Skip to main content

Secondary navigation:

First-Year Students

First Year Experience

Orientation 2018


Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Session 5

Session 6

Session 7*


June 10-12

June 17-19

June 24-26

July 8-10

July 15-17

July 22-24

August 19-21









screenshot of agora portal, where students can register for orientation

Once you have enrolled at Boston College, you can register for Orientation via Agora Portal.

All first-year undergraduates, both freshmen and transfer students, must participate in one of the seven Orientation Sessions offered throughout the summer.  During your Orientation Session, you will plan your academic program with a faculty adviser and complete the registration process for your first-semester courses.  

In Sessions 1-6, you will live in a residence hall with other first-year students and Orientation Leaders who are Boston College sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

In Session 7, you will live in your first-year housing assignment. If you do not have on-campus housing, you will be expected to have moved to your off-campus housing by the start of the Orientation Session.

Please make travel arrangements such that you can remain on campus at least until 4:30 PM on Tuesday. The complexity of the program makes early departures impossible.

Cover of Boston College Magazine: Main article is "Three Days in June: A parents guide to college"

Read Boston College Magazine's featured article on First Year Experience's Parent Orientation.

At each Orientation Session, a three-day Parent and Guardian Orientation will run concurrently with the Student Orientation. Offered only to mothers, fathers, or guardians in the student's life, this program is designed to support the adjustment process that occurs when a student leaves home to start a college life and to familiarize you with the resources that are available within the University community.  Please be advised that lodging is not provided for attendees of the Parent and Guardian ProgramA list of nearby hotels and accommodations is available here.

During the three-day Orientation, you will hear from Boston College students, faculty, and administrators about this exciting and challenging transition. In panels, discussions, and informal conversations, you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts and learn more about important issues like academic expectations and community standards. During this time, offices and services across campus will be open for consultation. Because the needs of the parents and students differ, the two Orientations will run independently of each other.

Parents and guardians are advised that they will separate from their students after dinner on the first evening. The Parent and Guardian Orientation does not rejoin the Student Orientation until the closing program on the final afternoon. Reservations for the Parent and Guardian program is done via the on-line enrollment process and must be received by May 1, 2018. Due to limitations on space, students may register no more than two parents or guardians for Orientation. Siblings, friends, and unregistered parents and guardians will not be able to attend.


Please note: This page links to Adobe ReaderĀ® (PDF) formatted files. To view, you may need to download the free Adobe Reader.