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The Office of Graduate Student Life

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Prospective Students

Boston College is home to over 4,500 graduate and professional students, studying in a variety of degree programs and disciplines. Browse these websites for information regarding admissions, individual programs, and departments. 

Carroll Graduate School of Management Admissions  |  617-552-3920

Connell Graduate School of Nursing Admissions  |  617-552-4928 

Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Admissions  |  617-552-3268

Graduate School of Social Work Admissions  |  617-552-4020

Law School Admissions  |  617-552-4351

Lynch Graduate School of Education Admissions  |  617-552-4200

School of Theology and Ministry Admissions  |  617-552-6501

Woods Graduate School of Advancing Studies Admissions (Administrative Studies, part-time, evening)  |  617-552-3900


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Admitted Students: Welcome to Boston College!

The Office of Graduate Student Life is here to support you during your time at Boston College. We offer a wide variety of programs throughout the academic year, including the university-wide New Graduate and Professional Student Orientation, which is held in late August.

Check out the Student Services Getting Started Guide for important information about beginning this next phase of your academic journey. If you have any questions, feel free to call the Office of Student Services at 617-552-3300 or 800-294-0294, or send an email to

New Graduate and Professional Student Orientation

The Office of Graduate Student Life, the Office of the Provost, University Libraries, and the Graduate Student Association welcome new graduate students to Boston College during our New Graduate and Professional Student Orientation program.

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.

Click here to visit our orientation page.  

Welcome Month

Each fall, the Graduate Student Association plans a series of events to welcome new graduate and professional students to BC. For more information, please visit their page.


Funding Your Graduate Education

We have lots of resources for you to help figure this out.


Orientation by School

Save the date for the university-wide New Graduate and Professional Student Orientation, which will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2019. 

A list of orientation events by school will be updated here throughout the summer: 

School of Social Work
Three-Year Orientation - Thursday, August 22, 2019, 4:30-8:00pm
Two-Year Orientation - Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 8:30am-2:30pm

School of Theology and Ministry
Orientation - Friday, August 23, 2019
Welcome reception for incoming international students - Thursday, August 22, 2019, 10:00am-12:00pm

Woods Graduate School of Advancing Studies
Breakout sessions - Thursday, August 22, 2019, 5:00pm

Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences
Monday, August 26, 2019

Monday, August 19-Friday, August 23, 2019

Math Review Sessions - Friday, August 23-Friday, August 30, 2019, 9:00am-12:00pm
New Student Meeting - Thursday, August 29, 2019, 3:00pm (tentative)

Monday, August 26, 2019

Friday, August 23, 2019

Romance Languages and Literatures
Tuesday, August 20-Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 8:30am-5:30pm

Welcome Luncheon Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 12:00-1:30pm

Theology Ph.D.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019



New Student Checklist

The Office of Graduate Student Life has created a checklist to help you manage all of the important matters we think you should attend to as you prepare for arrival in Boston and at Boston College. 

Student Services



Living in Boston

Current Students: Resources and Services

A multitude of services exist specifically to assist graduate students in academics, research, and student life.  Links to many of these resources can be found below.

Detailed information regarding BC libraries.

Connors Family Learning Center
A primary academic assistance resource for all BC students.   

Christian Life Community

Cura Personalis (care of the whole person) stems from the desire to see and care for a person as God sees and cares for that person, and in gathering in groups, we seek to listen more deeply to God and others. CLC groups meet once a week for an hour and have the opportunity to attend retreats and activities througout the year. 

Graduate Student Facilitators lead weekly faith-based reflection groups of seniors with one other co-leader. Leading a CLC group is a unique opportunity to create a space for open sharing and faith-based conversations through the lens of Ignatian Spirituality. Those interested shoud visit the CLC site and reach out in August or September ( Open to all students.

GPS Retreat

GPS is an overnight retreat experience for first-year master's students that takes place in November. The retreat provides a space for engagement in self-reflection and meaningful conversation about the realities of navigating life in graduate school.

