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.

Orientation 2021

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The Student Program

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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 begins during First Year Move-In Days and continues throughout the first few weeks of classes. More information is available via BC's Weeks of Welcome website and/or the Boston College Welcome app.

*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

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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.

FAQ

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.

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

Congratulations! We are so excited to welcome you to our BC community. In late March, Orientation registration will become available to you via the Applicant Status Portal after you enroll. Please note that the Orientation tab may take up to twenty minutes to appear on your Applicant Status Portal after you confirm your enrollment. The deadline for Orientation registration is May 1, 2021.

We also highly recommend that you follow First Year Experience on Instagram and Facebook. We will be communicating a lot of helpful (and fun) updates through our social media channels!

How will I connect with other members of the Class of 2025 before arriving to campus?

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 approximately 15 students whom you will get to know via virtual weekly meetings held throughout the month of June.

Should we make travel arrangements for August now?

Boston College is very excited to welcome our students and families to campus in August. However, we do not recommend making travel arrangements for August until Residential Life communicates the schedule for First Year Move-In Days in July. If traveling from afar, you may find this list of hotel accommodations helpful in your planning. Specific questions regarding First Year Move-In can be directed to transitions@bc.edu.

When is the deadline to register for Orientation?

The deadline to register for Orientation is May 1, 2021. Changes to your registration may be made by selecting the “Reschedule” button from either your Applicant Status Portal or your original Orientation registration confirmation email until Monday, May 1, 2021.

How do parents register for Orientation?

When students complete their Orientation Registration form and submit their Orientation group preferences, they will also be prompted to provide contact information for at least one (and up to four) parents and/or guardians. Individuals included on this form will be contacted regarding The Parent Program when more information is available in June.

What are the options for Orientation group meeting times?

There are 12 options first year students can choose from for their Orientation Group meeting times throughout the month of June. There are capacities for each meeting time, which will fill up on a first come, first served basis. The 12 Orientation Group time options are:

  • Sunday 9:00 a.m. EST
  • Sunday 10:00 a.m. EST
  • Sunday 11:00 a.m. EST
  • Sunday 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Sunday 6:00 p.m. EST
  • Sunday 7:00 p.m. EST
  • Sunday 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Sunday 9:00 p.m. EST
  • Monday 6:00 p.m. EST
  • Monday 7:00 p.m. EST
  • Monday 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Monday 9:00 p.m. EST

How long are the Orientation Group virtual sessions throughout June?

The Orientation Group sessions will last approximately 1 hour.

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

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. If possible, we recommend participating in the weekly Orientation group meetings in a private, distraction-free, and quiet space so you may fully engage in the activities and conversation. If you are not able to reliably meet these requirements due to your current environment or circumstances, please indicate so on your Orientation registration form, so that a member of our team can follow up with you.

How will academic advising and course registration work?

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. Questions about these processes can be directed to your undergraduate college: