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Commitment For Current Students

Commitment for Current Students

We are excited for you to begin exploring, engaging, and connecting through DePauw Gold Commitment experiences. Use this page to answer questions you have about specific qualifications for the DePauw Gold Commitment.


April 28, 2020 Update: 

  • In light of the unprecedented changes that took place in spring 2020 for our campus and students during the spring 2020 term, full credit was given to all first-year students (the class of 2023) and qualified sophomore students (the class of 2022) for their respective 2019-2020 Gold Commitment qualifications.

  • Qualified sophomores are students in the class of 2022 who were eligible for the Gold Commitment Guarantee going into the 2019-2020 academic year. 

  • All students in the class of 2023 and qualified students in the class of 2022 are eligible for the Commitment’s Guarantee moving into the 2020-2021 academic year. If you have questions about your Gold Commitment status, please email goldcommitment@depauw.edu.

While participation in the Commitment is not a graduation requirement, full participation is a qualification for the Guarantee portion of the Commitment, which stipulates that students who do not have a post-graduate opportunity six-months after graduation qualify for an additional term of tuition or their first six-month post-graduation employment opportunity. To qualify for the Guarantee students must complete the following.

Explore Activities 

  • April 28, 2020 Update: Students should still be making progress towards completing their 12 Explore Activities which need to be completed by the end of their senior year. Virtual opportunities to complete Explore Activities will continue to be listed on the Events Page in Campus Labs and the Corq app. You can still search for Explore Activities by content area using the Categories filter on the Events page.

You will complete at least 12 Explore Activities - at least four of these will be in the content areas of career and life planning, at least four in communication and collaboration, and at least four in civic and global learning. These activities help you explore a new area and/or orient you to the offerings of a Center, department or program while introducing you to opportunities for further engagement. Typically, an explore activity consists of a single session that lasts for an hour or two. You will typically swipe into an approved event using your student ID or your Corq event pass. 

Bridge Reflection

In your time at DePauw, you will complete one or more applied learning experiences, such as internships, research, off-campus study, civic engagement, etc. Between the summer leading into your Junior year and prior to August 1 leading into your Senior year, you will write and submit for approval a Bridge Reflection that shows how your liberal arts education and applied learning experiences have informed one another.

Professional Programming

Every year at DePauw, you will attend class-specific professional programming. You can find first-year student programming here and sophomore programming here.   

DePauw Dialogue

Every year at DePauw, you will attend DePauw Dialogue, an annual campus-wide event for students, faculty and staff to examine their individual role in building a shared community.

Academic Standards

  • Graduate within 8 semesters [10 semesters for those in a dual degree program].

  • Adhere to the standards outlined in the DePauw University Academic Integrity Policy (as defined in the DePauw University Student Handbook) with no lapses that result in an entry in the student’s permanent record.

  • Participate in career discernment and preparation program during the six months subsequent to graduation if still looking for a post-graduation opportunity.

Community Citizenship Standards

  • Remain a student in good standing (as defined in the DePauw University Student Handbook) throughout enrollment with no violations of the University’s Title IX Policy that result in deferred suspension or suspension or community standards infraction that results in deferred suspension or suspension as defined in the Student Handbook.

  • Have no criminal conviction other than traffic violations.

  • Fulfill all financial obligations to DePauw by date of graduation.

Tracking Your Pathway

To track your DePauw Gold Commitment activities, connect directly to CampusLabs and the CORQ app.