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 email@example.com or 617-552-6506. Please read all of the information included below and take note of important dates and deadlines.
STM Orientation (mandatory)
STM New Student Orientation is Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time in Simboli Hall, room 100. During this orientation session, you'll hear from STM faculty and administrators about STM academic programs, spiritual and liturgical formation, and community life. Please thoroughly read all of the information on this site and take note of important dates, deadlines, and Covid-19 vaccination requirements. You'll want to check back occasionally as information continues to be updated. Please also view this important letter from Dr. Douglas Comeau, Director of University Health Services.
If you are unable to attend the New Student Orientation, please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org at your earliest convenience.
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. In this way, advising is an aspect of the cura personalis that is at the heart of the school’s Jesuit and Catholic ethos. Through their connection with students, advisors offer a venue to raise concerns outside of the classroom, a sounding-board for ideas about possible academic choices, and a resource to help students as they negotiate the details of degree programs and explore opportunities that are accessible through the STM.
The STM Academic Advising Student Resource Guide contains links to all the information students need to create a successful advising relationship with their advisors at the STM, including tips and tools on how to prepare for your first meeting, links to forms and resources and to course schedules and degree requirements. Be sure to visit this page prior to your first meeting with your academic advisor.
The STM course and degree requirements sheet for each semester are posted on the Courses page of the STM website (scroll halfway down the page and click the link for Course Description and Degree Requirements. This sheet will assist you in making sure the courses you select fulfill a requirement or elective for your particular degree.
Course Schedules and Course Descriptions for the STM and other BC Graduate schools can also be accessed through the Agora Portal. In the first section “Academics and Courses” choose the link for “EagleApps Course Information and Schedule.” Please note: if you are off campus, you will need to use the Boston College VPN to access this information.
You have been assigned an advisor and may contact your advisor at any time to discuss your course selection. Once you have selected the courses that you want to enroll in, you may contact Donna DeRosa (email@example.com) to register you for your courses or you can register yourself by following these instructions:
1). Eagle Apps tutorials for course registration (click on Eagle Apps for Students): https://www.bc.edu/bc-web/offices/student-services/registrar/course-registration.html
2). Download and set up your VPN: https://www.bc.edu/content/bc-web/offices/its/support/software-hardware/software-downloads.html/#tab-vpn_virtual_private_networking_
3) set up your two factor Identification:https://www.bc.edu/content/bc-web/offices/its/support/security/2-step.html
STM Opening Liturgy
The celebration of an Opening Liturgy on the first Thursday of the academic year is a longstanding STM tradition. This will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2022 @ 12:15 p.m. at St. Ignatius Church. The STM community will gather for the first Thursday Liturgy of the spring semester, following BC and Archdiocesan Covid-19 protocols.
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).
Using your BC credentials (found on the right hand column of your application status page, where you accessed your admission letter), log into portal.bc.edu and navigate to Common Services > Address/Alias Settings
Two email addresses will be listed. Both go to the same email inbox. Some people prefer to share the firstname.lastname@example.org format, but either one will get to you. Use email@example.com whenever you login to Google Workspace.
Set up your Secondary Password
BC Google Workspace requires a separate password called Secondary Password; this is different from your Agora Portal password, and it is only used for Google Workspace.
Log into portal.bc.edu and navigate to Account and Personal Info > Change Secondary Password
Follow the listed guidelines to create your Secondary Password.
Check your BC email
Go to www.gmail.com
Log in with your Google Workspace credentials:
IMPORTANT: Google will prompt you to set up 2-Step Verification. 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 need to contact the BC ITS Help Center for assistance (617) 552-HELP (4357).
BC Licensed Zoom Account
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 here.
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.
To obtain an Eagle-One (ID) Card, download the application (PDF), include your picture and mail it to the Boston College Office of Student Services, Lyons Hall, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467. The $45 fee will be applied to your student account. All new students are required to have and will be charged for an ID card.
