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About Boston College
From its beginnings in 1863 as a small Jesuit college for boys in Boston's South End, Boston College has grown into a national institution of higher learning that is regularly listed among the top 40 universities in the nation in ratings compiled by publications such as Barron's and U.S. News and World Report.
The University, now located in the Boston suburb of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, enrolls 9,049 full-time undergraduates and 4,476 graduate students, hailing from all 50 states and more than 90 foreign countries. Boston College offers its diverse student body state-of-the-art facilities for learning: a full range of computer services including online access to databases in business, economics, social sciences, and law, and a library system with over 2.8 million books, periodicals, and government documents, and more than 4 million microform units.
Boston College awards bachelor's and graduate degrees in more than 50 subjects and interdisciplinary areas within the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees from three professional schools: the Carroll School of Management, founded in 1938; the Connell School of Nursing, founded in 1947; and the Lynch School of Education, founded in 1952, which is now known as the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education. Boston College also awards master's and doctoral degrees from the Graduate School of Social Work, and the Juris Doctor and the Master of Laws from Boston College Law School, which is consistently ranked among the top 30 law schools in the United States. NOTE: Law School is currently ranked 31.
The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry was formed on June 1, 2008, when the former Weston Jesuit School of Theology and the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry joined to offer a full array of ministerial and theological courses and degrees. Both a graduate divinity school and an ecclesiastical faculty of theology regulated by the Apostolic Constitution Sapientia Christiana (1979), the school offers both master's and doctoral degrees, civil and ecclesiastical degrees, and a wide variety of continuing education offerings, including online programs through Church in the 21st Century (C21 Online).
Strengthened by more than a century and a quarter of dedication to academic excellence, Boston College commits itself to the highest standards of teaching and research in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs and to the pursuit of a just society through its own accomplishments, the work of its faculty and staff, and the achievements of its graduates. It seeks both to advance its place among the nation's finest universities and to bring to the company of its distinguished peers and to contemporary society the richness of the Catholic intellectual ideal of a mutually illuminating relationship between religious faith and free intellectual inquiry.
Boston College draws inspiration for its academic and societal mission from its distinctive religious tradition. As a Catholic and Jesuit university, it is rooted in a world view that encounters God in all creation and through all human activity, especially in the search for truth in every discipline, in the desire to learn, and in the call to live justly together. In this spirit, the University regards the contribution of different religious traditions and value systems as essential to the fullness of its intellectual life and to the continuous development of its distinctive intellectual heritage. Boston College pursues this distinctive mission by serving society in three ways:
- by fostering the rigorous intellectual development and the religious, ethical, and personal formation of its undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in order to prepare them for citizenship, service, and leadership in a global society;
- by producing significant national and international research that advances insight and understanding, thereby both enriching culture and addressing important societal needs;
- and by committing itself to advance the dialogue between religious belief and other formative elements of culture through the intellectual inquiry, teaching and learning, and the community life that form the University.
Boston College fulfills this mission with a deep concern for all members of its community, with a recognition of the important contribution a diverse student body, faculty, and staff can offer, with a firm commitment to academic freedom, and with a determination to exercise careful stewardship of its resources in pursuit of its academic goals.
Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1863 to serve the sons of local Catholic immigrants, Boston College was the first institution of higher learning chartered in the City of Boston. On September 5, 1864, Boston College opened its doors to 22 students, providing a liberal arts curriculum based on the Ratio Studiorum (Plan of Studies) that had guided Jesuit universities in Europe and the Americas, with an emphasis on Greek and Latin classics, English, rhetoric, mathematics, philosophy and religion.
Originally located on Harrison Avenue in the South End of Boston, Boston College outgrew its urban setting early in the 20th century. Then-president Thomas I. Gasson, S.J., selected a new location in Chestnut Hill and in 1907 purchased four parcels of land known as the Lawrence Farm. The firm of Maginnis and Walsh won a design competition for the development of the new campus, and ground was broken on June 19, 1909 for construction of a central Recitation Building, which would later be named Gasson Hall.
The Recitation Building opened in March 1913. The three other buildings that still shape the core of the campus—St. Mary's Hall, Devlin Hall, and Bapst Library—opened in 1917, 1924, and 1928, respectively.
Though incorporated as a university since its founding, it was not until the 1920s that Boston College began to fill out the dimensions of its charter. It established a Summer Session in 1924; followed by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1925; the Law School and Evening College in 1929; the Graduate School of Social Work in 1936; and the College of Business Administration in 1938. The latter, along with its Graduate School established in 1957, is now known as the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management. The schools of Nursing and Education, founded in 1947 and 1952, respectively, are now known as the William F. Connell School of Nursing and the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education.
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences began programs at the doctoral level in 1952. Now, courses leading to the doctorate are offered by 13 Arts and Sciences departments. The schools of Education and Nursing, the Carroll Graduate School of Management, the Graduate School of Social Work, and the School of Theology and Ministry also offer doctoral programs.
While Boston College conferred one bachelor’s degree and 15 master’s degrees on women in 1927 through its Extension Division, the precursor of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, it was not until 1970 that all of Boston College’s undergraduate programs became coeducational. Today, female students comprise more than half of the University’s enrollment.
In 1974, Boston College acquired Newton College of the Sacred Heart, a mile-and-a-half from the Main Campus. With 15 buildings standing on 40 acres, it is now the site of the Boston College Law School and undergraduate residence halls housing 800 freshmen.
In 1996, the Evening College became the College of Advancing Studies, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees; in 2002, the College was renamed the Woods College of Advancing Studies in honor of its long-serving Dean, James A. Woods, S.J. In July 1996, the University’s longest presidency came to an end after 24 years when J. Donald Monan, S.J., became chancellor and William P. Leahy, S.J., was named Boston College’s 25th president.
During the decade of the nineties, the University completed several major construction projects, including the expansion and renovation of Higgins Hall, the updating of residence halls on the Upper Campus and Newton Campus, and the construction of a new office building for academic and administrative offices on Lower Campus.
As a sign of the University’s growing selectivity, between 1996 and 2014, freshman applications increased from 16,501 to 23,400 and the average SAT scores of entering freshmen rose to 2022. During this same period, the dollar amount of sponsored project awards received by the University more than doubled. Since 1996, the University’s endowment has grown from $590 million to approximately $1.8 billion, the result of successful investment strategies and effective fund-raising campaigns.
Between 2004 and 2007 Boston College acquired from the Archdiocese of Boston 65 acres of land across Commonwealth Avenue in what is now called the Brighton Campus. In November 2004, Boston College purchased St. Stephen’s Priory in Dover, encompassing 78.5 acres of land that is used as conference and retreat space. On December 5, 2007, Boston College unveiled its 10-year, $1.6 billion Strategic Plan, which called for the addition of 100 new faculty, a student center, recreation complex, fine arts district, playing fields for baseball, softball and intramurals, and 1,200 new beds to meet 100 percent of undergraduate housing demand.
In June of 2008, the Weston Jesuit School of Theology re-affiliated with Boston College, and joined the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry and C21 Online to form the new School of Theology and Ministry. In June of 2009, the City of Boston approved the University’s Institutional Master Plan for the Lower and Brighton campuses.
Boston College won NCAA National Championships in Men’s Ice Hockey in 2010 and 2012. In June of 2012 Boston College announced its Sesquicentennial Celebration, with events planned through the fall of 2013, in recognition of the University’s 150th anniversary. The celebration opened with a landmark Mass held at Boston's Fenway Park on September 15. Additional Sesquicentennial events included academic symposia, a Founders Day celebration, and a student concert at Boston’s Symphony Hall.
In January of 2013, Stokes Hall, the University’s award-winning 183,000 square-foot building for the humanities, opened on the Middle Campus.
Boston College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and has been accredited by NEASC since 1935.
CIHE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education and adheres to the standards of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. As part of CIHE’s guidelines, member institutions of NEASC undergo a peer review process every ten years which involves the preparation of a comprehensive self-study. Boston College’s next full review for accreditation will occur in 2017.
For information regarding the accreditation process please reference: http://cihe.neasc.org or the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, 209 Burlington Road, Suite 201, Bedford, MA 01730-1433. Inquiries regarding BC’s accreditation may be directed to the Office of the Provost and Dean of Faculties, Boston College, 270 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 (617-552-3260). For a paper copy of the information presented on this webpage, please contact the Boston College Office of Institutional Research at 617-552-3111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The mailing address is Boston College, IRPA, St. Clement’s Hall, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.
In addition to NEASC, a variety of schools and programs at BC are affiliated with discipline-based accrediting agencies such as: Connell School of Nursing: American Association of Colleges of Nursing; Carroll School of Management: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; Law School: American Bar Association; Graduate School of Social Work: Council on Social Work Education; School of Theology and Ministry: The Association of Theological Schools; College of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry Department: American Chemical Society; Lynch School of Education, Teacher Education, Special Education, and Curriculum and Instruction programs: Teacher Education Accreditation Council; Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology: American Psychological Association.
Located between Boston and Newton, Boston College benefits from its proximity to one of America’s greatest cities and its setting in a quiet residential suburb. Often cited as a model of university planning, the Main Campus is located in idyllic Chestnut Hill, just six miles from the heart of culturally rich Boston.
