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Orientation FAQ

First Year Experience


Q: What happens at Orientation?

A: Full itineraries for both the Student and Parent Orientation will be available in late May. Both programs will begin around noon on the Sunday of orientation and will conclude by 4pm on the Tuesday.

Q: What should I bring to Orientation?

A: A list of items to bring to Orientation can be found here.

Q: Where will I stay during Orientation?

A: During Sessions 1-6 students will stay in one of our residence halls on Lower Campus. If you attend Session 7, you will move into your Fall housing assignment upon arrival to campus.

Q: Where will my parent(s) or guardian(s) stay during Orientation?

A: Boston College does not provide housing to parents and guardians attending Parent Orientation at this time. Parents and guardians typically find lodging at one of the many nearby hotels.

Q: How much does Orientation cost?

A: Last summer the fee for Orientation was $510. The exact fee amount for the 2018-2019 academic year is determined by the Board of Trustees and will be charged to your Fall semester bill. For additional information regarding your bill please contact Student Service at (617) 552-3300.

Q: How does the course registration process work at Orientation?

A: You will register for your first semester of courses on Tuesday of Orientation. Prior to your Orientation session be sure to review the Course Information & Schedule in the Agora Portal and bring the Academic Planning Workbook you receive in the mail to Orientation. We will pair you with an academic adviser during Orientation who will help you select and register for your first semester courses.

Q: Will I be able to see my parent(s)/guardian(s) or leave campus during Orientation?

A: The Student and Parent Orientation Programs begin together with mass and dinner on Sunday evening and then run separately until the program concludes at 4pm on Tuesday. Orientation is designed to give students and parents separate, but complementary, experiences. Students may not leave campus during Orientation and must attend all components of the program.

Q: I am attending Session 7 (August 19-21, 2018). When can I move in to my residence hall?

A: Students attending Session 7 will be granted access to their 2018 - 2019 academic year housing placement beginning Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 9 AM. 

Students traveling to Boston College from 300 miles or farther may be eligible for Early Arrival Status through the Office of Residential Life Transitions and arrive on campus beginning Saturday, August 18, 2018. The application for Early Arrival Status will be made available in mid-July under the "My ResLife" function of Agora Portal. For more information on Early Arrival Status, please email or contact the Office of Residential Life Transitions at (617) 552-4727.


Q: I am an international student attending Session 7. Do I have to take a language assessment? 

A: An English Writing Assessment will be given to all students whose first language is not English on Sunday, August 19 from 12-1 PM in Devlin Hall, room 008. If your first language is not English, you are required to take the English Writing Assessment. The results of the assessment will determine your placement into core English courses during freshman year. You should plan to arrive to BC campus no later than Saturday afternoon, August 18, in order to be well rested for the next day's assessment. For information regarding the English Writing Assessment, please contact BC's Director of English Language Learning, Lynne Anderson, at


Q: How can I take the Spanish Placement Test?

For students who took Spanish courses in high school and may plan on taking Spanish courses at Boston College, the Romance Language and Literatures Department will be administering a pre-orientation Spanish Placement test on each Sunday morning before Orientation. Registration for this ​test​ will take place from 11 AM - 11:30 AM on the second floor of Corcoran Commons. Students who plan on taking the ​test should go directly to the second floor of Corcoran Commons by 11:30 AM. In order to take the Spanish Placement Test, students must bring a picture ID and ​their​ Boston College username and password. After students complete the ​test​ (which will conclude at approximately 12:50 PM) they should proceed to the Thomas More Apartments for Orientation Check-In, which will be open through 2:30 PM. More specific information about the Spanish Placement Test can be found in the Academic Planning Workbook and Welcome Packet that you will receive by mail. If you have questions about this placement test, please contact the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at:


Q: How do I get to BC from Logan International Airport?

A: There are two easy ways to travel between Boston College and Logan International Airport.  By cab, the trip costs approximately $40 and takes about 30 minutes.  Using the "T", Boston's public transportation system, costs approximately $5 and takes about an hour.  Once you arrive at Logan Airport, take the Silver Line to South Station and then take the Red Line to Park Street. Then, take the Boston College Green Line outbound train, i.e. Line B to Boston College. Stay on the train to the end of the line. For a faster route, you can pay $5 for a Logan Express bus from the airport to Hynes Convention Center.  At Hynes, take Green Line B to Boston College Station. It will cost $2.65 for a one way trip on the “T.”  For more



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