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Undergraduate Admission

Admission Information

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1863, Boston College is dedicated to intellectual excellence and to its Jesuit, Catholic heritage. Boston College recognizes the essential contribution a diverse community of students, faculty and staff makes to the advancement of its goals and ideals in an atmosphere of respect for one another and for the University’s mission and heritage. Accordingly, Boston College commits itself to maintaining a welcoming environment for all people and extends its welcome in particular to those who may be vulnerable to discrimination on the basis of their race, ethnic or national origin, religion, color, age, gender, marital or parental status, veteran status, disabilities or sexual orientation.

Boston College seeks to maintain an undergraduate student body that represents a broad variety of abilities, backgrounds, and interests. Therefore, in selecting students, the Committee on Admission looks for demonstrated evidence of academic ability, intellectual curiosity, strength of character, motivation, energy and promise for personal growth and development. Requests for financial aid do not affect decisions on admission. The Undergraduate Admission website provides further details on the application requirements and deadlines.

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Admission from Secondary School

While specific courses are not required, the Office of Undergraduate Admission recommends that students pursue a strong college preparatory program that includes four units of English, mathematics, social studies, and foreign language, as well as four units of a natural science. Such a program provides a solid foundation for high quality college work, as well as a stronger application in a highly selective admission process.

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Standardized Testing

  • The SAT (writing section is optional) or
  • The American College Test (ACT) (writing section is optional)
  • The submission of SAT subject exams is optional

All standardized test results are used in the admission process. Applicants are required to take all standardized tests no later than the October administration date of their senior year for Early Action and by December of their senior year for Regular Decision.

The Committee on Admission will select the best combination of individual section scores when evaluating an application. International students for whom English is not their primary native language are required to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Students who score 600 or above in the SAT EBRW or 27 or better on the ACT English section may have this requirement waived.

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Application Procedures

Regular Freshman Admission

Students applying to Boston College should submit the Common Application, the Boston College Writing Supplement and a $80 application fee no later than January 1. Both the Common Application and Boston College Writing Supplement are available on the Common Application website. Candidates are notified of action taken on their applications no later than April 1.

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Early Action

Applicants may not apply to another school Early Decision; however, they may apply to other programs as Early Action as permitted by the other schools they are considering.

Academically outstanding candidates who view Boston College as a top choice for their undergraduate education and who wish to learn of their admission early in their senior year may consider applying Early Action. Because it is impossible to gauge the size and quality of the applicant pool at this early stage, admission is more selective at Early Action than during Regular Decision. Students must submit the Boston College Writing Supplement and the Common Application on or before November 1. At Early Action, students may be admitted, deferred to the Regular Decision applicant pool, or denied admission. Candidates will learn of the Admission Committee's decision prior to December 25. Candidates admitted to Boston College under Early Action have until May 1 to reserve their places in the next freshman class.

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International Student Admission

International students are expected to submit the same credentials (transcripts, recommendations, standardized tests, etc.) as domestic applicants. All documents should be submitted in English. If the credentials must be translated, the original must be submitted along with the translation. All international students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum TOEFL score of 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 100 on the internet-based exam is recommended. A minimum IELTS score of 7.5 is recommended. Students applying from British systems must be enrolled in an A Level program to be considered.

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Transfer admission applications are available to students who have successfully completed three or more transferable courses (9 credits minimally) at a regionally accredited college or university. Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to be considered for admission. Competitive applicants typically have a 3.4 to 3.7 cumulative grade point average. Students are encouraged to finish one full year of studies before seeking admission-in-transfer. Because a record of college achievement would not be available at the time of consideration, first semester freshmen may not apply for admission to the term beginning in January.

All candidates for transfer admission should submit the Transfer Common Application, the Boston College Writing Supplement, and all other required forms along with the $75 application fee. All portions of the Transfer Application can be found on the transfer website at

NOTE: A College Report must be submitted for every undergraduate institution attended full-time by the applicant. Additional copies of this form may be obtained from the Common Application website.

All supporting documents must be sent directly to the Boston College Undergraduate Processing Center, PO Box 67485, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 by the sending institution. Transcripts issued to students and photocopies will not be accepted. The deadline for submitting applications is March 15 for the fall and November 1 for the spring. Fall candidates will be notified of action taken on their applications between May 1 and June 15. Spring candidates will be notified between November 30 and December 25.

Please consult the transfer admission website for additional information about admission-in-transfer.

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Transfer of Credit

Boston College transfer credit policies are established by the Deans and Faculty of each undergraduate division. Course evaluations are completed by the Office of Transfer Admission. Any questions regarding the evaluation of courses, either before or after enrollment, should be directed to the Office of Transfer Admission.

At Boston College, transfer credit is established on a course-by-course basis. Transferable courses must have been completed at regionally accredited colleges or universities and must be similar in content, depth, and breadth to courses taught at Boston College. In addition, a minimum grade of C- must have been earned. BC students must complete the following number of credit hours for graduation: Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences—120, Carroll School of Management—120, Lynch School of Education—120, and Connell School of Nursing—117. A maximum of 60 credit hours will be allowed in transfer. The unit of credit at Boston College is the semester hour. Most courses earn three semester hours of credit. Lab sciences usually earn four semester hours of credit. In order to be eligible for Boston College transfer credit, courses must have earned at least three semester hours or an equivalent number of credits (e.g., four quarter hours).

No credit will be granted for internships, field experiences, practica, or independent study.

Applicants seeking to have online courses accepted in transfer by Boston College should submit a syllabus for each course, including information about contact hours and exam requirements.

Grade point averages do not transfer with students. A new grade point average begins with the commencement of a student's career at the University, and reflects only work completed as a full-time undergraduate at Boston College.

For transfer students, courses taken during the summer prior to enrollment at Boston College should be approved in advance by the Office of Transfer Admission to avoid difficulty in the transfer of credits. For all incoming freshmen and currently enrolled students, all summer courses must be approved in advance by the appropriate deans.

College credit courses taken in high school with high school teachers and other high school students cannot be used for credit. These courses may be assigned advanced placement units only if a corresponding College Board AP exam is taken and a qualifying score is earned.

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Date of Graduation

All undergraduate students are expected to spend four years enrolled as full-time students in order to earn a bachelor's degree.

Students generally may not accelerate the date of graduation stated in the acceptance letter, with the following exception: students who enter Boston College after three or four semesters at a school where the normal credit requirements are less than those at Boston College, and who experience a loss of one semester in their status as a result. If students have attended only one school prior to Boston College and the loss of status is due solely to differences between academic systems, students will be allowed to make up their status and graduate with their class.