The 120-acre Chestnut Hill campus comprises three levels: the Upper Campus, which contains undergraduate residence halls; the Middle Campus, which contains classrooms, laboratories, administrative offices, and student facilities; and the Lower Campus, which includes Robsham Theater, Conte Forum, and student residences as well as dining, recreational, and parking facilities.
The Newton Campus is situated one and one-half miles from the Chestnut Hill Campus on a 40-acre site that includes Boston College Law School, as well as undergraduate dormitories, athletic fields, and student service facilities.
The Brighton Campus, recently acquired from the Archdiocese of Boston, is located across Commonwealth Avenue from the Chestnut Hill Campus on a 65-acre site that includes administrative offices, and is the proposed site of future athletics’ playing fields and University residence halls.
Boston College is home to a rich mix of cultural organizations, including musical performance groups, dance troupes, and theatre productions, ranging from classical to contemporary. The Music Department houses the Boston College Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Society, operatic performances, BC Baroque, and some other small instrumental ensembles. The University Bands program supports the “Screaming Eagles” marching band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, pep band, and B.C. bOp! Jazz Ensemble. Student organizations engage in a wide variety of musical activities, including the University Chorale, the Voices of Imani (a gospel choir), and several a cappella groups. The McMullen Museum of Art regularly mounts critically acclaimed exhibitions, including past surveys of work by Edvard Munch and Caravaggio. The Theatre Department presents six dramatic and musical productions each year while student organizations produce dozens of other projects. The annual Arts Festival is a 3-day celebration of the hundreds of Boston College faculty, students, and alumni involved in the arts.
The Walk-in Help Desk (located in O’Neill 248) provides troubleshooting services for personal computers, including software configuration, network connectivity, virus protection and removal, and password assistance. To learn more, visit www.bc.edu/helpdesk.
The Help Center provides technical support via telephone (617-552-HELP), email (email@example.com), and internet (www.bc.edu/help) to the BC community Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Limited off-hours support is available via telephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Hardware Repair Center is located in O’Neill 208 and provides warranty and non-warranty repair of Apple, Dell, HP, and Lenovo computers. For hours, rates, and contact information visit: www.bc.edu/content/bc/offices/help/essentials/software/hw-repair.html.
The Boston College Language Laboratory serves the language learning and teaching needs of all of the University's language and literature departments, non-native speakers of English, and the BC community at large from its center in Lyons Hall, room 313. By providing access to installed and portable equipment to be used with audio, video, cable television, and multimedia learning tools, the Lab pursues its mission to promote and facilitate the acquisition and enhancement of language skills and cultural competence. In addition to its listening/recording stations and teacher console, the facility includes: Mac and PC workstations, wireless laptops, laser printers, a materials development workstation, TV/video/DVD viewing rooms and media carrels, a CD listening station, and portable audio and video equipment.
The Language Laboratory boasts an extensive catalog of resources in more than 17 languages and in multiple formats (analog and digital audio, videocassette, DVD, cable television programming, computer/multimedia software, print materials—including monolingual and bilingual dictionaries, as well as language textbooks and activity manuals for elementary through advanced language courses). Designed to assist users in the acquisition and maintenance of aural comprehension, oral and written proficiency, and cultural awareness, these resources directly support and/or supplement curriculum requirements in world language, culture, music, and literature.
The Language Lab also supports the course planning and classroom teaching needs of language and literature faculty by encouraging recommendations for new acquisitions, assisting in the preparation of course materials, and serving as a multimedia classroom for the facilitation of curricular programming, including student participation in online language and intercultural learning exchanges with global partners.
Boston College community members who wish to use the Language Laboratory facility and its collection will find the staff available during the day, in the evening, and on weekends to assist them in the operation of equipment and in the selection of appropriate materials for their course-related or personal language needs. For more information about the Language Laboratory, call 617-552-8473 or visit www.bc.edu/schools/cas/language.
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O’Neill Library Reference: x2-4472
O’Neill Library Circulation: x2-8038
Bapst Library: x2-3200
Burns Library: x2-3282
Educational Resource Center: x2-4920
Law Library: x2-4434
Social Work Library: x2-3233
Theology and Ministry Library: x2-0549
Weston Observatory Library: x2-8321
The Boston College Libraries offer a wealth of resources and services in support of the teaching and research activities of the University. The book collection numbers more than 2.6 million volumes and over 37,000 print and electronic serials. In addition to O'Neill Library, the Boston College Libraries comprise the Bapst Art Library, the Burns Library (rare books and special collections), the Educational Resource Center, the Social Work Library, the Theology and Ministry Library (Brighton Campus), the Law School Library (Newton Campus), and the O'Connor Library (at the Weston Observatory). The Libraries have a variety of study spaces, networked printers, and workstations with productivity software, and scanners.
Reference staff and subject specialists are available to answer questions, to serve as research consultants, and to provide class and individual library instruction. Librarians can assist students in finding resources in their subject areas, searching the online catalog, selecting and using the most appropriate databases and reference sources, and managing the results of their research.
Digital Library Services: The Boston College Libraries provide online access to a wide range of articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers, as well as e-books, government documents, images, streaming video and audio, and other digital content. These resources, as well as detailed information about physical books and other items in the Libraries, are accessible via a central online discovery system as well as more than 500 subject-specific databases. Books, DVDs, and other items checked out from the Libraries can be renewed online. Items not available at BC can be requested online from other libraries via interlibrary loan and WorldCat Local. The Libraries also provide more than 240 online research guides, including guides for broad and narrow subjects and specific Boston College courses. Library staff supplement in-person instruction, reference, and consultation services with expert help via e-mail, text, 24/7 chat, and online tutorials.
Digital Institutional Repository: The eScholarship@BC digital repository is a central online system maintained by the Boston College University Libraries. The goal is to showcase and preserve Boston College's scholarly output and to maximize research visibility and influence. eScholarship@BC encourages community contributors to archive and disseminate scholarly work, peer-reviewed publications, books, chapters, conference proceedings, and small data sets in an online open access environment. eScholarship@BC archives and makes digitally available the undergraduate honors theses and doctoral dissertations written by students at Boston College. As part of its eScholarship services, the Libraries host several open access journals. Library staff members provide set-up, initial design, and technical support to the journal staff. For access and more information about eScholarship@BC, visit www.bc.edu/escholarship.
Interlibrary Loan: Interlibrary Loan service is offered to students, faculty, administrators, and staff to obtain research materials not owned by the Boston College Libraries. Some materials arrive within a day or two and electronic titles are delivered directly to the user's desktop. Requests are made by using forms in the online discovery system and the Find It option that appears in many online databases.
United States Government Publications: Boston College Libraries is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program. O'Neill Library receives selective government documents in electronic format, and maintains a legacy print collection. These materials are available to the general public as well as to Boston College students, faculty, and staff. Researchers can locate government documents in the online discovery system, and through a number of databases such as ProQuest Congressional and Hein Online. Questions about the availability of government publications should be directed to the Reference staff at O'Neill Library.
The Libraries of Boston College
The Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Library is named for the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr., class of 1936. The O’Neill Library is the central research library of the University and is located on the Main Campus in Chestnut Hill. Collections include books on a broad range of subjects reflecting the University’s extensive curriculum and research initiatives. Services also include access to various software applications as well as email, printing, scanning, video editing, and music technology stations. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/libraries/collections/oneill.html.
Bapst Art Library, a beautiful collegiate Gothic building that served as the main library for over 60 years, has been restored to its original splendor and houses the resources for library research in art, architecture, art history, and photography. Graduate Study and Research Space is located in the mezzanine of the Kresge Reading Room. Gargan Hall, with its magnificent stained glass windows, provides for quiet study 24 hours a day, five days a week when classes are in session. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/bapst.
John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections: The University’s special collections, including the University’s Archives, are housed in the Honorable John J. Burns Library, located in the Bapst Library Building, north entrance. Burns Library staff work with students and faculty to support learning and teaching at Boston College, offering access to unique primary sources through instruction sessions, exhibits, and programing. The Burns Library also serves the research needs of external scholars, hosting researchers from around the globe interested in using the collections. The Burns Library is home to more than 250,000 volumes, over 700 manuscript collections, and important holdings of architectural records, maps, art works, photographs, films, prints, artifacts, and ephemera. Though its collections cover virtually the entire spectrum of human knowledge, the Burns Library has achieved international recognition in several specific areas of research, most notably: Irish studies; British Catholic authors; Jesuitica, Fine Printing; Catholic liturgy and life in America, 1925-1975; Boston history; the Caribbean, especially Jamaica; Nursing; and Congressional archives. To learn more about specific holdings in Burns, please see www.bc.edu/burns.
The Educational Resource Center serves the specialized resource needs of the Lynch School of Education students and faculty. The state-of-the-art facility includes children’s books, fiction and non-fiction, curriculum and instructional materials in all formats, educational and psychological tests, educational software intended for elementary and secondary school instruction, and educational technology. In addition, the ERC has an interactive technology room designed to assist students in integrating computers and other technology in the K-12 classroom as well as to practice lesson plans and presentations. These materials are unique to the needs of the Lynch School of Education and do not duplicate materials found in the O'Neill Library. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/erc.
The Social Work Library, located in McGuinn Hall, offers the full range of library services and resources needed to support students of the Graduate School of Social Work. The collection also serves the departments of Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, Nursing, and related disciplines. Services are provided on-site by two librarians and two staff members. Many services can be accessed remotely through the Social Work Library website. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/libraries/collections/socialwork.html.
