Frequently Asked Questions
The following Frequently Asked Questions are organized by topic for easier navigation.
Where is the Associate Dean's Office?
The Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduates is located in Fulton Hall, Room 315. Our office provides administration and houses the staff that works with Carroll School undergraduate students in academic and career advising. To contact a specific staff member, please refer to this list.
If I am sick, whom do I notify?
Call the Associate Dean's office at 617-552-3932.
How do I arrange a Leave of Absence or a Readmission?
You must pick up a Leave of Absence or Readmission form in Fulton 315 or in the Office of Student Services, fill it out and return it to the Associate Dean's office in Fulton 315. If you are a student looking to take a leave of absence, please visit our office to meet with a member of the Associate Dean's staff to discuss the process. If you are on a leave and need a readmission form sent to you, please visit the Student Services website or contact the Associate Dean's office at 617-553-3932.
How do I withdraw from the University?
Students must fill out a withdrawal form which is available only through the Office of Student Services or the Associate Dean's office. Students who wish to withdraw from the University should arrange to meet with a member of the Associate Dean's office.
How do I arrange a course overload?
The standard semester course load for undergraduates is five 3-credit courses and a maximum of 20 credits, including labs and other 1- or 2- credit courses. Students are eligible to overload if they have earned at least a 3.0 overall cumulative GPA or a 3.0 GPA in the semester immediately prior to the one for which the overload is sought, in which case they may register online for a sixth course of three credits or more and a maximum of 24 credits, including labs and other 1- and 2-credit courses, during the first seven class-days of the semester.
Students are not permitted to take a sixth course of three credits or more during their first semester at Boston College. Second-semester freshmen who wish to overload with a sixth course of three credits or more must obtain permission from their Associate Dean.
What is a course approval form?
A Course Approval Form grants permission to take a course at other accredited universities. Students must obtain this approval before enrolling in any course away from Boston College.
What is drop/add and when does it take place?
Drop/add is the term applied to the first week of classes in each semester when students are allowed to adjust their academic schedules. For exact dates, visit the University's academic calendar.
How do I override into a closed course?
Override permission into a closed course is obtained only through the Department Chairperson of said course.
Can I pass / fail a course and how do I do it?
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors may enroll online in a non-major, non-minor, or non-Core course on a pass/fail basis during the first seven class-days of the semester. After the first seven class-days, students may submit requests to have a course credited on a pass/fail basis to their Associate Dean's office. Such requests must be submitted no later than October 17 in the fall semester and March 1 in the spring semester.
Second-semester freshmen who have been approved by their Associate Dean for an overload of a sixth course of three credits or more may take that course on a pass/fail basis, in which case the course may not be used to fulfill a major, minor, or Core requirement.
No more than one course of three or more credits may be taken pass/fail in any semester. No student may take more than six pass/fail courses of three or more credits for credit toward a degree.
Courses in the Carroll School of Management and the Woods College may not be taken on a pass/fail basis. Departments may designate some courses as not available in general for pass/fail enrollment.
How do I withdraw from a course?
Withdrawal forms are available in Fulton 315 or can be downloaded from the Student Services website. The form must be filled out and left with the Associate Dean for processing. The Associate Dean's Office encourages students who are withdrawing from a class to meet with a member of our advising staff to discuss how to make up the course credit.
What if I disagree with a grade?
A student should consult personally with his or her professor about a disputed grade. If further satisfaction is required, the student should speak with the Department Chair. Please visit the Academic Policies section for more specific details on academic grievances.
Do failures remain on my permanent transcript?
Failures (F) do remain on a student's transcript.
What's a deficiency?
A course deficiency is incurred any time you do not successfully complete the expected number of courses in a semester because of failure, course withdrawal or underloading.
How can I calculate my GPA?
Your GPA will always appear on your transcript, but Student Services provides students with a GPA calculator on their website.
How can I get a copy of my transcript?
Student Services has instructions how to get an official copy of your transcript. Note: It takes a few days for it to arrive.
What other schools cross-register with Boston College?
Cross registration is available at several universities. Please consult the Student Services website for more details.
How do I prove foreign language proficiency?
Please see the Carroll School's foreign language requirements.
How do I change/add a concentration?
Students can come to Fulton 315 to change/add a concentration. If you would like to declare Accounting, you will need to go to the Accounting Department in Fulton 520.
How many concentrations can a Carroll School student have?
Carroll School students can have a maximum of two concentrations.
Can I major or minor outside of the Carroll School?
Yes, after declaring a concentration in the Carroll School, students can also pursue a major or minor in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences (MCAS) or Lynch School of Education (LSOE) after consultation with that particular department Chair/Secretary and the approval of the Associate Dean. Students who enroll in a MCAS or LSOE minor may reduce, by one, their management core courses; note that not all courses are eligible for this reduction. All students must take Portico, Statistics, Financial Accounting, Microeconomics Principles or Macroeconomic Principles. Students who pursue a MCAS major may reduce their management core by two courses, with the exceptions noted above. Students who wish to pursue one of these options must consult with the Associate Dean’s office.
Who is my faculty advisor?
Advising is done through a team advising model that changes each year as the advising needs of students develop.
Freshmen are assigned faculty advisors through Portico. Sophomores and Juniors can find their advisor's name and email address through the Portal but are encouraged to also use the many advising resources available through the Dean's Office. Seniors are not assigned an individual faculty advisor. Instead, they are encouraged to reach out to the professors they have had in their concentration classes and take advantage of advising offered by the Associate Dean's Office and Career Center. Please visit the Advising section to learn more.
