Welcome to the start of an exciting four years at Boston College. The following activities are designed to assist your transition to college life and connect you with many of the opportunities, offices, and people on campus.
We invite you to take advantage of as many of these activities as you can. Please note that some of the events are mandatory for all first-year students.
***Please note some of these event's dates, times, and locations
may be subject to change.***
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- ★ Denotes mandatory first-year event.
Meal costs for mandatory events are deducted from the residential meal plan.
First Year Move in
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Welcome Tents
Visit Welcome tents on Upper Campus, Newton Campus, and outside Conte Forum for refreshments, campus information, and giveaways.
Building Meetings / Dinner/ Floor Meetings ★
Enjoy a BBQ dinner with Resident Assistants and classmates, then chill out with ice cream served by your very own Boston College Police Department.
|Dinner||Building Meeting||Floor Meeting||Late Night|
|Hardey-Cushing/CKM||6:30 - 7:15 pm||5:00 - 6:15 pm||7:30 - 8:30 pm||8:45 pm|
|Duchesne/CLXF||5:00 - 5:45 pm||6:30 - 7:45 pm||7:55 - 8:55 pm||9:15 pm|
|Keyes/FSG/Williams||5:45 - 6:30 pm||8:00 - 9:15 pm||6:45 - 7:45 pm||9:30 pm|
Grit'n'Wit Challenge Course (Following Building Meetings)
9:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. | Alumni Stadium (Rain location: Conte Forum)
At Grit 'N Wit you have the opportunity to try something different. To push yourself physically and mentally. To overcome challenges and obstacles. And help your teammates accomplish the same.
Language Placement exams
9:00 a.m. —11:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. —1:00 p.m. | Outside Conte Forum
University Welcome ★
11:00 a.m. | Conte Forum
University leaders will welcome the Class of 2022 to Boston College.
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Conte Forum Concourse
Faculty, staff, and students will provide information on specialized academic programs and majors/minors, volunteer opportunities, campus retreats, campus recreation, intramurals, student employment, and other opportunities available at Boston College. Explore the opportunities at your own pace and connect with people who can answer your questions and provide you with valuable information.
Welcome Receptions | Locations Across Campus
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Meet administrators, student leaders, and faculty and learn about opportunities to get involved on campus. Visit at least six different programs for a chance to win an iPad mini. Just remember to drop off your completed passports to the Student Affairs reception area on the 4th floor of Maloney Hall by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 25!
Montserrat Open House
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | 36 College Road
The Montserrat Office wants to celebrate with our new Montserrat freshmen class! Come hang with Ms. Smiley, Frank and Vanessa - join them for free food and a welcome gift. Open to all Montserrat students!
Learning to Learn, McNair Scholars Program Open House
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | 50 College Road
Welcome to the Heights, class of 2022! We invite you to join us for cookies, conversation, and Coca-Cola. Learning to Learn is the Boston College academic home for first generation, low-income, and students with disabilities. Stop by during the welcome reception and see all that we have to offer.
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Stokes Lawn/ Rain: Murray Function Room
Join the Career Center for an afternoon of fun and games. Meet Career Center staff and learn about career resources available to you during your time at Boston College. We will have lawn games, art displays, relay races, and more!
Stand Up BC: Speak About It ★
4:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
A performance about healthy relationships, boundaries, and consent.
|Hardey-Cushing||4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m||Heights Room|
|CKM||4:00 p.m.–5:00 pm||Robsham Theater|
|Duchesne||5:45 p.m –6:45 pm||Heights Room|
|FSG/Williams||5:45 p.m –6:45 p.m.||Robsham Theater|
|Keyes||7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.||Heights Room|
|CLXF||7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.||Robsham Theater|
Movie Night: Black Panther
9:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. | O'Neill (rain location Rec Plex)
Join the Class of 2022 for a movie “under the stars” on O'Neill Plaza. We will be watching Marvel's Black Panther! Free giveaways and snacks!
Advising Meetings by School
Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Major Advising Meetings ★
Session I 10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. | Conte Forum
Session II 11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. | Conte Forum
All College of Arts and Sciences first-year students will meet their pre-major faculty advisors to discuss their academic plans and advising resources for their four years at Boston College. Students will receive an email with their session time prior to their meeting. A light continental breakfast will be served, meal costs will be debited from student meal plans.
Connell School of Nursing Orientation and Lunch ★
10:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. | McGuinn Hall 121 Auditorium
Nursing students will meet their peer advisors for lunch and will be introduced to the Nursing faculty and technology resources.
Lynch School of Education Orientation and Lunch ★
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. | Cushing Hall 001 Auditorium
First-year students in the Lynch School of Education will meet the Deans, first-year ERA instructors, peer mentors, and fellow classmates.
Portico Trip to Boston ★
10:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
All first year Carroll School students will meet their Portico Teaching Assistants in their assigned classroom locations prior to leaving for Boston.
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. | Conte Circle
Journey into Boston with upperclassmen to learn more about the wonderful city of Boston and all it has to offer. Meet your excursion leaders and travel into the city as a group. Trips will last approximately three to four hours. Registration is required.
Optional Campus Tour
3:00 p.m. | Devlin Hall
Join a member of the Student Admission Program (SAP) for a tour around campus and get acquainted with buildings and classrooms before school starts on Monday. Tour will depart outside of Devlin Hall at 3 PM.