The Theology and Ministry Library (TML) serves the research, teaching, learning, and pastoral formation needs of the School of Theology and Ministry and Saint John's Seminary. The library's collections are centered in biblical studies, Catholic theology, history, canon law, and Jesuitica. The TML is a member library of the Boston Theological Institute Libraries and Resources Network whose libraries' combined collections number nearly a million and a half volumes in theology and related disciplines.
In addition, because of its close relationship to the highly respected New Testament Abstracts which are edited and published at Boston College, the library is a depository of virtually all significant international publications in New Testament and related fields. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/libraries/collections/theology.html.
The University Archives, a department within the John J. Burns Library, contains the official non-current papers and records of Boston College that are retained permanently for their legal, fiscal, or historical values. The collection includes the office records and documents of various administrative and academic offices; copies of all University publications, including student publications; movie footage of Boston College football; some audiovisual materials; and tape recordings of the University Lecture Series and other significant events. The photograph collection documents the pictorial history of Boston College. Alumni, faculty, and Jesuit records are also preserved. In addition, the University Archives is the repository for the records of Newton College of the Sacred Heart (1946-1975) and the documents of the Jesuit Community of Boston College (1863- the present).
The Law School Library, located on the Newton Campus, has a collection of approximately 468,000 volumes and volume equivalents of legal and related materials in a variety of media. The collection includes primary source materials consisting of reports of judicial decisions and statutory materials as well as a broad collection of secondary research materials in the form of textbooks and treatises, legal and related periodicals, legal encyclopedias, and related reference works. Most law-related licensed databases, with the exception of LexisNexis and Westlaw, are open for the entire university’s use and may be accessed remotely. The Library possesses substantial and growing collections of international and comparative law works. The Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room holds the Law Library’s special collections and features an ongoing series of exhibits. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/lawlibrary.
The Catherine B. O'Connor Geophysics Library: Located at Weston Observatory, this library contains a specialized collection of earth sciences monographs, periodicals, and maps, particularly in the areas of seismology, geology, and geophysics. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/libraries/collections/weston.html.
The Connors Family Learning Center (CFLC), located on the second floor of O’Neill Library, is a comprehensive, inclusive resource serving all of the University’s students and faculty. The mission of the Center is to enhance teaching and learning across the University. One of the CFLC's three professional staff members assists students with learning disabilities, helping to ensure their academic success at Boston College. The Center also sponsors seminars for faculty and graduate teaching fellows on strategies for successful teaching and learning; graduate students can earn a certificate through the Apprenticeship in College Teaching. To address the needs of the great majority of Boston College students, the Center provides tutoring for more than 60 courses, including calculus, statistics, biology, chemistry, nursing, accounting, classical and foreign languages, English as a Second Language, and writing. Most tutoring takes place in the Center, but online writing tutoring is offered through the OWL (online writing lab). Tutoring and all other academic support services are free of charge to all Boston College students and instructors.
Boston Library Consortium: The Boston Library Consortium (BLC) is a group of area libraries which includes Boston College, Brandeis University, Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Tufts University, the University of Massachusetts system, the University of New Hampshire, Wellesley College, and Williams College, as well as the State Library of Massachusetts and the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole. Boston College offers direct self-service borrowing and delivery from the BLC libraries by using WorldCat Local, one of the databases available to the BC community. With a Consortium borrower’s card, faculty and students may visit a BLC library and check-out directly from the member library. In order to receive a BLC card, ask at the O'Neill Circulation Desk for more information about the Consortium services.
Association of Research Libraries (ARL): ARL is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries at comprehensive, research-extensive institutions in the U.S. and Canada that share similar research missions, aspirations, and achievements. It is an important and distinctive association because of the nature of the institutions represented. ARL member libraries make up a large portion of the academic and research library marketplace, spending more than $1 billion every year on library materials. Boston College was invited to become a member of ARL in 2000.
Media Technology Services, a division of Information Technology Services, provides a full range of media and technology services to the entire University. MTS can assist members of the Boston College community who are using technology in the areas of teaching and learning, research projects, conference planning, and event support.
A wide array of equipment and multimedia display devices are available, and MTS can provide training and support for faculty who teach in classrooms that are equipped with the latest in multimedia technology. Services such as digital photography and media, video and audio production, CD and DVD production and duplication, and graphic design are also available. Faculty who wish to reach their students outside of the classroom can take advantage of the BC Cable TV system by airing original or rental films and videos. Media Technology Services is located in Campion Hall, Room 36. For more information, call 617-552-4500 or visit www.bc.edu/offices/mts/home.html.
Divisions within MTS include:
- Classroom Support Services
- Graphic Services
- Photography Services
- Audio Services
- Video Services
- Cable Television Services
- Film and Video Rentals
- Newton Campus Support Services
- Project Management and Technical Support Services
Research is an important part of the intellectual life at Boston College. Faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduates collaborate in a range of research strategies across the disciplines and professional schools including laboratory studies, quantitative and qualitative research, archival and textual research, theory development, and field and basic research. In addition to the work of individual faculty and units, Boston College supports the collaborative work of faculty and students across the University through the following centers and institutes:
Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life
Through its many campus events, seminars, publications, and visiting fellows program, the Boisi Center creates opportunities for scholars, policy makers, and media and religious leaders to connect in conversation and scholarly reflection around issues at the intersection of religion and American public life. The Center does not seek to advance any ideological or theological agenda, whether conservative or liberal. Rather, it operates on the conviction that rigorous conversation about religion and public life can clarify the moral consequences of public policies in ways that help to maintain the common good while respecting America’s increasing religious diversity. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/boisi.
The Center for Christian-Jewish Learning is devoted to the multifaceted development and implementation of new relationships between Christians and Jews that are based not merely on toleration but on full respect and mutual enrichment. This defining purpose flows from the mission of Boston College and responds to the vision expressed in Roman Catholic documents ever since the Second Vatican Council.
The building of new, positive relationships between Jews and Christians requires sustained collaborative academic research. Therefore, under the Center's auspices, scholars and thinkers representing diverse Jewish and Christian perspectives engage in intense and ongoing study of all aspects of our related, yet distinct, traditions of faith and culture.
The Center is thus dedicated to conducting educational research and to offering programs, both in the University and the wider community, in which Christians and Jews explore their traditions together. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/cjlearning.
Based in the Carroll School of Management, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship combines the most valuable aspects of a professional community and the resources of a leading academic institution. Founded in 1985, the Center engages 400 member companies and more than 10,000 individuals annually on diverse topics within the field of corporate citizenship. The Center offers professional development, access to an online community of peers, regional programs, timely research, best practice updates, and an annual conference addressing the challenges that corporate citizenship professionals face. Contact the Center for Corporate Citizenship at 617-552-4545, http://ccc.bc.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Human Rights and International Justice, a collaborative effort of faculty from various departments and schools at Boston College, addresses the increasingly interdisciplinary needs of human rights work. Through multidisciplinary training programs, applied research, and the interaction of scholars with practitioners, the Center aims to nurture a new generation of scholars and practitioners who draw upon the strengths of many disciplines, and the wisdom of rigorous ethical training in the attainment of human rights and international justice. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/humanrights.
The Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Boston College offers members of the university—and faculty and staff in particular—opportunities to learn about and experience more deeply the spirituality of Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. This spirituality is at the heart of the Jesuit mission of Boston College. The Center sponsors talks on campus, and offers retreats, seminars, and reflection opportunities for groups as well as individual spiritual direction. For more information, visit us at Bourneuf House, 84 College Road, or call (617-552-1777) or click (www.bc.edu/centers/cis).
Established in 1995 and housed in the Lynch School of Education, the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) is a research and service agency providing information, publications, and a sense of community to colleges and universities worldwide. Our focus is conducting research and disseminating knowledge on current issues in higher education worldwide. We are concerned with academic institutions in the Jesuit tradition, as well as with other universities. There is a special concern with the needs of academic institutions in developing countries.
Center activities include the publication of International Higher Education, a quarterly newsletter dealing with the central concerns of higher education in an international context; regular information dissemination about higher education developments around the world via various social media outlets; an occasional book series on higher education; collaborative international research projects; and involvement in international meetings and conferences on higher education issues worldwide. Visiting scholars from Jesuit and other universities worldwide occasionally are in residence at the Center. CIHE works in conjunction with the Higher Education Program of the Lynch School.
For more information on the Center for International Higher Education, visit www.bc.edu/cihe.
The mission of the Center for Optimized Student Support is to study the most effective ways to address the out-of-school factors impacting student achievement and thriving in schools. The Center develops, tests, and disseminates innovative practices that address these out-of-school factors (social/emotional, health, and family) by optimizing student support in schools.
The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College was established through a grant from the Social Security Administration in 1998. The goals of the Center are to promote research on retirement issues, to transmit new findings to the policy community and the public, to help train new scholars, and to broaden access to valuable data sources. The Center is the headquarters for researchers and experts in affiliated institutions including MIT, Syracuse University, the Brookings Institution, and the Urban Institute. The Center is structured around an interdisciplinary research team with backgrounds in actuarial science, demography, economics, economic history, finance, political science, sociology, and social work. This team possesses a breadth of knowledge on retirement issues that is virtually unmatched in the field. As the nation confronts the myriad issues surrounding how best to ensure adequate retirement income for an aging population, the Center's research experts explore trends in Social Security, employer-sponsored pensions, and other sources of retirement income and labor force issues involving older workers. The Center also employs undergraduate and graduate research assistants and sponsors competitive grant programs for junior faculty and graduate students.
