Stoutward Bound Program

AUGUST 17-29, 2014

[Program now full; new applicants will be placed on waitlist]


Stoutward Bound (SWB) is a popular living and learning community for first-year American ethnic minority students sponsored by Multicultural Student Services.  This program is designed to "jump start" the college experience by providing support for a successful transition to college.

Early Start

Students come to campus two weeks before the start of the fall semester, live in South Hall, eat their meals at Price Commons and attend classes Monday through Friday.  There will also be fun activities and group study sessions throughout the week.  Student will be required to participate in a leadership retreat during one of two weekends prior to the start of the fall semester.  There are no additional costs/fees to students to participate.

Academic Year Support

Students will meet monthly with a Stoutward Bound advisor.  The advisor will be able to link students to campus resources and offer encouragement and support.  There are monthly college success workshops to help build "college know-how."  Mentors will serve as role models to help navigate through campus life.


  • Early academic success through building confidence for college-level coursework
  • Become familiar with the campus and the community, locate resources, and learn about opportunities for involvement
  • Out-of-the classroom activities that reinforce classroom learning
  • Develop a sustainable learning community throughout the first year of college
  • Leadership development through experience
  • Provides an environment for making lifelong friends

Learning Community

All Stoutward Bound students take two common courses together that start two weeks prior to the fall semester. These classes are on the students' fall schedule and continue throughout the semester:

  • SPCOM 100, Fundamentals of Speech (3 Credits)
  • PSYH 110, General Psychology (3 Credits)

Living Community

All participants are required to live on campus. Students will move in early to South Hall, their permanent residence for the academic year.

Leadership Development

Stoutward Bound invests in forward thinkers. Each student will participate in a leadership development training that will teach strategies and inspiration that will be helpful in their academic, personal and professional life.

Staff Support

During the academic year, intentional one-on-one attention is given to Stoutward Bound participants.

Coordinator/Advisor, Vickie Sanchez works in the Multicultural Student Service office. Her role is to support students with academic, financial, involvement and job placement guidance.

Two Peer Mentors will serve as peer leaders as they have experienced and transitioned into college life successfully. They will be a listening ear for students and assist in organizing activities, workshops, socials and community service projects.

Throughout the academic year, you will meet at least twice per semester with the Stoutward Bound Coordinator/Advisor. You will be able to participate in monthly workshops specifically for Stoutward Bound students on topics such as Scholarships, Financial Aid and Academic Advising. Participants will also have organized socials and community service projects to learn community engagement both on and off campus.

How to Register

Call Vickie Sanchez, Student Services Coordinator at (715) 232-1108 and state you are interested in participating in Stoutward Bound. Please note that the 2014-15 program is in now full and new applicants will be placed on a waitlist.

We encourage you to apply early; space is limited!



Contact Information

Vickie Sanchez, Student Services Coordinator
203 Bowman Hall
Phone: 715/232-1108


Why join Stoutward Bound?

In those two weeks I felt as if I already knew everyone longer than just two weeks.  I loved the bonding that we all had together hanging out, eating together, walking to class, working together and just chit chatting.  It simply made my college life easier and I felt more prepared.

~ Linda Hang, 2012 Stoutward Bound Student

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