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Ascend is a program for sophomore women to meet new people, enjoy good conversations, and explore horizons at BC and beyond. The program consists of small group meetings facilitated by senior women, a group activity with your small group, and one off-campus overnight and hike. Ascend is supported by the Center for Student Formation Staff.

Ascend is an opportunity to make more friends - in addition to those you already have. It's a chance to connect with upperclasswomen and mentors, build community, and talk about the shared experience of being women students at BC.

You, Boston College women, have the opportunity to build a great experience. We want to help you make it better.

Be more. Climb higher. Ascend.


The application for Senior Lead positions is now closed. 

Check back soon for the application for Sophomore women to participate in Ascend!

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Ascend leads 2014-15

Congratulations to the Class of 2015 Ascend Senior Leads!! We wish you all the best!

BC student in Jamaica

At the summit!

BC women in rain ponchos on hike

Ascenders ready for the elements!

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Senior Leads Liz and Michaela taking in a beautiful view

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Ascend 2015 Hike at Blue Hills!

Information for Sophomores

The application to participate in Ascend for Spring 2016 will open in mid-October 2015.

Sophomore women meet weekly with their small groups in the spring semester -- with selection happening at the end of the fall semester. Weekly 60-90 min. meetings occur with your small group of 8 sophomore women and 2 senior co-leaders. Weekly meeting times are determined by the group before the start of the spring semester. Other commitments include an all-program off-campus overnight (January 23-24, 2016 or January 30-31, 2016), 1-2 small group activities, and an all-program hike (April 23, 2016).


Information for Seniors

We are no longer accepting Senior Lead applications. The deadline to apply for a Senior Lead position was 11:59pm on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

Senior Leads commit to:

Recruiting and selecting sophomore participants (weekday evenings in November)
Participating in an overnight Leads Summit (November 13-15, 2015)
Co-facilitating a weekly 90 min. meeting with your group of sophomore women (Jan-April)
Planning 1-2 small group activities with your group of sophomore women (between Feb-April)
Participating in an all-program overnight with sophomores (January 23-24, 2016 or January 30-31, 2016)
Attending Friday Leads Summits (approx. once/month from October-April)
Participating in an all-program hike (April 23, 2016)

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