The Center for Student Formation engages students to explore the connection between their talents, dreams, and the world's deep needs. By incorporating faculty and staff into all areas of programming, the Center provides opportunities in which students may fully integrate their intellectual, social, and spiritual experiences. In addition to sponsoring events for faculty, staff, and students, the Center for Student Formation collaborates with University departments to serve as a resource for new program design and implementation.
The Lynch School of Education houses the Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy (CSTEEP), a University-supported research center internationally recognized for its work in the policy uses of tests. This research center is a rich resource for all programs in education and is especially known for its work on high-stakes assessment and in the analyses of policies related to test-based educator accountability. It also conducts studies employing data from national and international large-scale assessment surveys such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress, TIMMS and PIRLS. Further information on CSTEEP is available on its website at available at www.bc.edu/csteep/.
The Center on Wealth and Philanthropy (CWP), formerly the Social Welfare Research Institute, studies spirituality, wealth, philanthropy, and other aspects of cultural life in an age of affluence. The Center’s mission is to create fresh and valid thinking about the spiritual foundations of wealth and philanthropy in order to create a wiser and more generous allocation of wealth. CWP is a recognized authority on the meaning and practice of care, on the patterns and trends in individual charitable giving, on philanthropy by the wealthy, and on the forthcoming $41 trillion wealth transfer.
CWP has published research on the patterns, meanings, and motives of charitable giving; on survey methodology; on the formal and informal care in daily life; and on financial transfers to family and philanthropy by the wealthy. Other areas of research include the “new physics of philanthropy,” which identifies the economic and social-psychological vectors inclining wealth holders toward philanthropy. Other initiatives include (1) educating fundraising and financial professionals in the use of a discernment methodology based on Ignatian principles for guiding wealth holders through a self-reflective process of decision making about their finances and philanthropy; (2) analyzing what key religious and philosophical thinkers understand and teach about wealth and charity; (3) estimating wealth transfer projections for states and metropolitan regions; and (4) analyzing the patterns of relative philanthropic generosity among cities, states, and regions in the U.S. Additionally, the Center had conducted the study titled “The Joys and Dilemmas of Wealth,” which surveyed people worth $25 million or more and delved into the deeper meanings, opportunities, and hindrances facing wealth holders. The Center, known for its 2009 wealth transfer estimate of $41 trillion, has recently produced a completely revised Wealth Transfer model, indicating an even greater projection for wealth transfer than the 2009 study. Based on the new model, the Center has produced a wealth transfer reports for North Dakota and Rhode Island, and is now working on estimates for various Florida metro areas and counties as well as the Boston Metro Area.
Over the past 20 years, CWP has received generous support from the T. B. Murphy Foundation Charitable Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Wells Fargo, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Boston Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, the Wieler Family Foundation, Eaton Vance Investment Counsel, and Silver Bridge financial advisement. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/cwp.
The Boston College Center for Work & Family (BCCWF) is a global leader in helping organizations create effective workplaces that support and develop healthy and productive employees. The Center, part of the Carroll School of Management, links the academic community to leaders in the working world dedicated to promoting workforce effectiveness. With nearly 100 leading employers as our corporate partners, BCCWF has the potential to impact the lives and work environments of four million employees. As work-life issues continue to become more prominent in discussion, BCCWF is frequently called upon as an expert contributor to explore the myriad of challenges facing workplaces, families, and society.
The Center’s values are:
- Bridging Research and Practice: We seek to advance the depth and quality of knowledge in the work-life field and serve as a bridge between academic research and organizational practice.
- Transforming Organizations: We believe any work-life initiative is also an organizational change initiative. We help identify and develop organizational models to meet the needs of a contemporary workforce and provide expertise to assist in implementing these changes successfully.
- Strengthening Society: We believe employers who recognize and manage the interdependence of work, family, and community build stronger organizations and a more vibrant society.
The Center’s initiatives fall into three broad categories: workplace partnerships, research, and education.
- Workplace Partnerships: The Center is home to three highly successful employer partnerships: the Global Workforce Roundtable, the National Workforce Roundtable, and the New England Work and Family Association (NEWFA). Each membership group offers interactive events, access to informational resources, and a robust community dedicated to sharing leading practices.
- Research: The Center focuses attention on applied studies that contribute knowledge building, meet standards of rigorous research, and are meaningful and practical to practitioners. The Center’s research focuses on how organizational leadership, culture, and human resource practices increase work force engagement, productivity and commitment while also improving the quality of employees’ lives. Recent topics of focus include career management, workplace flexibility, fatherhood, and Millennials in the workplace.
- Education: Consistent with the mission of Boston College, the Center is committed to academic excellence. Several courses are offered within the Boston College community as well as expert-led presentations at corporate, regional and international conferences and events. Center reports, videos and other publications are available as educational resources for individuals, corporate leaders, HR Professionals, academics and the media.
For more information, visit www.bc.edu/cwf or follow @BCCWF.
The Institute is a center that unites the teaching and research efforts of the faculty members in the Philosophy and Theology departments who specialize in Christian, Jewish, and Arabic medieval philosophy and theology. Doctoral degrees are awarded in the Philosophy or Theology departments, and students matriculate in one of these two departments. The focus of the Institute is on the relationship between medieval philosophy and theology and modern continental philosophy and theology.
To foster this dialogue and encourage the scholarly retrieval of the great medieval intellectual world, the Institute offers graduate student fellowships and assistantships through the Philosophy and Theology Departments; sponsors speakers programs; runs a faculty-student seminar to investigate new areas of medieval philosophical and theological research; and runs a research center to assist in the publication of monographs and articles in the diverse areas of medieval philosophy and theology to encourage the translations of medieval sources, and to stimulate editions of philosophical and theological texts. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/schools/cas/theology/graduate/special/med-phil.html.
Formed in 1954, The Institute for Scientific Research (ISR) is the largest sponsored research center at Boston College. It embodies the University’s motto “Ever to Excel.” It has been and continues to be at the forefront of world-class innovative research.
Our highly skilled team of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and research associates uses its expertise for theoretical and experimental studies that include space physics, space chemistry, solar-terrestrial research, space weather, and seismic studies.
Our current projects include heavenly explorations, such as observing the celestial sky to interpret the changes in infrared emissions in space, and earthbound pursuits, such as defining the effects of solar storms on space-based communication and navigation systems.
Our researchers are fully dedicated to their work and have achieved numerous awards and high acclaim from our sponsors, who include the following:
- Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
- Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
- Office of Naval Research (ONR)
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
- Other sponsors and partners from industry and academia
As an organized research institute at Boston College, ISR supports the research mission of Boston College to conduct national and international significant research that advances insight and understanding, enriches culture, and addresses pressing social needs. Through our research and workshops, ISR also fosters the intellectual development of young scientists from around the world. For more information on our programs, visit www.bc.edu/isr.
The ISPRC was founded in 2000 by Dr. Janet E. Helms to promote the assets and address the societal conflicts associated with race and culture in theory and research, mental health practice, education, business, and society generally.
The Institute solicits, designs, and distributes effective interventions with a proactive, practical focus. Each year the Institute addresses a racial or cultural issue that could benefit from a pragmatic, scholarly, and/or grassroots focus through its Diversity Challenge conference. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/isprc.
The Irish Institute is a division of the Center for Irish Programs at Boston College. The mission of the Institute is to promote the peace and normalization process on the island of Ireland and to contribute to social, political, and economic stability through cross-border and cross-community cooperation. Professional development programming by the Institute introduces Irish and Northern Irish participants to successful models of best practices in the U.S., as well as offering an opportunity for cultural exchange that promotes mutual understanding among the U.S., Ireland, and Northern Ireland.
Since its founding in 1997, more than 1,300 decision-makers from all sectors, including government, business, education, environment, policing, media, and nonprofits, have participated in over 120 Irish Institute programs. Programs balance classroom seminars led by Boston College faculty with site visits to innovative and effective industry leaders in Massachusetts and across the United States. The Irish Institute is regarded as an honest broker by all parties on the island of Ireland, and its reputation for delivering quality programming in an inclusive environment attracts leaders from all communities and from across the political spectrum.
The Institute receives annual funding from Boston College, the U.S. Congress through the U.S. Department of State, the Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs, as well as through external business partnerships. For more information, visit our website at www.bc.edu/irishinstitute or contact Director, Dr. Robert Mauro at 617-552-4503.
The Global Leadership Institute (GLI) specializes in professional development and leadership training for mid and senior level leaders from around the world. Offering custom and “open enrollment” professional development programs for international executives and developing leaders, private corporations, and government agencies, the GLI enables professionals to develop applied skills for contemporary challenges. The GLI offers programing in areas of importance to leaders in business, government, the sciences, and the community such as strategic marketing, organizational change management, e-commerce, policy development, and the applied sciences.
GLI programing also connects the Boston College community to the world by enabling faculty to develop and deepen links with practitioners from across the globe. Programs offer a robust mix of classroom seminars led by Boston College faculty, participant case study analysis, and “site visits” to and exchanges with innovative and effective leaders from across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States.
