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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the eligibilty for attending the Boston College Experience? 
Is this a commuter or residential program?
Can international students participate?
Where can students get an application for BCE?
How many students attend BCE? Is the admissions process competitive? 
What are the admissions criteria?
Is there financial assistance available?
How do students pay?
Will the credits earned in the BCE be transferable?
Do you take students to visit other colleges?
Will there be academic advising available?
Is there a curfew?
Are students free to leave campus?
Can a parent visit a student during the program?
Can a student visit relatives or family friends in the Boston area during the program?
Who can I contact at Boston College if I have more questions?

What is the eligibilty for attending the Boston College Experience?

Eligibility is dependent upon the individual program, but students must be entering grade 10 or above to be considered for admission. 

Is this a commuter or residential program?

BCE is primarily a residential program and students are encouraged to live on campus to get the full experience of the program. However, there are a number of students each year that choose to commute and they are welcome to participate in all of the program events. 

Can international students participate?

Yes, we welcome international students! Please be aware that there are additional documents that must be submitted as a part of the application for admission.

Where can students get an application for BCE?

Applications complete entirely online. To access the application please click here.

How many students attend BCE? Is the admissions process competitive?

At any given time during your time on campus, there may be up to 150-200 students on campus between all of our programs. We keep our programs smaller to provide a high quality, personalized experience for our students. Most of our applicants have excellent academic records and we accept well-qualified students early until we fill the program or the application deadline arrives.  

What are the admissions criteria?

We want to be sure that students selected for the program have the academic skills and personal maturity to be successful in a college environment. With that in mind our admissions staff evaluates each application individually.

We also understand that some students may have an excellent GPA but may struggle with standardized tests (or vice versa), or perhaps you had a difficult semester due to external circumstances. This is why your essay is important to us; it is your chance to tell us more about yourself than just your grades and test scores.

Is there financial assistance available?

At this time financial assistance is not available for BCE students.

How do students pay?

Once a student has been accepted to the program, instructions will be provided on how to pay through our online portal.

Will the credits earned in the BCE be transferable?

Most credits are transferrable to other institutions, but it is up to the discretion of each institution to determine whether credit will be given.

Do you take students to visit other colleges?

Yes, in past summers students have visited colleges and universities in the New England area on a weekly basis. Such visits have included Harvard University, M.I.T., Brown University, Tufts University, Boston University, and Northeastern University.

Will there be academic advising available?

Student enroll in the for-credit Boston College Experience Students will meet on a regular basis with academic advisors in the Woods College of Advancing Studies, and they can also seek out aid from their resident assistants throughout the program as needed.

Is there a curfew?

Yes. We consider curfew to be the time by which students must be in the residence hall. Sunday - Thursday the curfew is 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday the curfew is 11:00pm. All students must be in their rooms by 12:00 AM. 

Are students free to leave campus?

Students may leave campus but must notify a BCE staff member of their destination prior to leaving campus and must be accompanied by at least two other students. 

Can a parent visit a student during the program?

Parents may visit their student during their program but must notify the BCE Program Director if they will be taking the student off-campus.

Can a student visit relatives or family friends in the Boston area during the program?

Students can visit relatives or family friends but must complete the check out process with the Program Director one business day in advance. We strongly encourage students to remain on-campus with their peers for the duration of the program, as the six weeks do pass quickly.

Who can I contact at Boston College if I have more questions?

We can be reached by email at bce@bc.edu or by phone at 617-552-3900.