The Office of Graduate Student Life sponsors a number of campus-wide initiatives for all graduate students at Boston College.  


This virtual series welcomes incoming graduate and professional students to BC and assists them in the transition to graduate school. Orientation connects students to key staff, faculty, and resources at the University.

Weeks of Welcome

The OGSL, in coordination with the GSA and grad student organizations, supports events that help students meet one another throughout their first few weeks of school.

GPS Retreat

Goals, Purpose, Success is an overnight retreat experience for first-year masters students designed to provide a much-needed space for engagement in self-reflection and meaningful conversation about the realities of graduate school at BC.

The Graduate Leadership Program is a workshop series designed to help graduate students gain deeper self-awareness as leaders.

Doctoral Writing Group

Guest faculty and authors provide brief opening remarks to jumpstart the writing process followed by virtual, focused writing sessions to help you work toward the completion of your research and dissertation.

Murray House

The BC graduate student center offers FREE coffee and tea every day. Play pool or ping pong, use our computer lab to print, or reserve a quiet space to study!

Student Orgs and Governments

Registered graduate student organizations and governments play a vital role in creating and building community for graduate students. There are over 30 graduate groups at BC.

The graduate student government of Boston College sponsors educational, social, and cultural programs for graduate students. The GSA also convenes the Graduate Student Senate.


Keep up-to-date on all aspects related to grad life at Boston College, such as events, resources, discounts, on-campus jobs, and much more. You will automatically begin receiving this newsletter during your first week of school.

Grad Student Appreciation Month

Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Month occurs throughout April and celebrates the important contributions graduate and professional students make to the BC community and the tremendous impact they have on campus.

International Student Programs

In collaboration with the Office of International Students and Scholars, the OGSL sponsors a variety of programs including a weekly Grad Discussion and Students with Families programming.

Study by the Sea

In collaboration with Campus Ministry, the Study by the Sea Retreat for graduate students is offered during spring break and provides a space for quiet work, reflection, and community on the beautiful shores of Cohasset, MA.