This page includes all of the information you need to get started as a student at the STM. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-552-6506. Please read all of the information included below and take note of important dates and deadlines.
Friday, August 24
Attendance at Orientation is required for all new degree and certificate students, who will study during the academic year. Please confirm your attendance at: email@example.com before August 14.
Thursday, August 23, 10:00a.m. - 12:00p.m., Simboli Hall, Room 135
All international students are encouraged to come and meet STM faculty, learn about special programs and services available at the STM, and be introduced to the staff and resources of the Theology and Ministry Library (TML).
Thursday, August 23, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Green Briar Pub
Please join your fellow incoming classmates for a social hosted by the Admissions Office. Appetizers will be provided, as well as a cash bar.
Tuesday, August 28, 5:00 p.m. at Faber Jesuit community
Join us to kick off the beginning of the semester!
Thursday, August 30, 12:15 p.m. at St. Ignatius Church
We invite you to join us for the STM Opening Liturgy and Luncheon at 12:15 p.m. in St. Ignatius Church. This will be followed by a luncheon served in the lobby of Simboli. Students are invited to gather for conversation over lunch in the first-floor classrooms.
Date and time TBD
This retreat and social will be held in Simboli Hall The retreat will be followed by a social from 8:00-10:00p.m. at the Saint Peter Faber Jesuit community gathering space on Foster Street, across from the Brighton Campus.
Thursday, August 23, 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. - to be confirmed
The Office of Graduate Student Life will hold a general orientation for all new graduate students across all graduate schools at BC. This orientation is meant to complement the STM New Student Orientation. Our students find the offerings very helpful, and we strongly encourage you to attend. Visit their site for schedule and more information.
Your BC credentials (Agora portal username, Eagle ID number) are important pieces of personal information used at Boston College. Your credentials were sent to you via e-mail during the application process. These confidential credentials are your keys to many electronic services at the University, including class registration and email through the Agora Portal. You will also be able to access information such as course grades and accounts payable. If you need help accessing your account, please contact the Help Center.
Connect with STM students and staff on our STM Facebook Page to ask questions about living in Boston, finding roommates, as well as finding out other helpful information about the STM, BC, and Boston.
To obtain an Eagle-One (ID) Card, download the application (PDF) and return it to the Office of Student Services, Lyons Hall, Chestnut Hill Campus. The $45 fee will be applied to your student account. Your Eagle-One Card will be available for pick up in the Office of Student Services as long as you have submitted a completed application and photo. All new students are required to have and will be charged for an ID card.
The Office of Student Services sends all notifications to your BC email account, which is created automatically for all graduate students. All incoming students will access their BC email through BC Google Apps for Education at g.bc.edu. Accounts will be username directly followed by @bc.edu (for example, firstname.lastname@example.org). This will be the primary way the University will contact students. Students may also access their email through the “My Services” tab at portal.bc.edu. If students prefer they may forward this account to another email system. Using Google Apps for Education at BC, which includes BC email, requires a separate password (Password2), also on the “My Services” tab. Under “Account and Personal Info,” click “Change Password2” and follow the listed guidelines to create it. Password2 will only be used for Google Apps for Education. Students will continue to use their original password for other BC applications. BC will no longer send email directly to the email account provided on admission applications, so please check the BC email account regularly. If you have any questions, contact the Office of Student Services at 800-294-0294 or 617-552-3300.
State Law requires all full-time students to complete the Immunization Form. You have 30 days from the start of classes to provide Health Services with documentation of these vaccines. Failure to do so will result in a $80administrative fee and you will not be able to register for next semester classes until proof of documentation has been submitted. If you are unable to document your immunizations, University Health Services can provide this service for a fee. Please contact University Health Services at (617) 552-3225 if you have any questions. The pre-entrance forms and requirements are available online.
