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We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2016 program.  

Should you have any questions, please contact us at or at (617) 552-3800.


Online Application Instructions

Create an Account in Embark

Click the Apply Now button below to access our online application system.  Once you create an account, you will be able to login and logout as often as you wish.  When you log in, "Boston College Woods College of Advancing Studies" is listed on the application page and you should choose the Boston College Experience Application from the list titled "Application Type".  If you accidentally select the wrong application, you can change it by selecting "Update my answers to preliminary questions" on the top of the application.

Personal Essay

You must also upload a personal essay to submit with your online application.  Please provide a statement of 500-750 words that explains why you would like to participate in the Boston College Experience program, and describes any experiences or achievements that are particularly important to you, which may not be apparent from your high school transcript.

In your essay, please indicate your desired program/classes.


You will enter information about your recommenders twice when completing the online portion of the application.  The first entry records this information on your application and the second entry sends an email notification to your recommendor. This notification includes a link to upload the recommendation and form found below.  Your recommendor may write a recommendation letter or simply answer the questions listed on this form.  Even after submitting your application you can still log into Embark to edit your recommender information or to send them a reminder.

Please print a copy of the recommendation form to give to your recommendors.  This form should be submitted with their recommendation in Embark.  

Click here to access the Recommendation Form


Important notes about the online application

Proposed Program and Course Selection

When you get to the Proposed Program and Course sectiong of the application, please select your program and indicate course preference below.  If you are applying for Honors, Summer Challenge, or the English Language Immersion, select "Interdisciplinary Courses".

Honors and Summer Challenge applicants should enter the course codes found on each program page of the website.

English Language Immersion applicants should just enter "ELI" for your course selection.

Checking your application status

When you submit your application, you will immediately receive an email with login credentials that will allow you to log into our student account system and check your application status.  If you do not receive this email, you may have missed the last step required to submit your application.  Log into the Embark application system and complete the final step to submit it for review.  Please allow a few business days to process materials before contacting our office with inquiries about missing items.


*Please note we updated our application software and are having technical difficulties.  Your application fee and/or letters of recommendation may be incorrectly listed as missing.


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Supplemental Materials

In addition to the online application, all candidates must submit the $25 application fee, recommendations, transcripts, and standardized test scores.  

International students requiring a visa must also submit a copy of their TOEFL scores.  This is only required for the Honors program, Math Experience, and Writer's in the making.  

Please be sure to submit supplemental materials by email to or mail to:

Boston College WCAS Processing Center

P.O. Box 67445

Chestnut Hill,  MA  02467



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