This page includes all of the information you need to get started as a student at the STM. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please read all of the information included below and take note of important dates and deadlines.
We also invite you to connect with STM students and staff in the BC STM Online Community to ask questions about living in Boston, finding roommates, as well as finding out other helpful information about the STM, BC, and Boston.
Fall 2022 New Student Orientation will meet on Friday, August 26th, check in at 8:00 a.m., at the Yawkey Center, Murray Room on the Chestnut Hill Campus. During this orientation session, you'll hear from STM faculty and administrators about STM academic programs, spiritual and liturgical formation, and community life. After the main orientation session, there will be mandatory program meetings in Simboli Hall, followed by liturgy and lunch.
Your BC credentials (Agora portal username, Eagle ID number) are important pieces of personal information used at Boston College. Your credentials were assigned to you in your Slate application portal. These confidential credentials are your keys to many electronic services at the University, including class registration and email through the Agora Portal. You will also be able to access information such as course grades and accounts payable. If you need help accessing your account, please contact the Help Center (617-552-HELP).
Boston College will only communicate with you through your BC email address; therefore, it is essential that you set up your account as soon as possible. Please note: You will be instructed to set up Google 2-step Verification at this time. This is NOT the same as the BC 2-Step Verifiation. Don’t delay setting it up. You have 7 days after logging into your Gmail account to set up 2-Step Verification. If you don’t set it up within 7 days, you will be locked out of your account and will need to contact the BC ITS Help Center for assistance (617) 552-HELP (4357).
Boston College supplies every registered student with a licensed Zoom account. Please be sure to activate this account and use it to access courses and meetings held with BC faculty and staff. Using your BC Zoom account ensures that proper security measures are in place. To activate your BC Zoom account, please follow the instructions found at this link: https://www.bc.edu/content/bc-web/offices/its/support/communication-collaboration/video-conferencing.html
Massachusetts State Law requires all registered full-time, part-time, and part-time visa-carrying students to show proof of required immunizations by completing the Immunization Form. All information must be submitted 30 days prior to the start of classes. Failure to do so will result in a $85 administrative fee and you won't be able to register for courses the next semester. If you are unable to document your immunizations, University Health Services can provide this service for a fee. Please contact University Health Services at (617) 552-3225 if you have any questions. The pre-entrance forms and requirements are available online.
All students enrolled in a degree program, regardless of credit hours, and non-degree students enrolled at least 7 credits will be automatically enrolled and billed for the Student Health Insurance Plan. Students who plan to enroll In BC’s comprehensive health insurance plan, UnitedHealth Care, will be enrolled after registering for classes. Insurance coverage is effective August 7, 2022 through August 6, 2023. The cost is $1,637 for the fall semester and $2,121 for the spring semester. Students who are enrolled in a health plan that is comparable to the Student Blue Plan may waive the BC coverage through their Agora Portal.
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STM Academic Advising and Registration Information
Academic advising is integral to the life and mission of the STM. Advisors support and guide students as they clarify their academic goals, and situate those goals in the context of the aspirations that brought them to the STM.
You will be assigned an academic advisor in early August; they will reach out to you towards the end of August to discuss with you your fall course selections. In preparation for that meeting, please review the STM Academic Advising and Registration Guide. This resource contains links to all the information students need to create a successful advising relationship with their advisors and to register for courses, including tips and tools on how to prepare for your first advising meeting, links to forms and resources and to course schedules and degree requirements.
Registration for all new students will open up at 9 a.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2022. You may register yourself online or walk into the Service Center in Simboli Hall for help with registration. International students will receive help at the International Student Reception, which begins at 9 a.m. in Simboli Hall room 100 on Thursday, August 25.
Academic Integrity Tutorial
All new STM degree and certificate students are required to complete the online academic integrity tutorial in their first semester of study. This tutorial will introduce you to the academic culture here at STM and serve as an invitation to enter the scholarly conversation as well as a guide to distinguishing your own voice from those of others. More information about this will be given at orientation and by email within the first month of classes.
Canvas Course Pages
Canvas is the learning management system of Boston College. Teachers use this to post resources for classes, including the syllabus, assignments, readings, discussion groups, etc. Any fully online asynchronous class is conducted exclusively on Canvas. You must log in to Canvas using your BC username and password, so be sure to activate your BC credentials as soon as possible. Canvas can be accessed in two ways: 1) Through the Agora Portal; 2) www.bc.edu/lms.
Financial Aid Information
All students who pay the Campus Health fees are eligible to be seen in the Health Services Primary Care Center. The fee is $586 for coverage from September to June, or you may pay a per-visit fee of $105-$115. This should NOT be confused with the BC Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan.
Boston College has partnered with Flywire and Western Union to offer an innovative and streamlined way to make international tuition payments. Our goal is to save international students and their families money that would otherwise be lost on bank fees and unfavorable foreign exchange rates. With these two agencies, you are offered excellent foreign exchange rates, allowing you to pay in your home currency (in most cases) and save a significant amount of money, as compared to traditional banks. In addition, the posting of the payment into your Boston College account will be faster, and you will be notified via email when it is received. Visit www.flywire.com/pay/bc or https://student.globalpay.wu.com/geo-buyer/bc#!/ to begin the payment process.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees are billed upon registration for classes. Payment is due mid July. If you are receiving a scholarship, it will not be reflected in your account until you register for classes. You may wait to pay your bill until your scholarship is reflected on your account. Please note: there may be late fees if your bill is not resolved by the deadline, and, in severe cases, students whose accounts are not resolved by the due date may be withdrawn from the University. Questions regarding billing and payment should be directed to the Office of Student Services, Lyons Hall, at 617-552-3300 or 800-294-0294.
The National Student Clearinghouse will process deferment forms for fall 2022. In accordance with federal regulations. If your lender requires paper certification of your loan status, please mail the signed form to the Office of Student Services or stop by Lyons Hall. Your deferment form will be forwarded to the National Student Clearinghouse. If the enrollment certification does not require an official school seal or signature, you may process the certification online through your Agora Portal account.
The BC Office of Residential Life offers assistance to graduate students, who are seeking housing in the local area. Visit the Off-Campus Housing webpage for helpful information about the local housing market, apartment listings, roommate finder, and housing fair announcements.
Students are also encouraged to join the STM Facebook Group to connect with other current and incoming students. Students interested in community living have a couple of options for the summer and academic year.
The Newman House Newman House Student Community is an informal community of graduate students rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition. The Newman House serves as a space of friendship, academic and spiritual encouragement, and mutual learning.
The Assumptionist Center The mission of the Assumptionist Center is to provide housing and hospitality for laymen studying graduate theology. Students can engage in the community as much or as little as they want. Mass, morning prayer, and evening prayer happen daily, and numerous other events occur throughout the semester. Contact Brother Blair Nuyda at: email@example.com
For anyone planning on regularly using public transit, semester-long MBTA passes at an 11% discount. Fall 2022 passes are available for purchase beginning June 13, 2022. The deadline to purchase a pass is August 10, 2022.
For students living near campus, BC operates several free shuttle services.
If you are interested in a BC campus parking permit, read the Student Parking Permit Instructions on the Transportation website. You may order your parking permit by logging into your Agora Portal account and selecting "Parking Permits and Citations" under the "My Services" tab. Once ordered, you may pick up your parking permit in the Office of Student Services in Lyons Hall during normal office hours.
Notices and Disclosures
Notice of Non-Discrimination
University Communication Policy