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The Office of Graduate Student Life

Graduate Mentor Program

Program Description

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.



Any graduate or professional school student at Boston College is eligible to be a mentor.  An understanding of issues facing first generation and underrepresented college students is essential as is a willingness to share one’s own experiences in applying for and attending graduate school.

2014-2015 applications are now CLOSED.

Please email Brandon Cochran,, for more information.


Time Commitment

The program will run from September 2014 through April 2015. Graduate mentors are expected to attend an orientation session the last week in September, meet with their mentees on a monthly basis, and attend one large-scale program hosted by the Office of Graduate Student Life each semester.

Important Dates

Mentor Training: Friday, September 26th from 2-3pm at the Murray House.
Mentor/Mentee Orientation: Friday, October 3rd from 2-3pm in the Heights Room (Room 205) in Corcoran Commons.

Mentor Matching

Undergraduate students will be matched with a mentor based on mutual academic and personal interests. Therefore, it is important to describe your experiences and interests carefully in your application!