sixteenth century Europe, giving it a place of prominence among the institutions of higher learning in North America. Today, as a center of scholarship and research, the University has nine schools and colleges offering courses in new fields and disciplines as well as traditional subjects.
Here at one of the most attractive universities in New England, a 300 acre campus overlooking the city of Boston, graced with Neo Gothic buildings, modern facilities, carefully groomed greens and colorful flowers, you can participate in a full range of undergraduate courses with college and high school students.
The opportunity to learn by studying and living with students of different interests and backgrounds is as important as the credit earned and provides useful preparation for future college participation. The residential suburban setting, varied housing facilities, convenient access to public transportation and abundant recreational opportunities further enrich the learning environment.
Close proximity and easy access to Boston enriches students’ educational experience. Boundless cultural and recreational opportunities include: free evening concerts on the banks of the Charles River, walks through the Fenway rose gardens, Fourth of July fireworks over Boston Harbor, and one of the most colorful and historic areas of any city, the North End. Quincy Market is close to the site of the Boston Massacre, the Old North Church and Faneuil Hall — all surrounded by 18th and early 19th century architecture that has been expertly restored.
To walk Boston’s famous Freedom Trail is to travel streets that once knew Sam Adams, Paul Revere, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and countless other great Americans. The Black Heritage Trail and a Walking Tour of Literary Boston are easy weekend walks. Visits to the Old State House, the Boston Tea Party Ship, the Old South Meeting House, Old Ironsides and the Constitution Museum, creates a sense of history that can never be acquired from books alone.
As near as it is to the city, Boston College is just as close to the country. Nearby Concord offers Walden Pond, the site of Thoreau’s solitary cabin and the battleground at Concord’s Old North Bridge. Public transportation provides access to ocean beaches. A short car trip brings picturesque Cape Cod within reach.
Each student must enroll in two courses for full college credit. Since the courses offered are freshman college courses, you may select offerings on the basis of interest and aspirations. College courses emphasize modes of inquiry and interpretation rather than concentrate on facts and descriptions as is typical of high school study. Hence courses should not duplicate material offered in most advanced high school programs.
Summer credit is transferable to other colleges and universities depending on the policies of the college where the student ultimately enrolls.
Students’ formal curriculum is complemented by activities designed to broaden each student’s experience. Academic advising by professors and counselors assists students in their summer study as well as in planning for future study.
“My classes exposed me to a much more open and creative learning atmosphere than I have been accustomed to. I also got a taste of what kind of work was expected on the college level.”
—student from Connecticut