Your BC experience starts now!

Sit in on a college class, spend the night in the residence halls, find out what dining hall food really tastes like (it’s good, we promise!) all while connecting with current and admitted students on BC’s picturesque campus. The Keith A. Francis AHANA Weekend (KAF) is a three-day, two-night program that gives admitted scholars of AHANA (African, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American) descent an introduction to academic and extracurricular life at Boston College. Wondering if BC is the right school for you? Come experience what we’re all about.


This event gave me such a real and intimate view of student life at BC. I stayed up with my hosts until 2 a.m. talking about a wide range of topics, and as a native Spanish-speaker, I helped my host with her Spanish homework.
Nicole Rodriguez-Rowe ’19

Welcome to BC

After check-in, you’ll meet up with your student host, attend a Welcome Address, and head to the dining hall for dinner. Along the way, you’ll have a chance to check out the Student Involvement Mini-Fair, where you can chat with representatives from some of the more than 300 student groups on campus. Saturday night is up to you—settle in to your dorm room or head out to an event on campus. Your host will have the details on what’s happening.

Two students talking



All attendees will receive a final copy of scheduled events when they arrive on Saturday, April 6.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Arrival and Check-In - Lyons Hall, Welch Dining Room
NOTE: Members of Undergraduate Financial Aid will be available to answer questions (please review FAQ tab)
4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. 

Welcome Address - Devlin Hall, Room 110
- Rossanna Contreras-Godfrey '91, Ph.D '09 - Director of Learning to Learn Office
- John Mahoney '79, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
- Sageene Francis '19, Student Admission Program AHANA Outreach Coordinator

5:30 p.m.-5:50 p.m.

Student Involvement Mini-Fair - Lyons Hall, Welch Dining Room

5:50 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Welcome Dinner - Lyons Hall, Welch Dining Room
- Invocation from Reverend James Hairston '04, Boston College Campus Minister for Multi-Faith Programs
- Remarks from Michael Osaghae '20 and Tiffany Brooks '21, UGBC President and Executive VP for 2019-2020
7:30 p.m.

Social Activities


Admitted Eagle Day

Join more than 900 admitted students and their family members for Admitted Eagle Day, where current students, professors, and administrators take you through the ins and outs of academic and student life at the Heights. Later, you’ll hear from a panel of alumni on everything from finding mentors, navigating challenges, and making a difference in the world. You’ll also have time to take in performances by some of our talented music and dance groups.




Sunday, April 7, 2019

8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Admitted Eagle Day - Conte Forum (Check-In)
NOTE: Parents of KAF Weekend attendees are welcome to attend this portion of the Weekend with their student.
2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

Free Time

2:45 p.m.–3:30 p.m. 

The BC Experience - Devlin Hall, Room 110
- Vaughn Williams MS '04, Senior Associate Athletics Director - Administration

3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m.

The BC Experience - Devlin Hall, Room 110
- Alumni Panel

4:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

The BC Experience - Devlin Hall, Room 110
- Student Panel

5:00 p.m.-5:45 p.m.

Boston College Performing Arts - Walsh Function Room
- Performances from BC Dance and A Cappella Groups

6:00 p.m.

Dinner and Free Time

7:00 p.m.

Social Activities

Get ready for class

You’ll accompany your student host to one or more college courses and get a taste for academics at Boston College. With more than 80 classes to choose from, including History of Popular Music, Climate Change and Society, and African American History, you’re sure to find a topic that interests you. After lunch, it’s time to say goodbye to your host and the friends you’ve made this weekend. We hope to see you again soon!


Monday, April 8, 2019

9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Class Attendance
- Accompany your host to class or explore on your own

12:00 p.m. Departures from campus begin

Registration for Keith A. Francis AHANA Weekend has reached capacity. Additionally, the waitlist has filled as well so we are unfortunately no longer able to accept such requests.  For additional visit opportunities as an admitted student, please refer to your admission letter and the Boston College Admitted Student Website.

RSVP Form - This form begins the registration process. Within it, you will notice the required Permission/Agreement Form as well as specific information that can be used to match you with your BC student host. The Permission/Agreement Form includes a code of conduct and requires a signature from you and your parent/guardian.  You can print it, fill it out, and then attach it to the RSVP Form.  Once completed, the RSVP Form is submitted online.

Please note that KAF Weekend is only for admitted students.  However, family members are always welcome to attend Admitted Eagle Day on Sunday, April 7th.

Travel Details Form – With up to 150 admitted students coming to campus for KAF Weekend, we need to know when and how you are arriving on campus. Two important details to note: a) Boston College will provide a free bus from the Port Authority to campus on Saturday, April 6th; and b) Boston College will provide a free shuttle to campus for those students flying into Boston's Logan International Airport during the check-in period on Saturday, April 6th. Please review the FAQ tab for more information about the bus and the shuttle.

When you complete your RSVP form, you will receive a unique link via email to complete your Travel Details Form.  IMPORTANT NOTE: The free bus provided by Boston College from the Port Authority is now at capacity and we are unable to accommodate any additional RSVPs for the bus (as of 6:00 PM EST, 03-29-2019).

