PASS Program


The Arts and Sciences Program for Advancing Scholarship and Service (PASS) is administered by the Office of Undergraduate Recruitment. This program is a selective, first-year academic learning community for Arts and Sciences students who have a shared interest in the academic, cultural, career and community benefits of diversity.

PASS links first-year students with their community and peers in ways that ensure academic success and engagement, while offering all the benefits of a small college experience — personalized guidance and support — with the kinds of great opportunities available only at a large university.

As PASS scholars, through engagement in five key areas, students learn about the value of diversity to their undergraduate experience, its relevance to academic success and career and its impact on their community and the world beyond. These five areas of engagement are: Academic Support, Career Development, Community Building, Community Service and Leadership Development.

  • The Program Manager manages a weekly listserv to promote programs, events, resources and opportunities that units would like to share with PASS students
  • Weekly meetings provide an opportunity for faculty who would like to moderate roundtable discussions on the topic of diversity as it relates to the program’s five key areas: Academic Support, Career Development, Community Building, Community Service and Leadership Development
  • Peer Leaders are second-year students who participated in PASS during their first year and serve as mentors to the incoming class. In this role, they also serve as ambassadors for the college. 

To identify ambassadors who can serve on student panels during undergraduate recruitment events, please contact Angelett Anderson, program manager, at