Welcome to Boston College! We look forward to welcoming the newest members of the BC community to the Heights in January. We will be updating this page with information regarding summer Orientation in early 2021.

January Orientation 2021

Orientation Overview

This year's January Orientation program will be offered in a predominantly virtual format. It will be geared toward the unique circumstances of transitioning to BC mid-year as a first year or transfer student. January Orientation activities will include Q&A sessions with current BC students and University administrators, opportunities to meet peers through small group conversations, as well as on-campus programming to take place during the first week of classes. Your participation in all mandatory elements of January Orientation will be required in order for you to be registered for classes.


Orientation Schedule

The January Orientation program on Tuesday, January 19 will prepare you for the formational, co-curricular and social dimensions of your transition to Boston College. You will have the opportunity to attend to the academic elements of your transition on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with your particular school or college. Further details regarding the week’s activities will be communicated by First Year Experience and your school or college by Friday, January 15.

Date Agenda

Tuesday, January 19

January Orientation Session 1 | 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST | Required
This session will feature opportunities to hear from current students, small group conversations with peers, and a Q&A session with current BC students and University administrators.
Tuesday, January 19 January Orientation Session 2 | 2–4 p.m. EST | Required
This session will feature a current student narrative, small group discussions, a panel to answer your questions, and even a chance to win some prizes!
Wednesday, January 20 JOL Office Hours with Special Guests from UGBC | 7:30 p.m. EST | Optional
Come ask your questions, learn more about Boston College, and engage informally with your January Orientation Leaders and guests from the Undergraduate Government of Boston College.
Thursday, January 21 Virtual Game Night | 7:30 p.m. EST | Optional
Meet classmates and test your BC knowledge with a game night hosted by your January Orientation Leaders.
Wednesday, January 20 & Thursday, January 21 Meet virtually with an academic advisor within your school/college to discuss degree requirements and to plan your spring semester schedule. Your school or college will be in touch by Friday, January 15 with more details.

Friday, January 22

Register for spring semester courses in coordination with your school's advising team.
Wednesday, January 27 Orientation Campus Tours | 1:00 p.m. EST | Optional
Meet outside Gasson Hall for a tour of campus led by your January Orientation Leaders. This interactive Orientation Tour will highlight the must know spots for a successful transition to life on the Heights.
Thursday, January 28 – Thursday, February 4 Within the first week of classes, each Orientation Group will have the opportunity to meet in-person for continued connection and conversation.

Learn More About BC

We invite you to watch this video to learn more about the distinctiveness of BC’s Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts education.

January Orientation Leaders

This year’s January Orientation Leaders (JOLs) share one thing in common -- they all transferred to Boston College! They are excited to welcome you to BC. Click on each of the JOLs' photos to learn more about them and to watch videos of their favorite tips and tricks for life on the Heights!