Fall 2017 Registration and Scheduling Information
Office of Student Services
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Visit Course Information and Schedule for the most up-to-date course information including times and room assignments. BC students and faculty should access the Course Information and Schedule link in their Agora Portal for textbook, syllabi, and course evaluation information, if available.
The fall and summer 2017 registration and drop/add period for undergraduates begins on April 6 and continues through September 6, the last date for undergraduates to add a course or drop a course or to declare a course pass/fail online. October 2 is the last date for undergraduates only to drop a course in their Associate Dean's offices.
A degree audit is a computer-generated analysis that enables an undergraduate (except for Woods College of Advancing Studies) or Law student and his or her advisor to assess the student’s academic progress and unfulfilled requirements. Students in the Woods College of Advancing Studies can meet with an advisor and obtain a degree audit at any time.
The degree audit is a valuable tool for academic planning because it matches the courses that the student has taken with the requirements of his or her degree program or anticipated program. Students receive degree audits each semester prior to registration and have access to actual and simulated degree audits on their Agora Portal account at portal.bc.edu. Students are responsible for completing all the requirements listed on the degree audit prior to graduation.
Review your audit carefully in consultation with your advisor before you register. If a course on your degree audit is not being counted correctly because of a system error, contact your Academic Recorder (MCAS: Mary McCrosson; LSOE, CSOM, and CSON: Caitlin Walsh). If you want a course to count for a requirement that it does not usually fulfill, obtain a “Degree Audit Course Substitution and Waiver” form from the Office of Student Services, and take it to the department for approval. Return the form with the appropriate stamp to the Office of Student Services in Lyons Hall for processing.
The fall registration and drop/add period begins on April 5 and continues through September 6, 2017 at 11:00 p.m. for all graduate students.
Students whose departments require permission need to obtain an override for Doctoral Continuation and process it in the Office of Student Services.
Graduate students including those using teaching vouchers who are not currently in a Boston College degree program and who want to take graduate level courses must apply as special students to the appropriate graduate school. Student teaching vouchers should be sent to the Lynch Graduate Office at the time of registration in Campion 135.
All undergraduate students should check their Agora Portal accounts to confirm their advisors' name and contact information. Students in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences who want to switch from a major to “undeclared” must go to the Academic Advising Center in Stokes S140. A Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences student who wants to request a change of his/her major advisor should visit his/her major department’s office. CSOM students should visit the CSOM office, Fulton 360; CSON students, the CSON office, Cushing 202; LSOE students, the LSOE office, Campion 106.
Courses listed in the Schedule of Courses that are restricted by school, degree, or major are marked with an asterisk (*), and the specific restrictions are labeled underneath. Students who want an override into a closed or restricted course should go to the department offering the course. The department may decline the request, add the course to your schedule, or give you an override to be processed in the Office of Student Services. You cannot process overrides through U-View.
The override form must be stamped in the appropriate section:
- “Open/Restricted” overrides school, major, degree, and department restrictions.
- “Override for a Closed Course” overrides all restrictions and size limits for closed courses.
- “Approval for Time Conflict” overrides a corequisite or allows you to be registered for two courses that conflict in time.
You can search the listing of BC’s course offerings as follows:
- By accessing UIS, the University’s Information System.
- By accessing your Agora Portal account (portal.bc.edu) and choosing the “Course Information and Schedule” link under “My Services.”
The Course Information and Schedule in the Agora portal offers more intuitive ways to explore BC's academic offerings. This searchable schedule includes course descriptions, faculty, meeting times, and room assignments. You may search by term, school, keyword, and subject code (required for MCA&S courses).
You can customize your search by using filters to select course number ranges, course levels, meeting days and times, credit hours, and open or closed courses. Remember to clear your filters or Start Over when you begin a new search.
To expand information about a course, click on More Detail to view the short course description. Click on the course title to view a more detailed course description, including any course pre or co requisites and Core requirements, and links to course evaluations, and textbook information, if available. Access to course evaluation surveys are also available from the Course Information and Schedule landing page.
For more information, including FAQs, visit the Course Information and Schedule web page at www.bc.edu/offices/stserv/academic/faculty/courseinfosched.html or the eSyllabus webpage at www.bc.edu/esyllabus-s.
Because your opinion matters, the Office of Student Services urges you to complete your evaluation surveys for your classes. Course evaluation surveys will be released during the final week of the course and will close the day after the final exam. You will receive an e-mail announcement the day the online course evaluation survey period opens.
Evaluating courses online is fast, easy, convenient, secure, anonymous, confidential, and above all, important! Course evaluation results are used by faculty to improve teaching, and they are a significant component in the promotion and tenure process.
Watch for the email announcing the opening of the course evaluation period.
Use our streamlined search tool to find out how your peers rated BC’s instructors and courses. You can now search course evaluation surveys by department, course code, or instructor from the Course Information and Schedule link in the My Services section of your Agora Portal account.
WCAS designates a limited number of courses that are available to full-time undergraduate day students. All full-time undergraduate students are limited to one WCAS course each semester. Freshmen may not enroll in any WCAS courses.
