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Options Through Education (OTE)

transitional summer program


The mission of the Options Through Education Transitional Summer Program is to prepare the transition to Boston College for a select group of diverse students who have demonstrated potential and leadership in spite of challenging educational and financial circumstances. This summer residential program nurtures student’s academic, social, cultural and spiritual development.

Sponsored by the Thea Bowman AHANA (African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native Americans) and Intercultural Center, the Options Through Education (OTE) Transitional Summer Program has several goals we want to accomplish.

  • To provide a community of support and resources to help students succeed at Boston College

  • To help students get acclimated socially to Boston College and build long lasting relationships

  • To help build academic abilities especially in the areas of math, English, critical thinking, and study skills

  • To engage students in questions of cultural, racial, and ethnic identity development

  • To engage students in questions of spiritual development

Emphasizing personal growth and development, the OTE program provides an introduction to the academic and social aspects of college life. An intensive and enriching experience, the OTE program balances a challenging academic curriculum (English, Math, and Oral Communication) with tutoring services and variety of social activities. 

OTE program was established in 1979 and has a proven record of success in the retention and graduation of students. 


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