Welcome to the start of an exciting four years at Boston College. The following activities are designed to assist your transition to college life and connect you with many of the opportunities, offices, and people on campus.
We invite you to 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.
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All students are required to view BC Safe, an educational video, prior to arriving on campus. Log on to https://bostoncollege.instructure.com/courses/1318805 to access BC Safe.
Persons with disabilities who need accommodations and services while participating in Welcome Week activities should contact 617–552–3280 or firstname.lastname@example.org prior to July 1. We will make every effort to meet the needs of all students.
★ Denotes mandatory first-year event.
Meal costs for mandatory events are deducted from the residential meal plan.
First Year Move in
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Welcome Tents
Visit Welcome tents on Upper Campus, Newton Campus, and outside Conte Forum for refreshments, campus information, and giveaways.
Building Meetings / Dinner/ Floor Meetings ★
Enjoy a BBQ dinner with Resident Assistants and classmates, then chill out with ice cream served by your very own Boston College Police Department.
|Dinner||Building Meeting||Floor Meeting|
|Hardey/Fitz||6:30 - 7:30 pm||5:00 - 6:15 pm||7:45 - 8:55 pm|
|Duchesne/CLXF||5:00 - 6:00 pm||6:25 - 7:40 pm||7:55 - 9:05 pm|
|Keyes/CKM||5:45 - 6:45 pm||8:25 - 9:40 pm||7:00 - 8:10 pm|
Late Night Programming
10 p.m. | Following Building Meetings | Location varies by community
Get to know your classmates and fellow residents in small group activities.
University Welcome ★
11:00 a.m. | Conte Forum
University leaders will welcome the Class of 2020 to Boston College.
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Conte Forum Concourse
Faculty, staff, and students will provide information on specialized academic programs and majors/minors, volunteer opportunities, campus retreats, campus recreation, intramurals, student employment, and other opportunities available at Boston College. Explore the opportunities at your own pace and connect with people who can answer your questions and provide you with valuable information.
Welcome Receptions | Locations Across Campus
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Meet administrators, student leaders, and faculty and learn about opportunities to get involved on campus. Visit at least six different programs for a chance to win an iPad mini. Just remember to drop off your completed passports to the Student Affairs reception area on the 4th floor of Maloney Hall by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 25!
Stand Up BC: Speak About It ★
4:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
A performance about healthy relationships, boundaries, and consent.
|Keyes||4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m||Heights Room|
|CLXF||4:00 p.m.–5:00 pm||Robsham Theater|
|Duchesne||5:45 p.m –6:45 pm||Heights Room|
|Fitz||5:45 p.m –6:45 p.m.||Robsham Theater|
|Hardey||7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.||Heights Room|
|CKM||7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.||Robsham Theater|
9:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. | O'Neill (rain location Rec Plex)
Join the Class of 2020 for a movie “under the stars” on O'Neill Plaza. Free giveaways!
Advising Meetings by School
Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Advising Session Pre-major Lunch ★
Session I 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Conte Forum
Session II 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Conte Forum
All College of Arts and Sciences first-year students will meet their pre-major faculty advisors to discuss their academic plans and advising resources for their four years at Boston College. Students will receive an email with their session time prior to their meeting.
Connell School of Nursing Orientation and Lunch ★
10:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. | Higgins 300
Nursing students will meet their peer advisors for lunch and will be introduced to the Nursing faculty and technology resources.
Lynch School of Education Orientation and Lunch ★
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. | Devlin 008
First-year students in the Lynch School of Education will meet the Deans, first-year ERA instructors, peer mentors, and fellow classmates.
Portico Trip to Boston ★
10:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
All first year Carroll School students will meet their Portico Teaching Assistants in their assigned classroom locations prior to leaving for Boston.
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. | Conte Forum Bus Stop
Journey into Boston with upperclassmen, faculty or staff to learn more about the wonderful city of Boston and all it has to offer. Meet your excursion leaders and travel into the city as a group. Trips will last approximately three to four hours. Event registration is required. Space is limited.
Optional Campus Tours/Scavenger Hunt
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Further details to follow
The Class of 2020 Takes Over Target!
The local Target store will be open solely for you! Enjoy shopping with your classmates, find gear for your room, and pick up any last-minute items before classes begin.
Class of 2020 Picture ★
11:15 a.m. –12:00 p.m. | Alumni Stadium
Put on your SuperFan shirt and join your classmates for a Welcome Week tradition–Eagles on the Field!
12:00 p.m. –1:00 | Conte Forum
Learn some of BC's traditions and pick up your pair of free 2016 SuperFan sunglasses! Join members of the Boston College Football Team, Spirit Squad, and Screaming Eagles Marching Band for an introduction to the SuperFan rituals and traditions of gameday!
2:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Upperclassmen share their stories about understanding identity, difference, and the meaning of community at Boston College. Following the program, students will meet with fellow residents and facilitators for discussion.
9:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. | Conte Forum
Join the Campus Activites Board (CAB) in Conte Forum for an evening full of activities. We will have giveaways, rides, games, and traditional carnival food!
Bookstore Open House
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | McElroy
During this time, the Bookstore will be open exclusively for first year students. We will have raffles and door prizes!
11:00 a.m. | BC Rec Plex
Lace up your sneakers for a casual run/walk around a popular campus trail. Meet at the entrance of the Rec Plex and head out for a two-mile jog led by members of WeRunBC. Meet fellow runners and learn some local trails. Runners of all levels welcome.
11:00 a.m. | St. Joseph's Chapel
All students are welcome to campus Masses as we all nurture and celebrate the faith life of the Boston College community. For a list of places of worship for various faith traditions in the surrounding community, visit bc.edu/worship.
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Robsham Theatre
Enjoy the melodious harmonies of our talented A Capella organizations. From gospel to rhythm and blues, all kinds of music will ring across the Heights. Socialize, meet new friends, and relax before classes begin. Registration is required.
5:00 p.m. | St. Joseph's Chapel, Trinity Chapel
Hall Talks ★
7:00 p.m. | Residence Halls
Discussions with your Resident Assistants about the Boston College community and preparing for the college experience.
9:00 p.m. | St. Joseph's Chapel, Trinity Chapel, St. Ignatius Church (lower church)
10:15 p.m. | Heights Room
Social hosted by the Graduate Ministry Corps (GMC)
10:00 p.m. | Upper: St. Joseph's Chapel Patio (Rain Location: O'Connell House), Newton: In Front of Trinity Chapel (Rain Location: Basement of Trinity Chapel) Join your Graduate Ministers for an ice-cream social the night before classes - all are welcome!
Start of Classes
Fall Group Fitness Classes Start
Check out schedules at www.bc.edu/rec
Check out the interim group fitness schedule for a first-week sampling of what Campus Recreation has to offer to keep you fit and healthy throughout the semester.
Transfer Student Welcome
4:00 p.m. | Maloney Hall 412
Student Involvement Fair
September 2, 2016
10 a.m.–2 p.m. | Stokes Lawn
Come learn how to get involved with student organizations and campus activities at Boston College!
September 6, 2015
7 p.m. | Lyons Dining Hall
Mass of the Holy Spirit
Thursday,September 8, 2016
12 p.m. | O'Neill Plaza (Rain location: Conte Forum)
First Year Academic Convocation
Thursday, September 8, 2016
6 p.m. | First Flight Procession
7 p.m. | Conte Forum
September 21, 2016
11:30–2:30 p.m. | O’Neill Plaza
September 30–October 2, 2016