Located on Boston College’s main campus in Chestnut Hill—six miles from downtown Boston and easily accessible via public transit—BCSSW’s ideal location offers rich and diverse opportunities for field education, research, and employment.
We offer both in-person and virtual campus tours for prospective graduate students. Our in-person campus tours are individualized—each tour is limited to just one prospective student and one guest. Each tour lasts approximately 1 hour and is led by a current graduate student. This tour is a great introduction to Boston College and gives you a chance to see and experience campus and begin asking questions. Our virtual tours are live—you'll join a Zoom chatroom with a current graduate student hosting the tour just for you! Each tour lasts approximately 30 minutes. This tour includes a video preview of campus and allows you the opportunity to connect with a current student and begin asking questions.
Speak with a Boston College School of Social Work student about our Master of Social Work program. Often the best way to gain clarity about graduate education is by talking to someone who shares your interests. Contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-552-4024 so we can make the right connection for you.
Sit in on a class, meet our faculty, and get a good understanding of graduate student life here. We can tailor visits to meet your individual needs and questions.
Boston College is located in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Newton, Massachusetts. Our campus is approximately six miles west of downtown Boston. Therefore, it is important that you put the correct town and/or zip code when you are entering our address into GPS navigation or Google Maps.
From September through May, visitors should park in the Beacon Street Garage, above level three, unless otherwise instructed. From June through August, visitors may park in the Commonwealth Avenue Garage above level 3, unless otherwise instructed.
For the Beacon Street Garage
Use 1103 House Road, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. The Beacon Street Garage is connected to Alumni Stadium, the University’s football stadium.
For the Commonwealth Avenue Garage
Use 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. Use the intersection of St. Thomas More Road and Commonwealth Avenue. From St. Thomas More Road, take a right onto Campanella Way to the Commonwealth Avenue Garage. Once parked, take the elevator to the 7th floor of the parking garage. Take a left off the top of floor of the garage onto Middle Campus. The Boston College School of Social Work is located in McGuinn Hall, across the street from Fulton Hall and Cushing Hall.
Visitors can use the MBTA subway system (known in Boston as the "T") to easily access campus. Traveling outbound from the center of Boston, take the B train on the MBTA Green Line. Boston College is the final stop on the B train.
Once you exit the T at Boston College, cross to the other side of the street (Commonwealth Avenue) and walk up the hill to the right to the Main Gate. Enter campus at Main Gate and walk down Linden Lane. Gasson Hall (the building with the tower) is located directly at the end of Linden Lane. Walk across campus to McGuinn Hall.
From Logan Airport
Take the SL1 (silver line bus) to South Station. Take the Red Line of the T towards Alewife to Park Street. Take the "B" Boston College Line of the Green Line outbound to Boston College. Boston College will be the last stop on this line. Estimated travel time: 1 hour and 15 minutes. Travel time will vary depending on time of day. A taxi is generally the fastest way to get to campus.
From South Station
Take the Red Line of the T towards Alewife inbound to Park Street. Take the "B" Boston College Line of the Green Line outbound to Boston College. Boston College will be the last stop on this line. Estimated travel time: 1 hour and 12 minutes.
From points north and south: Take Interstate 95 (Route 128) to Exit 24 (Route 30). Proceed east on Route 30, also known as Commonwealth Avenue, and follow for about five miles to Boston College.
From points west: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) to Exit 17. At the first set of lights after the exit ramp, take a right onto Centre Street. Follow Centre Street to the fourth set of lights, and turn left onto Commonwealth Avenue. Follow Commonwealth Avenue 1-1/2 miles to Boston College.
From downtown Boston: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) to Exit 17. Take a left over the bridge after passing the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Take the first right onto Centre Street. Follow above directions from Centre Street.
If taking an Uber, Lyft or other similar service to Boston College, use the address 140 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 for drop off at McGuinn Hall.
A world-class research university, Boston College offers a wealth of resources—from libraries and dining halls to an art museum and 244,000-square-foot fitness center—just six miles from downtown Boston. BCSSW boasts the best of both worlds: proximity to a large city and the intimacy of a beautiful college campus. The Boston area has a legacy steeped in revolution, making it an ideal launchpad for social workers who are beginning their careers with a desire to make a meaningful impact.
BCSSW has the only dedicated social work library in New England. The BCSSW library connects students and alumni to a robust collection of over 20,000 books, journals, and databases. Visit the ground floor of McGuinn to use carrels, computers, printers, scanners, smart televisions, and group study spaces or to borrow iPads, laptop chargers, adapters, and other technology.
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