Discover Boston College: Virtual Open House


 

Join the Office of Undergraduate Admission for Discover Boston College, a month-long virtual open house for prospective first-year students and their families. Each week, we'll feature sessions on various topics including admission and financial aid advice, academics, student life, and more. Explore this website for a full list of sessions and their descriptions. We hope to "see" you soon!

Program Schedule

View on-demand recordings from past sessions.

Register for each session through the Discover Boston College RSVP form. To add or remove sessions to your schedule, please use the "update your itinerary" link which can be found in your event confirmation email.

To best take advantage of this program, we recommend choosing 1-2 sessions per week to attend, although there is no maximum to how many you can sign up for!

Sessions will be offered each week in the following categories:

Admission Advice: During these sessions, undergraduate admission staff will offer opinions and insights on navigating the application process, applying for financial aid, and more.

Student Life: Each program features a different panel of current undergraduate students and highlights topics ranging from residential life to academic culture.

AHANA Resources: AHANA is an acronym used to describe people of African, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent in the Boston College community. These sessions explore finding community and support as a student of color at BC.

Faculty Conversations: Hear from BC faculty members on their teaching style, mentoring relationships with students, exciting research they are doing with undergraduates, and why they love working with Boston College students.

For Parents: Boston College administrators offer advice geared towards the parents and families of prospective students and applicants.

We plan to record all sessions for on-demand playback. Recorded sessions will be available on this website within 5-7 business days.

Week 1 Schedule:

All programs are listed in Eastern Time. Convert start times to your timezone.

Opening Session:

Applying to College in the COVID-19 Era
This program serves as the introduction to Discover Boston College. Hear from Grant Gosselin, director of undergraduate admission, on changes to the college search process and BC’s application review in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Monday, September 14 / 7 p.m. (Admission Advice)
Recording Now Available

Welcome to Boston: BC students discuss the campus, Chestnut Hill, and Boston
Did you know that Boston is home to over 150,000 college students? Learn what makes Boston a top destination for university study and hear from current students on why our Chestnut Hill location is a reason to choose BC.
Wednesday, September 16 / 8 p.m. (Student Life)

Navigating the College Transition as Parents: Finding Your Place Socially
A live panel of Boston College administrators discuss what leads college students to achieve a healthy and fulfilling experience outside of the classroom.
Thursday, September 17 / 8 p.m. (For Parents)
Recording Now Available

Coffee and Conversations with BC Faculty: Prasannan Parthasarathi, Associate Professor and Department Chair of History, and Juliet Schor, Professor of Sociology
This session will feature insights from Boston College faculty members: Prasannan Parthasarathi, associate professor and department chair of the history department, and Juliet Schor, associate director of sociology.
Saturday, September 19 / 11 a.m. (Faculty Conversations)
Recording Now Available

How College Decisions are Made: Dissecting the Application
Join admission staff for an in-depth review of the application process. Admission counselors will discuss how academic and extracurricular credentials are reviewed within the context of an applicant pool of 30,000, as well as share what information in an application can be helpful as they make decisions.
Saturday, September 19 / 4 p.m. (Admission Advice)
Recording Now Available

Week 2 Schedule:

All programs are listed in Eastern Time. Convert start times to your timezone.

Boston College at Work: BC students discuss research, graduate school and career resources
We’re proud to share that over 95% of BC graduates are employed, pursuing graduate programs, or engaged in service work within six months of graduation. During this session, BC undergrads will discuss their career discernment and resources available for them to dive deeper into their academic or career interests.
Monday, September 21 / 7 p.m. (Student Life)
Recording Now Available

The AHANA Student Experience: Conversations with Students and Faculty
Join BC students and faculty for a live panel discussion on finding community, academic support, and other resources as a student of color at BC. (Interested students should select from one of three recurring sessions: 09/22, 09/29, 10/06.)
Tuesday, September 22 / 8 p.m. (AHANA Resources)
Recording Now Available