For more information, visit our website at www.bc.edu/gli or contact Director, Dr. Robert Mauro at 617-552-4503.
The Jesuit Institute was established in 1988 to contribute towards the response to the question of identity. The Institute, initially funded by the Jesuit Community at Boston College, is not an additional or separate academic program. Rather, it is a research institute that works in cooperation with existing schools, programs, and faculty primarily but not exclusively at Boston College. Within an atmosphere of complete academic freedom essential to a university, the Institute engages positively in the intellectual exchange that constitutes the University. Its overarching purpose is to foster research and collaborate interchange upon those issues that emerge at the intersection of faith and culture. Through its programs, the Institute does this in two ways: by supporting the exploration of those religious and ethical questions raised by this intersection, and by supporting the presence of scholars committed to these questions. Visit www.bc.edu/centers/jesinst.
Studies related to the work of the Jesuit theologian and philosopher Bernard Lonergan, S.J., (1904–1984) are fostered and advanced in the Lonergan Center at Boston College. Inaugurated in 1986, the Center houses a growing collection of Lonergan’s published and unpublished writings as well as secondary materials and reference works. Boston College sponsors the annual Lonergan Workshop each June, providing resources, lectures, and workshops for the study of the thought of Bernard Lonergan, S.J. Scholarships and fellowships offered by the Lonergan Institute enable scholars from around the world to utilize the resources of the Center. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/lonergan.
The TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center, Lynch School of Education, is a global research enterprise that conducts assessments of student educational achievement in countries all around the world. Drs. Ina V.S. Mullis and Michael O. Martin, Executive Directors, provide the overall international direction of TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study). In 2011, nearly 90 countries and 900,000 students participated in TIMSS and PIRLS. Over the past 20 years, the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center has attracted nearly $100 million in research funding to Boston College.
Since 1995, TIMSS has assessed mathematics and science at the fourth and eighth grades, as well as advanced mathematics and physics at the twelfth grade (TIMSS Advanced). In 2015, a less difficult version of TIMSS (TIMSS Numeracy) will assess primary school children still developing fundamental mathematics skills. Since 2001, PIRLS has assessed reading comprehension at the fourth grade, with a less difficult version for developing countries (prePIRLS) launched in 2011. New in 2016, ePIRLS will measure how well students comprehend and interpret online information. The TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center is funded by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), headquartered in The Netherlands. For more information, visit timssandpirls.bc.edu.
Weston Observatory is a geophysical research and science education center of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Boston College. It is located in Weston, Massachusetts about 10 miles west of BC's Chestnut Hill campus. The Observatory, which has been recording earthquakes since the 1930s, conducts basic research on earthquakes and related processes, provides public information after significant earthquakes occur, contributes to earthquake awareness to help reduce the tragic effects of earthquakes, and educates future generations of geophysicists, geologists, environmental geoscientists, and scientifically literate citizens.
Today’s advances in geophysical instrumentation, coupled with advances in internet communication and social media, make it possible to observe and study earthquakes and the Earth’s interior in unprecedented ways. Inspired by its earliest roots in the 1930s that formed the foundation of a modern high-tech networked observatory of the twenty-first century, Weston Observatory shares in that endeavor. Seismic monitoring at Weston Observatory is part of a consortium of institutions that operate networks of seismographs throughout the Northeast United States and around the world. In the early 1960s, newer seismographs were installed at the Observatory as part of the World-Wide Standardized Seismographic Network (WWSSN), the first modern global seismic monitoring system. The Observatory continues to operate its WWSSN station, and continues to develop its more modern research and educational seismographs distributed across New England. The facilities at Weston Observatory offer students a unique opportunity to work on research projects in geophysics and related research areas. For more information, visit the Observatory website: www.bc.edu/westonobservatory.
In keeping with its tradition as a Catholic and Jesuit university, rooted in a belief that seeks God in all things, especially in human activity, the Boston College Athletics Department offers a broad-based program of intercollegiate athletics, as well as intramural, recreation, and club sport opportunities. Through these activities, the Athletics Department provides an educational experience that promotes the development of the whole person intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually. Through its offerings, the Athletics Department plays an integral part in the personal formation and development of students, preparing them for citizenship, service, and leadership.
The University's pursuit of a just society is fostered through the Athletics Department's commitment to the highest standards of integrity, ethics, and honesty. The Athletics Department promotes the principles of sportsmanship, fair play, and fiscal responsibility in compliance with University, Conference, and NCAA policies.
The Athletics Department supports and promotes the University's goal of a diverse student body, faculty, and staff. In this spirit, the Athletics Department supports equitable opportunities for all students and staff, including minorities and women.
The Career Center at Boston College offers an exciting program of services and resources designed to help students build successful careers. Through the Career Center, students may obtain advice and guidance regarding career and major choices, gain work-related experience, make meaningful connections with alumni and employers, and learn the latest job search techniques.
Students can stay informed by checking CareerEdge as well as the Career Center web site for career insight as well as program and resource information.
Students are encouraged to learn more about career fields by conducting informational interviews with BC alumni. The Career Center hosts many events designed to introduce students to alumni. A number of Boston College Alumni groups can be found on LinkedIn and Facebook. The RealJobs Blog Series, available through the Career Center web site, provides another opportunity for students to learn about the day-to-day life of professionals.
Internship and Experiential Learning programs offer students in all class years numerous opportunities to gain practical work experience in a professional capacity over the summer months or during the academic year. The Career Center works closely with students to prepare them for their Internships through building effective networking and interviewing skills. As a member of the University Career Action Network (UCAN), a consortium of 22 prestigious national colleges and universities, Boston College makes available internships in a wide range of professional settings and geographic areas. The annual Internship Fair is held every spring semester. Students are also encouraged to participate in the BC Externship program which offers job-shadowing experiences during the winter break.
Active job postings with hundreds more employers are maintained via the EagleLink database which is open to all students and alumni. The annual Boston College Career Fair is held every fall semester.
The Boston College Career Center is located at 38 Commonwealth Avenue. For a list of our services, including in-person and online drop-ins as well as individual career advising appointments, please visit us at careercenter.bc.edu.
Career services for Carroll Graduate School of Management students are available through the CGSOM Career Strategies Office. Law students will find assistance available through the Law School Career Services Office.
Boston College is solidly rooted in the Roman Catholic faith tradition and the spirituality of the Society of Jesus. Boston College Campus Ministry’s dream is for faith and spirituality to affect everything our students, faculty and staff think and do as members of the Boston College community. To support this lofty goal, Campus Ministers offer a continual stream of worship, retreats, catechesis, pastoral care, spiritual guidance, service opportunities and faith sharing to serve the needs of the Catholic community at Boston College as well as the men and women of other faith traditions. All are welcome at the Office of Campus Ministry, located at McElroy 233 (617-552-3475, www.bc.edu/ministry).
Graduate students may open an optional Eagle-One account, which allows them to use their BC Eagle ID to make purchases at a variety of food and retail locations both on and off campus. Optional accounts are convenient, pre-paid, declining balance accounts that are ideal for graduate and law students. Opening an optional Dining Bucks account saves students 10% on every purchase made in a dining hall or outlet such as the Bean Counter, Hillside. Dining Bucks are also accepted in vending machines and the three On The Fly Minimarts although with no discount. These accounts, which are fully refundable if not used, may be opened online any time of the year through the Agora Portal.
Services for graduate students with hearing, visual, mobility, medical, psychiatric, and temporary disabilities are coordinated through the Assistant Dean for Students with Disabilities. Academic and other types of support services are provided to students who provide appropriate documentation and complete the appropriate intake forms. Accommodations are individualized and may include, but are not limited to, sign language interpreters, assisted listening equipment, CART services, electronic textbooks, extended time for exams, alternate testing locations, facilitation of program modification, course under-loads, readers, scribes, and note-takers. Additionally, parking permits are granted for temporarily disabled students. The Assistant Dean works with each student to determine the appropriate accommodations necessary for the student’s full participation in college programs and activities. All students are encouraged to register with the department prior to the beginning of school. For more information, contact Assistant Dean Paulette Durrett at 617-552-3470 or visit 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 and graduate students. The Center’s services are extensive and vary depending upon the unique needs of the individual student. For more information, contact Dr. Kathy Duggan at 617-552-8093 or visit www.bc.edu/connors.
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) of Boston College is a student-run organization that serves graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Lynch School of Education, the Connell School of Nursing, the Graduate School of Social Work, the Carroll School of Management, and the School of Theology and Ministry. Additionally, the GSA coordinates the functions and activities of the Graduate African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American Student Association (Grad AHANA), the Graduate International Student Association (GISA), and the Graduate Pride Alliance (GPA). The GSA serves two primary purposes: providing programming to meet graduate students’ needs, and providing advocacy within the greater Boston College community for issues of importance to graduate students. Involvement in the GSA is open to any graduate student in good standing in one of the constituent schools. The GSA is led by an Executive Board consisting of an Executive Director, Director of Programming, and Director of Finance, as well as Senators from each of the constitute schools, Grad AHANA, GISA, and the GPA. The GSA is advised by the Office of Graduate Student Life. GSA offices are located in the Murray Graduate Student Center at 292 Hammond Street, across Beacon Street from Middle Campus. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/gsa.