A transfer student's date of graduation is determined by the number of credits accepted in transfer and the number of Boston College semesters these satisfy. The normal academic load for undergraduates is five 3- or 4-credit courses per semester. Thus, students are expected to have completed 30 credits at the end of one year, 45 at the end of a year and a half, and 60 credits at the end of two years. In determining a transfer student's date of graduation, leeway of six credits is allowed without loss of status. For example, students completing 24–30 credits are accepted as first-semester sophomores.

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Residency Requirement

The requirements for the bachelor's degree generally include a minimum of eight semesters of full‑time enrollment, at least four semesters of which must be at Boston College.

Transfer students may need more than eight semesters in total in order to complete all the university’s degree requirements. As long as transfer students abide by all relevant University academic regulations, including at least four semesters at Boston College, they may seek to regain their original graduation-year status through course overloads and summer courses. In such cases, transfer students will not incur additional tuition charges for course overloads. Transfer students who seek to regain their original graduation date should consult with their associate dean to confirm that they are eligible to do so.

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Special Students

Only those persons who wish to be enrolled as full-time day students are admitted by the Office of Undergraduate Admission. All other students wishing to attend Boston College on a part-time basis, for either day or evening classes, should contact the Dean of the James A. Woods, S.J., College of Advancing Studies, St. Mary’s Hall South, Ground Floor, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

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Advanced Placement Units

There are a number of ways to earn advanced placement units at Boston College including qualifying scores on College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams, International Baccalaureate exams, British A Level exams, French Baccalaureate exams, as well as results from the German Abitur, and the Swiss Maturité and Italian Maturità. Official results from all testing should be sent to the Office of Transfer Admission for evaluation. Qualifying scores will be assigned advanced placement units as outlined briefly below and detailed at

College Board Advanced Placement (AP)

Depending on the exam, each score of 4 or 5 on individual exams will be awarded either 3 or 6 AP units (depending on the exam) and will generally satisfy corresponding Core requirements.

Each academic department at Boston College determines how AP units can or cannot be used to fulfill major requirements. Refer to individual department websites for more information on major requirements.

Arts: Students receiving a score of 4 or 5 on the Art History or any of the Studio Art exams (Drawing, 2-D, 3-D) are considered to have fulfilled the Core requirement in Arts. (3 AP units)

Computer Science: The AP exam in Computer Science does not fulfill Core requirements. Students interested in the CS major should consult with the department to determine if any placement out of major requirements may be earned with scores of 4 or 5 on any of the Computer Science exams. (3 AP units if applicable)

English: Students receiving a 4 or 5 on the AP English Language exam are exempt from the writing core. Students receiving a 4 or 5 on the AP English Literature exam are exempt from the literature core. (3 AP units for each score of 4 or 5).

Foreign Language: Students receiving scores of 3, 4 or 5 in a foreign language exam (4 or 5 only in Classical, German and Eastern languages) will have satisfied the University foreign language requirement in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences and the Carroll School of Management. Only scores of 4 or 5 will be awarded AP units. (6 AP units for scores of 4 and 5, no AP units are assigned for a score of 3). Reference the Language Proficiency section for further details.

History: Students receiving a 4 or 5 on the AP exam in American History are considered to have fulfilled the American Civilization requirement for the History major. The AP exam in American History does not fulfill the History Core requirement of two Modern History courses. Students receiving a score of 4 or 5 on the AP exam in European History or World History are considered to have fulfilled the Core requirement in History. (6 AP units each)

Human Geography: The AP in Human Geography does not fulfill a Core requirement and is not an assigned elective credit as it does not match a course taught at Boston College. (no units earned)

Mathematics: Students receiving exams scores of 4 or 5 on the AB Calculus, BC Calculus, or AB Calculus sub score are considered to have fulfilled the Core requirement in mathematics in all divisions except the Connell School of Nursing. Boston College's MATH1180 must be taken for the Mathematics Core in Nursing. (3 AP units are earned for a 4 or 5 on Calc AB or BC subscore, 6 AP units for Calc BC)

Natural Science: Students receiving a 4 or 5 on the AP exams in Biology or Chemistry are considered to have fulfilled the two course Natural Science Core requirement. Students receiving a 4 or 5 on any of the single Physics exams (Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C- Mechanics, Physics C- Electricity and Magnetism) are considered to have fulfilled one Natural Science Core. Students scoring a 4 or 5 on the Environmental Science exam are considered to have fulfilled one of the two course Natural Science requirements.

Psychology: Qualifying scores (4 or 5) on the Psychology AP exam fulfill one of the two social science requirements for the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences and the Connell School of Nursing. CSOM and LSOE have other social science requirements. For psychology majors a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Psychology examination can be substituted for either PSYC1110 Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science or PSYC1111 Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science, but students substituting an AP exam score for PSYC1110 or 1111 are required to take an additional 2000-level psychology course (for a total of four courses at the 2000-level) to complete their major in Psychology. (3 AP units)

Social Science: Students receiving a 4 or 5 on the AP exam in either U.S. Government and Politics, Comparative Government and Politics, Microeconomics, or Macroeconomics are considered to have fulfilled half the Social Science requirement. Students who have received a 4 or 5 on two of the preceding exams are considered to have fulfilled the Core requirement in Social Science for the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences and Connell School of Nursing. Only Micro economics and Macro economics with 4 or 5 can fulfill the Carroll School of Management requirement. The Social Science Core for the Lynch School of Education cannot be fulfilled with these courses. (3 AP units each)

Statistics: Students entering the Carroll School of Management who have received a score of 5 on the AP Statistics exam are considered to have fulfilled the Carroll School of Management Statistics requirement. (3 AP units). NOTE: AP Stats cannot be used to fulfill the Stats requirement in the MCAS Economics major.

International Baccalaureate

Each score of 6 or 7 on Higher Level exams will earn 6 advanced placement units and will generally satisfy a corresponding Core requirement. For further details, visit

British A Levels

Advanced placement units will be assigned and may be used to fulfill Core or major requirements using the following guidelines:

6 units for grades of A or B
3 units for grades of C
Grades lower than C do not qualify
3 units will be assigned for AS levels with grades of A or B (nothing for C and lower)
Units may be used to fulfill corresponding Core or major requirements

For further details, visit

French Baccalaureate

For all subjects with a coefficient of 5 or higher, AP units will be assigned as follows:

6 units for scores of 13 or higher
3 units for scores of 10–12
Scores below 10 do not qualify.
Units may be used to fulfill corresponding Core or major requirements.

No advanced placement will be awarded for English.

