MCAS Orientation Advising and Registration

Information for Incoming First-Year and Transfer Students

The Associate Deans for the incoming first-year class (Class of 2026) and transfer students would like to welcome you to the Heights. We are looking forward to supporting you as you begin your time in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences.

If you have any questions about advising and course registration this summer, please email mcasorientation@bc.edu.

Summer Academic Advising

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Before Orientation

Before you arrive for your on-campus Orientation Session, you will need to have completed the following:

  • Language Placement Exam: Take your language placement exam (if applicable). Some placement exams can be taken prior to Orientation and others may need to be taken once you arrive on campus in August.  Refer to the Language Placement tab in the Frequently Asked Quesions section below for more information about each language offered at Boston College. 

  • Academic Planning Workbook: Review the Academic Planning Workbook, which will help you prepare for advising and registration. The workbook was sent as an attachment to your BC email address.

Academic Planning Workbook

  • EagleApps: Watch tutorial videos on how to use EagleApps to register for courses so that you are well-prepared for course registration during Orientation.
 
  • Focus 2 Assessment (for freshmen only): Complete your Focus 2 assessment from the Boston College Career Center. Instructions were sent to your BC email address and can also be found on the Career Center website.

 

During Orientation

On Monday and Tuesday of your Orientation Session, you will have the opportunity to meet with a faculty advisor to discuss your academic interests and plan for course registration. If you have any questions about degree requirements, AP scores, majors, etc, please bring them to your meeting on Monday.

Monday: Meet with your assigned summer faculty advisor in a small group to review your degree requirements and begin your course selection and planning process. 

Tuesday: You will sit with your faculty advisor in Lyons Hall and register for your Fall 2022 courses. You will also have the opportunity to connect with various on-campus resources and departments to discuss proper course/level placement, living and learning communities, etc.

Note: In most cases, the schedule you put together on Tuesday of your Orientation Session will not be your final schedule. You will have from August 1st-September 7th to make as many changes to your schedule as seats in courses continue to open/close.

 

After Orientation

Your course registration window will be open from Tuesday morning of your Orientation Session until Friday at 3:00pm ET. After this time, no further changes can be made to your schedule until early August.

Starting on August 1, 2022, you will be able to add and drop courses on your own on EagleApps until the add/drop deadline on Wednesday, September 7th. If you are accessing EagleApps from an off-campus location, remember that you will need to connect to BC VPN. 

BC VPN

Seats in previously closed courses often open up during this period so you can add any open, unrestricted course to your schedule. The Academic Advising Center will also host drop-in advising hours from August 29 - September 7th if you need help making adjustments to your schedule. 

Note: Seats in some courses will be reserved for students attending Orientation Session 7 in August.

Add/Drop Period

You will be able to add and drop courses on your own via EagleApps until the end of the add/drop period (September 7, 2022). Seats in previously closed courses often open up during this period so you can add any open, unrestricted course to your schedule. 

The Academic Advising Center will also host drop-in advising hours during the add/drop period if you need help making adjustments to your schedule. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Most of your questions can be answered below or during your meeting with your summer academic advisor on Monday of your orientation session. If you have additional questions, please email our team at mcasorientation@bc.edu.

For questions about summer courses, acceleration, advanced standing, and other academic policies, please refer to the Academic Policies page.

Academic Policies

You may satisfy a Core requirement with a qualifying score on AP, IB, and other exams. For a full list of exams and qualifying scores, visit the Advanced Placement page.

Advanced Placement Qualifying Scores

On Monday of your Orientation Session:

  • Meet with your summer faculty advisor to review degree requirements, academic interests, and the course registration process
  • The planning and registration module opens in EagleApps so that you can begin adding courses to your registration plan(s)
  • Prepare for registration by putting courses in your registration plan(s) in EagleApps, including plenty of alternate courses
     

On Tuesday of your Orientation Session:

  • Register for courses using EagleApps in Lyons Hall during one of three morning rotations
  • Add more alternate courses to your registration plan (if needed)
     

It is expected that all students view the EagleApps video tutorials provided by Student Services before they arrive to campus for their Orientation Session.

EagleApps Video Tutorials

Students who need to enroll in a language course to either further their language studies or to fulfill the MCAS language proficiency requirement may need to take a placement exam. Each language/department has their own process and can assist you with proper placement. 

All students in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences must demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in a modern or classical language in order to graduate. You can demonstrate proficiency in any of the following three ways:

AP/IB Test Scores: You can demonstrate proficiency by receiving a qualifying score on an accepted exam, including Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate. 

Qualifying Exams and Scores

Completion of Coursework: You must complete the second semester of an intermediate-level modern or classical language course or complete one modern or classical language course beyond the intermediate level. You cannot take foreign language courses on a pass/fail basis until you have completed the University’s language proficiency requirement. Language courses count as MCAS electives. The University currently offers the following courses fulfilling the language proficiency requirement: Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Greek (Classical and Modern), Hebrew, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian (Farsi), Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.

Native proficiency: Students seeking to satisfy the language requirement by documentation of native proficiency should do so no later than fall semester of sophomore year. Postponement can result in a delayed graduation. Documentation of native proficiency ordinarily assumes evidence of post-elementary school education in the native language.