As part of the Division of Student Affairs, the mission of the Office of Graduate Student Life is to facilitate student learning and formation in their fullest sense (integrating intellectual, ethical, religious and spiritual, and emotional-social development) and to promote an inclusive community of engaged learners while advancing the Jesuit Catholic heritages and values of Boston College. To this end, the Office of Graduate Student Life provides outreach to graduate and professional students through a variety of programs, services, and advocacy efforts. Working together with faculty, staff, and student organizations, the Office of Graduate Student Life provides both co-curricular and academic support to the graduate student community.
The John Courtney Murray, S.J. Graduate Student Center is an essential component of the Office’s mission, serving as a center of hospitality and community building. It provides a number of services and amenities available to all current graduate students, including a computer lab (printing, network, and wireless access), study areas, meeting space, dining and lounge areas, billiards, ping pong, and access to two Smart TVs for presentations and video conferencing. Spaces within the house can be reserved for events and group meetings. The Center is located at 292 Hammond Street (just across Beacon Street from McElroy).
For more information about programs and services provided by the Office of Graduate Student Life, call 617-552-1855 or visit www.bc.edu/gsc.
The mission of University Health Services (UHS), is to enhance the physical and psychological well being of Boston College students by providing multifaceted health care services in the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care for the entire person). UHS provides a compassionate safe haven for those in crisis and improves student learning outcomes through modifying health related barriers to learning, enabling full participation in the college experience. The Department is located in Cushing Hall on the Main Campus and can be contacted by calling 617-552-3225.
The Outpatient Unit staff includes full-time primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and on-site specialty consultants. The 24-hour Inpatient Unit provides care for students requiring observation and frequent physician/nurse assessments. The staff also provides urgent outpatient nursing assessments when the Outpatient Unit is closed and can be reached at 617-552-3225.
Boston College requires that all undergraduate resident students be enrolled with University Health Services. A mandatory campus health fee is included on the tuition bill. Undergraduate students living off-campus who have been charged this fee and do not wish to utilize the service, may request a waiver from the University Health Services office in Cushing Hall or download it from the University Health Services website. It must be submitted to the University Health Services Department during the month of September.
Accessing care from University Health Services is optional for graduate students and is available through payment of the Health/Infirmary fee or on a fee-for-service basis.
All students may have access to the facilities for first aid or in case of an emergency.
The Health/Infirmary fee covers medical care provided on campus by University Health Services and is not to be confused with medical insurance. Massachusetts law requires that all students be covered by an Accident and Sickness Insurance Policy so that protection may be assured in case of hospitalization or other costly outside medical services. See Massachusetts Medical Insurance.
Additional information is available at the University Health Services website: www.bc.edu/healthservices. For additional information regarding services or insurance, call 617-552-3225 or visit the Primary Care Center on the first floor of Cushing Hall.
Graduate students registering at the credit levels listed below are required to comply with Massachusetts General Laws (the College Immunization Law):
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|Graduate School of Arts and Sciences||9|
|Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs
|Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs
|Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs
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The College Immunization Law requires proof of the following immunizations:
- 1 Tetanus-Diphtheria Booster (received within the past 10 years)
- 2 doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccine
- 3 doses of the hepatitis B vaccine
- Completion of the Tuberculosis (TB), screening questionnaire
- Meningitis immunization or submission of waiver form for all students living in University-sponsored housing and for the Connell Graduate School of Nursing
- In addition, the Connell Graduate School of Nursing also requires a dose of Tdap instead of Td, flu vaccine, polio vaccine history, and a positive varicella titer or 2 doses of varicella vaccine.
If proof of immunization for measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis B, is not available for students enrolled in any graduate program, a blood Titer showing immunity will be accepted.
Failure to show proof of immunizations within 30 days from the start of classes will result in a block on your registration, and an administrative fee of $65 will be charged to your student account.
The only exceptions permitted are conflicts with personal religious belief or documentation by a physician that immunizations should not be given due to pre-existing medical problems.
University Counseling Services (UCS) provides counseling, psychological, and psychiatric services to the students of Boston College. The goal of UCS is to assist students in understanding and solving problems that interfere with their personal development and success as students. Services available include individual counseling and psychotherapy, psychiatric services, consultation, evaluation, and referral. Students wishing to make an appointment should call 617-552-3310.
The mission of the Volunteer and Service Learning Center is to support students who seek opportunities to serve others. We do this by communicating volunteer needs, offering advisement and resources for service initiatives, providing educational opportunities, and collaborating with other University departments who engage with students in service. The Center supports the education and formation of our students by promoting conscientious service in the context of Catholic social teaching and contemporary Jesuit education. Services include:
- An online volunteer database available for students to find service placements in the Greater Boston area that fit their interests and schedules
- Annual programs including the First Year Service Program, Welles R. Crowther Red Bandanna 5k Run, Jemez Pueblo Service Exchange Program, Nicaragua Faculty/Staff Immersion Trip
- Strong partnerships with Boston-based organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of MA Bay
- Volunteer fairs
- An English Language Learners program for BC employees to practice their language skills with BC student tutors
- Post-graduate volunteer programming, such as an annual fair, discernment retreat, and student advisement for those considering full-time volunteer work after leaving Boston College
- Support for students, groups, and university departments on volunteer projects
For more information, visit www.bc.edu/service.
The Executive Director of Student Services and the Vice President for Student Affairs are responsible for notifying students annually of their rights under FERPA. The annual notice is to appear in the Boston College Bulletin and in the Boston College Student Guide.
All non-directory information is considered confidential and will not be released to outside inquiries without the express written consent of the student.
Boston College maintains a large number of records regarding its students in the administration of its educational programs, as well as its housing, athletics, and extracurricular programs. The University also maintains employment and financial records for its own use and to comply with state and federal regulations. Boston College is committed to protecting the privacy interests of its students and to maintaining the confidentiality of student records in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).
These rights are as follows:
- The right to inspect and review the student's education record within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access.
Any student who wishes to inspect and review information contained in an education record maintained by any office of the University may, with proper identification, request access to the record from the office responsible for maintaining that record. In general, and absent an exception under FERPA, the student is to be granted access to the record as soon as possible and, unless the circumstances require the existence of a formal request, an oral request may be honored.
Whenever an office responsible for maintaining education records is unable to respond at once, the student may submit to the Office of Student Services, dean, academic department head, or other appropriate official a written request that identifies the record he or she wishes to inspect. The University official is to make arrangements for access, and is to notify the student of the time and place the record may be inspected. If the record is not maintained by the University official to whom the request is submitted, that official is to advise the student of the correct official to whom the request is to be addressed.
- The right to request the amendment of the student's education record if the student believes that information contained in his or her record is inaccurate, misleading or in violation of his or her rights of privacy.
Any student who believes that information contained in his or her education record is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of his or her rights of privacy is to write to the University official responsible for the record, clearly identifying the part of the record he or she wants changed, and specifying why the record should be amended.
If the University concludes that the record should not be amended as requested, the University will notify the student, advise the student of his or her right to a hearing and provide information about the hearing process.
- The right to consent to the disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education record, except to the extent permitted under FERPA. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to University officials with legitimate educational interests, which may include employees in administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); members of the Board of Trustees; and students serving on an official committees, such as a disciplinary or grievance committees, or assisting another University officials in performing their tasks. University officials may also be contractors, consultants, volunteers or other outside parties to whom the University has outsourced institutional services or functions that would ordinarily be performed by University employees. The University may disclose education records without consent to officials of other educational institutions that have requested the records and in which a student seeks or intends to enroll or is already enrolled so long as the disclosure is for purposes related to the student's enrollment or transfer.
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. Written complaints may be directed to the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C., 20202-4605.
Certain personally identifiable information from a student's education record, designated by Boston College as directory information, may be released without the student's prior consent. This information includes name; term, home, local, and electronic mail addresses; telephone listing; date and place of birth; photograph; major field of study; enrollment status; grade level; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; dates of attendance; school/college of enrollment; anticipated date of graduation; degrees and awards received; the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended; and other similar information.
Electronic access to selected directory information is available to both the Boston College community and the general public. A student who so wishes has the right to prevent the release of all directory information including verification of enrollment, or to suppress selected directory information in their Agora Portal account under "Privacy Preferences." This must be done by the end of the first week of enrollment.
When a student reaches the age of 18, or attends a postsecondary institution regardless of age, FERPA rights transfer to the student. Guidelines for the disclosure of information to parents are as follows:
- Parents may obtain directory information at the discretion of the institution.
- Parents may obtain nondirectory information (e.g., grades, GPA) at the discretion of the institution and after it is determined that the student is legally dependent on either parent.
- Parents may also obtain nondirectory information if they have a signed consent from the student.
The university provides access to all the annual consumer notices and disclosures required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (“HEOA”), which reauthorized the Higher Education Act of 1965, at the following url: http://www.bc.edu/offices/evp/noticesanddisclosures.html. Each linked disclosure web page explains how to request a paper copy of that disclosure.
- Institutional and Student Information, including information regarding the University’s academic programs, facilities, faculty, academic improvement plans, accreditation, student rights with respect to the privacy of student records, transfer of credit policies, resources for students with disabilities, the diversity of the student body, voter registration, copyright and file-sharing, and how to reach the Office of Student Services, which maintains a wealth of resources and information for students and prospective students;
- Financial Information, including the cost of attendance, withdrawal and refund policies, information regarding financial aid programs (including information about eligibility requirements and criteria, forms, policies, procedures, standards for maintaining aid, disbursements and repayment), student employment information and exit counseling information, and how to reach Office of Financial Aid;
- Student Outcomes, including information regarding retention rates, graduation rates, and placement and education of graduates;
- Vaccination Policy, including the University's policies with respect to immunizations required under Massachusetts law;
- Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report, including statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus and on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus and fires that occurred in on-campus housing facilities, and descriptions of the campus safety programs and policies, including information regarding safety notification and emergency response procedures, missing student notification procedures, campus law enforcement, sexual assault programs, and fire safety programs;
- Drug-Free Campus and Workplace Program, including Boston College's standards of conduct and legal sanctions with respect to the unlawful possession, use and distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol by students, faculty, and staff, including sanctions with respect to the unlawful possession, use and distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol by students, faculty, and staff, some of the health risks and consequences of substance abuse, Boston College's continuing obligation to provide a drug-free workplace under the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, and the obligation of all individual federal contract and grant recipients to certify that grant activity will be drug-free; and
- Athletic Program Information, describing how to request a report about the University's athletic programs that includes participation rates, financial support, and other information on men's and women's intercollegiate athletic programs from the Office of the Financial Vice President and Treasurer.
Boston College offers a variety of assistance programs to help students finance their education. The Office of Student Services administers federal Title IV financial aid programs that include Teach Grants, Federal Direct Loans (Stafford and PLUS), Federal Perkins Loans, and Federal Work-Study, as well as Nursing Loans.
Financial aid application materials generally become available on the Student Services website (www.bc.edu/finaid) each January for the following academic year. Students wishing to be considered for assistance from federal sources must complete all required forms.
For more complete information on financial aid at Boston College, visit the Student Services website at www.bc.edu/finaid. Graduate and professional students should consult their school or department for specific policies regarding financial aid.
It is the student’s responsibility to know and comply with all requirements and regulations of the financial aid programs in which they participate. Financial aid awards may be reduced or cancelled if the requirements of the award are not met. Students receiving any Federal Loans are expected to accept responsibility for the promissory note and all other agreements that they sign. Students must comply with all Federal Work-Study dates and deadlines.
All financial aid awards are made under the assumption that the student status (full-time, three-quarter-time, or half-time) has not changed. Any change in the student’s status must be reported, in writing, to the Office of Student Services as it can affect the financial aid award.
A student’s enrollment in a study abroad program approved for credit by the home institution may be considered enrollment at the home institution for the purpose of applying for assistance under the Title IV, HEOA programs.
Students receiving Federal Title IV funds are subject to the following withdrawal/
refund process for those funds: The University is required to return to the federal aid programs the amount of aid received that was in excess of the aid “earned” for the time period the student remained enrolled. Students who remain enrolled through at least 60% of the payment period (semester) are considered to have earned 100% of the aid received. If the University is required to return funds to Title IV aid programs, those funds must be returned in the following order: Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loans (Stafford), Federal Subsidized Direct Loans (Stafford), Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Direct PLUS, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and Federal TEACH Grants. Returning funds to these programs could result in a balance coming due to the University on the student’s account.
In addition, federal regulations require that schools monitor the academic progress of each applicant for federal financial assistance and that the school certify that the applicant is making satisfactory academic progress toward earning his/her degree.
Financial aid recipients have the right to appeal their financial aid award. However, the student should understand that Boston College has already awarded the best financial aid package possible based on the information supplied. Therefore, any appeal made should be based on new, additional information not already included in the student’s original application material. An appeal should be made by letter to the student’s Financial Aid Associate.
When applying for financial aid, the student has the right to ask the following:
- what the cost of attending is, and what the policies are on refunds to students who drop out.
- what financial assistance is available, including information on all federal, state, local, private, and institutional financial aid programs.
- what the procedures and deadlines are for submitting applications for each available financial aid program.
- what criteria the institution uses to select financial aid recipients.
- how the institution determines financial need. This process includes how costs for tuition and fees, room and board, travel, books and supplies, personal and miscellaneous expenses, etc., are considered in the student’s budget. It also includes what resources (such as parental contribution, other financial aid, student assets, etc.) are considered in the calculation of need.
- how much of the student’s financial need, as determined by the institution, has been met. Students also have the right to request an explanation of each type of aid, and the amount of each, in their financial aid award package.
- students receiving loans have the right to know what the interest rate is, the total amount that must be repaid, the length of time given to repay the loan, when repayment must start, and any cancellation and deferment provisions that apply. Students offered a Work-Study job have the right to know what kind of job it is, what hours are expected, what the duties will be, what the rate of pay will be, and how and when they will be paid.
- pay special attention to his or her application for student financial aid, complete it accurately, and submit it on time to the right place. Errors can delay the receipt of the financial aid package.
- provide all additional information requested by either the Office of Student Services or the agency to which the application was submitted.
- read and understand all forms he or she is asked to sign, and keep copies of them.
- perform in a satisfactory manner, as determined by the employer, the work that is agreed upon in accepting a Federal Work-Study job.
- know and comply with the deadlines for applications or reapplications for financial aid.
- know and comply with the College’s refund procedures.
- notify the Office of Student Services and the lender of a loan (e.g., Federal Direct Loan (Stafford)) of any change in name, address, or school status.
- complete the Entrance Interview process if he or she is a new loan borrower.
- complete the Exit Interview process prior to withdrawal or graduation.
A student also has the responsibility to:
Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1863, Boston College is dedicated to intellectual excellence and to its Jesuit, Catholic heritage. Boston College recognizes the essential contribution a diverse community of students, faculty and staff makes to the advancement of its goals and ideals in an atmosphere of respect for one another and for the University's mission and heritage. Accordingly, Boston College commits itself to maintaining a welcoming environment for all people and extends its welcome in particular to those who may be vulnerable to discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, military status, or other legally protected status.
Boston College rejects and condemns all forms of harassment, wrongful discrimination and disrespect. It has developed procedures to respond to incidents of harassment whatever the basis or circumstance. Moreover, it is the policy of Boston College, while reserving its lawful rights where appropriate to take actions designed to promote the Jesuit, Catholic principles that sustain its mission and heritage, to comply with all state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and in its educational programs on the basis of a person's race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, marital or parental status, genetic information or family medical history, or military status, and to comply with state law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of a person's sexual orientation.
To this end, Boston College has designated its Executive Director for Institutional Diversity to coordinate its efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities to prevent discrimination in accordance with state and federal laws, including Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 and the ADA. Any applicant for admission or employment, and all students, faculty members and employees, are welcome to raise any questions regarding this notice with the Executive Director for Institutional Diversity:
Boston College Office for Institutional Diversity (OID)
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
The Executive Director for Institutional Diversity oversees the efforts of the following additional Title IX coordinators: (i) Student Affairs Title IX Coordinator (for student sexual harassment complaints), 260 Maloney Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, reachable at 617-552-3482 or (email@example.com); (ii) University Harassment Counselor, reachable via OID (see above contact information); and (iii) Athletics Title IX Coordinator, the Senior Women's Administrator, 310 Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, reachable at 617-552-4801 or (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In addition, any person who believes that an act of unlawful discrimination has occurred at Boston College may raise this issue with the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the United States Department of Education.
The University operates an Off-Campus Housing office located in Maloney Hall, Room 420 for the convenience of those seeking referrals for off-campus housing. The office maintains updated listings of apartments and rooms available for rent in areas surrounding the campus. Interested students can visit or contact the office Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at email@example.com, or 617-552-3075. To search for listings and general information on the Residential Life website go to www.bc.edu/offcampus. We have two separate links to search for accommodations: the Apartment/Room List and The Roommate Finder. On average, it takes from 5 to 7 days to secure a place to live near Boston College.
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 July 15 and August 15 for the fall and December 15 for the spring. Payment is due by September 15 and January 11, respectively. All students should be registered by August 15 for the fall and December 15 for the spring.
The tuition in the Law School is due semi-annually by August 10 and by December 10.
There is a $150 late payment fee for payments received after the due dates listed above. In severe cases, students whose accounts are not resolved by the due dates may be withdrawn from the University.
Tuition in the Woods College of Advancing Studies is due upon registration. All billing statements are sent electronically. Visit www.bc.edu/mybill for more information.
