From the Airport and Directions
Boston College is located at 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA and you should be sure to use this address for navigation (if you enter Boston some GPS applications will lead you to downtown Boston). Reference the Maps & Directions site for more detailed information. Our campus is accessible by public transportation but we recommend students use a taxi or other car service to get to campus if flying into Boston Logan Airport. Boston College is approximately 20 minutes from the Boston Logan Airport by car.
In previous years, through the use of social media, students have arranged their own carpools. Please be sure to like our Facebook page to stay connected.
Boston College Experience
Program costs are located here.
Payments may be made here by credit card.
Payment by Wire Transfer
International students may pay by wire transfer. Please contact the BCE office at email@example.com for instructions.
Please note that payment in full is due within two weeks of acceptance to confirm a place in the program.
- RESIDENTIAL students program fees cover meals, accommodations and all fees related to all social and academic course and programs actitivies planned by the BCE Program.
- COMMUTER student fees cover costs of all academic course related activities as well as participation in the afternoon pre-college campus programs, college visits and community service opportunities.
Students are responsible for purchasing textbooks and course materials if required. Please check the specific program page for updates on materials as they become available.
Student will have to pay an additional fee to join the Health Center at a minimal fee if they choose. The fee amount is yet to be determined and will be posted as soon as we have it. The process for signing up will also be addressed at orientation.
Students should have extra spending money for things like the Health Center, and for personal items and activites not related to the program.
Payment by Check
If you are not able to complete payment online or prefer to pay by check, make out your check to “Boston College." Please write the student's name and mail to:
Boston College Summer Session - BCE
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Ave.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Please note, once paid there are no refunds for cancellations.
International Students Requiring a Student Visa
If you are an international student enrolling in the Honors or Math Experience programs, you must obtain a student visa through Boston College. You are required to pay for the program in full before your visa paperwork is processed. Deadline for processing the I-20 is May 31, 2019.
If there is a problem with your visa application and you are unable to attend, your payment is refundable.
International students enrolling in two and three week, non-credit programs should apply for a tourist visa. Boston College does not issue student visas for non-credit programs.
Note: No refund or reduction in tuition or service fees will be made for a student who arrives to the program late, leaves the program early, or is dismissed from the program due to a violation of the program guidelines.
Information on the Orientation will continue to be posted as the program start dates approach, please check back here often for updates.
2019 Move In Dates
Programs beginning June 24: Move in on Sunday, June 23 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Saturday June 22nd arrivals for international and out of town students may be requested via email to firstname.lastname@example.org*
Programs beginning July 8: Move in on Sunday, July 7, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Saturday, July 6th arrivals for international and out of town students may be request via email to email@example.com*
Orientation will be held on the Sunday following move-in day at 4:00 PM.
Sorry Mom and Dad, but orientation is for students only.
* Please note we will have no formal programming or actvities during move in periods.
2019 Check Out Dates
Check out for two week programs is Friday, July 5 by 5PM
Check out for three week programs is Friday, July 26 by 5PM
Check out for six week programs is Saturday, August 2 by 12PM
- Pack belongings and be sure to check all drawers (desk, dresser, closet) to make sure you have everything. We will not be able to ship any forgotten items to students, so please double check the room!
- Make sure all furniture is present in the room. All trash should be disposed of in the dumpster outside (large items) or hallway trash cans (small items).
- Turn in ID cards/Residence Hall Access Card to the staff member at the table. Once we have both of these items from you, we will consider you officially checked-out of the Boston College Experience Program.
- The Boston College Experience is unable to receive packages for students in advance of move-in day.
What to Bring
Each dorm room is equipped with an extra-long twin sized bed, closet/wardrobe, dresser, desk, and desk chair for each student. The following is a list of recommended items to bring this summer:
- Clothing: Shorts, T-shirts, pants, etc.: Generally, the dress for most activities is casual. Students may want to bring one business casual outfit for special outings or events occurs
- Proper attire for laboratory-based classes (if applicable)
- Debit card or access to cash for off campus activities – bringing large amounts of cash is not recommended as there are no safes in the dorms
- Sheets for a twin, extra-long size bed (36 by 80 inches, approximately 6 inches thick.)
- Pillow, bedspread or comforter (you may also wish to bring a mattress cover or pad (foam pads are not allowed)
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Towels and face cloths
- Alarm clock
- Desk lamp (Halogen lamps are not permitted in the residence halls)
- Clothes hangers
- Reusable water bottle
- Laundry bag and detergent
- Toothbrush, toiletries, soap, sunscreen, bug spray
- Over the counter pain relievers, allergy medication and first aid supplies (bandaids, antibiotic ointment, etc)
- Portable Fan: Summer in Boston can be unpredictable. Student bedrooms are not air-conditioned and will be warm. Classrooms are air-conditioned and may be cool. Good walking shoes are important! You may also want to bring a bathing suit and exercise clothes as students have use of the athletic facilities on campus.
