Pillars of PLC

The true advantage provided by the Presidents Leadership Class is the access to multidisciplinary leadership development, extensive experiential learning, a supportive learning community of peers, and a dedication to serving the community, that you participate in from the moment you enter as a freshman at CU Boulder. You will experience the four distinct yet intertwined pillars of Scholarship, Community, Experience, and Service extensively throughout your PLC education. Each pillar combined with our focus on inclusive excellence make up the foundation on which the entire PLC program is built.


The courses offered in PLC are designed and instructed with the intention of developing your leadership abilities and perspective throughout your undergraduate career. Each course will draw upon lessons you have learned in previous PLC courses and will challenge you to apply your leadership skills in new and increasingly creative ways. The sequence of the PLC curriculum is not meant as a beginning and end to your leadership education, but rather as a broad foundation from which you will continue your leadership growth beyond graduation.If desired, you will be able to earn a Leadership Studies Minor by completing the PLC curriculum and taking a required Leadership Capstone course to capture your leadership development and education here at CU Boulder.

At PLC, you are part of a small family of highly driven peers with a dedicated staff that offers you individualized support throughout your undergraduate experience. The support you get from the program and your PLC peers is immediate and lasting; providing guidance and reinforcement with everything from your academics to your social life, and from balancing your busy schedule to managing your new life on campus. Your community will extend off campus as well to our Board of Advocates and the PLC Alumni Club made up of our extensive alumni base.

The most important leadership lessons you will learn in your time with PLC will be through your experiential education endeavors. You will have the opportunity to experience practical leadership through your Applied Leadership Experiences (ALEs), professional excellence dinners, experiential weekends, and through your other involvements both on and off campus. At PLC, we recognize that the best way for you to learn how to lead and how to follow is by experiencing both inside and outside of the classroom.

PLC believes that each individual must serve to meet the needs of your entire community to enable the growth and progress of that community. By embracing humility and taking the steps necessary to elevate a larger purpose above your own acheivement, you position yourself to develop into an empathetic and effective leader in the future. Each PLC scholar must provide 10 hours of service each semester in the program, totalling 80 hours of meaningful, impactful service for PLC, CU Boulder, the City of Boulder, Colorado, and beyond.

Inclusive Excellence

PLC fully embraces CU Boulder’s strategic goal of inclusive excellence, where the university becomes a place where diversity and an ingrained commitment to making excellence inclusive define its community and its work. PLC fulfills our committment to our pillars from an operational foundation of inclusive excellence. Click here to read our statement about Inclusive Excellence.