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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.

***Please note some of these event's dates, times, and locations
may be subject to change.***

Denotes mandatory first-year event.
Meal costs for mandatory events are deducted from the residential meal plan.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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-Cushing/CKM 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/FSG/Williams 5:45 - 6:45 pm  8:25 - 9:40 pm 7:00 - 8:10 pm 

Late Night Programming: Neon Night

9:30 p.m. | Following Building Meetings | Location varies by community

Start the year off on a bright note! Come join the Residence Hall Association for a glow-in-the-dark event that's full of giveaways, games, and free food!


Thursday, August 24, 2017

University Welcome ★
11:00 a.m. | Conte Forum

University leaders will welcome the Class of 2021 to Boston College. 

Opportunities Fair
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.

Residence Hall
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
FSG/Williams 5:45 p.m –6:45 p.m. Robsham Theater
Hardey-Cushing 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Heights Room
CKM 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Robsham Theater

Movie Night  
9:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.  | O'Neill  (rain location Rec Plex)

Join the Class of 2021 for a movie “under the stars” on O'Neill Plaza. Free giveaways and snacks!

Friday, August 25, 2017

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. | McGuinn Hall 121
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.

DiscoverBOSTON Excursions
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. | Conte Circle
Journey into Boston with upperclassmen 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. Registration is required here.

Optional Campus Tours
3:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. | Outside of Gasson Hall 
Join a member of the Student Admission Program (SAP) for a tour around campus and get acquainted with buildings and classrooms before school starts on Monday. Tours will depart outside of Gasson Hall, by the Golden Eagle statue, at 3 PM and 4 PM.

The Class of 2021 Takes Over Target!
9:30 p.m. Newton Campus Departure
10:00 p.m. College Road Departure
The local Target store will be open, enjoy shopping with classmates, find gear for your room, and pick up any last minute items before classes begin. 


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Class of 2021 Picture ★
11:30 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!

Superfan 101★
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. | Robsham Theatre
Upperclassmen share their stories about understanding identity, difference, and the meaning of community at Boston College.

Session #1 (2:00 - 2:45 PM): Hardey/Cushing & Duchesne
Session #2 (3:15 - 4:00 PM): Keyes, Gonzaga, Shaw & Williams
Session #3 (4:30 - 5:15 PM): Fitzpatrick, Kostka, Medeiros & Xavier
Session #4 (5:45 - 6:30 PM): Claver, Loyola, Fenwick & Cheverus

Following the program, students will meet with fellow residents and facilitators for discussion. Students will report to following classroom(s):

Hardey (3:15 - 4:00 PM):
Basement - Campion Hall 009/010 
1st Floor - Campion Hall 200/204 
2nd Floor - Campion Hall 300/302 
3rd Floor - Campion Hall 303/328
Fitzpatrick (5:45 - 6:30 PM):
1st Floor - Stokes Hall S115/S117
2nd Floor - Stokes Hall S111/S113
3rd Floor - Stokes Hall N101/N103
4th Floor - Stokes Hall N201/N215
Cushing (3:15 - 4:00 PM):
Basement - Campion Hall 235 
1st Floor - Campion Hall 236 
2nd Floor - Devlin Hall 216/218 
3rd Floor - Devlin Hall 221/227
Kostka (5:45 - 6:30 PM):
1st Floor - Campion Hall 009/010
2nd Floor - Campion Hall 300/302
3rd Floor - Campion Hall 303/328
Duchesne East (3:15 - 4:00 PM):
Basement - Campion Hall 231 
1st Floor - Stokes Hall S111/S113 
2nd Floor - Stokes Hall S109 
3rd Floor - Stokes Hall S115/S117
Medeiros (5:45 - 6:30 PM):
A - Campion Hall 200/204
B - Campion Hall 231
C - Campion Hall 235/236
Duchesne West (3:15 - 4:00 PM):
Basement - Stokes Hall N115 
1st Floor - Stokes Hall N101/N103 
2nd Floor - Stokes Hall N131 
3rd Floor - Stokes Hall N201/N215 
Xavier (5:45 - 6:30 PM):
1st Floor - Devlin Hall 216
2nd Floor - Devlin Hall 218
3rd Floor - Devlin Hall 221
4th Floor - Devlin Hall 227
Keyes North (4:30 - 5:15 PM):
Basement - Campion Hall 009/010
1st Floor - Campion Hall 200/204
2nd Floor - Campion Hall 300
3rd Floor - Campion Hall 302
4th Floor - Campion Hall 303
Claver (7:00 - 7:45 PM):
1st Floor - Devlin Hall 216
2nd Floor - Devlin Hall 218
3rd Floor - Devlin Hall 221
4th Floor - Devlin Hall 227
Keyes South (4:30 - 5:15 PM):
1st Floor - Campion Hall 328
2nd Floor - Campion Hall 235/236
3rd Floor - Devlin Hall 216/218
4th Floor - Devlin Hall 221/227
Loyola (7:00 - 7:45 PM):
1st Floor - Stokes Hall S109
2nd Floor - Campion Hall 300/302
3rd Floor - Campion Hall 303/328
4th Floor - Campion Hall 231
Gonzaga (4:30 - 5:15 PM):
1st Floor - Stokes Hall N101/N103
2nd Floor - Stokes Hall N115/N131
3rd Floor - Stokes Hall S111/S113
4th Floor - Stokes Hall S115/S117

Fenwick (7:00 - 7:45 PM):
1st Floor - Stokes Hall N201/N215
2nd Floor - Stokes Hall N101/N103
3rd Floor - Stokes Hall S111/S113
4th Floor - Stokes Hall S115/S117

Williams (4:30 - 5:15 PM):
Stokes Hall N201/N215

Shaw (4:30 - 5:15 PM):
Campion Hall 231

Cheverus (7:00 - 7:45 PM):
1st Floor - Campion Hall 009/010
2nd Floor - Campion Hall 200/204
3rd Floor - Campion Hall 235/236

BC Boardwalk
9:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. | Conte Forum
Join the Campus Activities Board (CAB) in Conte Forum for an evening full of activities. We will have giveaways, rides, games, and traditional carnival food!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

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!

Reservoir Run/Walk
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

Alcohol Culture Defined
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (Cheverus Hall Students)|McGuinn Hall 121 Auditorium
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (Keyes Hall Students)| Law School East Wing 115 A/B              
In this session you will learn about the culture of the use of alcohol, and other substances, on campus from staff and current studnets. 

Multi-Faith Mixer
3:00–4:30 p.m. | Multi-Faith Center (66 Commonwealth Avenue Residence Hall)
Sponsored by the Office of Residential LIfe and Campus Ministry

5:00 p.m. | St. Joseph's Chapel, Trinity Chapel

Hall Talks ★
6:00 p.m. | Residence Halls
Discussions with your Resident Assistants about the Boston College community and preparing for the college experience.

Spanish Mass
6:00 p.m. | Lannon Chapel

A Cappella Concert
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Robsham Theatre
Enjoy the melodious harmonies of our talented A Cappella 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.

8:00 p.m. | St. Joseph's Chapel, Trinity Chapel, St. Ignatius Church (lower church)
10:15 p.m. | Heights Room


Monday, August 28, 2017

Start of Classes
All Day

Fall Group Fitness Classes Start
Check out schedules at

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

Upcoming September Events


Student Involvement Fair
September 1, 2017
10 a.m.–2 p.m. | Stokes Lawn
Come learn how to get involved with student organizations and campus activities at Boston College!