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.***
- Boston College Welcome Week has gone mobile! Schedule, maps and more on your iPhone/Android, free! Download the app here.
- Dont forget to register for DiscoverBoston and the Acapella Concert here!
- All students are required to view BC Safe, an educational video, prior to arriving on campus. Stay tuned for further information. 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-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|
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!
University Welcome ★
11:00 a.m. | Conte Forum
University leaders will welcome the Class of 2021 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|
|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: Ferris Bueller's Day Off
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!
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.
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.
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!
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):
Debrief #1 (3:15- 4:00PM):
Basement–Stokes Hall S113/S109
1st Floor – Fulton Hall 220/110
2nd Floor – Cushing Hall 335/332
3rd Floor – Stokes Hall N103/N403
Basement–Cushing Hall 333
1st Floor – Cushing Hall 210
2nd Floor – Stokes Hall N201/N301
3rd Floor – Stokes Hall S209/N101
Basement – Cushing Hall 334B
1st Floor – Stokes Hall N215/S117
2nd Floor – Cushing Hall 331
3rd Floor – Stokes Hall N401/S115
Basement – Cushing Hall 334A/212
1st Floor – Stokes Hall S111/N115
2nd Floor – Stokes Hall S201/S211
3rd Floor – Stokes Hall N131/S461
Debrief #2 (4:30 - 5:15 PM):
Basement – Stokes Hall N401/N131
1st Floor – Cushing Hall 334B
2nd Floor – Cushing Hall 212
3rd Floor – Cushing Hall 331
4th Floor – Cushing Hall 210
1st Floor – Stokes Hall N103
2nd Floor – Stokes Hall S117/N201
3rd Floor – Stokes Hall S111/N215
4th Floor – Stokes Hall S201/N301
1st Floor – Cushing Hall 335/334A
2nd Floor – Stokes Hall S461/S209/N403
3rd Floor – Stokes Hall S113/S109/S115
4th Floor – Fulton Hall 110/220
1st Floor – Cushing Hall 333/332
2nd Floor – Stokes Hall S211/N101
1st Floor – Stokes Hall N115
2nd Floor – Stokes Hall N115
3rd Floor – Stokes Hall N115
Debrief #3 (5:45 - 6:30 PM):
1st Floor – Cushing Hall 210/335
2nd Floor – Stokes Hall S113/N103
3rd Floor – Cushing Hall 332/333
4th Floor – Stokes Hall N215/N131
1st Floor – Stokes Hall S109/S115
2nd Floor – Stokes Hall S461/N403
3rd Floor – Cushing Hall 212/334B
A – Fulton Hall 110
B – Cushing Hall 334A
C – Stokes Hall N301/N201
1st Floor – Cushing Hall 331
2nd Floor – Fulton Hall 220
3rd Floor – Stokes Hall S209
4th Floor – Stokes Hall
Debrief #4 (7:00 - 7:45 PM):
1st Floor – Cushing Hall 332
2nd Floor – Fulton Hall 220
3rd Floor – Cushing Hall 212
4th Floor – Cushing Hall 333
1st Floor – Stokes Hall N301
2nd Floor – Fulton Hall 110
3rd Floor – Stokes Hall N401/S117
4th Floor – Stokes Hall N403
1st Floor – Stokes Hall N103/S461
2nd Floor – Cushing Hall 210/335
3rd Floor – Stokes Hall N101/S115/N115
4th Floor – Stokes Hall S209/S109
1st Floor – Stokes Hall N215/S113
2nd Floor – Stokes Hall N131/N201
3rd Floor – Cushing Hall 334A/334B/331
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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!