In addition to a faculty advisor assigned to all Boston College students, each varsity team has an academic counselor who serves as an additional contact for academic assistance. Academic counselors support student-athletes by monitoring academic progress; supporting faculty in the classroom; helping student-athletes articulate their needs; involving students with counseling services, career services, academic advising by faculty, and deans; recognizing and rewarding scholarship; and supporting an interdisciplinary, team approach to learning.
SAAS tutors are available to all varsity student-athletes to assist them with their course work, while at the same time promoting skill development for independent learning. Our tutorial program is certified under the College Reading and Learning Association. Sessions are available across a wide range of subject areas, including math, history, science, writing, and foreign languages.
The Murphy Family Study Center
SAAS' Murphy Family Study Center is an extensive study area with computers and printers for student use. The center serves as the primary tutorial area for SAAS and offers students an easily accessible study area, close to athletic facilities. The Center provides a managed study environment to help ease the transition to the increased academic workload of college. Some student-athletes are responsible for hours of study each week, and their academic counselors work closely with student-athletes and coaches to monitor academic progress.
Success-Oriented Academic Resources (SOAR)
The Success-Oriented Academic Resources (SOAR) program utilizes individualized academic plans (IAP) to assist student-athletes with their transition to Boston College, and each student-athlete's IAP is designed to meet their unique needs as they develop time management, organization, and study skills. IAP's may include weekly meetings with an academic counselor, learning specialist, strategy tutor, and content tutor, along with mandatory study hours in the academic center. Participation in the SOAR program is based on a student-athlete's academic profile as determined by SAAS staff.
Student-Athletes with Learning Disabilities
Boston College provides services and accommodations for students with learning disabilities according to their individual needs. In order to be eligible for academic accommodations, students must submit current and comprehensive documentation of their disability to the learning specialist at SAAS who coordinates services for all student-athletes with learning disabilities. Students with learning disabilities may be eligible for a variety of learning supports and accommodations based on the specific nature of their learning needs.