The Academic Advising Center (AAC) introduces Boston College students to the Jesuit formula of Ignatian discernment. It's our mission to direct students’ scholarly pursuits to lead meaningful and purposeful lives. Rooted in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, the AAC is an essential resource to navigate and develop the cerebral, spiritual, and civil responsibilities of our community.
Appreciating and honoring the diversity of Boston College, we equip students to be academically prepared while attentive to the universal call of responsible care for creation and solidarity with those on the margins. Focused on the Jesuit ideal of eloquentia perfecta, we work to enhance the University’s care and cultivation of the whole person: encouraging the development of articulate, critical, and socially-minded persons.
The AAC (along with over 150 faculty advisors) coordinates several critical programs and initiatives for the Dean of the College. From summer orientation to commencement, we guide the academic pursuits of our students. The Pre-Health Program is a crucial part of the AAC as well as the Class Deans of Morrissey College. We are the academic matchmakers facilitating our students’ scholarly way of proceeding.
Welcome to Boston College and the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. If you have questions regarding academic advising, course selection, or course registration, please email MCASorientation@bc.edu.
Due to the transition to online classes, the University has made the following temporary adjustments to the academic procedures for the Spring 2020 semester. For campus-wide updates, refer to Boston College's Coronavirus Updates page.
No. These changes in the pass/fail policy are for the Spring 2020 semester only.
12:00 p.m. (noon) EDT on April 30, 2020. Please note that since the deadline has been extended, there will be no further extensions granted past this time.
Student Services is working on a process that will operate through the Agora Portal. Details on this process will be available by April 9.
Yes. There is no limit this semester (Spring 2020) on the number of courses you can make pass/fail.
Yes. Core courses can be taken pass/fail and still fulfill the Core requirement if you receive a pass. If you fail the course, it will not fulfill the requirement.
Yes. Courses that are required for your major/minor or corequisite can be taken pass/fail and still fulfill the requirement if you receive a pass. If you fail the course, it will not fulfill the requirement.
Yes, you will earn the credits if you pass. If you take a three-credit course pass/fail and pass the course, you will receive three credits. If you do not pass the course, you do not receive credits.
You do not receive GPA credit for a course when you pass a pass/fail class. If you fail the course, you will receive three credits of 0.0 factored into your GPA. If you take five classes pass/fail, the term GPA will be 0.0 but not counted into your GPA.
On your transcript, a P or F will appear where a grade typically would be.
Contact OIP for information about your specific program.
In keeping with the usual policy, if a student has declared a class pass/fail, the professor will not see that designation until they submit grades at the end of the semester. All grading and assignments will continue as usual until the final grade is submitted. If your grade is a D- or above, you will get a P, along with the credits earned. These classes will not factor into your GPA. If you fail the course, you will get an F, and it is calculated into your GPA.
Yes. Freshmen can take classes pass/fail this semester. This is a one-time exception.
The truth is we don't know how an employer would view a pass/fail. However, many of our peer institutions have instituted similar policies this semester.
Similar to the question above, we don't know how pass/fail courses would be viewed on a graduate school application. It's best to check with those institutions to see if they have made a statement about how pass/fail courses will be handled. For specific information on pre-health programs, consult the pre-health website.
No. Once you declare a course pass/fail, the decision is irreversible.
The decision will have to be one that you make yourself. What we can recommend is that you take some time to consider your options before you make a decision. The transition to online teaching just began. We suggest you take a few weeks to see how it goes before you decide, as you will benefit from seeing how your classes progress. To be clear, once you make a course pass/fail, you cannot change it back.
In order to be eligible for the Dean's List, students must earn at least 12 or more credits in courses evaluated with a letter grade, excluding the P (pass) grade, and receive a passing letter grade in all courses. Students who have failed a course and students who have received an incomplete grade for the current semester (Spring 2020) will not be eligible for the Dean's List.
