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Four Years of OUS Involvement

As scholars in the Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS) program, students will participate in four years of programming and engagement.
OUS students and their families enjoy a Family Weekend BBQ lunch.
For each of the four years that OUS scholars are on campus, they will benefit from intentional and targeted programming meant to help them reach their full potential, both on campus and eventually as Colgate alumni.
As first-year students
Students observe dancers at ALANApaloozaDuring the summer prior to their first academic year, OUS scholars will be introduced to the OUS program via the Summer Institute (late June to early August). The Summer Institute introduces students to the academic rigor of Colgate, and it provides an opportunity for students to get acquainted with campus, Hamilton, and the surrounding communities.

When the semester begins, OUS scholars will join a living-learning community — designed to build identity around an academic or service-learning theme — in a designated residential unit on campus. There, students will have an opportunity to further develop relationships established over the summer, as well as to make new friends in the residence.

Throughout the year, OUS scholars will learn effective strategies to transition to campus life, to develop and sustain social and cultural capital, to learn how best to access mentors and work with faculty members, and to know how to become fully engaged students.
As sophomores
Dancers at Colgate's Dancefest line up and extend their armsAs sophomores, OUS scholars will continue to broaden their involvement on campus. We will collaborate, as always, with campus partners to sponsor a variety of programming, including opportunities to learn about study abroad and other off-campus study options, internship and academic research opportunities, choosing a major, and career planning.
As juniors
Colgate students in Istanbul speak with a local merchantDuring the junior year, OUS scholars will continue to deepen their involvement on campus as active learners and engaged citizens. Additionally, programming will focus on alumni and career networks, nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships, and internships and other experiential activities. We encourage OUS scholars to engage in academic research and study abroad opportunities.
As seniors
Colgate student shakes hands with a Colgate alumnus over lunch.During the senior year, we encourage OUS scholars to pursue thesis work, independent research, and other scholarly opportunities. We will also connect students again with counselors in career services regarding life after Colgate — work, graduate school, or other endeavors. OUS scholars will also benefit from opportunities to connect with alumni to learn firsthand about the opportunities and challenges of transitioning from Colgate to the real world.
Yvonne Okoh Onyike '99 Participation in OUS isn't limited to four years, as lessons learned and friendships forged in the program last a lifetime.

Career fields for OUS alumni:
Business/financial services 27%
Education 18%
Government/nonprofit 15%
Health care 9%
Law 8%
Arts and communications 6%
Science and technology 5%
Other 12%