Graduate Student Facilitators are at least in their second year of graduate school and are responsible for delivering an 8 minute reflection talk about one of the retreat themes (transitions, relationships, detours, vocation) and leading small group breakout sessions with peers. Prior GPS experience is not needed to apply. The time commitment is as follows:  7 weekly 1 hour, 15 minute training meetings in the Fall semester and additional talk practice time (~3-5 hours). Applications are now open for the 2019 retreat, and are due by April 22. Email and visit the GPS page for more information.

Hope Grief Support

Grieving the loss of someone can be confusing and isolating, especially in college. Hearing from and sharing with peers is an important part of coping, healing, and growing. HOPE Grief Support is a service offered for BC students to talk with other BC students who have experienced loss in their lives. The loss can be from the death of someone close or not-so-close, recent or not-so-recent. Groups form several times each semester based on peoples' schedules.

Graduate Student Facilitators who are interested in becoming involved with this program should contact Rick Rossi ( This opportunity is specifically oriented towwards those from the LMHC program, MSW, STM, or dual degree students from these fields. 


Kairos is a weekend retreat that seeks to deepen or begin a student's connection to their spirituality and to explore their understanding of God's role in their lives. Using a simple approach to conversation and reflection, the retreat is open to students of all faith backgrounds. Students listen to talks, discuss in small groups, and experience some special Kairos surprises - all led by other students who have been on Kairos before.

Graduate Student Facilitators facilitate the team formation process using the provided Kairos director's manual and with support from the Kairos office. Meetings last 2 hours and occur 10-12 times leading up to the retreat. A day-long retreat is also a part of the preparation process. Honorariums include $750 for directors (those with experience leading Kairos) and $500 for assistant directors (those who many be new to the ministry). Applications are taken on a rolling basis, typically beginning after spring break for retreats occurring the following school year. If interested, please contact Marissa Corliss


Prism is a discussion group for lesbian, bisexual, questioning, trans*, queer, genderqueer, and/or other female-identified students. This program seeks to offer a safe space for students to both receive support and discuss any issues they face in their day-to-day lives.

Graduate Student Leaders would aid in facilitating these groups to the benefit of the students, directing conversation and promoting a welcoming atmosphere. Meetings are on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm. All students interested in Prism or other events offered by the LGBTQ+ Resource Department (panels, etc.) should contact Caroline Davis  (



Horizon is a discussion group for gay, bisexual, questioning, trans*, queer, genderqueer, and/or other male-identifying students. This program seeks to offer a safe space for students to both receive support and discuss any issues they face in their day-to-day lives.

Graduate Student Leaders would aid in facilitating these groups to the benefit of the students, directing conversation and promoting a welcoming atmosphere. Meetings are on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 pm. All students interested in Horizon or other events offered by the LGBTQ+ Resource Department (panels, etc.) should contact Caroline Davis (

Racial Identity Development Experience (R.I.D.E.)

R.I.D.E. is a weekend retreat offered by the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center. Generally held in January each year, the weekend provides a safe space for undergraduate students to consider and discuss experiences of race and identity. On this retreat, participants will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue, reflect on their own personal experiences, and learn from other students. 

Graduate Student Facilitators help lead the retreat, facilitate small group discussions, and share their experience with race and racial identity. If you would be interested in gaining valuable facilitation experience and engaging in discussions about race and identity, please consider applying! The application for Graduate Student Facilitators is due in mid- to late-October. Contact or for information and deadlines. 

Financial and Assistantship Resources


Office of Student Services: processes and awards BC need-based financial aid in the form of federal loans and work-study for students.

$uccessful Start Program: The goal of the Successful Start program is to ensure that Boston College's students are financially literate for their lifetime by offering a series of workshops and seminars, led by Boston College employees and expert guest speakers, related to all aspects of personal financial management.

Financial Aid


Many offices on campus offer assistantships or fellowships for graduate students, which are compiled and can be found here.


Each year the Graduate Student Association funds two different programs which provide money for graduate and professional student activities. Find out about their funding process here.


BOSTON COLLEGE CAREER CENTERCareer Center Resources for Graduate Students.


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292 Hammond Street | Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 | PH: 617-552-1855 | E: