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.
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
During 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 Curtis Hall, one of the largest residential units 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, how best to access mentors and work with faculty members, and how to become fully engaged students.
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.
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% |