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Lateral Entry for Current DePauw Students

Overview of Lateral Entry Process

Lateral entry is the process students use to apply to honors and fellows programs after they have started classes here at DePauw.  The Environmental Fellows Program is excited to offer lateral entry this fall to students.  Interested students will submit applications electronically by October 2, 2017: essay and recommenders.  Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The lateral entry process for the Class of 2021 will close on November 1, 2017. The Environmental Fellows Steering Committee will review completed applications, select applicants to interview, and then welcome accepted students into the Environmental Fellows Program before the spring semester.

Students applying for entry to the Environmental Fellows Program should consider registering for one or more of the approved courses for the coming semester. 

Lateral Entry Checklist

  • Two recommendations from DePauw faculty or staff members. Ask your recommenders for their permission to submit their names to
  • One essay of approximately 750 words about yourself, your interests and your understanding of a particular environmental issue.  Please refer to the prompts below and submit your essay to
  • Recommended minimum DePauw GPA is 3.2


Please respond to the following prompts in an essay of approximately 750 words.  The committee will read your essay with an interest in the way you think about environmental issues and may ask about your essay if you are selected for an interview. You are welcome but not required to consult outside resources as you develop your answer. If you do, be sure to cite them appropriately. We are more interested in your considered response to the question than the breadth of your factual knowledge.  Your essay should address the following questions:

  • Tell us the story of your involvement in environmental studies and/or environmental issues.  Begin with the moment when you first became aware of your interest in the environment, describing this experience in detail.  How does this experience inform your hopes for your future -e.g.,  perhaps as a researcher, professional, or activist?
  • Identify one environment-related issue or problem that you are eager to learn about during your four years at DePauw and to address in your life's work.  Why does this issue intrigue or concern you?  What academic subjects and hands-on experiences are particularly relevant to it, and why?
  • Diverse perspectives, experiences, and academic subjects are necessary to address complex environmental issues.  How does this observation apply to the environmental issue that you identified above?  In other words, in addition to the subjects and experiences you've already identified, what other (less obvious) fields and perspectives could be important?

As we read your response, we will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • Your ability to express yourself clearly.
  • Your ability to give specific examples.
  • Your ability to think critically about complex issues.
  • Your commitment to environmental studies over time.