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Options Through Education (OTE) Transitional Program


The mission of the Options Through Education (OTE) Transitional Program is to prepare a select group of diverse students who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in spite of challenging educational, personal, and/or financial circumstances. This program nurtures student’s academic, social, cultural, and spiritual development during their four years at Boston College and beyond.

Our goal is to prepare students who are intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, and committed to justice.

The OTE Program was established in 1979 and has a proven record of success in the retention and graduation of students at Boston College.

OTE Learning Outcomes

  1. Facilitate student academic success and personal development by providing a community of support and resources to help students succeed.
  2. Expose resources at Boston College, including leadership and co-curricular opportunities, academic areas of study and work study opportunities.
  3. Implement weekend trips to enhance the spiritual, emotional and intellectual growth of students.
  4. Review available academic supports and improve study skills.
  5. Facilitate cultural competency workshops for students to articulate identity.


Sponsored by the Thea Bowman AHANA (African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native Americans) and Intercultural Center, the OTE Program has several goals:

  • To provide a community of support and resources to help students succeed at Boston College.
  • To help students get acclimated socially to Boston College and build long lasting relationships.
  • To help build academic abilities especially in the areas of Math, English, Critical Thinking, and Study Skills.
  • To engage students in questions of cultural, racial, and ethnic identity development.
  • To engage students in questions of spiritual development.
  • Emphasizing personal growth and development, the OTE Program provides an introduction to the academic and social aspects of college life. An intensive and enriching experience, the OTE Program balances a challenging academic curriculum (English, Math, and Communication Skills) with tutoring services and a variety of social activities.

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