Formative education engages the whole person, guiding young people toward purposeful lives, fulfillment, and more ideal selves and societies. Formative education helps create communities that encourage exploring the different dimensions of intellectual, emotional, interpersonal, and spiritual development.
In keeping with the Jesuit tradition, we encourage our students to ask questions such as: What brings me joy? What will give my life meaning and purpose? What does the world need me to be?
Boston College is committed to helping everyone in its community to integrate the intellectual, social, and spiritual so as to live life fully. In its Strategic Plan, the University outlines its commitment to enhance formation—part of Jesuit education since St. Ignatius founded the order in 1540—among students, faculty, and staff to further the University’s mission and strengthen its institutional culture.
“Education’s true goal is to prepare young people to adopt ways of living that incorporate values, ideas, and practices that will allow them to become decent, fulfilled human beings.”
Boston College has established many approaches, courses, and programs to ensure that students, faculty, and staff learn and grow in keeping with nearly 500 years of Jesuit educational tradition.