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The Academic Advising Center

Senior Year Advising Guide

In your final year as an undergraduate at Boston College, you’ll need to complete the requirements for your degree and make plans for graduate school or a career. Here are some topics to discuss with your advisor during your senior year. For more information, contact the Academic Advising Center.

Your Future

Your college graduation is just around the corner. Plan accordingly! Continue to refine your interests and your vision for next year and beyond.

Major and Core Requirements

If you have any requirements left for your major, your minor, or the Core Curriculum, complete them!


If you’re writing a thesis, be sure to explore honors such as Scholar of the College so that you can be recognized for your hard work. Also, make sure you know how many credits you’ll receive for your thesis.


Conducting independent research is a great way to showcase your skills to potential employers or grad schools. If possible, collaborate with a professor on your research. It’s an excellent way to establish a strong mentoring relationship. Some questions to consider:

  • Are readings and research courses available?
  • Can I do research in a lab for course credit?
  • Is there a specific professor with whom I would be interested in developing an independent project?

Jobs and Internships

As you explore jobs and internships during your senior year, take your plans for the future into account. Some things to consider:

  • What courses can I take that are relevant to my career goals?
  • What jobs are available to people within my major?
  • Does my major department support semester internships for course credit?

Graduate School

Applying to graduate school is a long process. Seek help from any and all Boston College students, faculty, and even parents – you’ll be glad you did. Here are some questions to ask:

  • What advice do you have about the application process?
  • Which graduate schools have strong departments in my field?