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, UnitedHealthCare, will be enrolled after registering for classes. Insurance coverage is effective January 14, 2022 through August 6, 2022. The cost is $1,985 for the spring semester.Students who are enrolled in a health plan that is comparable to the UnitedHealthCare plan may waive the BC coverage through their Agora Portal. The policy for international students includes coverage for medical evacuation and repatriation (more details available online).
Students who are enrolled in a health plan that is comparable to the UnitedHealthCare plan may waive the BC coverage through their Agora Portal. To provide proof of comparable coverage, a student will need to have information about his or her current health insurance plan readily available. Incomplete waivers will not be processed. Waivers must be completed every year. All waivers must be submitted through the Agora Portal by January 28, 2022. Students who do not complete a waiver prior to the deadline will automatically be enrolled in and charged the student-only premium for the Student Blue Plan. Please note that international students are not eligible to waive the BC’s Student Health Insurance Plan. If you are insured through (1) your own or a parent/guardian/spouse’s health insurance plan offered through a U.S. employer or (2) a government sponsored program, (for example Government of Kuwait/UAE or Government of Saudi Arabia), you may be eligible for a waiver.
The BC Forward site provides updates for the BC community on the 2021–2022 academic year, including announcements, letters to the community, FAQs, and other information pertaining to COVID-19 and BC’s vaccination and testing policies. This page will continue to be updated throughout the year.
Currently, Boston College requires all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated before participating in any on-campus activity related to the 2021-2022 academic year. To help meet this requirement, faculty and students who maintain an international residence must submit proof of an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccination or a World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use listing-approved COVID-19 vaccination for the 2021-2022 academic year.
(Please visit the WHO website for additional information.) If you are unable or do not wish to receive vaccination in your home country, we strongly encourage you to plan your arrival to the United States in time to acquire at least a first COVID-19 dose before coming to campus. International students who are not fully vaccinated may be required to quarantine for a period of time, undergo frequent asymptomatic testing, and/or wear a face covering until fully inoculated against COVID-19. Boston College University Health Services will assist international students and faculty who may have difficulty in meeting this vaccination requirement prior to their arrival to the U.S.
COVID-19 vaccination exceptions will be granted for legitimate religious and medical reasons. To request an exemption, please fill out the COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption Request Form, which can be found here for students, and on the Office for Institutional Diversity website for faculty.
Once fully vaccinated, students must upload must upload their vaccination card in the University Health Services section via the Agora Portal, by following the steps below:
Select the IMMUNIZATION ICON on the Health Services portal. Choose via the “required” drop-down the vaccination name, and record the vaccination dates. Click SUBMIT to save.
Take a picture of the vaccination card or document and save it on your computer or phone to upload into the Agora Health Services Portal (https://services.bc.edu), found under OTHER SERVICES.
Choose the UPLOAD ICON and upload the picture under the appropriate vaccine name in the drop-down menu (Note: the drop-down menu is below the list of "documents available to upload"). Click SELECT FILE, choose the file that you are uploading and hit the UPLOAD button.
If you have any vaccination-related questions, please feel free to reach out to University Health Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eagle or Dining Bucks can be used for purchases everywhere the Eagle-One Card is accepted, including on-campus restaurants, many vending and snack machines, contracted food delivery services, Boston College bookstores, residence hall laundry facilities, and off-campus vendors like City Convenience. To add money to Eagle or Dining Bucks, log on to your Agora Portal account. Your credit card (Visa or MasterCard only) will be charged for the amount you wish to add.
Are you a veteran? If you would like your veteran status noted on the University Information System, please contact Linda Malenfant at email@example.com.
Financial Literacy — Successful Start Program
Students may continue to register and drop/add courses through Wednesday, January 26th. Thus, you may make changes to your registration through the first week of classes.
Students who are completing their undergraduate degrees at the end of the current academic year must have your undergraduate institution send an original transcript, indicating the successful completion of the baccalaureate degree, to the STM before registering for classes for your second semester of study. Students will not be able to register until the transcript is received.
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 by logging into your Agora Portal or using this url: www.bc.edu/lms. Instructions can be found online at this link: https://cteresources.bc.edu/documentation/canvas-guide-for-students/.
