Boston College provides email services for all affiliated students, faculty, and staff (including part-time and visiting faculty and staff). These email services require a BC username and Secondary Password.

Getting Your BC Email

New Students

As soon as you are formally transferred to student status, you will receive a letter containing your BC username and BC password. Use your BC password to sign in to Agora Portal to create your Secondary Password, which is used to sign in to your BC email. If you lost or did not receive the letter containing this information, visit the Walk-In Help Desk in O'Neill 316 or contact the Help Center at help.center@bc.edu or 617-552-HELP (4357).

Faculty and Staff

You will receive a letter from your department containing your BC username and BC password. Use your BC password to sign in to Agora Portal to create your Secondary Password, which is used to sign in to your BC email. If you lost or did not receive the letter containing this information, contact your Technology Consultant (TC).

Versions of Your BC Email Address

Your email address at Boston College has two forms:

  • "friendly" - firstname.lastname.#@bc.edu
  • "short" - username@bc.edu


Friendly Email Address

Your "friendly" address is firstname.lastname.#@bc.edu. If your full name is not unique at BC, you must use the appropriate number after your name (for example, John.Doe.3@bc.edu). To learn what your "friendly address" is, search for your name in the online BC Directory.

Note: If you are the first or only person with that name, and you have a "1" after your name, you do not need to use the number "1" in the address. If another person with the same name is added to the system in the future, this new person will be assigned firstname.lastname.2@bc.edu.

Short Email Address

Your "short address" is username@bc.edu. Your "short address" is unique within Boston College.

Important: Boston College recommends that you keep the short version of your address private and only use it to log into your BC accounts. Give people the "friendly" version of your email address instead. If you make the short version public, your BC accounts may be somewhat more vulnerable to hackers.

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