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Boston College Experience Program

Program Overview

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Program Dates

  • December 15, 2015 – Online application opens
  • February 15, 2016 – First acceptances issued (Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.)
  • April 15, 2016 – Application Priority Deadline (Applications will be considered after this date on a space available basis.)
  • June 26, 2016 – Orientation
  • June 27, 2016 - First day of classes
  • August 5, 2016 – Move-out

Program Highlights

  • Take courses with undergraduate students.
  • Earn college credits
  • Advanced programs in math and writing
  • Tour area colleges
  • Explore Boston
  • Participate in service learning
  • Hear from students and staff about college life
  • Reflect on your college and career path


Spend six weeks preparing for college as a student on the Heights!

The BCE  summer program for high-school students provides a variety of activities and experiences which allow each student who participates to learn first-hand what it means to be a college student, and to prepare both for the college search and for college life.  Taking college-level courses, living in community, and engaging with fellow students, faculty, peer advisors, and staff all help students to become familiar with life as an independent college student, and with the wide array of resources available at a major university.

An overview of the academic and residential experiences, service opportunities, Discover Boston excursions, college visits, and discussions on preparing for college is provided below.

Students at a talent show

The Boston College Experience Program provides high school students with an experience designed to be similar to that of a first-year college student. Our program focuses on preparing students for their college search process, and for their transition into college life. The Boston College Experience is unique in that it is rooted in the philosophies of Jesuit education, which means that all our programs and activities are centered around the values of caring for the whole person,  being men and women for others, and discernment. These values take form in reflective discussions among students, service opportunities, and seminars focused on the college search process.

While many students are interested in attending Boston College, we are just one of many great academic institutions in the Boston area. Students will have the opportunity to visit other Boston area schools by signing up for organized weekly college tours. Past visits have included Boston University, Brown University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, and Tufts University.  These tours are complemented by seminars on various topics related to the college search process.

Students painting with kids at a local school

Boston College places a strong emphasis on the Ignatian value of being men and women for others.  The Boston College Experience Program provides a variety of opportunities for students to engage in service, both on and off campus, during the program.  In this way, students  are provided with the opportunity to take what they learn inside the classroom and and apply it to improving their communities, which allows them to experience how they can grow as individuals through service to others.

Students gather outside of Six Flags New England
Students gather outside of Six Flags New England

The Discover Boston series takes students off campus to explore New England. Past Discover Boston excursions have included Boston Duck Tours, whale watching, museum visits, tours of Fenway Park, Six Flags New England, and visits to beautiful beaches. These outings serve as a way for students to relax on weekends and become familiar with one of America's most historic and treasured cities.

Students reflecting in small groups outside Gasson Hall

Throughout the six week experience at Boston College, students will have the opportunity to interact with current undergraduate students, staff members, and faculty in various disciplines. The Boston College Experience offers you the unique opportunity to get your questions answered by current students, faculy, and staff members. There will be many structured and informal opportunities to reflect on your experiences in service learning, your plans for college, and more.