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.

Given the ongoing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Orientation 2021 will be offered as a combination of virtual content delivered throughout June and July, and on-campus programming taking place the week prior to the start of fall classes. This hybrid approach will provide entering students with multiple opportunities to connect with fellow members of the Class of 2025, junior and senior mentors, faculty, and administrators, all while preparing for the intellectual, social, and spiritual dimensions of life at Boston College. 

In late March, Orientation registration will become available to new students after they enroll. Please note that the Orientation tab may take up to twenty minutes to appear on the Applicant Status Portal after enrollment is confirmed. Students who have been admitted via Early Decision will be notified via email when Orientation registration opens. The deadline for Orientation registration is May 1, 2021. 

Below you will find additional information on this summer’s Student and Parent Orientation programs.

Registration Deadline

May 1, 2021

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 2021, The Student Program will take place in three phases during the months of June, July, and August.

Phase 1

Phase 1 of Orientation will kick off on June 1, 2021 and take place virtually throughout the month of June. During this phase, students in the Class of 2025 will: view curated Orientation video content and live webinars; acquaint themselves with BC resources, opportunities and peers via our My BC Orientation platform; engage in virtual activities with fellow classmates, and participate in pre-assigned weekly Orientation group meetings on Zoom. Each Orientation Group will be facilitated by a BC Orientation Leader and will meet at the same time for four weeks throughout the month of June. Upon registering for Orientation, entering students will sign up for an Orientation Group meeting time on Sunday morning, Sunday evening, or Monday evening (EST).

Phase 2

Phase 2 of Orientation will take place virtually throughout July and early August. During this phase, students in the Class of 2025 will complete required pre-matriculation modules and engage virtually with fellow classmates and Orientation Leaders on My BC Orientation. Students will not meet weekly with their Orientation Group during this time.

* A Note About Academic Advising and Registration:

Academic advising and course registration will take place through a remote process during the months of June and July. 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 and will register for courses with the support of their advising team in their undergraduate college. More information about advising and registration will be communicated to entering students in June.

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 and residence hall communities will come together on campus for various events and activities that will take place during BC’s Weeks of Welcome programming. This programming will be scheduled to follow the First Year Move-In days, the details of which will be communicated by Residential Life in July.

*A Note About Transfer Student Orientation:

Transfer Student Orientation will take place virtually in July. There will also be some on-campus Orientation events specifically for Transfer Students during BC’s Weeks of Welcome programming. More information about Transfer Student Orientation will be communicated to transfer students in June.

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, 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 on the days of First Year Move-In, should Covid-19 protocols allow. Additional details about The Parent Program will be communicated in June.

We recognize 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 months leading up to Orientation 2021. If you have an urgent question and cannot find the answer below, please email bcfye@bc.edu.