For further details, visit

Italian Maturità

For students who earn an exam score of 70 or higher on the final exam, advanced placement units will be awarded only for subjects in which the written exam was taken (no placement for oral exams) and the average score for the final exam over the last two years is 7 or higher. No advanced placement units can be earned for English.

For further details, visit

German Abitur

Placement will be considered for the four subjects scored in the Abitur final exams. In the two subjects listed, the “main subject” with scores of 10 or higher, 6 advanced placement units will be awarded in corresponding subject areas. For two additional “basic course” with scores of 10 or higher, 3 advanced placement units will be earned in corresponding subject areas. No advanced placement units can be earned for English.

For further details, visit

Swiss Maturité

Advanced placement units can be earned for exam scores of 4 or better. No advanced placement units can be earned for English.

For further details, visit

College Courses Taken During High School

Advanced placement units can be earned for college courses taken during high school according to the following guidelines:

Courses Taken at a High School:

Students enrolled in courses designated as “college courses” that are taken at the high school with a high school teacher may only earn advanced placement units if corresponding College Board AP exams are taken and qualifying scores are earned. A college transcript alone cannot be used to earn advanced placement units for these courses.

Courses Taken on a College Campus:

College coursework taken on a college campus with a college professor and with other college students either during the academic year or over the summer may be evaluated for advanced placement units. Each 3- or 4-credit course with a grade of B or better will earn three advanced placement units. College transcripts for these courses should be submitted to the Office of Transfer Admission by August 1.

For further details, visit

Advanced Standing

Students who earn a total of 24 advanced placement units may be eligible for Advanced Standing and have the option to complete their undergraduate studies in three years. Students interested in this option should be in touch with their Dean following completion of their first semester at BC. No decision on Advanced Standing will be made prior to this time. Students seeking Advanced Standing must be able to complete all degree requirements by the proposed graduation date and be approved for Advanced Standing by the Dean before the start of the third year of undergraduate study.

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Language Proficiency Requirement

All students in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences and the Carroll School of Management* must demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in a foreign or classical language in order to graduate from Boston College. The Lynch School of Education and the Connell School of Nursing do not have a language requirement.

The SAT II Subject and AP test scores below demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency at Boston College.

Subject TestSAT ScoreAP ScoreRequirement Fulfilled
Chinese6504Demonstrates Language Proficiency
French5503Demonstrates Language Proficiency
German6004Demonstrates Language Proficiency
Italian5503Demonstrates Language Proficiency
Japanese6504Demonstrates Language Proficiency
Korean6504Demonstrates Language Proficiency
Latin6004Demonstrates Language Proficiency
Modern Hebrew6504Demonstrates Language Proficiency
Spanish5503Demonstrates Language Proficiency

*Note: Beginning with the class of 2022, Carroll School will no longer have a language requirement.

Other Exams and Exam Score Minimums

  • British A levels: Languages other than English A/B/C levels
  • International Baccalaureate: Higher level foreign or modern classical language 6 or 7
  • General Certificate of Education: German A level
  • Successful completion of one of Boston College’s language tests (for languages other than French, Italian, and Spanish).
  • Successful demonstration of native proficiency by documentation or testing by one of Boston College’s language departments.

Fulfillment of the proficiency requirement by the examinations listed above does not confer course credit.

Course Work Meeting Language Proficiency Requirement

  • Successful completion of the second semester of an intermediate-level Boston College modern or classical language course.
  • Successful completion of one Boston College modern or classical language course beyond the intermediate level.
  • Carroll School of Management only: Successful completion of four years of high school language study (need not be the same language, e.g., two years of Latin and two years of French).
  • Carroll School of Management only: Successful completion of one year of a new language for students who enter Boston College with three years of high school foreign language.

Students may not take foreign language courses on a pass/fail basis until they have completed the university’s language proficiency requirement. Language courses will count as Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences electives. Students with documented learning disabilities may be exempt from the language proficiency requirement and should consult with the Associate Dean.

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Financial Aid

Boston College offers a variety of assistance programs to help students finance their education. The Office of Student Services administers federal Title IV financial aid programs that include Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Teach Grants, Federal Direct Loans (Stafford and PLUS), and Federal Work-Study, as well as Nursing Loans. In addition, the office administers need-based institutional undergraduate grant and undergraduate scholarship programs, and undergraduate state scholarship and loan programs.

Financial aid application materials generally become available on the Student Services website ( each December for the following academic year. Students wishing to be considered for assistance from federal, state, or institutional sources must complete all required forms.

Most forms of assistance at Boston College, whether institutional, federal, or state, are awarded on the basis of financial need. Need is defined as the difference between the total expenses of attending Boston College and the family's calculated ability to contribute towards those expenses. Students with the greatest financial need are given preference for most financial aid programs, and thus, tend to receive larger financial aid awards.

For more complete information on financial aid at Boston College, visit the Student Services website at

General Information

It is the student's responsibility to know and comply with all requirements and regulations of the financial aid programs in which they participate. Financial aid awards may be reduced or cancelled if the requirements of the award are not met. Students receiving any Federal Loans are expected to accept responsibility for the promissory note and all other agreements that they sign. Students must comply with all Federal Work-Study dates and deadlines.

All financial aid awards are made under the assumption that the student status (full-time, three-quarter-time, half-time, and less than half-time enrollment in the Woods College of Advancing Studies) has not changed. Any change in the student's status must be reported, in writing, to the Office of Student Services as it can affect the financial aid award.

A student's enrollment in a study abroad program approved for credit by the home institution may be considered enrollment at the home institution for the purpose of applying for assistance under the Title IV, HEOA programs. Students receiving Federal Title IV funds are subject to the following withdrawal/refund process for those funds: The University is required to return to the federal aid programs the amount of aid received that was in excess of the aid "earned" for the time period the student remained enrolled. Students who remain enrolled through at least 60% of the payment period (semester) are considered to have earned 100% of the aid received. If the University is required to return funds to Title IV aid programs, those funds must be returned in the following order: Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loans (Stafford), Federal Subsidized Direct Loans (Stafford), Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Direct PLUS, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and Federal TEACH Grants.

The MassGrant from Massachusetts also follows the above Federal refund policy. Nursing Loans as well as Pennsylvania and Vermont State Scholarships follow the University's refund policy.

Returning funds to these programs could result in a balance coming due to the University on the student’s account.

In addition, federal regulations require that schools monitor the academic progress of each applicant for federal financial assistance and that the school certify that the applicant is making satisfactory academic progress toward earning his/her degree. Please refer to Boston College’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for detailed information. 

Financial aid recipients have the right to appeal their financial aid award. However, the student should understand that Boston College has already awarded the best financial aid package possible based on the information supplied. Therefore, any appeal made should be based on new, additional information not already included in the student's original application material. An appeal should be made by letter to the student's Financial Aid Associate.

