In addition to a faculty advisor assigned to all Boston College students, each varsity team has an academic counselor who serves as an additional contact for academic assistance. Academic counselors support student-athletes by monitoring academic progress; supporting faculty in the classroom; helping student-athletes articulate their needs; involving students with counseling services, career services, academic advising by faculty, and deans; recognizing and rewarding scholarship; and supporting an interdisciplinary, team approach to learning.
LRSA tutors are available to all varsity student-athletes to assist them with their course work, while at the same time promoting skill development for independent learning. Our tutorial program is certified under the College Reading and Learning Association. Individual and group sessions are available across a wide range of subject areas, including math, history, science, writing, and foreign languages.
The Murphy Family Study Center
LRSA’s Murphy Family Study Center is an extensive study area with computers and printers for student use. The center serves as the primary tutorial area for LRSA and offers students an easily accessible study area, close to athletic facilities. The Center provides a managed study environment to help ease the transition to the increased academic workload of college. Some student-athletes are responsible for hours of study each week, and their academic counselors work closely with student-athletes and coaches to monitor academic progress.
The Developmental Instruction Program is designed to address the academic needs of student-athletes who are underprepared to compete academically at Boston College. Students can request placement or are selected for this program based on performance factors that place them at academic risk. Each student-athlete works with an Instructional Assistant who provides intensive skill instruction several times a week. The student-athlete’s progress is also monitored closely by the LRSA staff.
Student-Athletes with Learning Disabilities
Boston College provides services and accommodations for students with learning disabilities according to their individual needs. In order to be eligible for academic accommodations, students must submit current and comprehensive documentation of their disability to the learning specialist at LRSA who coordinates services for all student-athletes with disabilities. Students with learning disabilities are eligible for a variety of learning supports and accommodations based on the specific nature of their learning needs.