Stoutward Bound

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Join a living and learning community for first-year American ethnic minority students.

Students come to campus two weeks before the start of the fall semester to get to know the campus, begin coursework, and participate in activities that support a successful transition to college.

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How to Apply

Contact Vickie Sanchez or complete the online application.
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What is Stoutward Bound? / Kalvin Yang

Program Details

Students come to campus two weeks before the start of the fall semester to jump start their college experience. Students will be able to move into their dorm, begin coursework, get to know campus, and participate in activities that support a successful transition to college.

In addition to arriving early, the program provides an academic year of support. Students will be given opportunities to personal growth through workshops, community development activities, and essential academic support.

Living and Learning Community

All participants are required to live on-campus. Students will move in early to CKTO Hall, their permanent residence for the academic year. Students will live among each other in the hall. Many students say they make life-long friends through the living community experience.

All Stoutward Bound students take two common courses together. General Psychology begins two weeks prior to fall semester and is on the students’ fall schedule. The second class, Fundamentals of Speech, is a spring semester course. Students will enroll in one of two Speech classes reserved for Stoutward Bound students. For the first year, these two courses reinforce study skills, academic support, and help build classroom learning as a community.

Staff Support and Peer Mentors

During the academic year, intentional one-on-one attention is given to Stoutward Bound participants. Students will meet monthly with the Stoutward Bound Advisor and peer mentors. The advisor will be assist students by providing a link to campus resources, offer encouragement and support. Peer mentors will provide continued personal, community and academic support through meeting and organizing bi-weekly study sessions.

Leadership Development

When students sign up for Stoutward Bound they are also committing themselves to participate in leadership training. Leadership development will give students tools, strategies and confidence to navigate their college experience. Our goal is to empower our students for academic, personal, and professional success. For many, the leadership training is one of the main highlights and favorite parts to Stoutward Bound.