The Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS) scholars program serves to promote access to educational opportunities and provide continued academic support to students who have exhibited their potential to thrive in their lives at Colgate and beyond. Specifically, OUS provides educational opportunities and academic support to students who have demonstrated talent, creativity, intellect, and determination in the face of significant challenges. Eligibility for admission to Colgate through OUS is determined at the time of admission and therefore no separate application is necessary.
Candidates for OUS have excelled illustrating high ability, ambition, creativity, intellect, and determination in the face of personal, economic, educational, cultural, and social challenges (i.e., issues of power and privilege, racism, sexism, isolation in poverty). OUS Scholars have identified and pursued the most demanding academic paths available to them (often without the mentorship or assistance of a dedicated college advisor). Students selected to become OUS Scholars are change agents at home, in their school(s), and in their local communities. They illustrate their commitment to equity, access, and advocacy for social justice. Their essays and letters of recommendation evoke these themes and highlight their standing as voices of conscience.
OUS hosts Colgate’s Undergraduate Scholars Program, a supportive four-year program that taps the potential of each OUS Scholar, particularly in terms of academic excellence and leadership in the traditions of the liberal arts.