First Year Experience
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All first-year undergraduates, both freshmen and transfer students, must participate in one of the seven Orientation Sessions offered throughout the summer. During your Orientation Session, you will plan your academic program with a faculty adviser and complete the registration process for your first-semester courses. It is strongly recommended that all students attend a June or July Orientation. Students from Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia must attend a June or July session.
In Sessions 1-6, you will live in a residence hall with other first-year students and Orientation Leaders who are Boston College sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
In Session 7, you will live in your assigned first-year housing. If you do not have on-campus housing, you will be expected to have moved to your off-campus housing by the start of the Orientation Session.
Please make travel arrangements such that you can remain on campus at least until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The complexity of the program makes early departures impossible.
At each Orientation Session, a three-day Parent and Guardian Orientation will run concurrently with the Student Orientation. Offered only to mothers, fathers, or guardians in the student's life, this program is designed to support the adjustment process that occurs when a son or daughter leaves home to start a college life, and to familiarize you with the resources that are available to you within the University community. Please be advised that lodging is not provided for attendees of the Parent and Guardian Program. A list of nearby hotels and accommodations is available here.
During the three-day Orientation, you will hear from Boston College students, faculty, administrators, and other Boston College parents about this exciting and challenging transition. In panels, discussions, and informal conversations, you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts and learn more about important issues like academic expectations and community standards. During this time, offices and services across campus will be open for consultation. Because the needs of the parents and students differ, the two Orientations will run independently of each other.
Parents and guardians are advised that they will separate from their students after dinner on the first evening. The Parent and Guardian Orientation does not rejoin the Student Orientation until the closing program on the final afternoon. Reservations for the Parent and Guardian program is done via the on-line enrollment process and must be received by May 1, 2015. Due to limitations on space, students may register no more than two parents or guardians for Orientation. Siblings, friends, and unregistered parents and guardians will not be able to attend Orientation.