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BC Lingo Translated

Don't feel lost in translation!  Here is a guide to a few of the many acronyms, abbreviations, and other BC Lingo that you'll hear around campus.

Don't see one on our list or you think an acronym has changed? Let us know at!


Agora Portal = Central place to access information and services/ access for reading, searching, updating, and personalizing the information and services in your student portal.

GS A&S = Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

AHANA = African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native-American

BAIC = The Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center

BCPD = Boston College Police Department

BlackBoard Vista = Course management system used at BC. It is an eTeaching application that complements classroom instruction. Accessed through the web, it provides a secure environment for sharing materials, as well as a number of tools and features that enhance learning.  

CTRC = Campus Technology Resource Center

ERC = Educational Resource Center, library located in the basement of Campion

GA = Graduate Assistant

GEA = Graduate Education Association

GISA = Graduate International Students Association

Grad AHANA = Graduate African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native-American

GSA = Graduate Student Association

GSL = Graduate Student Life

CSOM = Carroll School of Management

CSON = Connell School of Nursing

GSSW = Graduate School of Social Work

ITS = Information Technology Services

LSOE = Lynch School of Education

Mac = McElroy (Here you can find the campus bookstore, and several dining options.  Whatever you do, don't pronounce it the way it's spelled.)

MGC or GSC = The Murray Graduate Student Center (aka The Murray House)

OISS = Office of International Students and Scholars

OSI = Office of Student Involvement

The Plex = Flynn Recreation Complex (BC's gym and fitness center)

SPO = Student Programs Office

STM = School of Theology and Ministry

The Rat = Welch Dining Room in Lyons

U-View = Through University's Information Services (BC UIS), you can register for classes/ browse courses

VPSA = Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

VSLC = Volunteer and Service Learning Center

WC = Women's Center


Residential Life Terms:

RA = Resident Assistant

GSA = Graduate Staff Assistant (not to be confused with the Graduate Student Association GSA!) 

GRD = Graduate Resident Director

RD = Resident Director