Student Supports

At BCSSW, we’re dedicated to your success: Faculty, staff, peers, advisors, and alumni form a community of support to help you thrive in the classroom and in your placements.

We’ll work closely with you to chart a path to professional success. All of our students enjoy the benefits of faculty, advisors, and field supervisors who mentor, as well as a range of BCSSW and University support services.

Questions about accessing support services? Contact:

Teresa Touhey Schirmer
Associate Dean, Student Experience

A Range of Support

BCSSW Library

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Enjoy a dedicated space to study and access hundreds of research databases. The Social Work Library is located right in McGuinn Hall.


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Advisors support you during your time through the program and monitor the practicum process for improvements. Advisors range from full-time faculty to active practitioners and leaders in a variety of human services settings.

Career Services

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Through individual appointments, programming, and events, BCSSW Career Services helps students attain their career goals by maintaining relationships with employers and alumni who share their knowledge, networks, and opportunities.

BCSSW Writing and Research Tutors

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These free tutors help you succeed in Research Methods in Social Work Practice and Program Evaluation or improve your writing by providing feedback about sentence structure, grammar, and APA style.

The Connors Family Learning Center

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The CFLC offers instructional support for faculty and graduate students, special services to students with learning disabilities, and tutoring and skills workshops to all BC students.

Office of Graduate Student Life

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Through a variety of programs, services, and advocacy efforts, the BC Office of Graduate Student Life provides academic and co-curricular support to the graduate and professional student community.

Peer Advisors

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Before you even set foot on campus, you’ll receive a Peer Advisor, who is available at orientation to help you as you transition into the program.

Disability Services Office

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The Disability Services Office helps students with disabilities achieve their educational, career, and personal goals by ensuring they have equitable access to the full range of institutional and community resources.

University Counseling

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Access one-on-one counseling and psychotherapy on campus. University Counseling also works to strengthen the mental health culture of Boston College as an institution.

An alumni panel discusses their job search experience
at BCSSW's Career Day 2018.

Career Events