President’s Leadership Academy


We’d love to tell you more about the President’s Leadership Academy at Elmhurst College. If you don’t see your questions answered here, please contact us.

Who is eligible to participate in the President’s Leadership Academy?
The Academy is designed for incoming first-year students at Elmhurst who are students of color or first-generation college students.

Why should I participate in the President’s Leadership Academy?
The President’s Leadership Academy will help you succeed at the College and will prepare you to graduate as a principled citizen leader. As a program participant, you’ll learn about leadership, oral communication, reading, quantitative reasoning and writing. You will benefit from mentoring, career exploration, professional preparation, identity development and civic engagement. What’s more, students admitted to the program will be given a four-year renewable book stipend, contingent upon their full participation in all aspects of the program.

Do I have to pay a participation fee?

How much of a time commitment does the program involve?
Program participants participate in a three-week residential summer program prior to their first year at Elmhurst. During the four academic years of the program, you will participate in a series of leadership development experiences.

What are the dates for the summer program?
The summer program runs from Sunday, July 27, to Saturday, August 16, 2014. You will then participate in Elmhurst’s required orientation program for first-year students, Big Questions: What Will You Stand For?

Will I live on campus for the summer program, even if I’m not going to be a residential student in the fall?
Yes, all Academy participants will live on campus from Sunday, July 27, to Saturday, August 16, 2014.

How busy will I be during the summer program? Would I still be able to work?
Because of the rigorous nature of the summer session, participants will not be able to work or leave campus for extended periods of time.

How do I apply for the President’s Leadership Academy?
Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2014–2015 academic year.

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