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President's Leadership Program

How To Apply

If you are you ready for a unique college experience that combines academics, experiential learning and leadership development, if you’re ready to be a part of something larger than yourself, then the President’s Leadership Program is for you.

Every fall, approximately 400 freshmen are admitted to PLP. These students have exhibited strong leadership characteristics in their schools and communities.

Some may have never considered themselves as leaders, but are prepared to learn more and challenge themselves.

Applying to PLP:

Priority consideration for PLP scholarships is given to students who apply for freshman admission by the November 15 Early Decision or the December 1 Early Action deadline.

  1. Apply to the University using the Common Application.
  2. Select “Yes” for President’s Leadership Program and/or Honors program in the Academics section of the Common Application.
  3. Complete the mandatory essay questions.

Students are selected on the basis of academic achievement, as well as demonstration of leadership potential. On average, new students enrolled in PLP this past year had a 4.0 high school GPA and 1225 on the SAT administered prior to March 2016 (Critical Reading and Math). The equivalent score on the new SAT is 1300 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math). To be competitive for the lowest PLP scholarship level, students should have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and at least an 1180 on the SAT administered prior to March 2016 (Critical Reading and Math), 1250 on the new SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and math), or 26 ACT.

Preference is given to Early Decision and Early Action applicants who complete the required essays and interview by December 15. Those who meet the priority deadline will be notified via mail on February 1. The final deadline to apply and interview is February 15 with notification on April 1.

Incoming freshmen PLP students are eligible for priority housing in a learning community with other members of the Leadership and Honors Programs

If you have previously applied to CNU but did not indicate your interest in PLP, complete the President's Leadership Program application.


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