Graduate Student Life

The vibrant student life at Fairfield isn't just reserved for undergraduates. In fact, we have an entire office dedicated to making sure the graduate experience doesn't end when you leave class. The Office of Graduate Student Life plans intellectual, social, and cultural events and programs just for graduate students, with the goal of creating a strong community. 

Past events have included wine tastings, volunteer opportunities, and grad award dinners. Visit our Facebook or Twitter pages to learn more about graduate student life at Fairfield. 


The Office of Graduate Student Life seeks to foster a sense of community among graduate students by organizing and planning intellectual, cultural, and social events, recreational outings, Jesuit service learning and other activities.

Each semester the Office of Graduate Student Life publishes a calendar with a variety of events and programs for graduate students.

We are almost half way in our spring semester and the Office of Graduate Student Life has had many exciting events. However, there is more to come! Mark your planners because on Friday April, 25 in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room is the annual Graduate Student Service Award dinner. We are also looking to get a team of graduate students together to participate in Relay for Life (4/4/2014) and/or the Annual Hunger Clean Up (4/12/2014). Send us an e-mail if you are interested!

Last but not least we would like to welcome Dr. Hannafin as the new Dean of GSEAP.

Graduate Assistantships

There are a limited number of graduate assistantships and other job opportunities available to formally admitted full and part-time graduate students at Fairfield University. Graduate assistants provide services to Fairfield such as administrative and faculty support. In return, these students are eligible to receive a tuition waiver and, in some cases, a stipend. Keep checking the website to see if there are openings.

Dates to remember

  • Monday, March 17: Last day of course withdrawal for undergraduates (except ASAP II courses) and graduate students (except GSEAP students)
  • Monday - Friday, March 24-28: Spring Recess - all schools
  • Monday, March 31: Classes resume - all schools. Last day to withdraw GSEAP.
  • Tuesday, April 1: Registration begins for all Graduate and Continuing Studies Program for Summer 2014 (except GSEAP non-matriculated students)
  • Tuesday, April 1: Applications for Degree are due for May graduation - all schools
  • Thursday - Sunday, April 17-April 20: Easter Recess for graduate programs
  • Sunday, May 18: 64th Commencement. Graduate Ceremony at 3 p.m.

Contact Us

For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Student Life:

BCC 408D
(203) 254-4000, ext. 2747

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Are you interested in doing some volunteer work but have limited availability in your schedule? These opportunities might meet your needs! If you would like additional information, do not hesitate to contact us at or call us at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2747.

  • Wi-mentor is an innovative e-mail based mentoring program for high school students in Coastal Fairfield County. The Wi-mentor program uses a secure online portal for mentors and mentees to communicate via e-mail. The program lasts for one school year and mentors/mentees e-mail each other weekly, exchanging thoughts on writing prompt provided. The time commitment is on average 45 minutes a week through e-mail and a minimum of four face-to-face meetings at Wi-Mentor sponsored events. If you are interested, complete the online application at or contact us at
  • CLICC is a family reunification program designed to reduce recidivism. We are looking for mentors to do one of two things:

    * work once a week in Bridgeport in a community setting (library, community center, church, etc.) with a child (7 to 14 years) who has a parent incarcerated in Niantic. (There is a men's prison and a women's prison there), or

    * work once a week in one of the Niantic prisons with a small group of incarcerated parents who are participating in the program.

    We are looking for a year's commitment. Mentors who fulfill that get a $500 stipend.

Twitter and Facebook

Over the past three years we have built up our Facebook and Twitter followers. We continue to encourage you to "like" us on Facebook or "follow" us on Twitter. These accounts are regularly updated with events for graduate students, campus updates (cancelled classes, parking restrictions) and so much more! 

Graduate Student Assembly


The Grad Student Assembly is an advisory board made up of graduate students from each program, working together to assist and advocate for the graduate student experience and the Jesuit character of our programs.

The graduate student assembly acts as the liaison between the graduate student body and the University administration. They help plan and coordinate the semester events. If you are interested in attending a Graduate Student Assembly meeting, we encourage you to attend!

This spring our GSA meetings will be on Thursday, April 3 at 5 p.m. and Saturday May 10 at 9 a.m. in the Barone Campus Center Mezzanine. Refreshments will be provided.

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Contact Us:

Office of Graduate Student Life
BCC 408H
(203) 254-4000 ext. 2747

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