Once the Boston College Admission Office acknowledges receipt of the RSVP Form (which includes the Permission/Agreement Form) and the Travel Details Form, you will receive a confirmation email that your spot for the KAF Weekend is confirmed.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - The following contains many of the questions that have been asked over the years. If you have a question that cannot be found below, please do not hesitate to contact Paul Bonitto ( / 617-552-3412) or Steven Koo ( / 617-552-4951).

Yes, you will be sleeping on campus on both Saturday night and Sunday night. Your host for KAF will be a current Boston College student.

The Keith A. Francis AHANA Weekend begins during the afternoon on Saturday, April 6th and ends after morning class attendance on Monday, April 8th. By submitting your RSVP Form, you are agreeing to attend the entirety of KAF Weekend. Given the number of admitted students who attend the program, we are unable to accommodate anybody planning to attend only a portion of KAF Weekend.

Yes, in addition to the Welcome Dinner on Saturday, April 6th, as well as both breakfast and lunch during Admitted Eagle Day on Sunday, April 7th, Boston College will provide you with a meal card to be used in the dining halls for all additional meals, snacks, refreshments, etc.

Please arrive on campus between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 6th.  With well over 100 admitted students expected to attend, we need all attendees to arrive within that window of time. For those driving to campus, please visit the BC website for information on Directions and Parking. Please take a parking ticket as you enter the Commonwealth Avenue Garage and once you park, please walk across the 7th floor of the garage to Welch Dining Room (affectionately referred to by BC students as "the Rat") in the basement of Lyons Hall (found in Cells C2/C3 on this campus map). Once you arrive there, members of the Admission Office can validate your parking ticket.

If you have a state disabled parking placard, you should enter campus from Commonwealth Avenue onto Linden Lane, bear to the right of the golden eagle statue, and you will see a very limited number of parking spots next to Lyons Hall marked as Accessible Parking.  This campus map will provide you with an overview of the BC grounds.  Linden Lane is the road in Cell C2 leading to Gasson Hall.

Yes, there will be multiple members of Undergraduate Financial Aid from the Office of Student Services present during check-in on Saturday, April 6th. Please try to complete your financial aid application prior to arriving on campus that day, but if you know that additional forms and documents are required, please bring them with you to campus. When you arrive to Lyons Hall, Welch Dining Room for check-in, feel free to ask anyone at the check-in tables and they can point you in the direction of the financial aid counselors.

Unfortunately, due to parking regulations, you may not leave a car on campus overnight.

The KAF is limited to admitted students only.  We welcome parents and/or guardians at Admitted Eagle Day on Sunday, April 7th, but are only able to accommodate admitted students during the remainder of KAF Weekend.

Boston College is pleased to provide a bus that will depart from the Port Authority in New York City at 9:00 am on Saturday, April 6th and proceed directly to the Boston College campus. On Monday, April 8th, at the conclusion of KAF Weekend, the bus will depart from campus at 2:30 pm and return to the Port Authority. Round-trip on the bus is free and offered only to admitted students attending KAF Weekend. IMPORTANT NOTE: The free bus provided by Boston College from the Port Authority is now at capacity and we are unable to accommodate any additional RSVPs for the bus (as of 6:00 PM EST, 03-29-2019).

For those KAF Weekend attendees who are flying into Boston's Logan International Airport between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 6th, Boston College is pleased to provide a shuttle to campus.  Please contact Paul Bonitto (, one of the Associate Directors in the Office of Undergraduate Admission, as soon as you receive your confirmation email that your spot for the KAF Weekend is confirmed. He will provide you with more information about the location of the shuttle. A free shuttle will also be provided from campus back to Logan Airport on Monday, April 8th between 11:00 am and 5:30 pm.

At a minimum, you should bring a sleeping bag, pillow, bath towel, and toiletries.  The dress for the weekend is casual, but you will have time to attend social events during the evening.  Most attendees have found it helpful to bring a cell phone charger. The weather in the Boston area can be unpredictable so you may find it helpful to check out the forecast for Chestnut Hill, MA.

The Legacy of Mr. Francis

One of Boston College’s remarkable alumni, Keith A. Francis graduated from the School of Education in 1976. He went on to become a University Trustee and member of the Varsity Club Hall of Fame. A native of New Bedford, MA, Mr. Francis spent 30 years in Washington, D.C. after graduation and went on to become a senior intelligence analyst for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms, but always remained a strong and prominent member of the BC community. He brought many prospective AHANA students to campus and ensured that other AHANA alumni remained connected to the University. While Mr. Francis passed away in July 2011, his efforts continue to help shape the Boston College of today. In 2012, Boston College paid tribute to the legacy of Mr. Francis by renaming this accepted this program in his honor. We hope you will be able to take part in this special event!

Keith A. Francis
Keith A. Francis
Keith A. Francis

Contact Us with Questions!

Paul Bonitto

Paul Bonitto
Associate Director 

Steven Koo

Steven Koo
Associate Director


The term “AHANA” (short for African, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent) was coined by two Boston College students in 1979 to replace the “Office of Minority Programs.” The students objected to the word “minority,” which they defined as “less than,” and proposed instead to use the term “AHANA,” which they felt celebrated the cultural differences present in our society.  from BC’s Thea Bowman AHANA & Intercultural Center