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How Lateral Entry Students Apply to the Environmental Fellows Program

How to Apply

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 1, 2019: 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 2023 will close on November 1, 2019. 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 envfellows@depauw.edu.
  • 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 envfellows@depauw.edu.
  • 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 and sustainability 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.  Your essay should address the following questions:

  • Identify one issue or problem facing the world today that you are eager to learn about during your four years at DePauw and to address in your life's work.  Explain what you take to be the nature of the challenge - the root causes, possible solutions, and barriers to adopting such solutions.

  • Why does this issue matter?  In other words; what makes it urgent or important in a general sense?  And why does this capture your interest and concern in particular?

  • What academic subjects are crucial to understanding the issue you have identified and why?  In addition to those subjects, choose a field of study that seems largely irrelevant to the problem or issue you've identified, and explain how it could be brought to bear on understanding or addressing that issue.

  • Diverse perspectives, experiences, and academic fields of expertise are necessary to understand and address the complex environmental and sustainability challenges facing our world.  What distinctive background, perspectives, or experiences do you bring that will enrich the learning community of the Environmental Fellows Program?

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 and creatively about complex issues.

  • Your commitment to environmental and sustainability studies over time.