BC F1RST College Transition Program

Dear Incoming Student,
 

The Learning to Learn staff and BC F1RST College Transition Program team are committed to you and we offer you our support during this extraordinary moment in your life and in the history of our program and university.  The rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on our plans for the BC F1RST College Transition Program. The one thing that has not changed, is our commitment to your success. If you have any questions about the BC F1RST College Transition Program, do not hesitate to contact us via email at bcfirstctp@bc.edu.  
 

Given the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting challenges, the BC F1RST College Transition Program application deadline has been extended to May 29, 2020. We are pleased to announce that the BC F1RST College Transition Program will host a virtual kick-off in late June.  Any adjustments to our plans for the BC F1RST College Transition Program will be posted here and communicated to all applicants.  We look very forward to welcoming you as a member of the Class of 2024 and to supporting you throughout your educational journey at Boston College.
 

Sincerely,

The Learning to Learn Staff

Program Description 

BC F1RST is a free summer program designed to support first-year, first-generation college students in establishing meaningful peer and staff relationships, utilizing resources on campus, and developing a supportive community during the college transition. 


Important Dates
 

Friday, May 29, 2020

  • Application deadline 

Friday, June 5, 2020

  • Decisions sent to applicants 
     

Commitment to Commencement: 

Our commitment to you extends well beyond the two-week summer program.  BC F1RST students will be supported by the Learning to Learn office from freshman convocation to commencement in the following ways:

  1. BC F1RST students will be assigned a dedicated advisor at the Learning to Learn office

  2. BC F1RST students may be eligible to receive the Student Supplemental Grant 

  3. BC F1RST students will participate in the BC F1RST Leadership Symposium

  4. BC F1RST students will receive internship and career advice
     

Your acceptance to BC F1RST represents the beginning of our four-year commitment to your success. We will be among your greatest supporters at the university and we will not only be present to celebrate your sensational start at Boston College, but also your exciting exit as a member of the BC Class of ‘24!

Application Information

BC F1RST serves first-generation college students. If you do not identify as a first-generation student, then, unfortunately, you are not eligible to participate in this program.

A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree. This means that you are the first in your family to attend a four-year college/university to attain a bachelor's degree. 

The application components are as follows:

1. Eligibility Requirements
2. Student Information
3. Essay Component - Please note that you cannot save and return to this application. We suggest that you complete your essay, and save it as a PDF or Word Document before you begin this application.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 29, 2020. Decisions will be sent by Friday, June 5, 2020.

 

FAQ

Q: What is a first-generation college student? 

A: A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree. This means that you are the first in your family to attend a four-year college/university to attain a bachelor's degree.
 

Q: Why was I invited to this program?

A: You were invited to this program based on the information you provided in both your application to Boston College and your FAFSA. These documents showed us that you met our eligibility criteria, and we wanted to invite you to participate in this opportunity.


Q: I am not first-gen and received an invitation. What should I do?

A: Unfortunately, if you are not first-gen, we received your information in error and you cannot participate in the program. Please email the program to let them know you were invited by mistake. This will allow us to correct our information so that we do not contact you further. 


Q: How do I apply?

A: Click on the button that says “Apply” on the top of this page or click here to start filling out an application. If you have any questions, contact the BC F1RST team at 617-552-4551 or email us at ltl@bc.edu. 
 

Q. When is the application deadline?

A: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The last day to submit an application is Friday, May 29, 2020
 

Q: What’s the application process? 

A: You will be asked to provide some demographic information and write a short essay answering two questions: “Why do you want to participate in BC F1RST? What do you anticipate doing with your college education?”. Participation in the program will be contingent upon your acceptance to Boston College. 
 

Q: When will I know the status of my application?

A: Decisions will be emailed no later than June 5, 2020.


Q: How much does the program cost?

A: The program is free! All costs associated with BC F1RST will be covered by Boston College. 


Q: Am I responsible for the cost of transportation to BC F1RST? 

A: Yes, you are responsible for transportation to and from the campus. 


Q: What are the benefits of this program? 

A: The program will provide you with the on-campus resources and Boston College-related knowledge necessary to successfully transition into your first semester. It will also give you the opportunity to create a support system on campus by connecting you with other BC F1RST students, as well as with staff and faculty. If you want to know more, visit Student Testimonials to read about other students’ experiences!

Our Student Experiences

Important Dates

May 29th

Application Deadline 

June 5th

Application Decisions 

BC F1RST 2019 Cohort