All students enrolled in a degree program, regardless of credit hours, and non-degree students enrolled at least 7 credits will be automatically enrolled and billed for the Student Health Insurance Plan. Students who plan to enroll in BC's comprehensive health insurance plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield Student Blue, will be enrolled after registering for classes. Insurance coverage is effective August 7, 2018 through August 6, 2019. The cost for 2018-2019 is $3,095 (more details available online). For more information, please visit Student Services.
Students who are enrolled in a health plan that is comparable to the Student Blue Plan may waive the BC coverage through their Agora Portal. To provide proof of comparable coverage, a student will need to have information about his or her current health insurance plan readily available. Incomplete waivers will not be processed. Waivers must be completed every year. All waivers must be submitted through the Agora Portal by September 21, 2018. Students who do not complete a waiver prior to the deadline will automatically be enrolled in and charged the student-only premium for the Student Blue Plan. Please note that international students are not eligible to waive the BC’s Student Health Insurance Plan.
Eagle or Dining Bucks can be used for purchases everywhere the Eagle-One Card is accepted, including on-campus restaurants, many vending and snack machines, contracted food delivery services, Boston College bookstores, residence hall laundry facilities, and off-campus vendors like City Convenience. To add money to Eagle or Dining Bucks, log on to your Agora Portal account. Your credit card (Visa or MasterCard only) will be charged for the amount you wish to add.
Are you a veteran? If you would like your veteran status noted on the University Information System, please contact Linda Malenfant at email@example.com.
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All new students will register at orientation on Friday, August 24th. Students may continue to register and to drop/add courses through Wednesday, September 5th. Thus, you may make changes to your registration through the middle of the second week of classes.
Students who are completing their undergraduate degrees at the end of the current academic year must have your undergraduate institution send an original transcript, indicating the successful completion of the baccalaureate degree, to the STM before registering for classes for your second semester of study. Students will not be able to register until the transcript is received.
Professional Ethics in Ministry Workshop is a two-part workshop required for all new STM degree and certificate students. For students enrolled in programs with a contextual education or supervised ministry requirement, a student will not be allowed to enroll in such a course unless they have taken the workshop. Part I of the workshop will be offered twice during the fall semester and Part II will be offered twice in the spring semester. Students who begin their studies at the STM in the spring should wait until the following fall to take the workshop, unless they are full-time ThM students, who should contact the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
All new STM degree and certificate students are required to complete the online academic integrity tutorial in their first semester of study. This tutorial will introduce you to the academic culture here at STM and serve as an invitation to enter the scholarly conversation as well as a guide on how to distinguish your own voice from those of others. More information about this will be given at orientation and by email.
In the beginning of the fall semester, you will have the opportunity to be paired with a current STM student for one-on-one guidance and practical help during your transition to Boston and the STM. A notice for those interested will be sent out during the first few weeks of the semester. For more questions, please email Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic advising is integral to the life and mission of the STM. Advisors support and guide students as they clarify their academic goals, and situate those goals in the context of the aspirations that brought them to the STM. In this way, advising is an aspect of the cura personalis that is at the heart of the school’s Jesuit and Catholic ethos. Through their connection with students, advisors offer a venue to raise concerns outside of the classroom, a sounding-board for ideas about possible academic choices, and a resource to help students as they negotiate the details of degree programs and explore opportunities that are accessible through the STM.
The STM Academic Advising Student Resource Guide contains links to all the information students need to create a successful advising relationship with their advisors at the STM, including tips and tools on how to prepare for your first meeting, links to forms and resources and to course schedules and degree requirements. Be sure to visit this page prior to your first meeting with your academic advisor.
The STM course and degree requirements sheet for each semester are posted online. This sheet will assist you in making sure the courses you select fulfill a requirement or elective for your particular degree.
You can find course schedules and course descriptions through your Agora Portal. Once you sign into your Agora Portal, under “My Services” Click on “Course Information and Schedule”. Visit BC Course Information and Schedule for more information.
