Welcome Class of 2025!

 

Our first Week of Welcome aims to connect you to some of the people, offices, and opportunities on campus and familiarize you with campus before you begin classes on Monday, August 30. We are planning a number of exciting events for you, beginning the evening of Thursday, August 26*. Activities will include a University Welcome, small group reflection time, the Class of 2025 photo, trips into Boston, and much more!

 

Please note: Events are subject to change.

 

*First-year move-in will be held over two days, August 25 and 26th. Additional information from Residential Life will be available in the coming weeks.

Welcome to Boston College!

We have an exciting few days (and weeks!) planned which are designed to assist your transition to college life and connect you with many of the opportunities, offices, and people on campus. We invite you to take advantage of as many of these activities as you can. Please note that some of the events are mandatory for all first-year students and our DiscoverBoston event requires preregistration.

All incoming first year students are also asked to completed a series of mandatory online learning modules prior to arriving on campus. 

Please note, the WoW Schedule is subject to change and will be updated here and in the BC WoW mobile app that will be available for download in August.

Wednesday, August 25

International Student Orientation
First-Year Move-In | 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Parent Orientation | 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Conte Forum
Campus Tours | 7:00 p.m. | Locations Across Campus
Ice Cream Social | 8:00 p.m. | Locations Across Campus
Hypnotist Pete Manos | 9:00 p.m. | Robsham Theater

 

Thursday, August 26

★ Denotes Mandatory First-Year Event

First Year Move-In 
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Newton, Upper Campus

Welcome Receptions
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. | Locations Across Campus

Parent Orientation
3:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Conte Forum

Campus Tour
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

Building Meeting/Dinner/Floor Meetings | 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    Residence Hall Dinner     Building Meeting       Floor Meeting     Rain Location 
CKM 5:00-5:45 p.m. 7:00-7:45 p.m. 5:45-6:45 p.m. Lyons
CoRo/Duchesne 5:00-5:45 p.m. 6:00-6:45 p.m. 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Carney/Stuart
HardyCush/CLXF 6:30-7:15 p.m. 5:00-5:45 p.m. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Stuart/CL= Lyons
CF = Carney
Keyes/FSG 5:45-6:30 p.m. 8:00-8:45 p.m. 6:45-7:45 p.m. Stuart/Lyons

Opening Night: First Night Festival 
9:00 - 11:00 p.m. | Stokes Lawn, Lyons Rain Location: Connell MAC Courts

Trivia @ First Night Festival
9:30 p.m. | Lyons Dining Hall

 

Friday, August 27

Language Placement Exams
Locations Accross Campus
Please check the WoW App

Welcome Tent 
10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Outside Conte Forum

University Welcome ★
11:00 a.m. | Conte Forum
University leaders will welcome the Class of 2025 to Boston College.

Opportunities Fair
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Gabelli Plaza

Academic Advising Sessions ★
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
LSEHD | Fulton 511
Connell School | Devlin 008
MCAS | Various Locations
Portico | TA meeting in Fulton Hall- check your BC email

Diversity Edu Reflections
4:15 - 9:00 p.m. | Locations Across Campus

  • Diversity Edu Discussions I   | 4:15 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Diversity Edu Discussions II  | 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.
  • Diversity Edu Discussions III | 7:45 - 9:00 p.m. 
     

Red Sox Game Watch Party
Boston vs. Cleveland
7:00 p.m. | Outside on Newton Campus or Lyons Dining Hall on Main Campus

Ever to Exhale Yoga
7:30 p.m. | Stokes Amphitheater

Movie Under the Stars
9:00 - 11:00 p.m. | Alumni Stadium, Rain Location Conte Forum

Saturday, August 28

★ Denotes Mandatory First-Year Event

Class of 2025 Photo ★  
11:00 a.m.  | Alumni Stadium, Rain Location Conte Forum
Put on your SuperFan shirt and join your classmates for a Weeks of Welcome tradition–Eagles on the Field!

Superfan 101
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Conte Forum
Learn some of BC's traditions! Join members of the Boston College Football Team, Spirit Squad, and Screaming Eagles Marching Band for an introduction to the SuperFan rituals and traditions of gameday!

DiscoverBOSTON Excursions Registration Required
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. | Conte Circle
Journey into Boston with upperclassmen to learn more about the wonderful city of Boston and all it has to offer. Meet your excursion leaders and travel into the city as a group. Trips will last approximately three to four hours. Registration is required.

★ Speak About It 
5:30-7:00 p.m. | Alumni Stadium
A performance about health relationships, boundaries, and consent.  

BC Boardwalk 
9:00 p.m. | Conte Forum
Join the Campus Activities Board (CAB) in Conte Forum for an evening full of activities. We will have giveaways, rides, games, and traditional carnival food!