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences**
|Tuition per credit hour:||
|Auditor's fee***—per credit hour:||
Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs**
|Tuition per credit hour:||
|Auditor's fee***—per credit hour:||
Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs**
|Tuition per credit hour:||
|Auditor's fee***—per credit hour:||
Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs**
|Tuition per credit hour:||
|Auditor's fee***—per credit hour:||
Graduate School of Social Work**
|Tuition per credit hour:||
|Auditor's fee***—per credit hour:||
|Tuition per semester:||
|Tuition per credit hour (AY):||
|Tuition per credit hour (Summer):
School of Theology and Ministry**
|Tuition per credit hour:||
|Auditor's fee***—per credit hour:||
|Summer tuition per credit hour:
|Summer auditor's fee***—per credit hour:
Woods Graduate College of Advancing Studies
|Tuition per credit hour:||
|Tuition per credit hour:||
|Auditor's fee***—per credit hour||
**Students cross-registering in graduate programs pay tuition rates of the school in which they are enrolled.
***Audits are considered fees and are not refundable. Students changing from credit to audit receive no refund.
Graduate General Fees*
Acceptance Deposit Fees
|Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs:||
|Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs:||
|Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs—part-time:||
|Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs—full-time:||
|Law School—J.D. Program***:||
|Law School—LL.M. Program:||
|Graduate School of Social Work:||
***Initial deposit due by April 15 with an additional $500 due by June 1.
Activity fee—per semester*** (GSAS; LSOE, Graduate Programs; CSON, Graduate Programs; GSSW; STM)
|7 credits or more per semester:||
|Fewer than 7 credits per semester:||
Activity fee—per semester (CSOM, Graduate Programs)
|7 credits or more per semester:||
|Fewer than 7 credits per semester:||
Activity fee*** (Law School)
Registration fee (Woods College of Advancing Studies)
Registration fee (Summer Session)
Application fee (non-refundable)
|Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:||
|Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs:||
|Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs:||
|Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs:||
|Graduate School of Social Work:
|School of Theology and Ministry:||
|Woods College of Advancing Studies:||
Doctoral Comprehensive/Continuation Fee (Ph.D. candidate) and Master's Thesis Direction (per semester)
|Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:||
|Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs:||
|Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs:||
|Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs:
|Graduate School of Social Work:||
|Laboratory fee (per semester):||
up to 990
|Late Payment fee:||
|Massachusetts Medical Insurance (per year):||
|(1,143 fall semester, 1,498 spring semester)|
|Microfilm and Binding
|Copyright fee (optional):||
|Student Identification Card
(mandatory for all new students):
*All fees are proposed and subject to change.
***Students who are in off-campus satellite programs in the School of Social Work are exempt from the activity fee.
Collection Cost and Fees
Tuition does not include the cost of lab fees, textbooks, or other required materials for specific courses. In general, full-time graduate and undergraduate students should anticipate costs for textbooks and course supplies of $1,300–$2,200 for the academic year. Textbook costs for specific courses can be found on the website for the Boston College Bookstore.
The University reserves the right to correct typographical errors or to adjust the Tuition and Fees schedule at any time it deems necessary.
The Trustees of Boston College reserve the right to change the tuition rates and to make additional charges within the University whenever such action is deemed necessary.
Matriculated students at Boston College are individually, personally, and primarily responsible to the University for paying all tuition and other fees associated with enrollment and room and board, if applicable. This obligation also applies to any additional tuition and fees resulting from adjustments to course schedules. Students remain responsible in accordance with University policy for tuition and fees for classes from which they have been withdrawn, been dropped, failed, or failed to attend. Students must formally withdraw from any/all classes that they do not attend in a particular semester. Failure to properly withdraw from these classes, according to the withdrawal timelines published by the Office of Student Services (www.bc.edu/content/bc/offices/stserv/academic/univcat/grad_catalog/grad_policies_procedures.html#withdrawalfromcourse), will not relieve students of their responsibility to pay any tuition/fees owed for such classes.
Students will be informed of the status of their accounts via an electronic billing statement. It is their responsibility to review the statement, to make payments by the due date stated in the billing statement, and to advise the University in a timely manner of any errors or discrepancies. They also agree that, in the event their account is delinquent, a registration, transcript, ID, meal plan, parking and diploma hold will be placed on their account. There will be a $150 late payment fee assessed to unresolved accounts by the due date. Failure to pay any balance when due may result in the cancellation of a student’s registration for the current academic term, referral of the account to a collection agency, legal action to collect any balance due, or any combination thereof. Students will be responsible for all fees and costs incurred by Boston College for the collection of the past due amount, including collection and attorneys’ fees. They will be charged a fee of $25.00 for a returned check or returned electronic payment ($40 if this is a fourth returned item and $65 for any returned item over $2000).
Students will not be permitted to enroll in classes without agreeing to accept financial responsibility as described below.
Notice of Consent to Collection Communications
I expressly consent to you, your affiliates, agents, and service providers using written, electronic, or verbal means to contact me as the law allows. This consent includes, but is not limited to, contact by manual calling methods, prerecorded or artificial voice messages, emails and/or automated telephone dialing systems. I also expressly consent to you, your affiliates, agents, and service providers contacting me by telephone at any telephone number associated with my account, currently or in the future, including wireless telephone numbers, regardless of whether I incur charges as a result. I agree that you, your affiliates, agents, and service providers may record telephone calls regarding my account in assurance of quality and/or other reasons. I have read this disclosure and agree that the Lender/Creditor may contact me/us as described above.
In accordance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ law and the policies of Boston College, all students who are registered in a degree program and all international students will automatically be charged by Boston College for medical insurance.
Non-degree students who are registered at least 75 percent of the full-time credit load (see chart below) will also be charged unless waiver information is submitted. Failure to maintain these credit levels will result in the termination of the medical insurance. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor their eligibility status.
- Woods Graduate College of Advancing Studies—7 or more
- Graduate School of Arts and Sciences—7 or more
- Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs—7 or more
- Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs—7 or more
- Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs—7 or more
- Graduate School of Social Work—7 or more
- Law School—12 or more
- School of Theology and Ministry—7 or more
Boston College will offer all students who are required to enroll in the BC insurance plan the option of participating in the plan offered at the University or submitting a waiver if they have other comparable insurance. The details of the University’s insurance plan are available at www.bc.edu/medinsurance.
Domestic students may waive the BC insurance plan by completing the electronic waiver form through their Agora Portal at portal.bc.edu. Students under the age of 18 are required to submit a written waiver form with the signature of their parent/guardian. This form is available for download at www.bc.edu/ssforms. The waiver must be completed and submitted by September 12, 2014, for the fall semester and by January 23, 2015, for spring semester. Students who do not complete a waiver by the due dates will be enrolled and billed for the BC plan.
International students are not permitted to submit waivers and are required to participate in the BC plan.
Returned checks will be fined in the following manner:
- First three checks returned: $25 per check
- All additional checks: $40 per check
- Any check in excess of $2,000: $65 per check
Fees are not refundable.
Tuition is cancelled subject to the following conditions:
- Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to the dean of the student’s school.
- The date of receipt of written notice of withdrawal by the Dean’s Office determines the amount of tuition cancelled.
The cancellation schedule that follows will apply to students withdrawing voluntarily, as well as to students who are dismissed from the University for academic or disciplinary reasons.
Graduate students (except Law students) withdrawing by the following dates will receive the tuition refund indicated below.
- by Sept. 10, 2014: 100% of tuition charged is cancelled
- by Sept. 12, 2014: 80% of tuition charged is cancelled
- by Sept. 19, 2014: 60% of tuition charged is cancelled
- by Sept. 26, 2014: 40% of tuition charged is cancelled
- by Oct. 3, 2014: 20% of tuition charged is cancelled
- by Jan. 21, 2015: 100% of tuition charged is cancelled
- by Jan. 23, 2015: 80% of tuition charged is cancelled
- by Jan. 30, 2015: 60% of tuition charged is cancelled
- by Feb. 6, 2015: 40% of tuition charged is cancelled
- by Feb. 13, 2015: 20% of tuition charged is cancelled
No cancellations are made after the fifth week of classes.
Law students are subject to the refund schedule outlined below.
- by Aug. 22, 2014: 100% of tuition charged is cancelled
- by Sept. 5, 2014: 80% of tuition charged is cancelled
- by Sept. 12, 2014: 60% of tuition charged is cancelled
- by Sept. 19, 2014: 40% of tuition charged is cancelled
- by Sept. 26, 2014: 20% of tuition charged is cancelled
- by Jan. 9, 2015: 100% of tuition charged is cancelled
- by Jan. 23, 2015: 80% of tuition charged is cancelled
- by Jan. 30, 2015: 60% of tuition charged is cancelled
- by Feb. 6, 2015: 40% of tuition charged is cancelled
- by Feb. 13, 2015: 20% of tuition charged is cancelled
Prior to the second class meeting, 100% of tuition charged is cancelled. No cancellation of tuition is made after the second class meeting.
Federal Regulations Governing Refunds
If a student does not wish to leave any resulting credit balance on his or her account for subsequent use, he or she should request a refund through their Agora Portal account at portal.bc.edu. If a student has a credit balance as a result of Federal Aid and he or she does not request a refund, the University will, within two weeks, send the credit balance to his/her local address.
Federal regulations establish procedural guidelines applicable to the treatment of refunds whenever the student has been the recipient of financial assistance through any program authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These guidelines pertain to the Federal Perkins Loan, the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, the Federal College Work-Study, and the Federal Stafford and PLUS Loan. In such cases, the regulations require that a portion of any refund be returned according to federal guidelines. Further, if a student withdraws, the institution must determine if any cash disbursement of Title IV funds, made directly tothe student by the institution for non-instructional purposes, is an overpayment that must be repaid to the Title IV program. University policy developed to comply with the regulations at Boston College will be available upon request from the Office of Student Services.
Boston College is a member of the National Student Clearinghouse. The National Student Clearinghouse is responsible for the processing of Student Loan Deferment forms for Direct Subsidized and Direct Unsubsidized, PLUS, and Perkins loans.
Student deferment forms will be sent to the Clearinghouse by the Office of Student Services. Students wishing to defer their loans should request a deferment form from their lender, fill out the student portion, list the semester for which they are deferring, and then turn it into the Office of Student Services in Lyons Hall.
Boston College has also authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to provide degree and enrollment verifications.
Contact the Clearinghouse at 703-742-4200 with questions. They are on the web at www.studentclearinghouse.org.