The residence halls have lounges for studying and socializing, and the halls will provide students with an experience similar to what many first-year students experience. Students will be given and ID card that will allow them access to their dorm. Roommates are assigned randomly by the Boston College Experience Program. You may learn more about housing on the residence life page.
As part of the program fees, BCE residential students will receive an ID card loaded with funds to use for meals. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided in the McElroy Dining Halls, Carney's Dining Room and Eagles Nest, and in the Hillside Cafe, located in Maloney Hall. All dining facilities provide a wide variety of a la carte selections to suit individual needs. For more detailed descriptions of these dining halls, their hours, and their food offerings, visit the homepage for BC Dining. Commuter students may join their classmates for meals in the dining halls, but they are not provided a meal stipend.
The Information Technology Services Help Center, is located in O'Neill Library. The facility includes a technology Help Desk in Room 248. Multimedia software and hardware are located in O'Neill 205. Computers with general productivity and research software are on the third floor behind the Reference Desk, and printers are on the first and third floors. Valid BC ID required.
Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Library
The Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Library contains over a million volumes and nearly 17,000 serial subscriptions. Summer students are encouraged to get to know the library resources quickly. All BCE students are granted full library privileges with their identification card.
The Boston College Bookstore is the place for textbooks, bestsellers, study aids, stationery, college supplies, gifts, B.C. clothing and small items such as newspapers and snacks. The bookstore is located on the first floor of McElroy Commons.
The William J. Flynn Recreation Complex includes a 10,000 square foot fitness center available to BCE participants through the BCE Program Office. Costs are $10 for a day pass, $100 for a summer unlimited membership. More information is provided at orientation.
With your ID card and meal plan you will have access to a number of on campus locations. BC Dining Services has at least one location open for breakfast, two for lunch and one for dinner please visit their website at http://www.bc.edu/dining and click on hours.
The University Health Service Clinic is located in Cushing Hall. It is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Friday 9 to 3 p.m. The clinic provides emergency treatment of minor injuries or illness and willingly acts as liaison with community doctors for any help necessary which the clinic cannot provide. For routine care telephone (617) 552-3225; in an emergency telephone (617) 552-4444. Website: www.bc.edu/healthservices.
Laundry facilities are available in the residence hall at a rate of $1.75 per wash or dry cycle. Machines take quarters only.
Receiving Mail & Packages
Students will receive their housing assignment when they arrive on campus for the program. UPS and FedEx will not deliver packages directly to residence halls. All packages, regardless of carrier, must be picked up at the campus mail room in McElroy Hall. Students will need to check the mail room regularly for incoming mail.
RESIDENCE HALL NAME & Room Number
140 Commonwealth Ave.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Please note: due to the sheer number of students attending the program we cannot accept packages in advance of the student check-in period.
Parking is not available to residential students. Commuter students may purchase permits for approximately $235. The permit allows parking from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Please contact the Office of Student Services for questions and to obtain passes.
Liturgy is offered on class days in St. Mary's Chapel Chapel at 8:00 a.m., and in the Church of St. Ignatius daily and on weekends. For the Mass Schedule please visit Campus Ministry.
The Connors Family Learning Center offers free tutoring to Boston College students and is located in the second floor of O'Neill Library. Tutoring is provided by current BC students who have demonstrated excellent skills in a particular subject area. Appointments can be made over the phone or in person.
International students admitted to BCE Honors and BC Math Experience
International students must have current student visa to particiapte in a credit bearing program. If you are currently enrolled in a high school in United States with an active F-1 visa, and you plan to return to the same school in the fall, you do not need to transfer your visa.
Students requiring a student visa must do the following:
- Boston College I-20 request form
- Submit a copy of your passport photo page
- *Submit full payment for the program (as outlined on each program page)
- Submit proof of health insurance from a US based provider
- **Submit a copy of your TOEFL, IELTS, or similar scores.
*There may be exemptions for this language requirement including attending an IB school, or attending a school where English is the primary language of instruction. Email firstname.lastname@example.org when submitting your application to discuss this option.
**If there is a problem with processing your I-20 that results in you being unable to attend the program, your payment is refundable.
International students admitted into a two or three week, non-credit program, inlcuding English Language Immersion
Boston College does not issue student visas for non-credit programs.
