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Frequently Asked Questions

Options through education (OTE)

How did I get selected for OTE?

Each year, the Undergraduate Admission Office and the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center select a diverse group of students based on rigorous criteria of accomplishments, determination, leadership, talents, and potential in spite of challenging educational and financial circumstances. 

How many students participate in the program?

40 to 50 students

When does the program begin and end?

Everyone must check in on Sunday, June 17, 2018 for the OTE Opening Ceremony. The program will officially end with the OTE Closing Ceremony on Friday, August 3, 2018. 

What are the benefits of being in OTE?

  • Free college summer transitional program (courses, housing, and meals)
  • Obtain graduation credit for courses passed during the summer
  • Community of peers, upperclassmen, faculty and staff
  • Fun social activities, including trips to Boston attractions
  • On campus housing for four years
  • Academic and counseling support for four years
  • Waived from $500 enrollment/deposit confirmation fee
  • One credit Student Success Seminar to take in the first year fall semester

Why is the program mandatory?

Due to the challenging educational and financial circumstances our selected students have faced, the OTE Selection Committee believes that a transitional program will help to equip students with the tools necessary to succeed at Boston College.

How much does this program cost?

The classes, campus housing, and meals during the program are free. You will need to bring personal spending money for any other needs during the program. 

What classes will I take during the program?

All OTE students will be enrolled in English, Math, Interpersonal Communication and the BC 101 Seminar in the summer.  These (6 credits) can be counted for college credit at Boston College. Additionally, students will take a one-credit Student Success Seminar in the fall.

What social events are there?

Each Saturday, all students will take trips planned by the staff to various points of interest in the Greater Boston area. In previous years, activities included the Boston Duck tour, a tour of Fenway Park, Martha‚Äôs Vineyard, the Boston Food Bank, Six Flags New England, bowling, etc. Students have also organized talent shows, parties, sports tournaments, and more. These trips and activities are important in building community, developing friendships, and gaining exposure to the New England area.

What if I have another commitment during the program (e.g. graduation, wedding)?  

Students must talk to the Coordinator of the program about any specific circumstances which may require an exemption to missing any part of the program prior to accepting the offer. 

Can I go home on weekends?

Students are expected to participate in ALL events, including Saturday outings. We have one free weekend when students can plan to go home.   

Can I work during the program?

No. Due to the rigor of the program and the activities you must participate in, we do not allow any students to work during the program.

Do I need to attend the Boston College First Year Orientation session?


What if I still have questions?

If you have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at 617-552-3358.