Highlighted Programs & Initiatives

A number of programs and initiatives related to Boston College's Jesuit, Catholic mission are directed by the Provost. These address the need for interdisciplinary research, increasing diversity on campus, and offering a valuable and formative education to students who will use their gifts in the service of others. Below are some initiatives currently highlighted by the Office of the Provost.

Global Engagement


international faculty and research scholars



enrolled international students


of undergraduate students study abroad


students participated in an international service trip


Jesuit education is rooted in a world view that respects all cultures  and faith traditions. Boston College strives to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff feel they are valued members of our University community.

Diversity at BC

Courageous Conversations

Continuing Education

Whether you want to explore new avenues or advance your current career, Boston College’s continuing education programs provide options to extend your educational journey.

Continuing Education

Diversity at Boston College

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Office for Institutional Diversity

Prison Education

"The BC Prison Education Program reaffirms a commitment to the liberal arts and the impact they could have on people's lives, it's taking on one of the most pressing and challenging societal issues in mass incarceration, and it involves members of the BC community with acts of service and empathy toward a group who often remain either disparaged or ignored.”
Patrick Conway, Program Director, Prison Education Program

Formative Education

Best defined as the guided development of the whole human being, formative education integrates the intellectual, social, ethical, and spiritual development of students so they can discover their purpose and live their lives to the fullest.

Formative Education