Dear Boston College Parents:
This edition of Parent Update is dedicated to transitions—helping you help your student make a smooth passage to the coming year.
Students have settled into the academic year, and are already preparing for mid-terms. Some—second-year students in particular—are making plans to move off campus next year. Our lead story outlines the services Boston College makes available to students and families as they prepare for the third-year move.
This edition of Parent Update also includes a feature on BC After Hours—a new initiative that is keeping the lights on later at night in common spaces on campus, expanding the number of public spaces where students can study, rehearse, meet, socialize—or just charge their phones or grab a late-night snack.
Wishing you and your student continuing success this fall.
Joy Moore ’81, Hon. ’10
Getting Ready for Junior Year Off Campus »
In any given semester, some 1,200 of Boston College’s 9,377 undergraduates live off campus. That includes 65 percent of all juniors, many of whom opt to study abroad for one or both semesters. Here’s how the Office of Residential Life helps ease the off-campus transition, and encourages a sense of community among students and neighbors.
Encourage your sophomore to sign up for this free, three-day (Jan. 9–11) career exploration program, where students can reflect, explore, and prepare to act on their career goals. Space is limited.
College students’ lives don’t fit snugly into a conventional 24-hour day. BC After Hours provides students with more locations and resources to study, meet, socialize, and rehearse after hours.
A Boston College Senior Survey reveals that members of the Class of 2017 were overwhelmingly satisfied with their Boston College experience, with 87 percent saying they would choose BC again.
Cold and flu season will soon be upon us, and University Health Services has launched a new Student Health Portal that allows students to self-schedule appointments from the convenience of their mobile devices.
- It’s Not Too Early to Book Your Hotel »
Commencement takes place May 20, 2019. Remember, Greater Boston is home to numerous colleges and universities, many of which have graduation exercises scheduled at approximately the same time. It’s best to book early.
- Mid-year Baccalaureate Mass and Reception »
Seniors completing their degree requirements by the end of the fall semester are invited to attend a Baccalaureate Mass and reception in their honor on December 10, 2018. Those who plan to attend the May Commencement Ceremony must notify their respective Dean's offices.
- Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities and Limited Mobility »
If you or a family member will need assistance navigating campus during Commencement weekend, resources are available to make your time on campus comfortable and enjoyable.
Coming up at the Career Center:
- Endeavor—The Liberal Arts Advantage for Sophomores: January 9–11; registration is open now through October 31. Space is limited.
- One-day Job Shadow Program: January 3–8. If you're a parent interested in working with undergraduates as a BC Job Shadow host, your participation is welcome. Register online before October 19.
Senior Class Photos: Remind your student to schedule a senior class photo for the Sub Turri yearbook.
Spring semester course registration begins on November 8.
Undergraduate student advising for spring semester is underway
Thanksgiving holiday: November 21–23
Last day to officially withdraw from a course or from the University: November 26
Study days: December 11–12
Final exams: December 13–20
Holiday break: December 21–January 14
Posted grades on Agora portal: Late December
The Class of 2022 assembles on Alumni Field for their official photo, kicking off their first year on the Heights. View video »
BWelcome Week is a student's first introduction to campus life. See what we had in store for your student that week. View slideshow »
Is your student a frequent user of BC Dining? Consider adding the Flex Plan to his/her account and ensure access to healthy food choices on campus. Learn more »