International students should enter the United States in a visitor status instead of F-1 student status. For citizens of countries requiring a visa to enter the U.S., participants should obtain a B-2 "Visitor for Pleasure" visa to come to the U.S., which allows you to engage in tourist-related plans as well as to participate in these programs. Citizens of countries who enjoy the benefits of the Visa Waiver Program should enter the U.S. in WT "Waiver Tourist" status, which permits the same activity.
International students must provide proof of health insurance before the program begins and coverage must be a U.S. based health insurance policy. If you need to obtain U.S. based coverage, the following two companies have been used by BC students in the past and provide the appropriate level of coverage.
- The website translates into many languages- click on the flags at the top.
- If you call, they have people who can speak different languages if that is helpful for you.
- All plans meet J-1 requirements. Compass Budget and Compass Care are the same plan except Compass Care covers maternity. Elite and Benchmark are even higher levels of coverage.
- Plans can be short term (month to month) or long term.
- The company that covers the plan (called a “Plan Administrator”) is Seven Corners.
Harbour Group, L.L.C.
Toll free in the U.S. 1-800-252-8160 or 1-937-748-5200
Note: Since you will be here in the U.S. less than 3 months click on “Health Care America” and it will take you to the information for Wallach & Company.
We understand that not everyone's circumstances are the same, but we strongly suggest that students participating in the Boston College Experience do so as residential students. Living on campus provides the true college experience, and the organic friendships that develop as a part of dorm life and are difficult for a commuter student to replicate.
Commuter students are welcome on campus at any time and may make use of a majority of the services available, but due to security issues, only residential students are allowed in the dormatories at ANY TIME.
Commuter students may join their classmates in any of the dining halls for meals. They may pay by cash, debit or credit card.
The commuter students fee includes:
- Academic course participation and all associated academic activities (i.e, field trips, etc)
- Afternoon college prep seminars
- College visits*
- Community service opportunities*
*Due to limitation in size, college visits and community service activities are available on first come, first serve basis for ALL students.
All admitted BCE students must submit the following documentation:
Meningitis Waiver Form (If participant has not been vaccinated for meningitis in the last five years).
NOTE: Uploading forms is the best way to ensure they are received and recorded in a timely manner.
Documentation may also be sent to email@example.com or by mail:
Boston College Experience Program
St. Mary's Hall
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Six week Boston College Honors and Math Exploration Program students ONLY.
Please review the course offerings here and provide us with your choices using the link below. Please be sure to provide complete information on courses including course prefix and number (i.e., ENGL 120201).
Residential Students ONLY.
Housing will automatically be assigned to residential students by the BCE Program office. Students will recieve rooming assignments on check-in day. We cannot accommodate rooming requests.
Students will receive a meal card upon check-in. The card will be loaded with funds that will enable them to access to meals on campus at participating dining locations and some off campus locations. Please see the BCE Program Resources tab above.
Boston, MA 02467
For general inquiries, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond to you within the day.
PLEASE NOTE: WE REQUEST AT LEAST 24 HOURS NOTICE IF YOU PLAN TO REMOVE YOUR CHILD FROM CAMPUS PAST CURFEW OR OVERNIGHT.
If you need immediate assistance, or have an after-hours emergency, please call the on-duty phone at 857-290-0830. That phone is monitored by a member of the Residence Hall staff 24/7 from June 23-Aug 4, 2019.
Residence Hall Staff
Matt Razek, Residence Director
Kelsey McClear, Program Coordinator
Erica Osieki, Program Coordinator
MOVE OUT -
FORENSIC DISCOVERY PROGRAM - FRIDAY, JULY 5, 1PM - 5PM
THREE WEEK PROGRAMS - THURSDAY, JULY 25, 3PM - 6PM AND FRIDAY, JULY 26 9AM - 5PM
NECIR - FRIDAY, JULY 12, 3PM - 6PM (TENT)
SIX WEEK PROGRAM - DEPENDS UPON THE STUDENT'S LAST CLASS DAY AND TIME.
PLEASE CONTACT RESIDENCE LIFE OFFICE IF YOU NEED TO DEVIATE FROM THIS SCHEDULE.
Check out the 2019 Program Calendar of Events
This calendar provides timely updates on events and activities happing during the program.
BCE Sample Weekly Schedule
The below schedule of events provides an example of what a weekly schedule may look like for students participating in the Boston College Experience two, three, or six week summer programs.
Please note that once the Program is released for 2019, the official monthly schedule will be found within the Program Calendar of Events above.