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The Office of Graduate Student Life

Graduate Student Life Programs at Boston College

The Office of Graduate Student Life sponsors a number of campus-wide initiatives for all graduate students at Boston College.  From this page you can access information about several of our anchor programs.

Please click the links below for an updated schedule
and more information on the following programs:


Dissertation Boot Camp

The Dissertation Boot Camp will help students progress through the difficult writing stages of the dissertation process and towards its completion. By offering an environment and support for intense, focused writing time, the camp provides participants with the structure and motivation to overcome typical roadblocks in the dissertation process. 


Learning Outcomes

Students who attend Dissertation Boot Camp will be able to...

  • Outline a step by step process to writing their thesis after the camp
  • Describe their writing behaviors and how it is impacted by their life style
  • Determine at least one way they can adjust their writing strategy, including but not limited to developing realistic writing goals


Grads Give Back

This annual event sponsored by the Office of Graduate Student Life and Graduate Student Association aims to engage with the Boston community through a day of service activities.

Graduate and Professional Student Orientation

The Office of Graduate Student Life, the Office of the Provost, University Libraries, and the Graduate Student Association welcomes the incoming class to Boston College during our New Graduate and Professional Student Orientation.

The Orientation schedule includes a welcome address, returning graduate student panels, lunch, campus tours, library tours, educational sessions, and a resource fair! Educational sessions comprise of financial services, getting to know Boston, the doctoral student experience, health and wellness, and more.

Check back in Spring of 2020 for information about next year's Orientation!

Learning Outcomes

Students who attend the New Graduate and Professional Student Orientation will be able to...

  • Identify at least two academic or administrative buildings on campus
  • Locate one of the campus libraries
  • Identify at least two opportunities for involvement as a graduate student
  • Anticipate one potential challenge they may face as a graduate student and identify a resource they would utilize for support in navigating that challenge

GPS: Navigating Student Life at Boston College
Goals. Purpose. Success. 

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 provide a much-needed space for engagement in self-reflection and meaningful conversation about the realities of graduate school at Boston College.  GPS also aims to integrate the process of vocational discernment into graduate student's lives as they prepare for their chosen career path. 

GPS Fall 2019 will be held November 8-9

Applications open Sept. 22, 2019 - Oct. 20, 2019.

Learning Outcomes

Students who attend GPS will be able to...

List the "Three Be's" of Jesuit Education:
1. Be attentive.
2. Be reflective.
3. Be loving. 

List the Three Key Questions of Michael Himes' approach to discernment. 
1. What brings me joy?
2. What am I good at?
3. Who does the world need me to be?