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The Office of Graduate Student Life

Graduate Student Life Programs at Boston College

The Office of Graduate Student Life sponsors a number of campus-wide initiatives for all graduate students at Boston College.  From this page you can access information about several of our anchor programs.

Please click the links below for an updated schedule
and more information on the following programs:

Graduate Mentor Program

The Boston College Graduate Mentor Program matches Boston College graduate and professional students with Boston College undergraduate students from low income, first generation, or underrepresented backgrounds.  The program is designed to help participants share experiences around graduate studies, how the choice was made to pursue a particular discipline, and the challenges and rewards of being a graduate student. The ultimate goal is to have participants share stories and offer support and guidance in exploring graduate work.  

Learning Outcomes

Graduate students who participate in the Graduate Mentor Program as Mentors will be able to...

  • Define mentoring
  • Identify and explain at least 2-3 skills necessary for effective mentorship

Undergraduate students who participate in the Graduate Mentor Program as Mentees will be able to...‚Äč

  • Describe the graduate school application process
  • Compare and contrast the undergraduate and graduate student experiences


On Second Thought Series

The On Second Thought Series aims to offer programming that enhances the personal wellness and professional formation of Boston College graduate students. This series seeks to promote the holistic well-being of participants by providing an opportunity to draw connections between various facets of their graduate experience. In an effort to enrich one's personal and professional formation, this brand new series will provide space for dialogue and reflection, while highlighting available campus and community resources. 

Lunch will be provided at all sessions.  

Learning Outcomes

 Students who attend an On Second Thought workshop will be able to...

  • Identify one way participants are or are not prioritizing wellness in their lives
  • Identify an action item that will be completed as a result of attending this program
  • Identify a campus or local resource that can be used to further explore this topic

Dissertation Boot Camp

The Dissertation Boot Camp will help students progress through the difficult writing stages of the dissertation process and towards its completion. By offering an environment and support for intense, focused writing time, the camp provides participants with the structure and motivation to overcome typical roadblocks in the dissertation process. 

Learning Outcomes

Students who attend Dissertation Boot Camp will be able to...

  • Outline a step by step process to writing their thesis after the camp
  • Describe their writing behaviors and how it is impacted by their life style
  • Determine at least one way they can adjust their writing strategy, including but not limited to developing realistic writing goals

Grad Talks

This graduate research symposium, inspired by Ted Talks, creates an avenue for graduate students to share their passions. These short presentations may be about research, lessons learned in leadership, an experience abroad, or any other topic which the presenter believes would benefit the BC community. The goal of this event is to encourage dialogue about academic and life passions which inspire students.


Learning Outcomes

Students who present at Grad Talks will be able to...

  • Explain the mission of the Office of Graduate Student Life
  • Synthesize information and knowledge to develop a short and cohesive presentation
  • Create and perform a 7-10 minute presentation on a subject of their choosing
  • Name at least 1 student from another discipline and describe their presentation

Grads Give Back

This annual event sponsored by the Office of Graduate Student Life, Graduate Student Association, Graduate Education Association, and Law Student Association aims to engage with the Boston community through a day of service activities.


Grad Appreciation Month

Cosponsored by the GSA and GSL, Graduate Student Appreciation Month aims to show our students just how much we care about them.  This annual series of events aims to provide social, educational, and service experiences that will advance the sense of graduate community on campus.


Graduate and Professional Student Orientation

The Office of Graduate Student Life, the Office of the Provost, University Libraries, and the Graduate Student Association welcomes the incoming class to Boston College during our New Graduate and Professional Student Orientation.

The Orientation schedule includes a welcome address, returning graduate student panels, a BBQ lunch, campus tours, a resource fair, library tours, educational sessions, and a welcome reception! Educational sessions comprise of financial services, getting to know Boston, doctoral student support, a spouse/partner/family panel, and more.


Learning Outcomes

Students who attend the New Graduate and Professional Student Orientation will be able to...

  • Identify at least two academic or administrative buildings on campus
  • Locate one of the campus libraries
  • Identify at least two opportunities for involvement as a graduate student
  • Anticipate one potential challenge they may face as a graduate student and identify a resource they would utilize for support in navigating that challenge



GPS: Navigating Student Life at Boston College
Goals. Purpose. Success. 

Graduate school can be a rewarding experience, but also a very challenging one. Transitioning to a new campus and academic environment, building new relationships with peers and professors, and figuring out what you will do after graduation are among some of the issues many graduate students may struggle with.

GPS is an overnight retreat experience for first-year graduate students designed to provide a much-needed space for engagement in self-reflection and meaningful conversation about the realities of graduate school at Boston College.  GPS also aims to integrate the process of vocational discernment into graduate student's lives as they prepare for their chosen career path. 

Learning Outcomes

Students who attend GPS will be able to...

List the "Three Be's" of Jesuit Education:
1. Be attentive.
2. Be reflective.
3. Be loving. 

List the Three Key Questions of Michael Himes' approach to discernment. 
1. What brings me joy?
2. What am I good at?
3. Who does the world need me to be?


Provisions is a open, once-monthly dinner and discussion group for graduate student women. This group serves as a safe space for graduate women to talk through the challenges of graduate school and discuss issues surrounding gender, intersectionality, and current events that affect us. Provisions also provides a space for graduate students to meet and connect outside the context of our classrooms, workplaces and busy schedules. 


1. Create a safe space for female graduate students to talk through the challenges of graduate school.
2. Facilitate deep discussions around gender issues.
3. Facilitate discussions around issues pertaining to intersectionality.
4. Create an environment for students to form connections with students they might not otherwise interact with.
5. Give female graduate students the opportunity to have important conversations outside of their classroom or work environment.