FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Applicant Information

What is the eligibility for attending the Boston College Experience?

Eligibility is dependent upon the individual program. Please review eligibility requirements for admission.

Is this a commuter or residential program?

BCE is primarily a residential program and students are encouraged to live on campus to get the full experience of the program. There are students each year that choose to commute. These students are welcome to participate in all activities related to the academic experience and some limited social activities.

Can international students participate?

Yes, we welcome international students! We do not support visas for students in three or two week programs. Since these courses are not for credit, students may attend on a tourist visa. For students enrolled in the six week, for-credit programs, please be aware that there are additional documents that must be submitted as a part of the application for admission.

Where can students get an application for BCE?

Applications are completed entirely online. To access the application please visit the web page for the program of your interest.

How many students attend BCE? Is the admissions process competitive?

At any given time during your time on campus, there may be over 200 students on campus between all of our programs. We keep our programs smaller to provide a high quality, personalized experience for our students. Most of our applicants have excellent academic records and we accept well-qualified students early until we fill the program or the application deadline arrives.

What are the admissions criteria?

We want to be sure that students selected for the program have the academic skills and personal maturity to be successful in a college environment. With that in mind our admissions staff evaluates each application individually. Please see the website for details of specific program requirements

Does admission to the BCE program guarantee admission to a BC undergraduate degree program?

No, admission to BCE does not guarantee admission to a BC degree program.

Is there financial assistance available?

No, financial assistance is not available for BCE students.

How do students pay?

Once accepted, tuition is due in full within two weeks to assure students a place in the program. Instructions on how to pay are provided as part of the admissions communication. Please note, once paid there are no refunds for cancellations.

Participant Information

Are BCE credits transferable?

It is up to the discretion of each institution to determine whether credit will be given for courses completed during the BCE program.

Do you take students to visit other colleges?

Yes, in past summers students have visited colleges and universities in the New England area on a weekly basis. Such visits have included Harvard University, M.I.T., Brown University, Tufts University, Boston University, and Northeastern University.

Will there be academic advising available?

Student enroll in the for-credit Boston College Experience Students will have access to academic advisors in the Woods College of Advancing Studies, and they can also seek out aid from their resident assistants throughout the program as needed.

What is the average age and grade level of the students participating in BCE?

The average age and grade level can vary year to year, but we accept only rising sophomores, juniors and seniors so the age range is typically between 15-18 years of age.

Where are the students in the BCE program from?

Students in BCE represent over 40 states in the United States and over 15 countries of origin.

Are BCE credits transferable?

It is up to the discretion of each institution to determine whether credit will be given for courses completed during the BCE program.

Do Boston College faculty teach in the BCE program?

Yes, all faculty who teach in BCE are current full-time or adjunct Boston College faculty.

Do you take students to visit other colleges?

Yes, in past summers students have visited colleges and universities in the New England area on a weekly basis. Such visits have included Harvard University, M.I.T., Brown University, Tufts University, Holy Cross, Boston University, and Northeastern University.

Are there opportunities for service learning?

Yes, we plan several community service related activities for the students. These activities are open to all and available on a space-permitting basis.

What kinds of social activities will there be?

We plan a great variety of social activities for students. These include guided planned activities in the dorms each evening, Saturday field trips and visits to the city to see a movie, go to a museum or have pastry in the North End.

What kind of college preparation activities are offered?

College essay writing, time management, financial literacy and career counseling are some of the topics covered in our afternoon college prep seminars.

How do students sign up for activities?

Activity options are posted weekly in the common spaces of the dorms and on the online program calendar located on the website. Signup sheets are posted in the common area of the dorm and spaces are on first come first service.  Commuter students may request a signup by sending an email to bce@bc.edu.

Will academic advising be available?

Students enrolled in the for-credit Boston College Experience will have access to academic advisors in the Woods College of Advancing Studies, and they can also seek out aid from their resident assistants throughout the program as needed.

Is there a curfew?

Yes. We consider curfew to be the time by which students must be in the residence hall. Sunday - Thursday the curfew is 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday the curfew is 11:00pm. All students must be in their rooms by 12:00 AM. 

Are students free to leave campus?

Students may leave campus but must notify a BCE staff member of their destination prior to leaving campus and must be accompanied by at least two other students. 

May a parent visit a student during the program?

Parents may visit their student during their program but must notify the BCE Program On-Call staff if they will be taking the student off-campus.

May a student visit relatives or family friends in the Boston area during the program?

Students can visit relatives or family friends but must complete the checkout process with the Program On-Call staff one business day in advance. We strongly encourage students to remain on-campus with their peers for the duration of the program, as the weeks do pass quickly.

May a residential student leave the program overnight?

While we strongly suggest students remain on campus, we understand there are other responsibilities they may have during their time at BCE. Students are responsible for coordinating any missed time/work with their instructors. In addition, the Program Office must be given 24-hour notice by the student’s parent or guardian they will be leaving campus overnight. Requests may be sent to the BCE email address at bce@bc.edu.

Do all students who participate receive any form of formal acknowledgement of their participation?

All students receive certificates of completion at the end of their program. Students participating in the for-credit programs may request a transcript beginning two weeks after the program ends from Boston College office of Student Service at studentservices@bc.edu or 617-552-3300