When applying for financial aid, the student has the right to ask the following:

  • what the cost of attending is, and what the policies are on refunds to students who drop out.
  • what financial assistance is available, including information on all federal, state, local, private, and institutional financial aid programs.
  • what the procedures and deadlines are for submitting applications for each available financial aid program.
  • what criteria the institution uses to select financial aid recipients.
  • how the institution determines financial need. This process includes how costs for tuition and fees, room and board, travel, books and supplies, personal and miscellaneous expenses, etc., are considered in the student's budget. It also includes what resources (such as parental contribution, other financial aid, student assets, etc.) are considered in the calculation of need.
  • how much of the student's financial need, as determined by the institution, has been met. Students also have the right to request an explanation of each type of aid, and the amount of each, in their financial aid award package.
  • students receiving loans have the right to know what the interest rate is, the total amount that must be repaid, the length of time given to repay the loan, when repayment must start, and any cancellation and deferment provisions that apply. Students offered a Work-Study job have the right to know what kind of job it is, what hours are expected, what the duties will be, what the rate of pay will be, and how and when they will be paid.

A student also has the responsibility to:

  • pay special attention to his or her application for student financial aid, complete it accurately, and submit it on time to the right place. Errors can delay the receipt of the financial aid package.
  • provide all additional information requested by either the Office of Student Services or the agency to which the application was submitted.
  • read and understand all forms he or she is asked to sign, and keep copies of them.
  • perform in a satisfactory manner, as determined by the employer, the work that is agreed upon in accepting a Federal Work-Study job.
  • know and comply with the deadlines for applications or reapplications for financial aid.
  • know and comply with the College's refund procedures.
  • notify the Office of Student Services and the lender of a loan (e.g., Federal Direct Loan (Stafford)) of any change in name, address, or school status.
  • complete the Entrance Interview process if he or she is a new loan borrower.
  • complete the Exit Interview process prior to withdrawal or graduation.

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First Year Experience

Research has strongly indicated that the initial experience and the first months of a student's matriculation are pivotal to overall success in college. The Office of First Year Experience at Boston College has a dual focus. First, to introduce the new students to the resources of the University so that they might maximize the integration of their gifts and skills with the opportunity afforded them at Boston College. Second, to assist in the inculturation process whereby these new students come to understand, appreciate, and act upon the uniqueness of Boston College as a Jesuit university in the Catholic tradition. The second stage is not seen as an exclusionary mark, but rather as a foundational and guiding philosophy that underpins the efforts of all in this University community. The concept of "magis," for the greater, is seen as a way of understanding personal development and service to others as integral to our pursuit of excellence. This vision we call Ignatian.

The two elements of the First Year Experience practically come together in the first instance during the seven summer Orientation sessions that extend over three days and two nights. A student program runs concurrently with a parent/guardian program during each of these sessions.

During the orientation, students will meet with academic deans and advisors to both discuss their academic options and register for their fall semester classes. Additionally, faculty, administrators, and peer orientation leaders will engage our first-year students in discussions of the intellectual, social, and spiritual life that is unique to Boston College, the value of diversity, the opportunities to participate in service, the availability of learning resources, and the consideration of behavioral choices during the college years. The forums for discussion are designed to be interactive as to welcome the newest members of our community into the spirit Boston College.

The parent/guardian program presents themes surrounding the issues of transition and adjustment which families will experience as a member enters college. The program sessions will address the ways students need to adjust to their new freedoms and responsibilities in order to maximize their college experience and discuss how parents/guardians can support their students during this stage of life.

Once the academic year begins, First Year Experience has organized programs aimed at continuing support for first year students as they negotiate the beginning of their college career. First Year Academic Convocation was created in 2004 to welcome students to the intellectual life of Boston College and the University’s commitment to making a difference in our world. Each year a book is chosen for the incoming class to read during the summer in preparation for the academic year. Past selections have included Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, Dreams of My Father by President Barack Obama, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, The Road to Character by David Brooks, and A Chance in the World by Steve Pemberton. In September of each year, The Office of First Year Experience gathers the incoming class for the ceremonial First Flight Procession through campus and the Annual First Year Academic Convocation for which the author of the chosen book is the keynote speaker. The guiding principal of this event is the charge that Ignatius of Loyola (founder of the Jesuit Order) gave to his followers to “Go, set the world aflame” (Ite, inflammate omnia).

48HOURS is a weekend experience open to all first-year students who are interested in finding ways to take advantage of BC's intellectual, social, and spiritual resources. Participants of this program hear senior student leaders speak personally and honestly about their own college transition process, focusing particularly on their first year ups and downs in regards to the topics of freedom and responsibility, the challenge of academics, co-curricular involvement, unexpected social pressures, and friends and relationships.

The Courage to Know: Exploring the Intellectual, Social, and Spiritual Landscapes of the College Experience (UNCS2201) is a Cornerstone Initiative seminar in which each instructor of the course serves as the academic advisor for the students in their section. In this seminar course, students are asked to examine various types of literature and media in order to reflect on how the course themes apply to society, college life, and students’ experiences.

The Freshman Leadership Project is an immersion experience occurring over the spring break. This volunteer opportunity incorporates the process and practice of leadership with a generous heart. First Year students will explore what it means to serve, to be a leader, and to have a vocation in life.

Through this programming, First Year Experience at Boston College is attempting to create what Ernest Boyer describes as the "scholarship of engagement." It does so uniquely in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition and as a first-rate academic institution interested in the development of character and leadership for a more just and humane twenty-first century.

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Special Programs

Capstone Seminar Program

The Capstone Seminar Program helps students to "cap off" their Boston College experience by a review of their education and a preview of their major life commitments after college. Capstone offers several integrative seminars each semester exclusively for seniors and second-semester juniors in all schools. The Capstone seminars explore the struggle to discern your own calling in life as you integrate the four crucial areas of work, relationships, society, and spirituality. Capstone seminars are taught by two dozen faculty from 20 different departments and all four colleges—Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Carroll School of Management, Lynch School of Education, and Connell School of Nursing—within Boston College. Seminars are limited to 15 to 20 students. All courses are listed between UNCP5500 and UNCP5599 in the Boston College Catalog. Many Capstone Seminars are also cross-listed in the home department of the professor and can be taken for elective credit by majors or minors in that department. Department regulations vary. You may take only one Capstone course during your academic career. Capstones cannot be taken as Pass/Fail. For information, contact the Program Director, Fr. James Weiss via e-mail at or see the University Courses section of this Catalog. You may also reference the Capstone Program website at

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Faculty and Staff Children Exchange Program (FACHEX)

FACHEX is an undergraduate tuition remission program for children of full-time faculty, administrators, and staff at participating Jesuit colleges and universities. The program for BC employees is administered through the Benefits Office in cooperation with the Office of Enrollment Management.

