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Orientation FAQ

First Year Experience


Q: What happens at Orientation?

A: Full itineraries for both the Student and Parent Orientation will be available very soon.

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 2018 - 2019 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 one of the many nearby hotels.

Q: How much does Orientation cost?

A: The fee for Orientation 2018 is $500.  The Orientation Fee will be assessed on your August 2018 bill.  

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 complementary, experiences.  Additionally, students may not leave campus during Orientation.

Q: I am attending Session 7 (August 19-21, 2018).  When can I move in to my residence hall?

A: Students attending Session 7 will be granted access to their 2018 - 2019 academic year housing placement beginning Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 9 AM.  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 18, 2018. 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 or contact the Office of Residential Life Transitions at (617) 552-4727.


Q: I am an international student attending Session 7. When should I arrive to campus?

A: An English Writing Assessment will be given to all students whose first language is not English. If your first language is not English, you are required to take the English Writing Assessment. The results of the assessment will determine your placement into core English courses during freshman year. More information will be available soon. 


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 Silver Line to South Station and then take the Red Line to Park Street. Then, take the Boston College Green Line outbound train, i.e. Line B to Boston College. Stay on the train to the end of the line. For a faster route, you can pay $5 for a Logan Express bus from the airport to Hynes Convention Center.  At Hynes, take Green Line B to Boston College Station. It will cost $2.65 for a one way trip on the “T.”  For more



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