4th Annual Comm Ave Classic
7:00 p.m. | Boston University Walter Brown Arena
Current and former NHL players face off in this Boston College vs Boston University alumni hockey game in honor of Pete Frates, Dick Kelley, Travis Roy, and all those who have been affected by ALS and spinal cord injuries. All proceeds benefit Compassionate Care ALS, the Pete Frates Home Health Initiative, and the Travis Roy Foundation. The game has raised over $180,000 since its inception in 2015. This year, notable players include Kevin Hayes, Brian Dumoulin, Johnny Gaudreau, Nathan Gerbe, and Cory Schneider. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or the Boston University Ticket Office.
For more information on the game, please visit http://commaveclassic.com/
Ticket Link: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/010054CC674C2323
The Class of 2022 Takes Over Target!
9:30 p.m. Newton Campus Departure
10:00 p.m. College Road Departure
The local Target store will be open, enjoy shopping with classmates, find gear for your room, and pick up any last minute items before classes begin.
Class of 2022 Picture ★
11:30 a.m. –12:00 p.m. | Alumni Stadium
Put on your SuperFan shirt and join your classmates for a Welcome Week tradition–Eagles on the Field!
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 | Conte Forum
Learn some of BC's traditions and pick up your pair of free 2016 SuperFan sunglasses! Join members of the Boston College Football Team, Spirit Squad, and Screaming Eagles Marching Band for an introduction to the SuperFan rituals and traditions of gameday!
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Robsham Theatre
Upperclassmen share their stories about understanding identity, difference, and the meaning of community at Boston College.
Session #1 (2:00 - 2:45 PM):
Session #2 (3:15 - 4:00 PM):
Session #3 (4:30 - 5:15 PM):
Session #4 (5:45 - 6:30 PM):
Following the program, students will meet with fellow residents and facilitators for discussion. Students will report to following classroom(s):
Debrief #1 (3:15- 4:00PM):
Debrief #2 (4:30 - 5:15 PM):
Debrief #3 (5:45 - 6:30 PM):
Debrief #4 (7:00 - 7:45 PM):
BC Boardwalk | Conte Forum
9:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.
Join the Campus Activities Board (CAB) in Conte Forum for an evening full of activities. We will have giveaways, rides, games, and traditional carnival food!
Bookstore Open House
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | McElroy
During this time, the Bookstore will be open exclusively for first year students. We will have raffles and door prizes!
BC Rec 3 v. 3 Soccer Tournament (Location TBD)
10:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. Sign Ups by the Doug Flutie Statue (Outside of Alumni Stadium)
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tournament in Alumni Stadium
Calling all Freshmen! Interested in participating in Intramural Sports here at BC? Come out to a 3v3 Soccer tournament as an introduction to BC IMs and learn more about how to create an account, register a team, and much more! Tournament registration will take place from 10:30-11:00am, with the tournament running from 11:00am-2:00pm. Any questions can be directed to Andrew Lutz (Lutzab@bc.edu) and Jonathan Sanders (firstname.lastname@example.org)
11:00 a.m. | BC Rec Plex
Lace up your sneakers for a casual run/walk around a popular campus trail. Meet at the entrance of the Rec Plex and head out for a two-mile jog led by members of Club Running Meet fellow runners and learn some local trails. Runners of all levels welcome.
11:00 a.m. | St. Joseph's Chapel
All students are welcome to campus Masses as we all nurture and celebrate the faith life of the Boston College community. For a list of places of worship for various faith traditions in the surrounding community, visit bc.edu/worship.
1:30 p.m. –3:00 p.m. | Multi-Faith Center (66 Commonwealth Avenue Residence Hall)
Sponsored by the Office of Residential LIfe and Campus Ministry
Alcohol Culture Defined
3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Session I (Keys, Duchesne @ Trinity Chapel | CLXF, Kostka @ Robsham)
5:00 p.m.-5:45 p.m. (Hardey-Cushing @ Trinity Chapel | FSG, Cheverus, Medeiros @ Robsham)
In this session you will learn about the culture of the use of alcohol, and other substances, on campus from staff and current studnets.
5:00 p.m. | St. Joseph's Chapel
Hall Talks ★
6:00 p.m. | Residence Halls
Discussions with your Resident Assistants about the Boston College community and preparing for the college experience.
6:00 p.m. | Lannon Chapel
A Cappella Concert
9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Robsham Theater
Enjoy the melodious harmonies of our talented A Cappella organizations. From gospel to rhythm and blues, all kinds of music will ring across the Heights. Socialize, meet new friends, and relax before classes begin.
Registration is required.
8:00 p.m. | St. Joseph's Chapel, Trinity Chapel, St. Ignatius Church (lower church)
10:15 p.m. | Heights Room
Start of Classes
Fall Group Fitness Classes Start
Check out schedules at www.bc.edu/rec
Check out the interim group fitness schedule for a first-week sampling of what Campus Recreation has to offer to keep you fit and healthy throughout the semester.
Transfer Student Welcome
4:00 p.m. | Maloney Hall 412
Student Involvement Fair
Friday, August 31, 2018
10 a.m.–2 p.m. | Stokes Lawn
Come learn how to get involved with student organizations and campus activities at Boston College!