For Boston College employees, five consecutive years of full-time employment is required for establishing initial eligibility for the program. Employees must complete the FACHEX Certification Form available on the Boston College FACHEX website and return it to the Benefits Office for processing before December 1. Only the Benefits Office can certify an employee child as FACHEX eligible in the AJCU’s FACHEX Database, and this form contains the required information for entry. Employees should also consult the FACHEX website for information about rules of the program, and strongly consider contacting the FACHEX Coordinator at the participating colleges and universities their child is applying at, to follow those school’s specific admissions deadlines or requirements. BC does not maintain admissions policies of other schools in the program, and cannot advise on their behalf.

Employees should be aware, however, that FACHEX awards tend to be extremely limited in number and are highly competitive in terms of academic selectivity. As a result, there are no guarantees to the children of any given faculty or staff member that they will be able to utilize the FACHEX benefit at the institution of their choice. Also, many participating schools only consider incoming freshman applicants for FACHEX, so transfer students or upperclassmen may not be eligible.

Employees at other participating institutions should ask their respective Benefits Offices for information on requirements for eligibility. Parents and students should then visit the Boston College FACHEX website to view the necessary procedures and conditions for FACHEX applicants.

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Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program

The Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program is a university-wide, 4-year co-curricular honors program that uniquely expresses the Jesuit heritage of Boston College. Approximately 15 incoming freshmen are chosen each year from the top one to two percent of the national pool of students applying for Early Action admission to Boston College. Students are selected on the basis of superior academic achievement and promise, leadership potential, and a demonstrated commitment to service to society. The Program offers these extraordinary individuals the richest academic experience available at Boston College, one that encourages the pursuit of excellence both within and beyond the University walls. Presidential Scholars receive a full-tuition merit scholarship.

In addition to enrollment in one of the University's several departmental programs, during the academic year Scholars meet weekly to discuss their area of concentrations (science and pre-med, humanities, political science and international studies, and management, economics and finance), to share experiences and find greater wisdom in applying for study grants, language programs, internships, and fellowships, and to partake in the cultural life of Boston at the theater or the symphony. To complement the emphasis on ideas and ideals they encounter in their classes, and in their summer programs, Presidential Scholars also give presentations to their fellow scholars about a variety of their experiences including study abroad, Advanced Study Grants, internships and thesis writing. These presentations serve as additional avenues of inspiration to younger scholars, offering them a glimpse of the opportunities that are open to them throughout their college careers. In addition, these presentations offer the upperclassmen scholars the opportunity to develop and refine their public speaking skills.

During the spring semester freshman Presidential Scholars travel to a country in Europe, while the sophomore Scholars travel to a country in Latin America. These trips are intended to be the starting point in the Scholars’ journey of becoming “global citizens.” In their freshman year, they spend a week in a non-English speaking European country, so as to realize skills that meet the challenge of linguistic differences. In their sophomore year, they have an immersion experience of the social and economic challenges for our neighbors to the South.

In the summers, Scholars are challenged to test and apply what they have learned at Boston College to the world beyond the campus by participating in experiential learning programs focusing on service learning (after the first year), independent international study and travel (after the second year), and professional internship (after the third year).

Through this carefully balanced combination of academic rigor and co-curricular opportunities and challenges, the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program seeks to develop exceptional scholars and leaders for the Boston College community and far beyond.

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Office of International Programs (OIP)

International programs are an integral part of the undergraduate experience at BC. Each year approximately 1,200 students—or over 50% of a given graduating class—spend a semester, summer, or academic year studying, interning, conducting research, and/or volunteering abroad. BC collaborates with a variety of partner universities worldwide to administer programs in about 30 countries. To apply for semester/academic year programs abroad, students are required to have a 3.0 GPA and be in good disciplinary standing. Additional non-BC approved programs are listed on the OIP website. The OIP also offers around 30 short-term, faculty-led summer programs that are open to both BC and non-BC students and have no minimum GPA requirement. Students should begin planning to go abroad as early as their freshman year. Information on the OIP website, information sessions, and individual meetings with OIP advisors help students choose the best program for their academic needs.

For more information, please visit The OIP is located in Hovey House (258 Hammond Street, 617-552-3827).

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Academic Year Programs*

*Note: “BC in –” programs denote those options where there is some sort of coordinator/on-the ground support staff, in addition to services offered by the host institution. Services range from full-time coordinators to more limited support.


BC in Buenos Aires: Pontificia Universidad Catolica Argentina (UCA)
Semester or full-year program at this excellent private institution located in downtown Buenos Aires. Offerings include arts and music, economics and business, law and political science, humanities, and communication.

BC in Buenos Aires: Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
Semester or full-year program in Buenos Aires at one of Argentina's most prestigious private universities. Offerings include business, economics, political science, international studies, journalism, and history.


Monash University
One of the Australian Group of Eight schools (most distinguished research institutions). Semester or full-year program in a suburb of Melbourne. Offers courses across all disciplines.

Notre Dame University
Semester or full-year program at a small Jesuit university in Fremantle, Western Australia, with a wide range of courses across all subjects. Strongest in arts and humanities. Optional Australian Studies course with field trips.

University of Melbourne
One of the Group of Eight schools located in the heart of the city. Semester or full-year program. Exceptional in all subject areas, especially Arts and Sciences.

University of New South Wales
Semester or full-year program in Sydney with broad offerings across all disciplines. A Group of Eight school. Offers internships and optional pre-semester program to study the environment at the Great Barrier Reef. Possible internship unit.

University of Queensland
A Group of Eight school located in Brisbane. Semester or full-year program with a broad curriculum. Exceptional in all subject areas, especially biology, marine studies, psychology, business and economics. Research opportunities for students.

University of Western Australia
Group of Eight school located in Perth. Semester or full-year program with a broad, excellent curriculum. Strong in all subject areas—particularly sciences, environmental sciences, social sciences, business, education, and music.

University of Sydney

Group of Eight school located in Sydney. Semester or full-year program with a broad curriculum. The majority of students enroll in Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Science, Engineering and Information Technologies, and Health Sciences.


Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU)
Semester or full-year program at one of Europe’s top business schools, with courses taught in English for CSOM or Economics students. No prior German language required.


