Most Common Questions About Applying to PLC

Should I apply for PLC? Am I the right kind of student for PLC?

If you want to make a positive change in the world, on any scale, you should apply for PLC. Whether you see yourself as a leader already, or if that part of you has not been discovered yet, you should apply for PLC. If you want to succeed academically, want to belong to a community of like-driven peers, want to serve a larger purpose in your community, and you want to take part in transformational experiences, you should apply to PLC.

How do I find the PLC application?

The PLC application is available through the CU Boulder General Scholarship application.  You must submit the general application and then proceed to the PLC application under “Our Opportunities.”  If the PLC application is not recommended to you in the system, please search for the Presidents Leadership Class application with the search function.

When is the PLC application due?

All parts of the PLC application are due on FEBRUARY 15th.  The online application must be submitted via CU Boulder Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.

Is there a GPA requirement for PLC? ACT/SAT score requirement?

We do not have a GPA or ACT/SAT score requirement to apply for PLC, but once you are in the program, you must maintain a 3.0 or better to receive scholarships from the program.

Do I have to know if I have been accepted into CU Boulder before I start my PLC application?

No, you can and should apply to PLC even if you do not know your admission status with the university.  However, you do have to be admitted, eventually, to participate in the four-year program.

Can I be involved with other top scholar programs if I am part of PLC?

If you are admitted into PLC, you can also participate in other talented scholar programs on campus, except for Norlin Scholars (until your junior year).  We routinely have students in Honors, Leeds Scholars, Boettcher Scholars, Engineering Honors, Engineering Leadership Program, BOLD, etc.

Is PLC a RAP (Residential Academic Program)? Do I have to live in a specific dorm with PLC students?

No, PLC is not a RAP, and you are not required to live with PLC students in a specific dorm.  You can be in any of the RAPs on campus. Many PLC students are in the Honors RAP (Smith Hall) and EHP -Engineering Honors Program (Williams Village North Hall) .

How much is the PLC scholarship?

PLC scholars receive a $1,000 merit scholarship their freshman year ($500/semester) only. 

Following your first year, there are no automatic scholarships awarded. However, there are many scholarships available to PLC students. Our scholarships page lists all of the available scholarships for PLCers.