The Options Through Education (OTE) Program was established in 1979 and has a proven record of success in the retention and graduation of students at Boston College. OTE scholars participate in a seven-week academic program in the summer prior to their first semester at BC. OTE scholars continue to receive support from the Mentoring & Academic Achievement Office through the remainder of their time at Boston college.


To support a select group of diverse students who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in spite of challenging educational, personal, and/or financial circumstances.

To nurture academic, social, cultural, and spiritual development during their four years at Boston College and beyond.

To prepare students who are intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, and committed to justice.

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