BC in Rio de Janeiro: Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
Semester or full-year program with courses in all disciplines. For students with elementary, intermediate, and advanced Portuguese as well as advanced Spanish skills. New English track in Brazilian and Latin American culture with a mandatory Portuguese course.


Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC)
Semester or full-year program in Santiago at Chile's premiere Catholic university. Courses include humanities, social sciences, economics, education, business, and law.

Universidad Alberto Hurtado (UAH)
Semester or full-year program at a small, prestigious Jesuit institution in Santiago. Good for social sciences, humanities, philosophy, business, literature, and pre-law.


Chinese University of Hong Kong

Semester or full-year program with a wide range of curricula offered in English. CUHK offers classes in business administration, education, engineering, law, medicine, science, and social science.

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Semester or full-year direct enrollment program with a strong focus on business/management. For CSOM students only. On campus housing, central location. Courses taught in English. No language requirement.

University of Hong Kong
Semester or full-year program suitable for most students especially those concentrating in the humanities and sciences. Business students welcome. On-campus housing, proximity to public transportation. Courses taught in English. No language requirement.


Copenhagen Business School
Semester or full-year program with courses taught in English for CSOM or economics students.

Copenhagen University
Semester or full-year program with courses taught in English in humanities, social sciences, law, health science, natural science, and theology.


BC in Quito: Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)
Semester or full-year program with course offerings across the disciplines. Limited science courses offered in English as well as courses in other subjects in Spanish. Community health course available for Nursing and premed students.


BC in London: King's College London, University of London
Semester or full-year program in London with course offerings across the disciplines including a strong pre-medical program.

BC in London: London School of Economics (LSE)
Full-year program in social sciences, including economics, finance, political science, and sociology.

BC in London: Queen Mary, University of London
Semester or full-year program in London’s vibrant and diverse East End. 

BC in London: Royal Holloway, University of London
Semester or full-year program with suburban, park land campus and a wide range of course offerings for MCAS and CSOM students.

BC in London: School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
Semester or full-year program in central London with specialist studies of Africa, Asia, and the Near and Middle East, including history, languages, politics, religion, and sociology.

BC in London: University College London, University of London
Semester or full-year program for MCAS students at the University of London's top-ranked college in central London.

University of Bristol
Semester or full-year program located in Bristol, England, with courses across the disciplines, including courses in the sciences for pre-medical students and in management for CSOM students.

Durham University
Full-year program offering courses across many disciplines including English, history, philosophy, theology, economics, and the sciences.

Lancaster University
Semester or full-year program with courses across the disciplines, including courses in the sciences for pre-medical students and in management for CSOM students.

University of Liverpool
Semester or full-year program with courses across the disciplines, including humanities, sciences, and management.

University of Oxford, Mansfield College

Full-year program only. Students from all colleges can participate in university-wide lectures, events, and groups.


BC in Paris: Université de Paris
Semester or full-year program based at the University of Paris. BC students attend the University of Paris IV (Sorbonne) or the University of Paris IX (Dauphine). Offers a wide range of disciplines. Courses are taught in French, with a small number taught in English at the University of Paris IX (Dauphine).

BC in Paris: L’Institut de Langue et de Culture Française (ILCF)
A French language institute connected to L’Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP). French-taught semester program offers courses in French language, phonetics, grammar, and conversation. English-taught courses in other subjects are available.

BC in Paris: L'Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP)
Semester or full-year program offering French-taught courses in humanities, education, theology, and philosophy.

BC in Paris: L’Ecole Supérieure de Commerce (ESCP)
Semester program based at the oldest business school in France, located in the central East of Paris. Students take courses in international business, finance, economics and marketing. Courses taught in French and/or English.

BC in Paris: L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) 
Semester or full-year program offering courses in business, history, communications, law, journalism, political science, international relations, economics, and European studies. Courses taught in French and English.


Eichstätt Catholic University
Spring semester or full-year program at a small university located near Munich, with course offerings in arts and sciences, business, and education. Intensive pre-semester language program in Munich. Offers beginning and advanced track programs.


American College of Greece (ACG)
Semester or full-year direct enrollment program in Athens. Course offerings from wide range of curricula taught in English. It is a unique blend of modern and ancient history. Athens is an affordable city and filled with a multitude of activities.


BC in Cork: University College Cork
Semester or full-year program offering a broad selection of courses in a wide range of disciplines including business, arts, and sciences. Fall semester students take a university early start program, while spring semester students take a mandatory Irish Studies course taught by the BC on-site coordinator.

BC in Dublin: National University of Ireland Maynooth
Semester or full-year program in a small campus environment outside of Dublin. Voted Ireland's Outstanding University for 2008. Mandatory Irish Studies course taught by the BC on-site coordinator.

BC in Dublin: Trinity College Dublin
Semester or full-year program at one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious institutions located in the center of Dublin. Wide range of courses across all disciplines. Mandatory Irish Studies course taught by the BC on-site coordinator.

BC in Dublin: University College Dublin (UCD)
Semester or full-year program with offerings across the disciplines, including Arts and Commerce. Students in the Arts and Sciences faculties select two departments in which to take their courses. Commerce students take most classes within the Quinn School. Mandatory Irish Studies course taught by the BC on-site coordinator.

BC in Galway: National University of Ireland, Galway
Semester or full-year program (fall or full year only for MCAS students) with course offerings across the disciplines. Some courses are approved for CSON students. Mandatory Irish Studies class taught by BC on-site coordinator.


BC in Parma: University of Parma
Semester or full-year program at the University of Parma, with a wide range of disciplines offered. Courses taught in Italian.

BC in Parma: L'Istituto Dante Alighieri, Parma
Semester or full-year program at the Istituto Dante Alighieri, offering a range of courses taught in English.

Bocconi University, Milan
Semester or full-year program based at one of the leading business schools in Europe. Courses taught in English and Italian.

Venice International University
Semester or full-year program located at Venice International University, an international higher education and research center co-run by fifteen consortium members from around the world. Based on San Servolo Island, just a few minutes from St. Mark's Square in the heart of Venice. Students take courses taught in English in the social sciences, and international studies.


Sophia University
Spring semester or full-year program in Tokyo with course offerings in English covering a wide range of disciplines. No Japanese language prerequisite—beginners welcome to apply.

Waseda University
Spring semester or full-year program in Tokyo with course offerings in English through the SILS School. Two semesters of Japanese language must be completed prior to departure. University housing and homestay options.


Al Akhawayn University
Semester or full-year program in Ifrane, with course offerings in English. Excellent opportunity for business students and those looking to study in a unique trilingual environment. Recommended for Islamic Studies and intensive Arabic language. Volunteer placements by arrangement.


