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Academic Support
<h3>Disability Services</h3> <p>The Disability Services Office empowers students with medical, physical, psychological, and temporary disabilities to achieve their educational, career, and personal goals.</p> <p><a href="/content/bc-web/offices/student-affairs/sites/student-outreach-and-support-services/disability-services.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">Disability Services Office</span></a></p> <p> </p> <h3>Connors Family Learning Center</h3> <p>The mission of the Connors Family Learning Center is to enhance the quality of learning at Boston College by offering services to students with ADHD, learning disabilities, and tutoring or skills workshops to all BC students.</p> <p><a href="/content/bc-web/academics/sites/connors-family-learning-center.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">Connors Family Learning Center</span></a></p>
<p>All students can find a variety of academic supports at Boston College</p>
Admission to BC
<h3>Admission Information</h3> <p>Students may apply to the traditional, day school which offers full-time degree programs with classes mostly in-person and during the day, or to the Woods College of Advancing Studies, which is geared towards non-traditional, adult, and part-time students, offering&nbsp;both in-person and online courses, flexible schedules, and a wide array of transfer credit opportunities.&nbsp;<br> </p> <p><a href="/content/bc-web/admission/apply/veteran-and-military.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">Undergraduate Admission Information</span></a></p> <p><a href="/content/bc-web/admission/apply/admission-offices.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">Graduate Admission Information</span></a></p> <p><a href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/undergraduate.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">Woods Undergraduate Programs &amp; Certificates</span></a></p> <p><a href="/content/bc-web/schools/wcas/graduate.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">Woods Graduate Programs and Certificates</span></a></p>
<p>Veterans and individuals considering a career in the armed forces are encouraged to apply to Boston College. We value the perspective gained through military experience and its benefits our community.</p>
Annual Events for Veterans
<p>Here are just a few of the annual events hosted by our organizations:</p> <p> </p> <h4>Fall Semester</h4> <ul> <li>SVA Welcome</li> <li>Student Affairs Reception for Veterans</li> <li>Welles Crowther 5K Water Aid Station Volunteer Event</li> <li>Veterans Day Mass and Remembrance Ceremony </li> <li>Military Appreciation Home Football Game &amp; Tailgate</li> <li>Wreaths Across America at Bourne National Cemetery</li> </ul> <h4>Spring Semester</h4> <ul> <li>Veterans &amp; Alumni Networking Event</li> <li>BC Veterans march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade </li> <li>BC Men’s Baseball Military Appreciation Game </li> <li>OTC Commissioning </li> <li>Run to Home Base Water Aid Station Volunteer Event</li> </ul>
<p>The Boston College community hosts numerous programs and events each year in support and recognition of the military-connected community.</p>
Care Packages for Deployed Community Members
<p>Are you or an affiliated member of the BC Community deploying?  If so please complete this short form and we will work to send them a care package.  Our hope is to take care of every member of our community and ensure they are not forgotten while they sacrifice their time and safety in service of their country.</p> <p><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdlHbQfFrnSq58DqORKoTEUCt2uvg8HAabIY3RyW70xu8bzTA/viewform"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">Request Care Package</span></a></p>
<p>Help us take care of every deployed member of our community.</p>
Career Services
<p>The Boston College Career Center has special services for military veterans.&nbsp; You can connect via the Eagle Exchange system or the Big Interview platform to special veteran groups for help with interviewing and translating your experiences to the civilian sector<br> </p> <p><a href="https://www.bc.edu/content/bc-web/offices/student-affairs/sites/careers/resources/diversity-and-inclusion.html#tab-veterans"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">Career Center Veterans Resources</span></a></p> <p><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon"><a href="https://eagleexchange.bc.edu/" target="_blank">Eagle Exchange</a></span></p> <p><a href="https://bc.biginterview.com/"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">Big Interview</span></a></p>
<p>The Career Center can help you translate your military skills into a resume for the civilian workplace.</p>
Collegiate Warrior Athlete Program
