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Boston College Experience Program

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Are you thinking about where to apply to college and what to study? Spend six weeks at Boston College from Sunday June 22 to Friday August 1st, 2014. Take college courses, earn college credit, and live and study with your peers as you experience a taste of what college will be like.

Bird's eye view of Boston
Bird's eye view of Boston

Each summer talented and motivated high school students who have completed the Eleventh grade and have compiled outstanding academic records immerse themselves in a campus environment that encourages academic exploration, fosters personal growth, and develops strategies for dealing with the more intense demands of college.

The Boston College Experience offers a unique and rewarding summer. Its breadth of courses, distinguished faculty and interesting students will encourage you to pursue specific goals, explore different directions and make new friends. The Boston College Experience builds the confidence needed to help you reach more informed judgments as you enter Senior year and plan the next phase of your life.

As a Boston College Experience student, you will discover the summer to be challenging, rewarding, and exciting. You will test yourself by taking college-level courses with undergraduate students as you explore subjects not available at your high school. In addition, you will learn to make choices and organize your time as you become better prepared for college.

What makes Boston College's campus unique is that it is situated at the edge of the city of Boston, which means it has a residential campus but also has access to the offerings of a major city. BC is only six miles from downtown Boston and there are three MBTA train lines, known as the T, that have stops near campus, giving our students easy access to the city. Students are able to take full advantage of having a metropolitan center nearby but also have a quiet place to go home to at night, which really gives them the best of both worlds.

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 of which are surrounded by 18th and early 19th century architecture that has been expertly restored.

The Boston skyline from Fenway Park
The Boston Public Garden

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 of which are 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 create 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.