Office of Undergraduate Studies

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.

About OUS

Colgate recognizes the education debt that has been created in our educational system, where some students have access to abundant resources, engaging teachers and counselors, state of the art technology, while others are forced to achieve through their grit and determination. Consequently, not all students arrive at Colgate with a backpack full of academic, social, and economic privileges. In an attempt to recognize Colgate’s historic and present role in creating and sustaining this education debt, the OUS program begins with a five-week, pre-first-year summer session - Summer Institute. The Summer Institute is designed to strengthen the academic aptitude of the OUS cohort through exposure to the culture of an academically elite institution of higher learning. Indeed, we aim to see the students for more than just their grit and determination, we want to validate their experiences in order for them to thrive in this academic setting.  Full participation in the Summer Institute is an additional admission requirement for students enrolled as OUS scholars.

Summer Before Colgate

The Summer Institute is designed to ease the transition to college and enhance the academic preparedness of its participants each year. The program promotes personal growth and educational achievement.

Summer Before Colgate

The OUS Experience

As scholars in the Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS) program, students will participate in four years of programming and engagement.

The OUS Experience