<p>Through the Collegiate Warrior Athlete Program, veterans get fit in a first-of-its-kind wellness program led by Prof. Ann Wolbert Burgess. This program matches veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with BC student-athletes for rigorous workouts that are developed and overseen by a former Olympic trainer. The vets also participate in faculty-led workshops that emphasize nutrition, stress management, and wellness.</p> <p><a href="/content/bc-web/schools/cson/cson-news/Cominghomehealthier.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">Learn more</span></a></p>
<p>Explore this unique program started at BC by Professor Ann Burgess.</p>
Faculty and Staff Resources
<h3>Self-Identify as a Veteran</h3> <p>If you have not self-identified with HR about your veteran status, please consider doing so.  The more veterans that we know about, the more we can make a push for services and address your needs at the institution. To self-identify, either go to the Self-Service area within PeopleSoft HR to update your veteran status electronically or complete this form and email it to <a href="mailto:diversity@bc.edu">diversity@bc.edu</a>.</p> <p><a href="/content/dam/files/offices/diversity/doc/2014%20post%20324%20Veteran%20Applicant%20Self%20id.docx"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">Invitation to Self-Identify for Veterans</span></a></p> <h3>Affinity Group<br /> </h3> <p>The Boston College Veterans Affinity Group raises awareness of veterans' issues across campus and advocates for improved resources and services for Boston College students and staff who have served their country. </p>
<p>Review opportunities for faculty and staff who identify as veterans.</p>
Financial Assistance
<h3>Veterans Administration (VA) &amp; Montgomery GI Bill/Post 9-11 GI Bil</h3> <p>Boston College acts as a liaison with the Veterans Administration for students who may qualify to receive veterans' education benefits. Eligible students should apply through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs in order to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility. Applications can be completed online at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gibill.va.gov/" title="GI Bill">www.gibill.va.gov</a>&nbsp;or by calling the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).</p> <p>Once the Certificate of Eligibility has been received, the student should contact&nbsp;<a href="mailto:linda.malenfant@bc.edu">Linda Malenfant</a>, the VA Certifying Official in the Office of Student Services. The Certifying Official will then certify the student's enrollment information to the Regional Processing Office (RPO). The RPO will process payment of benefits directly to the student.</p> <h3>Yellow Ribbon Program</h3> <p>The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.&nbsp;At Boston College, the Yellow Ribbon Program provides all eligible students with $6,000 towards tuition.&nbsp; For those studying in the MBA or Law School, the Yellow Ribbon funds exceed that number and will cover the full cost of tuition.</p> <p><a href="/content/bc-web/offices/student-services/financial-aid/undergraduate/types-of-financial-aid.html#veterans_education_benefits"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">BC Student Services Veteran Financial Aid Information</span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Explore resources to help veterans pay for college. </p>
Leaves and Laws for Military Students & Staff
<h3>Family Military Leave</h3> <p><a href="/content/bc-web/offices/human-resources/sites/employee-handbook/benefits.html#military"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">Review BC Family Military Leave Policy</span></a></p> <h3>Student Military Leave Policy</h3> <p>Boston College supports the participation of our students in all branches of the United States Military, both active duty and reserve, and recognizes that military obligations for such students may occasionally conflict with academic responsibilities. </p> <p><a href="/content/bc-web/academics/sites/university-catalog/policies-procedures.html#undergraduate_academic_regulations"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">Review BC Student Military Leave Policy</span></a></p> <h3>Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018</h3> <p>The university will adhere to the requirements of Section 3679 of Title 38 of the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 (referred to below as the &quot;Veterans Benefits and Transition Act&quot;).</p> <p><a href="/content/bc-web/academics/sites/university-catalog/policies-procedures.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">Review this policy</span></a></p>
<p>Boston College supports the participation of our students in the U. S. Military, both active duty and reserve, and recognizes that military obligations may occasionally conflict with academic responsibilities.&nbsp;</p>
Mental Health Counseling
<p>University Counseling Services offers students personal counseling and psychotherapy, as well as programs and activities that reinforce Boston College’s focus on educating the whole person.&nbsp; Full-time students enrolled in degree programs are eligible for the full range of counseling services.&nbsp; Part-time or non-matriculating students are eligible for consultation, evaluation, and referral when appropriate.</p> <p><a href="/content/bc-web/offices/student-affairs/sites/counseling.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">University Counseling Services</span></a></p>