BC in Kathmandu: Center for Buddhist Studies
Semester or full-year program offers an in-depth study of Buddhist philosophy. Highly recommended for students interested in comparative religion, theology, and philosophy. Courses in Tibetan or colloquial Nepali language offered. Homestays with local families.

The Netherlands

Amsterdam University College
Semester or full year program with courses offered in English. Classes are available in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences.

University College Utrecht
Semester or full year program with courses offered in English. Classes are available in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

University of Amsterdam
Semester or full-year program with English courses available in the humanities and social sciences.

New Zealand

University of Otago
Semester or full-year program at one of New Zealand’s top-ranked universities. Exceptional course offerings across the disciplines, especially environmental sciences, business, theology, arts, and humanities.


University of Bergen
Semester or full-year program with wide ranging curriculum in English with strengths in natural and marine sciences.

The Philippines

Anteneo de Manila University
Semester or full-year program with courses taught in English. Perfect for CSOM students. Excellent service opportunities.


Jagiellonian University
Semester or full-year program in politics, sociology, Polish language, literature, and culture at the University’s Center for European Studies.


BC in Glasgow: University of Glasgow
Semester or full-year program offering courses across all disciplines including economics, business, the sciences, and premed.


National University of Singapore (NUS)
Semester or full-year program at the oldest and largest institute of higher learning in Singapore. Wide variety of courses available. Housing available on- or off-campus.

South Africa

BC in Grahamstown: Rhodes University
Semester or full-year program in Grahamstown with courses across the disciplines. Supervised service-learning placements through the BC program.

BC in Cape Town: University of Cape Town
Semester or full-year program in Cape Town with courses across the disciplines. Recommended for students majoring in the sciences, business, and humanities. Volunteer opportunities available.

South Korea

Seoul National University
Semester or full-year program with a range of courses offered in English. Opportunities to study Korean language.

Sogang University
Semester or full-year program in Seoul with a range of courses offered in English. Opportunity for intensive language study. Students live in new on-campus residence halls. Internship and service opportunities available.


BC in Barcelona: ESADE
Semester program in Barcelona offering courses in business and law. English-taught curriculum.

BC in Barcelona: Universidad Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
Semester or full-year program in Barcelona offering courses in most disciplines, except the sciences.

BC in Granada: University of Granada, Granada Institute of International Studies (GRIIS)
Semester or full-year program with courses that focus on Spanish language, culture, history, literature, art history, economics, and politics. Arabic and Hebrew language courses offered both semesters.

BC in Madrid: Compultense de Madrid
Semester or full-year program for students in all disciplines except those in CSOM, communications, economics and international studies. Non-native Spanish courses offered through the Reunidas program.

BC in Madrid: Carlos III

Semester or full-year program for students in all disciplines. Non-native Spanish courses offered.

BC in Madrid: Pontificia Comillas
Semester or full-year program for students in all disciplines at this private, Jesuit institution. Business, law, social sciences and humanities and international relations major offered.

Universidad de Deusto
Semester or full-year program in Spain's Basque country on campuses in San Sebastián and Bilbao. San Sebastián offers courses in business, economics, literature, sociology, philosophy, and communications. Bilbao offers courses in all disciplines.


Boğaziçi University
Semester or full-year program in Turkey’s elite university, in a wide range of subjects taught in English.

United Arab Emirates

American University of Sharja (AUS)
Semester of full-year program in a diverse, English-language university in the heart of the UAE with a large international population. Courses available in arts, humanities, sciences, languages, and management.

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Summer Sessions

Faculty-led summer programs are open to undergraduate and graduate students with OIP approval. Programs are taught in English except for language courses. Programs listed are subject to change on an annual basis.


Nanjing, China
Climate Change and Sustainability: An Environmental Chemistry View (3 credits)


Berlin, Germany

Drawing from Berlin's Past and Future (3 credits)

Bordeaux, France

Intensive Intermediate French (6 credits)

Dublin, Ireland
Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
The Business, History, and Politics of Sport (3 credits)

Ballyvaughn, Ireland

Introduction to Art and Ecology (3 credits)

Ireland, Northern Ireland & Scotland 
The Politics of Self-Rule (3 credits)

London, England
Contemporary Theatre and Drama in London (3 credits)
London Through Literature (3 credits)

Madrid, Spain
Spanish Art History: from Al-Andalus to Picasso (3 credits)

Paris, France
Food Writing in Paris (3 credits)
The Twentieth Century and the Tradition in Paris (3 credits) (Applicants must be in the Honors Program)

Parma, Italy
International Law of Food (3 credits)
The Art of Physics (3 credits)

Rome, Italy
Art and Patronage in Renaissance and Baroque Rome (3 credits)
Contemporary Italian Culture through Film (3 credits)
Saints and Sinners (3 credits)

Venice, Italy
Globalization, Culture, and Ethics (3 credits)
The Imaginary City: Why Writers Love Venice (3 credits)

Zagreb, Croatia & Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Philosophy of Peace and Hospitality (3 credits)

Latin America

Quito, Ecuador 

Global Health Perspectives (3 credits)

Santiago, Chile
Through the Eyes of Service: Social Justice in Chile (3 credits)


Auckland, New Zealand
From Maori to Middle Earth (3 credits)

Internships Abroad

Dublin, Hong Kong, Madrid, Paris, and Prague
Eight-week, independent internship program offers students the opportunity to experience the local work culture first-hand. OIP staff work with students to design the best possible internship based on student interests, majors, and previous work experience.

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Other Opportunities

Overseas Teaching Program

  • Students perform pre-practica or full practica in elementary or secondary student teaching abroad.
  • Applied Psychology and Human Development Practica Abroad

Lynch School students can do an Applied Psychology and Human Development Practicum while studying. See the Dean's Office for details.

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Washington Semester and SEA Education Association Program

Washington Semester

BC offers a semester-long internship program in cooperation with American University in Washington, DC. The program combines academic courses with internship placements in legislative, executive, and interest-group offices in the nation's capital. The academic requirements for participation are the same as those for study abroad and Washington semester programs are administered as approved external programs through the OIP. The program can be combined with a study abroad experience.

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SEA Education Association Program

The university offers a semester-long opportunity with SEA Education Association (SEA), a program option that challenges them intellectually and physically by combining a sailing experience with the study of the deep ocean. The interdisciplinary program tracks are designed for students who wish to gain a comprehensive understanding of the world’s oceans. Students, especially those majoring in the natural sciences, can complete a semester with SEA as an alternative to study abroad or in combination with another semester program. SEA programs are administered as approved external programs through the OIP.

