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Commitment For Current Students

Commitment for Current Students

The Commitment applies to students who are currently eligible and to those who enroll at DePauw for the first time in the fall of 2021. Students who enroll for the first time subsequent to the fall 2021 term will not be eligible for the formal Commitment but will still have access to DePauw’s full set of professional development programming.


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 

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.