Professional Ethics in Ministry Workshop is a two-part workshop required for all new STM degree and certificate students. For students enrolled in programs with a contextual education or supervised ministry requirement, a student will not be allowed to enroll in such a course unless they have taken the workshop. Part II will involve both asynchronous pre-work and meet on campus or via Zoom on the following dates (choose one):
TMPS709601: Fri., February 25, 1-4:30 pm OR
TMPS709602: Fri., March 18, 1-4:30 pm
If you cannot make either date due to a course conflict, please contact Dr. Jen Bader at firstname.lastname@example.org. All new degree and certificate students should enroll in the Professional Ethics in Ministry Part II Workshop this spring.
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 on how to distinguish your own voice from those of others. More information about this will be given at orientation and by email.
In the beginning of the spring semester, you will have the opportunity to be paired with a current STM student for one-on-one guidance and practical help during your transition to Boston and the STM. For more questions, please email Barb Quinn, RSCJ at email@example.com
Boston Theological Institute (BTI)
The BTI Catalog is available on the BTI website. Information regarding cross-registration can be found on the BTI portal. However, new students are generally encouraged to begin their studies with courses through the School of Theology and Ministry and the BC Theology Department and should also be aware that most of the BTI schools follow a different academic calendar than Boston College.
Spiritual Formation for Ministry
Enrollment in Spiritual Formation for Ministry is required for M.A.T.M. students. Students who study on campus during the academic year should enroll during the first full academic year of study (one credit). You should register for a section of the one-credit Spiritual Formation for Ministry course, TMPS7080, in the fall 2022 semester. Several course sections are available on varied days and times. These groups meet with a facilitator six times per semester, September-May. As a part of this one-credit course, students are required to complete a personalized Spiritual Formation Plan (SFP) during their program of study at Boston College. More information will be given about the SFP at the New Student Orientation.
Research and Writing Policy
To assist international students in making a transition to a U.S. academic culture with its research and writing expectations in a welcoming atmosphere of colleagueship and collaboration, the STM offers TMST7081: Research and Writing in Theology and Ministry.It is a year-long, one-credit course and is open to international students only.It is highly recommended that incoming international students take the course in their first year of study. Students for whom TMST7081 is a condition of admission to their degree program will not be allowed to graduate until the requirement is completed. Faculty may also suggest to an international student or to the associate dean, academic affairs that the student would benefit from taking the course.
Federal regulations require that Title IV funds credited to your student account be applied only to cover allowable charges, unless Boston College obtains authorization through your Agora Portal account to apply these funds to all other charges on your student account.
All students who pay the Campus Health fees are eligible for health services through the campus infirmary located on the first floor of Cushing Hall on the Chestnut Hill campus. The fee is $540 for coverage from September to June, or you may pay a per-visit fee of $105-$115. Additional information can be found here.
International Wire Payments
To make international wire payments, Boston College has partnered with Flywire and Western Union to offer an innovative and streamlined way to make international tuition payments. Additional information can be found here.
Tuition and fees are billed upon registration for classes. Payment is due by January 14, 2022. 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.
A borrower may defer repayment if he or she is enrolled and in attendance as a student in a course of study that is part of a graduate fellowship program approved by the Department of Education. To receive deferment for enrollment in a graduate program, the borrower must provide certification that he or she is engaged in full-time study in an approved graduate fellowship program (or has been accepted by the program). Information and forms can be found here.
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 Page to connect with other current and incoming students. Students interested in community living have a number 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 Br. Blair Nuyda at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For anyone planning on regularly using public transit, semester-long MBTA passes at an 11% discount are available for purchase beginning Tuesday, through BC. Passes are available for purchase now and the deadline to purchase a pass is December 10, 2021.
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. Eligible graduate students may order a parking permit by logging into www.bc.edu/myservices and selecting Parking Permits and Citations under the Account and Personal Info tab. Once ordered, you may pick up your parking permit in the Office of Student Services in Lyons Hall during normal office hours.