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Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Law Advising

Boston College offers pre-law advising through the Career Center. The Boston College Career Center and two pre-law student associations, the Bellarmine Law Society and the AHANA Pre-Law Student Association, present panels each year on different aspects of the legal profession and the law school admission process. Career coaches are available to meet individually with students interested in law as a career whenever questions or concerns arise. While no particular major is preferred by law schools, it is suggested that students consider including some of the following courses in their programs of study: logic, mathematics, law, public speaking, English (especially intensive writing courses), history, sociology, and political science. You can indicate your interest in receiving announcements of pre-law panels and activities by registering as Pre-Law in the Academic Advising Center of Office of Student Services. Before scheduling a pre-law advising appointment, students should review the Boston College Pre-Law Advising Handbook. For further information, contact the Career Center at 617-552-3430 and view the Career Center’s website for information on applying to law school at:

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Pre-Health Program 

Medical, dental, veterinary and all other health professions schools welcome qualified students from diversified academic backgrounds. Thus, the student planning to pursue a health related career may choose for a major field of study in any one of the humanities, natural sciences, or social sciences. Below is a brief summary of the program. For detailed information, visit

Health professions graduate schools expect each applicant to be well grounded in the fundamental sciences and to be familiar, through practical experience, with laboratory techniques. For these reasons, most health profession schools require one year of coursework in the following disciplines:

  • General Chemistry with lab
  • Organic Chemistry with lab
  • Biology with lab
  • Physics with lab
  • English

In addition, one year of mathematics is usually strongly recommended. Some medical schools require calculus. A few schools (particularly veterinary medical schools) have additional requirements, such as Biochemistry and Animal Nutrition, for example.

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Three Year or Four Year Sequencing

Three Year Program: Undergraduates who plan to matriculate to health professions graduate school the fall after they graduate will need to complete all required courses (see above) by the end of junior year. Applications are filed the summer before senior year. While simultaneously taking junior year course work, we recommend that students study for, and take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) preferably by the end of spring semester (late April/May) of their junior year. Students taking the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) are encouraged to take it in early summer (e.g., May/June). In addition, health professions graduate schools expect a high level of academic performance, significant exposure to the health field, through clinical placements and shadowing as well as other meaningful extra-curricular experiences.

Clearly this is a great deal to accomplish in three years and, for this reason, increasing numbers of students choose the four year option below. If you follow the three year program and are a competitive candidate, you would be invited for interviews during the fall/early winter of your senior year. If accepted, you would begin graduate school in August/September following your graduation from BC.

Four Year Program: An increasing number of students at BC, as well as other institutions, are applying to graduate schools in the health professions at the end of their senior year—or later. Students who elect to delay their applications have the opportunity to pursue other interests and/or opportunities (e.g., study abroad, completing a thesis, minoring in a non-science discipline, volunteer work, or research) thus potentially making them more attractive candidates. This is a good option for students who have performed modestly during freshman year, since it will allow additional time to bring grades, particularly in the sciences, into a more competitive range. The four year option also allows for greater flexibility in planning for entrance exams (MCAT, DAT, GRE). The average age for students beginning graduate school in the health professions is approximately 25, therefore, the applicant taking one or more (gap) growth year(s), is increasing.

For a complete overview of the required pre-health curriculum, course numbers, and recommended course sequencing, please visit the B.C. Pre-Health website (

Advanced Placement

For specific information regarding advanced placement, please visit

Further Information

If you would like to speak with a staff member call 617-552-4663 or e-mail us at

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PULSE Program For Service Learning

For a full description of the PULSE Program, please visit the PULSE website.

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Reserve Officers’ Training Corps

Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps

Through a cross-enrolled program with Boston University, interested Boston College students may participate in the Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program. Scholarships (full and partial) are available to qualified students for four, three, or two years and include tuition (full or partial), books, fees, and a monthly stipend. Freshmen and sophomores can compete for 2- and 3-year scholarships, some of which would cover full tuition, others which cover $15,000 per academic year. Academic specialties for scholarships include all majors. All training, drills, and classes are held at the BU campus. Service obligations are one year for each scholarship year (active duty), while pilots are obligated for eight years active duty after completion of flight school. To obtain further information, contact the Department of Aerospace Studies, Boston University, 617-353-4705,

Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps

The U.S. Army offers Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at Boston College as a partnership school in cooperation with Northeastern University. Combined, Boston College and Northeastern University make up the Liberty Battalion.  Boston College students attend classes and training on the Chestnut Hill campus. Upon graduation and successful completion of all pre-commissioning requirements, Cadets receive a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and serve on active duty or in the Reserves in a variety of fields. Qualified graduates may also be selected to attend professional schools, such as medical or law school.

Scholarships may be available for qualified high school students admitted to Boston College and college students currently attending BC. In addition, scholarships may be available to Boston College Nurses through the ROTC program. All scholarships include full tuition and mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and money for books. Boston College also awards additional incentives for Army ROTC scholarship Cadets. For more information including an application, contact the Liberty Battalion Recruitment Officer at 617-373-2378 or the Boston College Department of Military Science (Carney Hall 171 and 172) at 617-552-2322/2580 or visit

Marine Corps Platoon Leaders’ Class (PLC)

Available in connection with the Marine Officers Selection Office, Boston, the PLC Program is open to qualified freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. No formal classes or training takes place during the academic year. Students/candidates attend Officer Candidate School (Quantico, VA) training either in two 6-week sessions (male freshmen/sophomores) or one 10-week session (male and female juniors/seniors). Pay and expenses are received during training. No commitment to the USMC is incurred after OCS until a degree is awarded and a Second Lieutenant’s commission issued. Service obligations are then three and a half years active duty or longer for aviation positions. Students/candidates may drop from the program at any time prior to commissioning. For more information, contact the Marine Officer Selection Office, Boston, at 888-753-8762.

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Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps

Qualified BC students may cross enroll in Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (and the Marine Corps Option) at Boston University. There are 3- and 4-year programs with possible scholarships (full tuition, some books/fees expenses, monthly stipend, but no room and board). All classes and drills are held at Boston University. Scholarship students incur an active duty service obligation. For further information, please contact the Department of Naval Sciences, Boston University, 617-358-0471,

Undergraduate Faculty Research Fellows Program

Boston College established the Undergraduate Faculty Research Fellows Program (URF) for the purpose of enhancing the academic experience of undergraduates by cultivating their research skills and fostering mentor relationships between undergraduates and faculty. The program provides a grant to faculty to pay for a student's research assistance with a faculty member's research project. It is considered student employment and the student may work up to 20 hours a week during the academic semester, up to 40 hours a week during semester breaks or the summer, depending on faculty need, the funding available, and student availability. Students do not apply directly.

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