Boston College's Gasson Hall eagle sculpture.

Welcome to Boston College! This checklist is intended to highlight important information and actions you need to take in preparation for a successful start, including your first few months here at the University. We are happy to welcome you as part of the BC community!

Follow Up With Your Manager

Ask your manager about your first day of work, schedule and office/work space.

Complete Your Form I-9

Visit the Human Resources Service Center (HRSC), Brighton Campus, which is located at 129 Lake Street, Room 100, to fill out the first section of the Form I-9. Make sure to bring your acceptable Form I-9 documentation by the third business day following your date of hire.

Log into the Agora Portal

Get familiar with logging into the portal using your BC credentials. The Agora portal is where you can access your BC services including PeopleSoft HR to view paychecks and to enroll in new hire benefits, your BC email and other services. While in the portal:

  • confirm your address/phone/emergency contact information
  • review your demographic information and privacy preferences
  • view and confirm your race/ethnicity information

Set up Your BC Email/voicemail

Boston College uses Google for your email and calendar services. To access your BC gmail account you must set your Secondary Password in the Agora portal. Your BC email password must be different from your BC login password. Make sure to create an email signature. You will also need to create a PIN for your voicemail.

Helpful Tips

Your designated Technology Consultant (TC) can assist with computer log-in, phone, printer set up and other office equipment.

Helpful Contacts

IT Help Desk

HR Service Center

Helpful Links

Set Up Direct Deposit and Complete Tax Withholdings

Complete your direct deposit and W-4/M-4 tax withholdings in PeopleSoft HR.  You will find How To Guides in the helpful links to your right. You will not be able to log into PeopleSoft HR until you have completed your I-9 with the HR Service Center (HRSC).

Acquire Your BC Parking Permit

You must first request a parking permit under the Account and Personal Info section in the Agora portal. After requesting the permit, it can be picked up at Student Services located in Lyons Hall.

Obtain Your Eagle One Card

You may obtain your Eagle ID one to two days after you have completed all new hire paperwork with the HR Service Center. Head to Students Service located in Lyons Hall to have your picture taken for your Eagle One Card (BC ID). 

Complete Necessary Training

You will receive email notifications about required online training such as the Data Security and the Title IX and Harassment courses.

Attend a New Hire Orientation and Sign Up for Benefits

You will receive an email from the Benefits Office inviting you to an orientation session in your first or second week. New hires have 31 days from their date of hire to enroll in benefits.  

Review the Employee Handbook

 The handbook is intended to serve as a general guide, both for new employees as they become acclimated to Boston College and for all employees as a reference.

 Also in Your First Week:

  • Familiarize yourself with the campus, including parking. Visit our Transportation website 
  • Familiarize yourself with your office area and department
  • Begin daily practice of reading BC Update to find out what’s happening across campus

Helpful Contacts

Benefits Office

Student Services

Helpful Links

Discuss Performance Development With Your Manager

Meet with your manager to discuss goals and expectations and review the performance development process. It should be an ongoing conversation. Take the Performance Development course located in the Human Resources section of the Agora Portal.

Sign Up for BC 101

A series of sessions to help introduce you to the BC culture and community.

Subscribe to BC Communications

  • Boston College Magazine – for news, social media on campus and media guides
  • Arts Council – to learn about upcoming events
  • Church in the 21st Century – to learn about the organization and special events
  • The Heights - the student newspaper

Check Out the Admissions Website for a Virtual and Audio Tour of Campus

If you are interested in seeing the campus, sign up for a campus tour through the Undergraduate Admission office.

Identify Professional Development Opportunities

Identify learning and professional development opportunities through The Office of Employee Development, Office for Institutional Diversity, Information Technology and University Mission & Ministry.

Attend New Employee Welcome Reception

The Office of Employee Development will send you an invitation within your first 3 months.

Complete Onboarding Survey

The Office of Employee Development will email a survey link within the first 3 months.


Sign up For Professional Development Opportunities

  • Attend a session of Meet Your Colleague, a program offering opportunities to meet members of the faculty, administration, and staff to gain a broader perspective of the University.
  • Register for a training session with ITS to learn about office software applications used at the University.
  • Attend a Forefront Social to discuss whole-person education through the Intersections Office.
  • Check out the series of programs offered by the Office for Institutional Diversity. They aim to advance and sustain the University's culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion for all community members.
  • Take a LinkedIn Learning course.

Helpful Links

Familiarize Yourself with Campus

  • Enjoy a specialty coffee and pastry at the Chocolate Bar (Stokes Hall).
  • Visit Bapst on main campus, home of the Bapst and Burns libraries. While you are there, walk the 9/11 Memorial Labyrinth located on the Burns library lawn.
  • Walk over to McMullen Museum on Brighton campus during open hours to see the latest collection.
  • Visit O’Neill Library to request museum passes to the Museum of Fine Arts, Gardner Museum or access free audio/e-books.
  • Buy a BC sweatshirt at the BC Bookstore (located in McElroy Commons and the first floor in Maloney Hall) using your employee discount.
  • Have a meal with a colleague at one of the 5 main campus dining halls including the Faculty Dining Room located in McElroy Commons.
  • If you have a meeting on Newton campus, take a ride on the Shuttle Bus.

Get Involved

  • Join the BC Recreation Center and sign up for a spin class, bootcamp or yoga session. Sign up for a tour of the facility with a member of Campus Rec. If you are enrolled in a Harvard Pilgrim health plan with BC make sure to apply for your $150 Harvard Fitness reimbursement to the Plex membership.
  • View the University Events calendar for upcoming speakers, seminars, trainings and more.
  • Attend mass at St. Mary’s (middle campus) St. Ignatius (lower campus), Trinity chapel (Newton campus) or attend other multi-faith offerings across campus.
  • Attend a BC athletic event such as the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day football game held in the fall. 
  • Attend a student production at Robsham Theater or the ALC Showdown (student dance competition) at the Conte Forum. 
  • After you join a team for Walk Across Campus (Health and Wellbeing) take a walk around the Chestnut Hill reservoir (1.5 miles).
  • Consider joining a Boston College Affinity Group.

Frequently Asked Questions