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.

Student Program Overview

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 will view curated Orientation content on their own time and participate in live virtual meetings facilitated by a BC Orientation Leader. Students will also 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. 

 

*A Note About Transfer Student Orientation:

Transfer Student Orientation will take place virtually in July/August. Transfer students should not fill out the Orientation registration form. Further details regarding virtual Transfer Orientation will be communicated to enrolled transfer students in mid-June.

Parent Program Overview

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.

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 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. More information about advising and registration will be communicated to entering students in June.

Q: How long are the Orientation Group virtual sessions throughout June?

A: The Orientation Group sessions will last approximately 1 hour long.

Q: When is the deadline to submit the Orientation Registration form and my virtual Orientation Group meeting preferences?

A: The deadline to submit the form is May 1, 2020. Following the deadline, the Office of First Year Experience team will do their best to accommodate the preferences of all incoming students.

Q: When will I be assigned my virtual Orientation Group meeting time?

A: Students will be contacted by Friday, May 22nd with their assigned Orientation Group virtual weekly meeting time for the month of June, as part of Phase 1 of BC Orientation.

Q: What is required to participate in the virtual Orientation Group/what if I don’t have these technological/environmental requirements?

A: Students should ensure that they have access to a device from which they can participate in a Zoom call, using both video and audio capabilities. We strongly recommend using a computer or laptop, as opposed to a phone and to have a reliable internet connection. We suggest that students prepare for these group sessions in a private, distraction-free, and quiet space to be able to participate in the discussion. More information on the specific required software and digital platforms will be provided by May 22. If you are not able to reliably meet these requirements due to your current environment or circumstances, please contact our office via email (bcfye@bc.edu) providing the details of your circumstances and a member of our team will contact you to discuss next steps.

Q: How do parents register for Orientation?

A: When students complete their Orientation Registration form and submit their Orientation group preferences, they will also be prompted to provide contact information for their parents/guardians. Individuals included on this form will be contacted regarding the parent program when more information is available in June.

Q: Should we make travel arrangements for August now?

A: The Office of Residential Life is planning for First Year Move-In to be Wednesday, August 26th and Thursday, August 27th in order to accommodate proper social distancing guidelines based on recommendations from the State and University. More information regarding student move-in logistics will be communicated by July 1, and can be found on their Fall Opening Page. Once students receive their Fall Housing Assignments (early August), they will need to sign-up for a specific move-in time. Specific questions regarding travel arrangements related to move-in can be sent to transitions@bc.edu.

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. This year, International Student Orientation is slated to take place from Tuesday, August 25 - Thursday, August 27; and students traveling from abroad will be permitted to move into their fall housing on Monday, August 24. Details on move-in for international students and International Student Orientation will be communicated by the Office of International Students and Scholars in May.

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