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Woods College of Advancing Studies

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Health Services

The Health Unit in Cushing Hall is open 24 hours a day. In a health emergency on campus, the Campus Police should be contacted immediately at 617-552-4444. Extended health services are not available to non-resident students

Health Insurance

All students enrolled in a degree program, regardless of credit hours, will be automatically enrolled in and billed for the Student Health Insurance Plan.

Boston College will also automatically enroll and charge non-degree students registering at 9 credits or more for the Student Health Insurance Plan.  Failure to maintain these credits levels will result in the termination of the mandatory health insurance plan, but not the financial charges.  Students are responsible for monitoring their eligibility status.

Students enrolled in a health plan that is comparable to the Boston College-sponsored plan may waive the BC coverage through your Agora Portal account.  To provide proof of comparable coverage, a student needs to have information about their current health insurance plan readily available. Incomplete waivers are not processed. The annual cost is $2,775. Your student account will be charged $1,190 for coverage from August 7, 2015, through January 10, 2016, and $1,585 for coverage from January 11, 2016, through August 6, 2016. Waivers must be completed every year.  All waiver forms must be submitted through the Agora Portal by September 18, 2015, for the academic year and by January 28, 2016, for the spring semester only.  Students who do not complete a waiver prior to the deadline are automatically enrolled and charged the student only premium for the Student Blue Plan.  Additional information on the Medical Insurance plan can be found at


Located on the first floor of McElroy Commons, students may purchase textbooks and other necessary supplies during regular bookstore hours. For more information call 617-552-3520 or visit the Boston College Bookstore Website.


Boston College has a variety of dining options and meal plans available for your convenience.  Please visit Dining Services for more information.


The Thomas P. O'Neill Library is the primary library resource center. Students use their Eagle ID card obtained through Student Services, Lyons 101.  Library hours.

Bus Service

Convenient free bus service is available around Main Campus and to and from the Newton Campus. Click here for shuttle schedules and maps.

Lost and Found

Visit the Boston College Police Department in Maloney Hall if you have lost or stolen items.

Change of Address

Students are urged to utilize the Agora system to update any changes in home address, business address or telephone numbers during the semester. Grades and other important communications may be delayed for failing to make the necessary changes.

Identification Cards

Every student must obtain an ID card from the Office of Student Services, Lyons 101. These cards are required to use the libraries and for student identification at athletic facilities and events. Students should keep this card available at all times. All current students must use their BC Eagle ID number on all University forms including Registration, Drop/Add/Withdraw, Course Approval, etc. The Eagle ID number is the first 8 digits on your BC photo ID card.


Some street parking is available on Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue.  To park on campus, students must obtain a parking permit through the Office of Student Services, Lyons 101 prior to the start of classes or pay per visit to park in one of the parking garages. Parking on the middle campus is restricted to faculty and authorized students.  Visit the Department of Transportation and Parking for more information.

Snow Storms

Students and faculty should assume classes will be held. The severity of snow storms differs in localities. Often by evening the roads are perfectly clear. As a result, classes usually go on as scheduled in the Woods College of Advancing Studies. Students must make their own decision as to whether or not they can attend. In the rare event of a crippling storm, information will be broadcast on radio station WBZ (1030 AM) as well as on television Channel 4 (WBZ-TV) and Channel 5 (WCVB –TV). Information is also available at 617-552-4636 or


Alumni Stadium is Boston College's football stadium. The stadium seats 46,000 and is topped with an artificial surface. Football, soccer and lacrosse games and the University Commencement exercises are held here.

Bapst Hall is the university study facility. It also holds the University Archives, the Burns Library collection and special library collections.

Campion Hall is the Lynch School of Education building. It houses the Media Center which contains current media educational materials. The Audio Visual Department is located on the ground floor.

Carney  Hall contains numerous classrooms, seminar rooms and the Office of Student Involvement. Some undergraduate Advancing Studies classes are held in this building.

Career Center, located in Southwell Hall at 38 Commonwealth Avenue, provides information, resources and counseling to students and alumni to assist in making intelligent career choices.

Corcoran Commons is a dining and functions facility located on lower campus.

Conte Forum, combines hockey and basketball arenas, houses varsity sport facilities, provides space for lectures, performances, rehearsals of the university's musical and choral groups, and facilities for other social and cultural events.

Cushing Hall  houses Health Services, which is located on the ground level of this building.

Devlin Hall provides classrooms and offices for the departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Fine Arts, and undergraduate full-time admissions, as well as the McMullen Museum of Art.

Flynn Recreation Complex offers unstructured recreation, instruction, organized intramural sports, club sports and intercollegiate competition. Woods College of Advancing Studies students may purchase membership to the complex if registered in three courses.

Fulton Hall houses the Carroll School of Management. Many Advancing Studies classes are held in this building.

Gasson Hall is the oldest building on campus. It includes the general administrative offices of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and many classrooms.

Maloney Hall contains Connell School of Nursing, the Economics Department, as well as the Campus police and Residential Life offices. A café is on the first level.

Higgins Hall houses the Biology and Physics Departments.

Lyons Hall is a multi-faceted building housing the Student Services Office, Financial Aid, the Music department and some Woods College of Advancing Studies classrooms.

McElroy Commons is the student union center of the college. It contains the university bookstore on the first floor; a large cafeteria on the second floor (also known as the Eagle's Nest), and the faculty and resident student dining facilities on the third floor.

McGuinn Hall  houses the Graduate School of Social Work as well as the departments of Sociology, Political Science, and Psychology.

Merkert Center is the Chemistry research and classroom building.

Newton Campus is a forty-acre tract located less than a mile from the Chestnut Hill campus. Besides the Boston College Law School, it contains classrooms, athletic areas, infirmary, student dining and residences, and Trinity Chapel.

O'Neill Library is the main Boston College library offering access to all students. It is open 8:30 a.m. to l a.m., Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday when classes are in session. The O'Neill Computing Center is located here.

Resident Quadrangle. Traditional housing accommodations for resident students.  The students' St. Joseph's Chapel is located in this complex.

Robsham Theater is located on lower campus. Complementing the theater is the Corcoran Commons dining facility.

School of Theology and Ministry is located at 9 Lake Street on the Brighton Campus.

St. Mary's Hall is the residence for the Jesuit faculty of Boston College.

St. Mary's Hall South houses the Woods College of Advancing Studies Dean's and administrative offices, the Computer Science department, and the Communication Department.

Stokes Hall, opened in Fall 2012, houses the University's humanities departments including History, Theology and Philosophy, the College of Arts & Sciences Academic Advising Center and Honors Program office, First Year Experience, as well as 36 classrooms, a commons area, coffee shop, conference rooms, an outdoor garden and plaza.

Yawkey Athletic Center provides football sport facilities as well as athletic learning support services.


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