In face to face class meetings, we are all accustomed to the practices expected of students in a classroom. Certain norms, such as arriving on time, raising your hand to speak, and being respectful of your peers and faculty are expected. Practicing good video meeting etiquette is similarly critical to ensuring that your classes continue to be a positive experience. Here are five tips to ensure a rewarding and productive remote classroom.
1. Be sure to mute your mic if you are not speaking. This will help to avoid background noise and distractions for others.
2. If you want to speak, use the “raise hand” feature that is available at the bottom center of your screen in the “Participants” feature.
3. You can use the “Chat” feature (also on the bottom and center of your screen) to ask questions and make comments silently if necessary.
4. Avoid distracting others in the meeting. Be sure that there is nothing visually distracting, like cars or people going by in the background. Be mindful of your attire. If you would not go to class without a shirt on or in your pajamas, you should not attend class remotely undressed either. Be aware of background lighting. If you are sitting in front of a window, you may be completely darkened by the light coming through the window. Your overhead light also might need to be turned off or dimmed as well.
5. Only invite meeting participants who need to be there. Never share the Zoom link with anyone that is not in the class. Inviting friends who are not in the class can be detrimental to the experience for everyone. Students who intentionally disrupt a class that is being held remotely will be subject to disciplinary action.
If you drop a class, the class disappears from your transcript like you never were in the class. If you withdraw from a class, the course will show up on your transcript with a W next to it. Boston College has extended the drop date until 12:00 p.m. EDT on April 9. The withdrawal deadline is April 30 at 12:00 p.m.
April 9, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.
April 30, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.
Retroactively changing withdrawals from earlier in the semester to drops will not be automatic. Anyone who wants to change their withdrawal to a drop is required to fill out the same form we're using for current drops and withdrawals. This will ensure that they will go through the same review by Student Services and the Financial Aid office. After April 9 at noon, your options will be limited to pass/fail or withdraw from a course.
Fill out the University Drop/Withdrawal form below. If you're unable to access the Google form from your home, an editable PDF will be available soon on the Student Services forms page. Fill out the pdf and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must maintain full-time status, which means you must be enrolled in at least 12 credits. If you have any questions or circumstances, please contact the Associate Dean's office.
Yes, but you must maintain full-time status (at least 12 credits) in order to keep your F-1 visa in good standing.
Yes, but you should first get this cleared by your advisor in SAAS, then fill out the drop/withdrawal form.
Yes. For Summer 2020 only, approved online courses taken at another institution will be accepted. You must complete a Course Pre-Approval Form found on the Student Services Forms page. Only courses from a 4-year accredited college or university will be considered (we do not accept community college courses).
If you want to receive major, minor, or Core credit, you will need to email the information on where you plan to take the course along with a course description or syllabus to the appropriate academic department. If the department grants the approval, send the form and the approval email to your Associate Dean (email@example.com) for final approval.
Students can take a maximum of 4 courses per summer. No more than 24 credits may be taken at outside institutions toward your MCAS degree. It is preferable to take online courses at BC. This policy adjustment is for Summer 2020 only.
The following applies for summer courses taken at another institution:
Only students who have credit deficiencies previously incurred through failure, withdrawal, underload or transfer will receive credit for pre-approved courses taken outside of Boston College. These courses will count toward the expected number of courses or credits required for graduation, and grades will be calculated into their GPA. Courses taken at BC will count as credits.
Students who don't have any credit deficiencies will only receive enrichment credit for courses taken outside of Boston College. They can satisfy Core or major requirements with department permission, but the course credits won't count toward the 120 credits required for the degree. Courses, grades, and credits will be listed on the transcript but won't be calculated into the GPA. With the approval of their Associate Dean, students who incur deficiencies can in limited cases use enrichment courses from previous summers to make up for deficiencies incurred subsequently.
No, pass/fail has not been offered as an option for summer courses. If you register for a summer course, you should plan to earn a letter grade.