Second Year Social - Sophomore Event
8:00 p.m. -12:00 a.m. | Lyons After Dark

Sunday, August 29

★ Denotes Mandatory First-Year Event

Bookstore open House for Freshmen & Transfer Students
10:00  - 11:00 a.m.  | McElroy

Cops Res Run
11:00 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m. | Reservoir
Meet outside of Connell Recreaction Center

First Year Socials
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

Multi Faith Mixer
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | Multi Faith Chapel

Ever to Exhale Yoga
7:00 p.m. | Stokes Lawn

Mass
8:00 p.m. | Trinity Chapel, St. Joseph's Chapel, St. Ignatius, lower church

★ Floor Meetings 
8:30 p.m. | Various Locations

Monday, August 30

Start of Classes

Transfer Student Welcome Reception
4:00 p.m. | 4th Floor Maloney Hall Reception Area

Event Registration

Event registration for Weeks of Welcome activities 

DiscoverBoston Excursions
Saturday August 28
1:00 p.m. | Conte Forum Bus Stop

The Division of Student Affairs is excited to welcome you to the Boston College community and offer you an opportunity to DiscoverBOSTON during Welcome Week. One of the great things about BC is the dynamic of its proximity to the city of Boston and the close-knit campus that allows for building relationships with fellow students and professors.

Upperclassmen will lead small groups of first-year students on excursions into Boston. The destinations are spots that the leaders appreciate and want to share with you. Transportation will be provided via the MBTA.

This opportunity will be available on a first come, first served basis and registration is recommended. Register here.

Boston College Prerequisites

As an incoming Boston College student we want you and your classmates to have a healthy social, academic, and residential experience at Boston College. All first year students will be asked to complete four required video modules prior to arriving on campus in August. These include the following:

AlcoholEdu (First-Year Students Only)

Whether you drink or not, this course will empower you to make well-informed decisions about alcohol and help you to reflect on and consider college drinking related issues. Part I of the course takes about two hours to complete. 45 days after completing AlcoholEdu Part I, you will receive an email to complete Part II, which takes about 15 minutes.

DiversityEdu

This online course seeks to promote diversity and inclusion by teaching students skills in addressing unconscious biases and stereotypical thinking. This module will provide the opportunity to think critically about your own perspective, as well as the perspective of others. DiversityEdu aims to create a foundation of shared ideas and language that will enhance further conversations around diversity, identity, and inclusion during your time at Boston College and beyond.In total it should take approximately one hour to complete. Your participation in the course will be recorded once you have passed the embedded quiz and completed the entire module.

Mental Well-Being

This course equips students with essential skills and information to navigate the stressors and emotional challenges associated with college life. The 45-minute module helps learners practice self-care strategies, recognize when they or their peers are in distress, and take action to find additional support. 

Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates

This online interactive course provides information about the important issue of sexual violence.  It includes information about relationships and consent, as well as information on sexual assault and prevention. This is not an over-simplified lecture; it is a thoughtful and educational program for adults committed to thinking about their life choices.

Friday, August 27

  • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM Welcome Tent (Outside Conte Forum)
  • 7:00 PM Red Sox Watch Party (Lyons Dining Hall and on a giant inflatable screen on Newton Campus)
  • 7:30 PM Ever to Exhale Yoga (Stokes Amphitheater, rain:TBD
  • 9:00 - 11:00 PM Movie Under the Stars/RHA Movie Night (Alumni Stadium Rain: Conte    

 

Saturday, August 28

  • 12:45 - 5:00 PM DiscoverBoston (Depart from McElroy) Registration Required 
    Journey into Boston with current transfer students to learn more about the wonderful city of Boston and all it has ot offer. Meet your excursion leaders at McElroy at 12:45 pm, walk to the Chestnut Hill T-Stop and travel into the city as a transfer group.  Trips will last approximately three to four hours.  Space is limited.  Register for the event here by Friday, August 20th.
  • 9:00 PM - 12:00 AM Boardwalk (Conte)
  • 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM Sophomore Event: Lyons After Dark "Sophomore Social"
    Seating I: 8:00-10:00 PM
    Seating II 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM

 

Sunday, August 29

  • 10:00 - 11:00 AM Bookstore Open House for Freshmen 
  • 11:00-AM - 12:00 PM Run with the Cops
  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM Transfer Lunch/Superfan Shirt Distribution (Walsh Function Room)
    Come meet other transfer students in person! Join us for this lunch, hear from organizations and resources for transfer students, mingle with some of your classmates, meet cureent transfer students and grab your Superfan shirt! RSVP for this event and let us know of any dietary restrictions here by Friday, August 20th
  • 1:00 -2:00 PM Transfer Campus Tours (Starting from Walsh Function Room)
  • 3:30-4:30 Multi Faith Mixer (Multi Faith Chapel
  • 8:00 PM Mass (Trinity Chapel, St. Joseph's Chapel, St. Ignatius, lower church)

 

Monday, August 30

  • All Day Start of Classes
  • 4:00 PM Transfer Student Reception

 

Friday, September 3

  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Student Involvement Fair

 

 

 

Weeks of Welcome Goals:

  • Help students feel welcomed on campus.
  • Connect students with some of the resources and opportunities on campus.
  • Help first year students to meet/interact with other first-year students, faculty members, their academic advisor and upperclass students.

 

Weeks of Welcome Learning Outcomes

After participating in Weeks of Welcome first year students will be able to:

  • identify who they can go to for help/support in their residence hall.
  • understand the policies and expectations associated with living in a residence hall.
  • recognize the variety of academic opportunities available at BC.
  • identify where/who they can go for academic support on-campus.
  • identify one or more people at BC first year students can go to for support, or help.
  • know how to navigate around the BC campus (dining, transportation).

 

Facts & Figures

30

Weeks of Welcome Events

46

Offices Represented at the Opportunities Fair

1,000

Students Participate in DiscoverBoston

12

Welcome Receptions Across Campus

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