WCAS courses can be used to fulfill elective requirements. Students must check with the appropriate department if they intend to use a WCAS course to fulfill a Core or major requirement. There are a limited number of seats in each course, and they are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Check with the WCAS office, St. Mary's Hall, ground floor for more information.
Undergraduate students may not audit a course, with the exception of undergraduates in WCAS.
If you need to change the number of credits for a course, pick up a “Graduate Credit Variation" form from the Office of Student Services. Have the form approved by the Associate Dean of your school and return it to Lyons Hall by September 6, 2017. After September 6, bring the form to the Office of Student Services and pay for the additional credits.
Email accounts are automatically created for all full-time undergraduate and all graduate students. The Office of Student Services sends all notifications to your BC email account. To view your email address, log on to your Agora Portal account. Go to “My Services” and select “Email Settings” to view your email address. To forward your BC account to another email account, click on “Configure Email Preferences.”
All students graduating in the 2017–2018 academic year must confirm their diploma names by the dates listed below:
- May 1, 2017 for August 30, 2017 graduation
- October 2, 2017 for December 30, 2017 graduation
- February 1 for May 21, 2018 graduation
To confirm your diploma name, go to the Agora Portal at portal.bc.edu and select “Diploma Name Information – View/Edit” from your “My Services” menu. Enter your Eagle ID number to view your information. Your name will appear as it is listed on the University’s student system. Follow the directions and post your password at the bottom of the screen, even if you have no changes. This will ensure that your diploma is ordered correctly and that you are listed in the Commencement Program.
Boston College has three graduation dates—December 30, August 30, and May (date varies yearly). If you believe that you have completed all of your degree requirements as of the end of the previous semester and should have graduated, contact your Academic Recorder:
- MCAS: Mary McCrosson, 617-552-4974
- CSOM, CSON, CSON—Graduate Programs, Law, LSOE, WCAS, WGCAS: Caitlin Walsh, 617-552-4984
- CSOM—Graduate Programs, MCAS—Graduate Programs, SSW, LSOE—Graduate Programs, STM: Terry Lepore, 617-552-4989
The National Student Clearinghouse will process deferment forms for fall 2017 beginning on September 8, in accordance with Federal regulations. If you need an enrollment certification for deferment of a student loan, mail the forms to the Office of Student Services, Lyons Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, or stop by Lyons Hall. Your deferment form will be forwarded to the National Student Clearinghouse. If the enrollment certification does not require an official school seal or signature, you may process the certification through your Agora Portal account at portal.bc.edu.
Undergraduate and graduate students can change their local, home, or parents’ addresses and telephone numbers through their Agora Portal account at portal.bc.edu by selecting the “Addresses/Phone Numbers” link under the “Account and Personal Info” list in “My Services.” Keeping your addresses up-to-date will ensure that you receive important mailings from the University such as graduation clearance requirements and campus parking permits. The University will also be able to contact you in case of emergencies.
Eligible students may sign-up to take a course pass/fail through their Agora Portal account at portal.bc.edu at the time they register. To declare a course pass/fail in the School of Social Work, contact Liz Cinquino at 617-552-4020. STM students should contact Donna Derosa at 617-552-8440. Students in CGSOM, MCAS—G, LGSOE, and WGCAS may not take a course counting toward the degree pass/fail.
The staff in the Office of Student Services can assist you with questions concerning the following academic and financial services:
- Enrollment certifications
- Financial aid
- Student loans
- Parking permits
- Student accounts and tuition and fees
- Notary services can also be provided.
You may contact the Office of Student Services in person (Lyons Hall), by telephone (800-294-0294 or 617-552-3300), fax (617-552-4889), or email (email@example.com). You may also visit www.bc.edu/studentservices for general academic and financial information, forms, and online transactions.
Listed below are the Student Services currently available through your Agora Portal account at portal.bc.edu.
- Receive an online bill
- View/change directory information
- View classmate rosters
- View course history, current schedule, and grades
- View Degree Audit (undergraduates)
- View employment information including deductions and paycheck information
- View Financial Aid applications and awards
- View meal plan balances
- View student account
- Authorize Third-Party Payers (MyBill)
- Confirm your diploma name
- Complete medical insurance waiver
- Create/add to Eagle Bucks account
- Create a second billing address
- Optional Dining/Eagle Bucks account
- Pay tuition and fees (online billing)
- Request a degree audit
- Request enrollment certifications
- Request an official academic transcript
- Request an e-refund
- Request replacement IDs and deactivate lost IDs
- Set privacy preferences
- Simulate a degree audit
Academic transcript requests may be submitted through your Agora Portal account at portal.bc.edu. Requests are usually processed within 48 to 72 hours of receipt. The Transcript Office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Call 617-552-8700 if you have any questions. There is no charge for a transcript. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/transcripts.