The BTI Catalog is available on the BTI website. Information regarding cross-registration can be found on the BTI portal. However, new students are generally encouraged to begin their studies with courses through the School of Theology and Ministry and the BC Theology Department and should also be aware that most of the BTI schools follow a different academic calendar than Boston College.
Enrollment in Spiritual Formation for Ministry is required for M.A. students. Students who study during the academic year should enroll during the first full academic year of study (one credit). You should register for the one-credit Spiritual Formation for Ministry course, TMPS7080, in the fall 2017 semester. Several course sections are available on varied days and times. These groups meet with a facilitator six times per semester, September-May. As a part of this one-credit course, students are required to complete a personalized Spiritual Formation Plan (SFP) during their program of study at Boston College. More information will be given about the SFP at the New Student Orientation.
To assist students in achieving competency in theological research and writing in a welcoming atmosphere of colleagueship and collaboration, the STM will offer TMST7081: Research and Writing in Theology and Ministry in the fall and spring semesters. The course is open to all students and is recommended for anyone wishing to become familiar with the various kinds of writing assignments assigned by STM faculty. It is highly recommended that incoming students take the course in their first semester of study.
For students with a limited background in the humanities or for whom English is a second language, TMST7081 may be required as a condition of admission. Students for whom TMST7081 is a condition of admission to their degree program will not be allowed to graduate until the requirement is completed. Faculty will also alert the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs when any student’s work clearly indicates that the student would benefit from participating in TMST7081. In such cases, the Associate Dean may strongly encourage a student to take TMST7081 if it has not already been required as a condition of admission.
Federal regulations require that Title IV funds credited to your student account be applied only to cover allowable charges, unless Boston College obtains authorization through your Agora Portal account to apply these funds to all other charges on your student account.
All students who pay the Campus Health fees are eligible for health services through the campus infirmary located on the first floor of Cushing Hall on the Chestnut Hill campus. The fee is $460 for coverage from September to June, or you may pay a per-visit fee of $95-$105.
To make international wire payments, Boston College has partnered with Flywire to offer an innovative and streamlined way to make international tuition payments.
Tuition and fees are billed upon registration for classes at New Student Orientation. Payment is due by September 13, 2018. If you are receiving a scholarship, it will not be reflected in your account until you register for classes. You may wait to pay your bill until your scholarship is reflected on your account. Please note: there may be late fees if your bill is not resolved by the deadline, and, in severe cases, students whose accounts are not resolved by the due date may be withdrawn from the University. Questions regarding billing and payment should be directed to the Office of Student Services, Lyons Hall, at 617-552-3300 or 800-294-0294.
The National Student Clearinghouse will process deferment forms for Fall 2017 after September 8, 2017, in accordance with federal regulations. If your lender requires paper certification of your loan status, please mail the signed form to the Office of Student Services or stop by Lyons Hall. Your deferment form will be forwarded to the National Student Clearinghouse. If the enrollment certification does not require an official school seal or signature, you may process the certification online through your Agora Portal account.
The BC Office of Residential Life offers assistance to graduate students, who are seeking housing in the local area. Visit the Off-Campus Housing webpage for helpful information about the local housing market, apartment listings, roommate finder, and housing fair announcements. ResLife will host the Graduate Student Off-Campus Housing Fair on Friday, June 15, 2018.
Students are also encouraged to join the STM Facebook Page to connect with other current and incoming students. Students interested in community living have a number of options for the summer and academic year.
For anyone planning on regularly using public transit, semester-long MBTA passes at an 11% discount are available for purchase through BC. Passes are available for purchase beginning June 1, 2018. The deadline to purchase a pass is August 9, 2018.
For students living near campus, BC operates several free shuttle services.
If you are interested in a BC campus parking permit, read the Student Parking Permit Instructions on the Transportation website. In mid-August, you may order your parking permit by logging into your Agora Portal account and selecting "Parking Permits and Citations" under the "My Services" tab. Once ordered, you may pick up your parking permit in the Office of Student Services in Lyons Hall during normal office hours.