The College Scholars program serves intellectually curious students looking to expand their academic horizons and build community with faculty and likeminded peers. Participants join Faculty Principal-led small group cohorts that focus on big questions and essential problems to solve. Though all College Scholars cohorts are designed to foster our three tenets of intellectual, social, and civic development, each group has a specific focus area aligned to faculty expertise and student interests.
The budding intellectual leaders who participate in College Scholars will build strong connections with each other and faculty through their collaborative work and social endeavors. Through these experiences, our community will introduce students to lifelong connections, passions, and learning opportunities.
Our year kicks off with a retreat for all College Scholars and Faculty Principals in September. Throughout the year, cohorts meet once per month for collaborative opportunities or excursions. We also host weekly dinners for participants to build connections across cohorts. Following sophomore year, participants can remain active in College Scholars through our Leadership Council, group gatherings and other special opportunities. For more details about College Scholars program expectations, please see below.
All first-year students with a 3.4 GPA or higher are eligible to apply in January. We will provide more information about the application closer to the spring semester.
College Scholars participants benefit from a community and support network of like-minded, intellectually and academically driven, and conscientious students. In addition to our overarching goals of introducing students to lifelong connections, passions, and learning opportunities, here are some other benefits of becoming a College Scholar:
Engage with your small cohorts of 8-10 students organized around interdisciplinary themes. Programming is informed by Faculty Principals, student members, and College Scholars Leadership Council.
Students applying to College Scholars have the option to apply additionally for the College Scholars Leadership Council. Students can apply to remain on the council for junior and senior year. Participation allows for unique leadership opportunities, including but not limited to developing a faculty and alumni speaker program, coordinating programs (i.e. an upperclass reunion panel/activity), mentoring incoming members, shaping programs and signature events. While there is a minimum time commitment, levels of participation may flexibly vary to accommodate schedules and other commitments. Students from each class year are represented in this council.