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 AHANA (African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American) scholars 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

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. 

Welcome Address
- Rossanna Contreras-Godfrey '91, Ph.D '09 - Director of Learning to Learn
- Office of Undergraduate Admission
- Student Admission Program

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

Student Involvement Mini-Fair

5:50 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Welcome Dinner

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.–1:45 p.m.

Admitted Eagle Day (NOTE: Parents of KAF Weekend attendees are welcome to attend this portion of the Weekend with their student.)

1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

Free Time

3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. 

The BC Experience
- Vaughn Williams, Senior Associate Athletics Director

3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

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

4:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

The BC Experience
- Alumni Panel

4:40 p.m.-5:20 p.m.

The BC Experience
- Student Panel

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

Confirm your place at Keith A. Francis AHANA Weekend by submitting the forms listed below. ** Please note: Links to forms will not go live until invitations are sent out during the third week of March. **

RSVP Form – This simple form starts the process. It only take a couple of minutes to fill out and allows us to reserve your spot for KAF Weekend, provided you complete the process and submit the rest of the forms. The RSVP is submitted online. Please note that KAF Weekend is only for admitted students. However, family members are welcome to attend Admitted Eagle Day on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

Permission Form – This code of conduct form requires a signature from you and your parent/guardian. You can print out the form and, once it has been filled out, take a picture of it and email it to our office.

Travel Details Form – With approximately 150 admitted students coming to campus for KAF Weekend, we need to know when and how you are arriving on campus. Two important details that will be noted on this form: a) Boston College will provide a free bus from the Port Authority for those who live in the greater New York City area and want to take advantage of this transportation option on Saturday, April 6; 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 6.

Prospective Student Attendee/Host Matching Form – All attendees will be hosted by current Boston College students in their residence halls. This form helps us to match you with your host. Sometimes that could be a host who attended your high school or is currently studying what you plan to study in college. However it is determined, the information you provide in this form helps us to make the best match possible.

Once the Boston College Admission Office acknowledges receipt of all four (4) forms, you will receive an email that your spot for the KAF Weekend is confirmed.


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.


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.  You will go 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).


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.


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.


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.


This form helps us to match you with your BC student host.  By providing us with the requested information, you will help us make the most appropriate match possible!

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” (used to describe individuals of African-American, 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