<p>Boston College offers counseling to support students' mental health.</p>
Military-Connected Organizations
<h3>Student Veterans Association</h3> <p>The organization’s purpose shall be veterans’ advancement by unifying the current Boston College Student Veteran community and advocating for veterans issues; through sharing, developing, and retaining knowledge of veteran-related matters and building a strong network of support and engagement within Boston College and surrounding communities.</p> <p>Contact: <a href="mailto:studentveteran@bc.edu">studentveteran@bc.edu</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/BostonCollegeVeterans"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">Facebook</span></a>   <a href="https://twitter.com/VetsBoston" style="background-color: rgb(255,255,255);"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">Twitter</span></a>.  <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4648027/" style="background-color: rgb(255,255,255);"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">LinkedIn</span></a></p> <h3>BC Law School Veterans Association</h3> <p>The BC Law School Veterans Association provides a social and professional network of former, current, and future military service members within the BC Law community. The forum allows BC Law students to discuss their interests in military legal careers with current and former service members as well as topics regarding civil-military relations in government and society. The association also supports homeless, indigent, or otherwise under-served veteran communities through fundraising,and volunteering with local outreach programs and legal service providers.</p> <h3>The Boston College Students for Soldiers</h3> <p>An organization comprised of Boston College students interested in serving veterans in the greater Boston community. Members make trips to the VA and interact with the veterans, learn their stories, and provide company to these men and women whose sacrifice must not be forgotten, especially when combat takes place so far from home. In addition to direct volunteering in the community, members assemble care packages for active duty soldiers across the globe and raise funds on behalf of the troops.</p>
<p>Explore various groups at Boston College for military-connected individuals.</p>
ROTC
<h3>Army ROTC</h3> <p>The Army ROTC at Boston College is part of the Liberty Battalion based out of Northeastern University. Army ROTC focuses on developing leadership and management skills, with the goal of commissioning graduated college students as Second Lieutenants into the United States Army, Reserve, or National Guard. Students participate in ROTC part-time while attending college full-time. Most training and coursework takes place on the Boston College campus. Any BC student can join and participate in the ROTC basic course as a non-scholarship Cadet without military obligation during their freshman and sophomore years.</p> <p><a href="/content/bc-web/sites/army-rotc.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">BC Army ROTC site</span></a></p>
<p>Boston College offers ROTC programs for the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Navy.&nbsp; All programs are held in cooperation with other area colleges.</p>
Student Experience
<h3>Living in Boston</h3> <p>Boston is a beautiful, historic, and active city home to approximately 700,000 residents. The City is a popular destination for veterans, offering discounts and patriotic celebrations (Patriots Day, 4th of July Celebration, the USS Constitution, etc.). The Greater Boston area is also home to several military bases including Hanscom Air Force Base, Fort Devens, USCG bases, Joint Base Cape Cod (Otis), and several others within driving distance.</p> <h3>Housing</h3> <p>Boston is a college town with various living arrangement options.&nbsp; <a href="https://www.bc.edu/bc-web/offices/student-affairs/sites/residential-life/off-campus-housing.html">Off-Campus Student Living</a>, located in Maloney 413, can help you find apartment listings, connect with potential roommates, locate family-friendly neighborhoods, and provide additional resources as needed, including guidance related to tenant-landlord concerns.<br> </p>
<p>Explore the many opportunities for students on campus and around Boston.</p>
Veterans Memorial Wall
<p>The wall was dedicated in 2009 by BC Alumni, and is engraved with the names of our Boston College community members and alumni who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every year on November 11, the University holds a memorial mass followed by a ceremony where the names of each member on the wall is read aloud.</p> <p><a href="/content/bc-web/sites/veterans-memorial.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">Veterans Memorial Wall</span></a></p>
<p>The Veterans Memorial Wall is located in between Bapst Library and Commonwealth Avenue, alongside Linden Lane.</p>