frequently asked questions
PLEASE NOTE: Some of the information on this page is subject to change and will be updated for Summer 2013 as soon as it becomes available. If you have any questions not covered here, please contact our office.
Q: What happens at Orientation?
A: Full itineraries for both the Student and Parent Orientation are available here:
Q: What should I bring to Orientation?
A: A list of items to bring to Orientation can be found here.
Q: Where will I stay during Orientation?
A: If you are attending one of the Sessions 1-6, you will stay in one of our residence halls on Lower Campus. If you are attending Session 7, you will stay in your assigned housing for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Q: Where will my parent(s) or guardian(s) stay during Orientation?
A: Boston College does not provide housing to parents and guardians attending Parent Orientation. Parents and guardians most usually find lodging at a nearby hotel.
Q: How does the course registration process work at Orientation?
A: You will register for your first semester of courses on Tuesday of Orientation. Be sure to review the Academic Planning Workbook you received in the mail and the Course Information & Schedule (available on Agora Portal), and bring them with you to Orientation. We will pair you with an academic adviser during Orientation that will help you select and register for your first semester courses.
Q: Will I be able to see my parent(s)/guardian(s) or leave campus during Orientation?
A: The Student and Parent Orientation Programs begin together with mass and dinner on Sunday evening and then split and run separately until closing ceremonies. The program is designed to give students and parents separate, but complimentary, experiences. Additionally, students may not leave campus during Orientation.
Q: I am attending Session 7 (August 25-27, 2013). When can I move in to my residence hall?
Students attending Session 7 will be granted access to their 2013-2014 academic year housing placement beginning Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. Students traveling to Boston College from 300 miles or farther may be eligible for Early Arrival Status through the Office of Residential Life Transitions and arrive on campus beginning Saturday, August 24, 2013. The application for Early Arrival Status will be made available in mid-July under the "My ResLife" function of Agora Portal. For more information on Early Arrival Status, please email email@example.com or contact the Office of Residential Life Transitions at (617)-552-4727.
Q: How much does Orientation cost?
A: The fee for Orientation 2013 is $436, which covers the cost of any parents or guardians that may be accompanying you. The Orientation Fee will be assessed on your August 2013 bill. A complete schedule of University Tuition and Fees is available here.
Q: How do I get to BC from Logan International Airport?
A: There are two easy ways to travel between Boston College and Logan International Airport. By cab, the trip costs approximately $40 and takes about 30 minutes. Using the "T", Boston's public transportation system, costs approximately $5 and takes about an hour. Once you arrive at Logan Airport, take the Massport Shuttle Bus to the MBTA Blue Line. This bus will take you to the “Airport” station on the Blue Line. Take the Blue Line Inbound to the Government Center stop and transfer to the Green Line Outbound. From there, get on a “B” train with the final destination “Boston College.” For other routes and trip information, please refer to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) website http://www.mbta.com.