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Welcome to life on the Heights and the start of an exciting four years at Boston College!

Welcome Week is Wednesday, August 24– Monday, August 29. 
As you arrive we would like to be sure you are comfortable making this major transition, connect you with some of the opportunities, offices and people on campus and introduce you to the exciting, historical city of Boston before you begin classes on Monday, August 29. To that end, we have planned a number of events for your opening weekend beginning with a welcome barbecue on Wednesday, August 24th in the evening.  Additional activities will include an academic fair, open houses across campus, an a capella concert and opportunities to explore the city of Boston. For more information view the preliminary schedule of events

We hope that you will take advantage of as many of these activities as you can. Please note that some of the events are mandatory for all first year students.

Welcome Week Goals:

  • Help students feel welcomed on campus.
  • Connect students with some of the resources and opportunities on campus.
  • Help first year students to meet/interact with other first-year students, faculty members, their academic advisor and upperclass students.

Welcome Week Learning Outcomes

After participating in Welcome Week, first year students will be able to:

  • identify who they can go to for help/support in their residence hall.
  • understand the policies and expectations associated with living in a residence hall.
  • recognize the variety of academic opportunities available at BC.
  • identify where/who they can go for academic support on-campus.
  • identify one or more people at BC first year students can go to for support, or help.
  • know how to navigate around the BC campus (dining, transportation).

By participating in Speak About it, students will be able to:

  • articulate some of the contributing factors related to sexual assault on campus.
  • explain ways to be an “active bystander” in possible instances of sexual assault. 

By participating in the MOSAIC program students will be able to:

  • recognize the diversity of themselves and their peers on campus.
  • name resources and organizations to expose them to different backgrounds.


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