Who are the staff advisors?
Staff Advisors are non-faculty academic advisors who work in the Office of the Associate Dean and provide additional advising to students beyond their faculty advisor. Sophomore, junior, and senior students whose last names begin with A-G are assigned to Sara Nunziata (firstname.lastname@example.org), H-O are assigned to Josephine Xiong (email@example.com,) and P-Z are assigned to Erica Graf (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Who are the peer advisors?
The EY Peer Advisors are seniors in the Carroll School who offer drop-in advising hours throughout the semester. Stop by to talk with them about course selection, picking a concentration, studying abroad, getting involved on campus and more. Drop-in hours are held in Fulton Honors Common, or by appointment. They’ve been there, they’ve done it, now it’s your turn to tap into their wisdom! Visit the Peer Advisor website to learn more about this year's team and see a schedule of their hours.
What resources do I have for career advising?
Carroll School students have two resources for career advising. First, the Boston College Career Center offers a wide range of career resources including on campus recruiting, career fairs, resume workshops, interview prep, and many more programs to help students with the internship and job search process. Please visit the Career Center website for a list of upcoming events.
The Carroll School also has two career advisors: Amy Donegan, Assistant Dean for Career Advising, and Kristen Nervo, Assistant Director for Employer Outreach. They both offer drop-in hours in Fulton 315 for internship/career advising and will be at Dean’s Coffee on Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 pm. Dean Donegan also runs the Sophomore Accelerator program designed to give students a one-stop shop to all the fundamentals of internship/career search.
Can I take a summer class?
There are two different ways of taking classes over the summer: for credit or for enrichment.
If you have a deficiency (approved underload of courses, withdrawal, or failure), you may take a class for credit over the summer. This class will count towards your requirements and will be included in your GPA.
If you do not have a deficiency, you will be taking the class for enrichment. This means that while it may fulfill a requirement, the grade will not count towards your GPA and the credits will not count towards your 120 credits required to graduate.
A student must earn a grade of C- or better to receive credit for any course taken over the summer at Boston College or at another university. In some instances, the Associate Dean may stipulate a higher grade.
Please note: you may not take any Carroll School classes over the summer. Students cannot take any online classes towards their graduation requirements.
You must get courses approved prior to leaving for the summer.
Where do I sign up for summer school?
Summer school classes and information can be found at the Boston College Summer Session website.
Can I take a class over the summer at another institution?
You may take a class at any four-year college or university over the summer. You will need to get approval for these classes from the sponsoring department for the course and the Associate Dean in Fulton 315. After the course has been completed, the student should request the Registrar at the host university to forward an official transcript to the Registrar's Office at Boston College. Note: Students interested in taking a history core class over the summer must first complete this form for a pre-approval.
If I would like to study abroad, what do I do?
You must first visit the Office for International Programs (OIP) in Hovey House and meet with an Advising Assistant. After you have narrowed down your destinations through this meeting and doing some research, you will meet with an International Study Advisor.
It may be helpful for you to talk to a Carroll School student who has studied abroad to find out more about the details of the program you are interested in. Please contact a staff advisor to get a list of names or talk to a EY Peer Advisor.
You may also want to read through the Office of International Programs’s FAQ page.
How many Carroll School students study abroad?
About 35% of Carroll School students study abroad during their junior year.
What management classes can I take abroad?
The only two Carroll School core classes that may possibly be approved are Organizational Behavior and Operations Management. It is not a guarantee, but a possibility. You can only obtain concentration elective approval from the department after completing the core classes (e.g. Basic Finance or Marketing Principles.) Any classes taken abroad must be approved by the department at BC prior to the student leaving for abroad.
Can I get into the Honors Program during my freshman year?
Yes, if your grades are very good you may request consideration to be admitted into the Honors Program by contacting the Program Director, Ethan Sullivan, email@example.com after your first semester of freshman year.
What happens if I have three final exams in one day?
Students with three final examinations scheduled for the same day are entitled to take a makeup exam at a later date during exam week. If one of the three exams is a common departmental exam, this is the exam that is taken at the later date. Students should not schedule departure flights until after the last day of exams, unless their examination schedule is definite.
What is Beta Gamma Sigma?
Beta Gamma Sigma is a national business honor society and only Juniors in the top 5% or Seniors in the top 10% of their classes are invited to join.
Who maintains the Dean's List and how do I get on it?
The Dean's List is generated by the Office of Student Services. The qualifications for listing can be found on the Student Services website.
What does it take to graduate with honors?
Honors are determined by percentage and class size. Summa Cum Laude is awarded to the top 4.5%, Magna Cum Laude to the next 9.5%, and Cum Laude to the next 15%.
Is academic tutoring available at BC?
Academic tutoring is available through the Connors Family Learning Center in O'Neill Library.
Can I get academic credit for an internship?
Students may receive a one-credit practicum for unpaid work in the business world. You will need to complete internship paperwork with your supervisor and submit it to the Associate Dean's Office. Students will need to work a minimum of 10 hours per week in order to get credit for an internship. You may get credit for an unpaid internship twice during your four years here at Boston College.
I am an international student. Can I use CPT (Curricular Practical Training) for a summer internship?
Carroll School students should contact Sara Nunziata (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss how you may be able to pursue this option. More information about CPT can be obtained from the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS).
How do I know if I am set to graduate?
The Office of Student Services in Lyons is the final authority in clearing students for graduation.
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