Focus on Residence Life: BC students discuss all aspects of living on campus
What is it like to live on a college campus? Current undergraduates share stories about living in the BC residence halls. Fun fact – over 95% of seniors choose to live on Boston College’s campus!
Wednesday, September 23 / 8 p.m. (Student Life)
Recording Now Available

Navigating the College Transition as Parents: Academics
A live panel of Boston College administrators offer advice on the adjustment to college coursework and finding the right path academically.
Thursday, September 24 / 8 p.m. (For Parents)

Coffee and Conversations with BC Faculty: Danielle Taghian, Associate Professor in Biology and Pre-Health Chair, & Philip Landrigan, Director of Global Public Health
This session will feature insights from Boston College faculty members: Danielle Taghian, associate professor of the practice in the biology department and chair of the pre-health advising committee, and Philip J. Landrigan, director of global public health and the common good and the Global Observatory on Pollution
Saturday, September 26 / 11 a.m. (Faculty Conversations)
Recording Now Available

Early Decision, Human-Centered Engineering, and the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program
Learn more about the deadlines and benefits of Early Decision and the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program. We will also discuss application details for our new Human-Centered Engineering major.
Saturday, September 26 / 4 p.m. (Admission Advice)

Week 3 Schedule:

All programs are listed in Eastern Time. Convert start times to your timezone.

Retreats and Reflections: Students discuss BC’s Jesuit identity and mission
Boston College’s Jesuit identity and mission is an important part of our students’ experience. Hear from current students on BC’s retreat culture and what it’s like to attend a Jesuit, Catholic university.
Monday, September 28 / 9 p.m. (Student Life)

The AHANA Student Experience: Conversations with Students and Faculty
Join BC students and faculty for a live panel discussion on finding community, academic support, and other resources as a student of color at BC. (Interested students should select from one of three recurring sessions: 09/22, 09/29, 10/06.)
Tuesday, September 29 / 8 p.m. (AHANA Resources)

The International Student Experience
Over 650 international students from 65 countries around the world call Boston College home. Hear some insights from current international BC students on transitioning to college life in the US.
Wednesday, September 30 / 8 a.m. (Student Life)

From Welcome Week to Senior Week: Students talk about the important traditions and events at BC
During this session, current students share what events and milestones they look forward to each year.
Wednesday, September 30 / 8 p.m. (Student Life)

Navigating the College Transition as a First-Generation Family
A live panel of Boston College administrators and alumni discuss finding the right fit as a first-generation family.
Thursday, October 1 / 8 p.m. (For Parents)

Coffee and Conversations with BC Faculty: Angela Ards, Associate Professor of English, & Luke Jorgensen, Associate Professor of Theatre
This session will feature insights from the following Boston College faculty members: Angela Ards, associate professor in the english department, and Luke Jorgensen, associate professor of the practice and chairperson of the theatre department.
Saturday, October 3 / 11 a.m. (Faculty Conversations)

Unique Populations: Applying as a Recruited Athlete or Homeschooled Student, and Learning Disability Resources
How does an admissions committee review applications from students with unique academic circumstances? This session will focus on how we evaluate candidates with varied circumstances including learning differences, taking significant college level courses, or enrollment in non-traditional academic programs.
Saturday, October 3 / 4 p.m. (Admission Advice)

Week 4 Schedule:

All programs are listed in Eastern Time. Convert start times to your timezone.

