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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.
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 and where will GPS occur?

This year's GPS was held during thte weekend of November 14-15, 2014 at the Essex Conference and Rertreat Center in Essex, MA. Look for details in the early Fall 2015 semester regarding the third annual GPS retreat!

How much does GPS cost?
GPS is free!

This sounds awesome! How do I apply?
Unfortunately registration for GPS 2014 has closed. Registration for the 2015 GPS Retreat will open in the fall.

What should I do if I have questions about GPS?

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

GPS students

The 2014-2015 GPS Retreat Cohort