Formative Education

Boston College is committed to helping everyone in its community to integrate the intellectual, social, and spiritual so as to live life fully.

Formative education engages the whole person, guiding young people toward purposeful lives and challenging them to work toward fulfillment and more ideal selves and societies. Formative education helps create communities that encourage exploring the different dimensions of intellectual, emotional, interpersonal, and spiritual development.

In its Strategic Plan, the University outlines its commitment to enhance formation—part of Jesuit education since St. Ignatius founded the order in 1540—among students, faculty, and staff to further the University’s mission and strengthen its institutional culture.

In keeping with the Jesuit tradition, students at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development are encouraged to ask the questions such as: What brings me joy? What will give my life meaning and purpose? What does the world need me to be?

Education’s true goal is to prepare young people to adopt ways of living that incorporate values, ideas, and practices that will allow them to become decent, fulfilled human beings.
Stanton Wortham, Charles F. Donovan, S.J., Dean


Boston College has established many approaches, courses, and programs to ensure that students, faculty, and staff learn and grow in keeping with nearly 500 years of Jesuit educational tradition. Some of them are:


Academic programs for students

Co-curricular programs for students

Programs for Boston College faculty and staff