Admitted Students

Admitted Students

Welcome to the Woods College, and congratulations on your acceptance. You’re joining a community committed to caring for each person and expanding our minds and hearts—hallmarks of Jesuit education.  

We’re dedicated to supporting your success—in the classroom and beyond—so you can grow in every area of your life. Here, you’ll benefit from the resources of a nationally ranked research university, our intimate community, practitioner faculty, and flexible academic options.

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Please follow the below steps now that you have been admitted.
We ask that you pay extra close attention to step 3 and instructions regarding your final transcripts.

Step 1: Respond to offer of your admission

Let us know of your enrollment decision! 

Please indicate your enrollment decision through the online link in your status update email. 

Step 2: Submit your application for financial aid & schedule a time with your Financial Aid Counselor

Submit your Financial Aid Application Documents. Visit the Office of Financial Aid website to begin the process.

Schedule a time to meet with your financial aid counselor.

Find your counselor's name.

Step 3: Submit your final transcript

Now that you have been admitted to the Boston College Woods College of Advancing Studies, the admissions office requires that you submit certain official documents. Below you will find further details on how to submit these required documents. First, please read the following important information concerning the submission of official documents:

Transcripts and test scores are only deemed official if they come directly to our office from the conferring institution and testing agency. Any documents that you, the applicant, uploaded into the application system are not official. Similarly, documents that are delivered to our office in envelopes opened by the applicant are not official. Even if the institution sent or emailed you an official document, once you, the applicant, has opened the envelope or forwarded the email to us, it is no longer considered an official document for our purposes.

We will accept either electronic or paper versions of official documents. If they are being sent via email from the institution, please be sure they are sent to If they will be sent via postal mail, please be sure to use the following address:

Boston College
Woods College of Advancing Studies
St. Mary’s Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Following these steps will ensure that your document is not accidentally sent to one of the seven other admissions offices at Boston College, from which it is unlikely to be retrieved.

Step 4: Register for New Student Orientation

Newly admitted students are invited to join an Orientation session to meet academic advisors, faculty, and staff.  This meeting will allow you to ask questions before the semester begins and hear more about all of the wonderful opportunities for you as a Woods College student at Boston College.

Orientations will be held the week before the first day of classes:

In August, for the Fall semester

In January, for the Spring semester 

New students will receive the invitation by email.

Step 5: Review the New Student Checklist

  1. Learn more about Agora Portal and set up your BC Gmail account 
    • Note: You have 1 week to set up your Google 2-Step Verification after you first log in to your BC Google Account
  2. Meet with your advisor and learn more about registering for classes.
  3. Apply for an Eagle One (ID) Card. All new students are required to have and will be charged for an ID card.
  4. Download the Boston College VPN, Agora credentials are required.
  5. Familiarize yourself with Canvas (You will need your BC username and password to log in)
  6. Activate your BC Zoom Licensed Account.
  7. Waive mandatory medical insurance, if applicable. For the Academic Year 2023-2024, all waivers must be submitted by September 22, 2023, for the entire academic year or by January 26, 2024, for the spring semester only. You do not need to waive insurance for the summer semester. Visit and select "Medical Insurance Waiver."
  8. Complete the mandatory Immunization Forms.
  9. Order a Parking Permit (if applicable).
    • Read the Student Parking Permit Instructions on the Transportation website. You may order your parking permit by logging into Agora Portal and selecting "Parking Permits and Citations."
  10. Purchase an MBTA pass (if applicable).
  11. Consult Tuition and Fees.
  12. Review and pay any balances remaining on your My Bill account
  13. Enroll in the Boston College Payment Plan (if applicable)
  14. Authorize your Third-Party Payer through My Bill (if applicable)
    • Note: You will need to log into and select My Bill for this service.
  15. Review the Title IV Federal Financial Aid Funds requirements and submit your Federal Funds Authorization (optional).
  16. In compliance with Massachusetts law, all incoming graduate students are required to complete a new online module on Title IX sexual misconduct. The instructions and deadline for completion of this module will be announced soon.
  17. Review information about off-campus housing.
  18. Update your addresses, phone numbers, and emergency contacts via Agora Portal, Account and Personal Info tab.
  19. View or update your race/ethnicity information via Agora Portal, Account and Personal Info tab.
  20. Note veteran status on the University Information System (optional/if applicable). Contact Linda Malenfant at
  21. Register to vote.

Step 6: Submit Declaration of Finances and I-20 documents (international students only)

International applicants who are officially accepted to WCAS and who plan to matriculate in a campus-based program in the U.S. are required to provide confirmation of available personal finances. Once an applicant has submitted the Enrollment Response Form, the form detailed below is required to be issued a valid I-20 from the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS).  Please send an email to with "I-20 request" in the subject line and we will respond with a DCF form and list of items needed.

Confidential Declaration of Finances

This form verifies the student's ability to cover educational and living expenses and requires the applicant to specify the amounts and sources of funds, accompanied by official documentation, such as bank letters.  If you have not yet received this form from WCAS, please email directly.

Students holding the Student (F-1) or Exchange Visitor (J-1) Visas will not be authorized to work except under extraordinary circumstances; therefore, the applicant should not look to employment as a means of support while at Boston College. Spouses who accompany students to the U.S. on the F-2 Visa are not permitted to accept any kind of employment in the U.S.

Visa Authorization

Provided this documentation is in order, Boston College will issue a Certificate of Eligibility Form (Form I-20 for an F-1 Student Visa or Form DS2019 for a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa) for your use in obtaining a Visa. OISS offers resources for incoming international students, including information on the Visa Application Process.

Once you have submitted your paperwork, you may check the visa appointment wait times through

Step 7: Schedule a time to meet with your Academic Advisor

It is imperative that you schedule a time to meet with your academic advisor. Appointments are available Monday-Friday.

Undergraduate Program Academic Advisors

Ben Arcangeli Portrait


Ben Arcangeli

Ben works with undergraduate B.A. and certificate students and is the services liaison for students with documented disabilities.

Alfreda Clark Portrait


Alfreda Clark

Alfreda works with undergraduate B.A. and nondegree students.

Michael Paul Portrait


Michael Paul

Mike teaches history at the Woods College and works with undergraduate B.A. students and nondegree students.


Graduate Programs Academic Advisors


Larry Fulton Portrait


Larry Fulton - MSAA

Larry is a Visiting Professor for the Applied Economics Programs. He advises students in the M.S. in Applied Analytics program.

Arvind Sharma Portrait


Arvind Sharma - MSAE

Arvind is a Visiting Instructor for the Applied Economics Department.  He advises students in the M.S. in Applied Economics program.

Caroline White Portrait


Caroline White - MSCPG, MSLA, MSSA & MHA

Caroline works with students in the M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy & Governance; M.S. in Leadership & Administration; M.S. in Sports Administration; and the Master of Healthcare Administration programs.

Step 8: Visit Woods College Current Student page

Questions about the academic calendar, course registration process, tuition, academic policies?  We encourage you to visit our Current Students page where you will find answers to these questions and many other useful resources for admitted students.

Resources for Current Students

Living Here

BC Off-Campus Housing

The Office of Residential Life manages the University’s off-campus student living program, serving the needs of all students.

Roommate Finder

BC's Off-Campus Housing Office connects you with local apartment listings, roommates, and resources to make your transition a smooth one.

Getting Around

Public transportation to and from the University and the city of Boston gives you plenty of options.

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