- African American History I (AADS1104)
- Introduction to African Diaspora Studies (AADS1110)
- Managing Diversity (AADS1137)
- Introduction to African-American Society (AADS1155/SOCY1043)
- Black & Popular: Speculative Fictions by Black Writers (AADS2470/ENGL2470)
- The Modern Black Freedom Movement (AADS2253)
- Gender and Sexuality in African American History (AADS3340/HIST4484)
- Islamic Architecture (ARTH2213)
- Introduction to African Art (ARTH2250)
- Health and Science Education Disparities (BIOL2240)
- Developmental Economics and Policy (ECON3374/INTL3374.01,.02)
- Black & Popular: Speculative Fiction by Black Writers (ENGL2470/AADS2470)
- Human Rights and American Women’s Writing, 1850–1920 (ENGL4010)
- Poetics of Rap (ENGL4447)
- Capstone: Vision Quest: A Multicultural Approach (ENGL4637/UNCP5544)
- Sustainable Agriculture (ENVS3315)
- Globalization I (HIST1055)
- Globalization I (HIST1077)
- Globalization I (HIST1083)
- Globalization I (HIST1087)
- African Diaspora and the World (HIST1113)
- African American History (HIST2481)
- Modern Iran (HIST4150/POLI2420)
- Travelers in Latin America (HIST4370)
- Gender and Sexuality in African American History (HIST4484/AADS3340)
- Race, Rights and the Law (HIST4552)
- Islamic Civilization (ICSP1199)
- Music and Culture in the Middle East (ICSP2309)
- Development Economics and Policy (INTL3374/ECON3374.01, .02)
- Managing Diversity (MGMT2137)
- Intro/Music of the World (MUSA1320.01, 02)
- Musics of Africa (MUSA2307)
- Music and Culture in the Middle East (MUSA2309)
- What is Racism (PHIL3344)
- Unheard Voices: Philosophy and Crossroads of Identity (PHIL4454)
- Daoism (PHIL6578/THEO6578)
- Dilemmas of Unity and Diversity in American Society and Politics (POLI2302.01, .02)
- Modern Iran (POLI2420/HIST4150)
- East Asian Security (POLI4590)
- Society and National Identity in the Balkans (SLAV2065)
- Deviance and Social Control (SOCY1030)
- Introduction to Latin American Societies (SOCY1036)
- Introduction to African-American Society (SOCY1043/AADS1155)
- Society and National Identity in the Balkans (SOCY2280)
- Social Justice in Israel/Palestine (SOCY3367)
- Culture through Film (SOCY3388)
- Writing and Memory in the Andean World (SPAN6655)
- Religious Quest: Comparative Perspectives I (THEO1161.01-.09)
- Race, Freedom, and the Bible in America: An Uncommon Conversation and Common Heritage In and Between Black and White (THEO2800)
- Hinduism: Past & Present (THEO3001)
- Catholicism and Social Responsibility (THEO3557)
- Daoism (THEO6578/PHIL6578)
- Capstone: Vision Quest (UNCP5544/ENGL4637)
Services for undergraduate and graduate students with hearing, visual, mobility, medical, psychiatric, and temporary disabilities are coordinated through Paulette Durrett, the Assistant Dean for Students with Disabilities. Academic support services provided to students who provide appropriate documentation are individualized and may include, but are not limited to, sign language interpreters, CART services, electronic textbooks, extended time on exams, alternate testing locations, facilitation of program modification, course under-loads, readers, scribes, and note-takers. The Assistant Dean works with each student individually to determine the appropriate accommodations necessary for the student’s full participation in college programs and activities. For more information, contact the Assistant Dean at 617-552-3470 or visit the website at www.bc.edu/disability.
Services and accommodations for students with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are coordinated through the Connors Family Learning Center. The Center, located in O’Neill Library, provides academic support services and accommodations to undergraduate students. The Center’s services are extensive and vary depending upon the unique needs of the individual student. For more information, please contact Dr. Kathy Duggan at 617-552-8093, or visit the website at www.bc.edu/connors.
Tuition and fees for undergraduates are due by August 10, 2017. Restrictions will be placed on any account not resolved by the due date. These restrictions include denied access to the Athletic Complex, use of the ID card and Meal Plan, and the ability to drop and add courses. In addition, a $150.00 late payment fee will be assessed on any account that is not resolved by the due date. In severe cases, students will be withdrawn from the University. Please note all billing statements are sent electronically to your Agora Portal account (portal.bc.edu). Visit www.bc.edu/mybill for more information.
Scholarship holders are not exempt from payment of registration fees, acceptance fees, insurance, and miscellaneous fees at the time prescribed.
Tuition and fees for the Graduate Schools of Management, Arts and Sciences, Education, Nursing, Social Work, and School of Theology and Ministry are billed on or about August 11, 2017. Payment is due by September 8. All students should be registered for the fall semester by August 10. The tuition for the Law School is due by August 10, 2017. There is a $150.00 late payment fee for payments received after the due date. In severe cases, students whose accounts are not resolved by the due date may be withdrawn from the University.
Questions regarding billing and payment should be directed to the Office of Student Services, Lyons Hall, at 617-552-3300 or 800-294-0294.
The University offers web-based payments directly from your savings or checking account. You may make an e-payment through the MyBill option in your Agora Portal account (portal.bc.edu) or at portal.bc.edu/webpayment.
The University does not accept credit card payments for tuition, fees, or room and board, except for the students in the Woods College of Advancing Studies (WCAS).