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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.

Whole Person Education Workshop Series

Whole Person workshops, sponsored by The Office of Graduate Student Life, is aimed at graduate students in all disciplines who intend to teach in higher education. It is meant to complement discipline-based programs on teaching, as well as the teaching workshops offered by the Connors Family Learning Center.

The objective is to help our graduate students understand how the complex human beings they will soon encounter as teachers and mentors learn and develop through the undergraduate years. Lunch will be provided at all sessions.

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.

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.

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.

Grads Give Back

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


New 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.

Register here for 2016 New Graduate and Professional Student Orientation!  Email with any questions.