Update on Boston College Orientation 2020

Given the rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, this summer’s Boston College Orientation program will be amended to ensure the health and safety of our entering students, their families, and the BC community.

Orientation 2020 will be offered as a hybrid of virtual content delivered over the course of June, July, and August, and on-campus programming taking place the week prior to the start of fall classes. This dual approach will provide entering students with multiple opportunities to connect with fellow members of the Class of 2024, junior and senior mentors, faculty, and administrators, all while preparing for the intellectual, social, and spiritual dimensions of life at Boston College.

On April 15, 2020, Orientation registration will be available through the Admitted Student Portal for students who have submitted their deposit to BC. The deadline for Orientation registration is May 1, 2020. Below you will find additional information on this summer’s Student and Parent Orientation programs.

Registration Deadline

May 1, 2020

Orientation Information

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Orientation will help you connect, both virtually and in-person, with the people and resources that will help you get off to a great start on the Heights.

The Student Program

The Student Orientation Program is carefully designed to help entering students become acquainted with the people and resources that can support their transition to Boston College. In the summer of 2020, The Student Program will take place in three phases during the months of June, July, and August.

Phase 1

Phase 1 of Orientation will take place virtually throughout the month of June. During this phase, students in the Class of 2024 will view curated Orientation content on their own time, and participate in live virtual meetings in pre-assigned Orientation groups. Each Orientation Group will be facilitated by a BC Orientation Leader and will meet at the same time for four weeks in June. Upon registering for Orientation, entering students will be asked to designate time preferences for the Orientation Group meetings, all of which will take place on Sundays or Mondays. Additionally, entering students will meet virtually with a faculty advisor in their undergraduate college to begin to plan their academic schedule for the fall semester.

Phase 2

Phase 2 of Orientation will take place virtually throughout July and August. During this phase, students in the Class of 2024 will complete required pre-matriculation modules and view additional webinars that will feature BC faculty, administrators and students. All of the virtual Orientation content offered during Phase 2 will be completed by students on their own time. While students will not meet weekly with their Orientation Group during this time, the academic advising and course registration process will continue throughout this phase.

Phase 3

Finally, Phase 3 of Orientation will take place in-person late August, the week prior to the start of classes. During this phase, all Orientation Groups will have a scheduled on-campus meeting that will take place during BC’s Weeks of Welcome programming (Thursday, August 27 - Sunday, August 30). 

 

*A Note About Transfer Student Orientation:

Transfer Student Orientation will take place virtually in July/August. More information about Transfer Student Orientation will be communicated to transfer students in June.

The Parent Program

The Parent Program is designed to support the adjustment process that occurs when a student leaves home for college and to familiarize parents and guardians with the resources that are available within the University community. Like the Student Program, this year’s Parent Program will be a hybrid of both virtual and on-campus programming. In July and August, virtual content featuring Boston College students, faculty, and administrators will provide important information and helpful perspectives about this exciting and challenging transition. In late August, on-campus programming for parents and guardians will take place the evening of and day following First Year Move-In. Additional details about The Parent Program will be released in June.

FAQ

We realize that you may have questions about our updated programming. Some of the answers to your questions may be found below. Our team will continue to update this page in the coming weeks as planning for our Orientation 2020 program progresses. If you have an urgent question and cannot find the answer below, please email bcfye@bc.edu.

Q: I’m enrolling at Boston College! What are the next steps?

A: Congratulations! We are so excited to welcome you to our BC community. Deposited students will be able to register for Orientation on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 via the Agora Portal. We also highly recommend that you follow First Year Experience on Facebook and Instagram. We will be communicating a lot of helpful (and fun) updates through our social media channels!

Q: How will I connect with other members of the Class of 2024 before arriving to campus?

A: At Boston College, opportunities for meaningful conversation are central to our philosophy of student formation. That is why we are committed to ensuring that all entering BC students will have opportunities to connect and converse with peers in virtual Orientation groups, led by a BC Orientation Leader. Orientation Groups will function as online communities of 12-15 students whom you will get to know via virtual weekly meetings held in the month of June. 

Q: What are the options for Orientation Group meeting times? 

A: When you register for Orientation, you will provide five ranked preferences for your Orientation Group meeting time for four weeks in June. In designing this schedule, we have tried to accommodate for the fact that members of the Class of 2024 are spread across the globe in various time zones. Be sure to properly convert these eastern standard time slot options to your local time using this time zone converter:

 Option   Day of Meeting   Meeting Time  Time Zone  Dates of your 4 meetings 
A Sunday 9 a.m.  Eastern Standard Time  June 7, 14, 21 & 28
B Sunday 10 a.m.  Eastern Standard Time 
June 7, 14, 21 & 28
C Sunday 11 a.m.  Eastern Standard Time 
June 7, 14, 21 & 28
D Sunday 6 p.m.  Eastern Standard Time 
June 7, 14, 21 & 28
E Sunday 7 p.m.  Eastern Standard Time 
June 7, 14, 21 & 28
F Sunday 8 p.m  Eastern Standard Time 
June 7, 14, 21 & 28
G Sunday 9 p.m.  Eastern Standard Time 
June 7, 14, 21 & 28
H Sunday 10 p.m.  Eastern Standard Time 
June 7, 14, 21 & 28
I Monday 6 p.m.  Eastern Standard Time 
June 8, 15, 22 & 29
J Monday 7 p.m.  Eastern Standard Time 
June 8, 15, 22 & 29
K Monday 8 p.m.  Eastern Standard Time 
June 8, 15, 22 & 29
L Monday 9 p.m.  Eastern Standard Time 
June 8, 15, 22 & 29
M Monday 10 p.m.  Eastern Standard Time 
June 8, 15, 22 & 29

 

Q: How will academic advising and course registration work?

A: Academic advising and course registration will take place through a remote process during the months of June, July, and August. Each of the four undergraduate colleges (Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences, Carroll School of Management, Connell School of Nursing, and the Lynch School of Education and Human Development) will be facilitating distinct advising and registration processes for enrolled students. While the structure and timelines of these processes may differ, all entering students will have an opportunity to work remotely with an academic advisor to plan their fall course schedule. More information about advising and registration will be communicated to entering students in June.

Q: Is there an Orientation program specifically for International Students?

A: Yes. International Student Orientation is a completely separate program run by the Office of International Students and Scholars. Details on International Student Orientation will be communicated to students in May.

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