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Ascend is a program for first-year (freshmen) women through the Center for Student Formation where participants have an opportunity to meet new peers, engage in meaningful conversations about life at BC, and connect with upperclass women mentors. The program consists of weekly small group meetings (2 leads, 8 first-year women) facilitated by junior and senior women, small group activities, optional program-wide events, and one off-campus overnight. The Ascend program officially launches at the start of spring semester, but applications and interviews will take place during fall semester.

The transition to college can come with its fair share of joys and challenges. Take this chance to connect with upperclass women who have been in your shoes, build community, and talk about the shared experience of navigating life at BC. You, Boston College women, have the opportunity to build a great experience. We want to help you reach new heights!


Here are some comments and reflections from previous Ascend participants:

"Ascend was a nice way to take a break in my week and spend some time with people I probably would have otherwise never gotten the chance to know."

"I am really loving my experience. Ascend is one of my favorite parts of the week. My group is able to have fun while also talking about issues that can be relatable to others or get advice on issues that we are dealing with."


For the 2018-2019 Academic Year


The application process includes an online application and an interview with our Ascend Leads during the fall semester. The program itself kicks off in January 2019 with an off-campus overnight and continues through the end of spring semester.


First-Year Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 11:59pm



to learn more about the Ascend Lead position and to apply!

Lead Application Deadline: Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 11:59pm


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Information for First-Year Women

First-year women meet weekly with their small groups in the spring semester -- with selection happening at the end of the fall semester. Weekly 60-90 min. meetings occur with your small group of 8 first-year women and 2 junior or senior co-leaders. Weekly meeting times are determined by the group before the start of the spring semester. Other commitments include an all-program off-campus overnight (January 26-27, 2019 - Sat-Sun), 1-2 small group activities, and optional program-wide events.


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