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The Office of Graduate Student Life

GPS: Navigating Student Life at Boston College

Goals. Purpose. Success.

Where are you going?
GPS can help you get there!



What is GPS?
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 promote reflection, conversation, and exploration of what it means to be a graduate student at Boston College.

In its second year of existence, GPS provides a much-needed space for graduate students to engage in self-reflection, and meaningful conversation about the realities of graduate school at BC.

When will GPS occur?

This year, GPS will be Friday evening, November 14th - Saturday afternoon, November 15th, 2014.

Where will GPS occur?
GPS will be held at the Essex Conference and Retreat Center in Essex, MA. Transportation, lodging, and meals will be provided.

How much does GPS cost?
GPS is free!

This sounds awesome! How do I apply?
Unfortunately registration for GPS 2014 has closed. If you submitted an application, please be patient while we review our submissions. You should expect a notice of any change in application status by Friday, October 24, 2014.

What should I do if I have questions about GPS?

Please contact the Office of Graduate Student Life at for more information about GPS.