Focus on Academic Life: BC students discuss their big academic decisions around majors, courses, and studying abroad
With four undergraduate academic divisions and over 100 majors, minors, and concentrations to choose from, there’s a lot to consider. During this session, students share how they navigated the academic landscape at BC.
Monday, October 5 / 8 p.m. (Student Life)

The AHANA Student Experience: Conversations with Students and Faculty
Join BC students and faculty for a live panel discussion on finding community, academic support, and other resources as a student of color at BC. (Interested students should select from one of three recurring sessions: 09/22, 09/29, 10/06.)
Tuesday, October 6 / 8 p.m. (AHANA Resources)

A BC student’s guide to their first year: Students discuss how they found all the resources to succeed in year one
From living in a residence hall to adjusting to new academic rigors, there’s a lot of change during the first year (particularly in the first few weeks). Boston College offers distinctive resources for students as they transition from high school to college. Hear from students on how they found support in and outside of the classroom.
Wednesday, October 7 / 8 p.m. (Student Life)

Navigating the College Transition as Parents: Athletic Recruiting and Resources During COVID-19
A live panel of representatives from Boston College Athletics offer tips for parents when helping students find their right athletic fit - whether that be at the varsity, club or intramural / recreational level - during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thursday, October 8 / 8 p.m. (For Parents)

Coffee and Conversations with BC Faculty: Gabriella Oliveira, Assistant Professor in the Lynch School of Education
This session will feature insights Boston College faculty member: Gabriella Oliveira, assistant professor of teaching, curriculum, and society in the Lynch School of Education.
Saturday, October 10 / 11 a.m. (Faculty Conversations)

Applying for Financial Aid at Boston College
Boston College practices need-blind admission and meets 100% of a student’s demonstrated financial need. But what does that really mean? Hear more on the ins and outs of financial aid at Boston College.
Saturday, October 10 / 4 p.m. (Admission Advice)

Week 5 Schedule:

All programs are listed in Eastern Time. Convert start times to your timezone.

Demystifying the Application Process for Underrepresented Students
Join admission staff for an overview of the admission process. This session is open to all students but geared towards applicants from underrepresented backgrounds, which may include AHANA, first-generation, or low-income students.
Tuesday, October 13 / 8 p.m. (AHANA Resources)

Clubs, Organizations and Social Life at BC: No Greek Life, no problem!
How do students find community at a university with 9,000+ undergraduate students? With nearly 300 clubs and organizations, an active intramural, club sport, and Division I athletics culture, and the city of Boston, there are plenty of ways to get involved and stay connected.
Wednesday, October 14 / 8 p.m. (Student Life)

Navigating the College Transition as Parents: Understanding Boston College's Mission
Boston College administrators discuss how the mission of the university shapes our community.
Thursday, October 15 / 8 p.m. (For Parents)

Coffee and Conversations with BC Faculty: Tracey L. Regan, Professor of the Practice and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Economics
This session will feature insights from BC faculty member: Tracey L. Regan, professor of the practice and director of undergraduate studies in economics.
Saturday, October 17 / 11 a.m. (Faculty Conversations)

Closing Session:

Final Q&A with the Admission Staff
We’ve shared a lot with you this month, but we know you may still have some unanswered questions. Join the admission staff ahead of the November 1 Early Decision and priority scholarship deadline for a final session to address any last minute questions about Boston College or the admission process.
Saturday, October 17 / 4 p.m. (Admission Advice)

 

Featured Sessions

Director of Undergraduate Admission, Grant Gosselin, shares his thoughts with prospective students and families on applying to college during COVID-19, what makes BC a great University, and what to look forward to during Discover Boston College.

Administrators from Student Affairs, Student Involvement, and the Thea Bowman AHANA Intercultural Center discuss resources available for Boston College students to find their way socially within a new university community.

Members of the Undergraduate Admission staff offer insight into how each application credential is reviewed by an admission committee. We hope you take away some tips and advice to highlight your best academic and personal qualities in your application.

A panel of current students discuss residence life at BC. Hear from our panelists on roommates, hall programming, dining, and more. Many stories higlighting the BC community are included!

Danielle Taghian, associate professor in biology and the pre-health chair, and Philip Landrigan, director of global public health, discuss their academic focuses, and reflect on their roles as mentors to Boston College students.

Hear from a panel of BC students and faculty on finding community and support as an AHANA student. (AHANA is an acronym used to describe people of African, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent in the BC community.)

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