Discover Boston College: Virtual Open House


 

Join the Office of Undergraduate Admission for Discover Boston College, a month-long virtual open house for prospective first-year students and their families. Each week, we'll feature sessions on various topics including admission and financial aid advice, academics, student life, and more. Explore this website for a full list of sessions and their descriptions. We hope to "see" you soon!


Program Schedule

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Register for each session through the . To add or remove sessions to your schedule, please use the "update your itinerary" link which can be found in your event confirmation email.

To best take advantage of this program, we recommend choosing 1-2 sessions per week to attend, although there is no maximum to how many you can sign up for!

Sessions will be offered each week in the following categories:

Admission Advice: During these sessions, undergraduate admission staff will offer opinions and insights on navigating the application process, applying for financial aid, and more.

Student Life: Each program features a different panel of current undergraduate students and highlights topics ranging from residential life to academic culture.

AHANA Resources: AHANA is an acronym used to describe people of African, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent in the Boston College community. These sessions explore finding community and support as a student of color at BC.

Faculty Conversations: Hear from BC faculty members on their teaching style, mentoring relationships with students, exciting research they are doing with undergraduates, and why they love working with Boston College students.

For Parents: Boston College administrators offer advice geared towards the parents and families of prospective students and applicants.

We plan to record all sessions for on-demand playback. Recorded sessions will be available on this website within 5-7 business days.

Week 1 Schedule:

Applying to College in the COVID-19 Era
This program serves as the introduction to Discover Boston College. Hear from Grant Gosselin, director of undergraduate admission, on changes to the college search process and BC’s application review in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Navigating the College Transition as Parents: Finding Your Place Socially
A live panel of Boston College administrators discuss what leads college students to achieve a healthy and fulfilling experience outside of the classroom.

Coffee and Conversations with BC Faculty: Prasannan Parthasarathi, Associate Professor and Department Chair of History, and Juliet Schor, Professor of Sociology
This session will feature insights from Boston College faculty members: Prasannan Parthasarathi, associate professor and department chair of the history department, and Juliet Schor, associate director of sociology.

How College Decisions are Made: Dissecting the Application
Join admission staff for an in-depth review of the application process. Admission counselors will discuss how academic and extracurricular credentials are reviewed within the context of an applicant pool of 30,000, as well as share what information in an application can be helpful as they make decisions.

Week 2 Schedule:

Boston College at Work: BC students discuss research, graduate school and career resources
We’re proud to share that over 95% of BC graduates are employed, pursuing graduate programs, or engaged in service work within six months of graduation. During this session, BC undergrads will discuss their career discernment and resources available for them to dive deeper into their academic or career interests.

The AHANA Student Experience: Conversations with Students and Faculty
Join BC students and faculty for a live panel discussion on finding community, academic support, and other resources as a student of color at BC. (Interested students should select from one of three recurring sessions: 09/22, 09/29, 10/06.)

Focus on Residence Life: BC students discuss all aspects of living on campus
What is it like to live on a college campus? Current undergraduates share stories about living in the BC residence halls. Fun fact – over 95% of seniors choose to live on Boston College’s campus!

Navigating the College Transition as Parents: Academics
A live panel of Boston College administrators offer advice on the adjustment to college coursework and finding the right path academically.

Coffee and Conversations with BC Faculty: Danielle Taghian, Associate Professor in Biology and Pre-Health Chair, & Philip Landrigan, Director of Global Public Health
This session will feature insights from Boston College faculty members: Danielle Taghian, associate professor of the practice in the biology department and chair of the pre-health advising committee, and Philip J. Landrigan, director of global public health and the common good and the Global Observatory on Pollution

Early Decision, Human-Centered Engineering, and the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program
Learn more about the deadlines and benefits of Early Decision and the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program. We will also discuss application details for our new Human-Centered Engineering major.

Week 3 Schedule:

Retreats and Reflections: Students discuss BC’s Jesuit identity and mission
Boston College’s Jesuit identity and mission is an important part of our students’ experience. Hear from current students on BC’s retreat culture and what it’s like to attend a Jesuit, Catholic university.

The AHANA Student Experience: Conversations with Students and Faculty
Join BC students and faculty for a live panel discussion on finding community, academic support, and other resources as a student of color at BC. (Interested students should select from one of three recurring sessions: 09/22, 09/29, 10/06.)

From Welcome Week to Senior Week: Students talk about the important traditions and events at BC
During this session, current students share what events and milestones they look forward to each year.

