Candidates for OUS have shown ability, ambition, creativity, intellect, and determination in the face of personal, economic, educational, cultural, and social challenges. OUS Scholars have identified and pursued the most demanding academic paths available to them, often without the mentorship or assistance of a dedicated college adviser. Students selected to become OUS scholars are change agents at home, in their schools, 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.
Not everyone has access to abundant resources, engaging teachers and counselors, and state-of-the-art technology. This could be due to personal economic circumstances, or inadequately funded public schools. Consequently, not all students arrive at Colgate with a backpack full of academic, social, and economic privileges. We aim to validate their past and present experiences rather than seeing them solely for their grit and determination. Therefore, we assist in crafting a living and learning environment that offers them the best opportunities to thrive in this educational setting.
The OUS program begins with a five-week, pre-first-year Summer Institute. The Summer Institute strengthens OUS scholars' academic skills by immersing them in the culture of this rigorous institution of higher learning. Full participation in the Summer Institute is an additional admission requirement for students enrolled as OUS scholars.
Meet OUS Scholars
Summer Before Colgate
The Summer Institute strengthens OUS scholars' academic skills by immersing them in the rigorous academic culture of Colgate University. The program promotes personal growth and educational achievement.
The OUS Experience
As scholars in the Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS) program, students will participate in four years of programming and engagement.