Coffee and Conversations with BC Faculty: Angela Ards, Associate Professor of English, & Luke Jorgensen, Associate Professor of Theatre
This session will feature insights from the following Boston College faculty members: Angela Ards, associate professor in the english department, and Luke Jorgensen, associate professor of the practice and chairperson of the theatre department.
Saturday, October 3 / 11 a.m. (Faculty Conversations)

Unique Populations: Applying as a Recruited Athlete or Homeschooled Student, and Learning Disability Resources
How does an admissions committee review applications from students with unique academic circumstances? This session will focus on how we evaluate candidates with varied circumstances including learning differences, taking significant college level courses, or enrollment in non-traditional academic programs.

Week 4 Schedule:

Focus on Academic Life: BC students discuss their big academic decisions around majors, courses, and studying abroad
With four undergraduate academic divisions and over 100 majors, minors, and concentrations to choose from, there’s a lot to consider. During this session, students share how they navigated the academic landscape at BC.

The AHANA Student Experience: Conversations with Students and Faculty
Join BC students and faculty for a live panel discussion on finding community, academic support, and other resources as a student of color at BC. (Interested students should select from one of three recurring sessions: 09/22, 09/29, 10/06.)

A BC student’s guide to their first year: Students discuss how they found all the resources to succeed in year one
From living in a residence hall to adjusting to new academic rigors, there’s a lot of change during the first year (particularly in the first few weeks). Boston College offers distinctive resources for students as they transition from high school to college. Hear from students on how they found support in and outside of the classroom.
Wednesday, October 7 / 8 p.m. (Student Life)

Navigating the College Transition as Parents: Athletic Recruiting and Resources During COVID-19
A live panel of representatives from Boston College Athletics offer tips for parents when helping students find their right athletic fit - whether that be at the varsity, club or intramural / recreational level - during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coffee and Conversations with BC Faculty: Gabriella Oliveira, Assistant Professor in the Lynch School of Education, and Stephen Pope, Professor in Theology
This session will feature insights Boston College faculty member: Gabriella Oliveira, assistant professor of teaching, curriculum, and society in the Lynch School of Education, and Stephen Pope, associate professor in theology.
Saturday, October 10 / 11 a.m. (Faculty Conversations)

Applying for Financial Aid at Boston College
Boston College practices need-blind admission and meets 100% of a student’s demonstrated financial need. But what does that really mean? Hear more on the ins and outs of financial aid at Boston College.

Week 5 Schedule:

Demystifying the Application Process for Underrepresented Students
Join admission staff for an overview of the admission process. This session is open to all students but geared towards applicants from underrepresented backgrounds, which may include AHANA, first-generation, or low-income students.

Clubs, Organizations and Social Life at BC: No Greek Life, no problem!
How do students find community at a university with 9,000+ undergraduate students? With nearly 300 clubs and organizations, an active intramural, club sport, and Division I athletics culture, and the city of Boston, there are plenty of ways to get involved and stay connected.
Wednesday, October 14 / 8 p.m. (Student Life)

Navigating the College Transition as Parents: Understanding Boston College's Mission
Boston College administrators discuss how the mission of the university shapes our community.
Thursday, October 15 / 8 p.m. (For Parents)

Coffee and Conversations with BC Faculty: Tracey L. Regan, Professor of the Practice and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Economics, and Ed Taylor, Senior Lecturer & Assistant Chairperson in Accounting
This session will feature insights from BC faculty members: Tracey L. Regan, professor of the practice and director of undergraduate studies in economics, and Ed Taylor, senior lecturer and assistant chairperson in accounting.
Saturday, October 17 / 11 a.m. (Faculty Conversations)

Closing Session:

Final Q&A with the Admission Staff
We’ve shared a lot with you this month, but we know you may still have some unanswered questions. Join the admission staff ahead of the November 1 Early Decision and priority scholarship deadline for a final session to address any last minute questions about Boston College or the admission process.
Saturday, October 17 / 4 p.m. (Admission Advice)

 

Featured Sessions

体育365Current BC students discuss their favorite campus traditions. From Welcome Week to Senior Week and everything in between, there are so many calendar highlights to look forward to.

Administrators from Academic Advising, the Carroll School of Management, and the Connors Family Learning Center, discuss resources and support available for Boston College students to help them find success in a new academic environment.

体育365Members of the Undergraduate Admission staff discuss the advantages of applying Early Decision and share information about the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program and BC's new Human-Centered Engineering major.

Admission and finanical aid staff discuss Boston College's approach to need-based financial aid and offer insights into how the financial aid process may vary among colleges and universities.

Angela Ards, associate professor in english, and Luke Jorgensen, associate professor in theatre, discuss their academic focuses and reflect on their roles as mentors to Boston College students.

体育365Hear from a panel of BC students and faculty on finding community and support as an AHANA student. (AHANA is an acronym used to describe people of African, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent in the BC community.)

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