Stoutward Bound

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Join Stoutward Bound, a learning and living community for first-year students.

SWB is designed to provide students with an early start on college in a supportive environment committed to preparing them for success and their transition from high school to college. Our goal is for students to thrive in academic resilience together in community.


100% of Participants Recommend Stoutward Bound to Incoming First-Year Students.


Learning Community

  • Students move to campus two weeks before the start of the fall semester to get to know the campus.
  • Participate in workshops on transitioning to college.
  • Students take two common courses together. One in fall and one in the spring.
  • Students meet with the Stoutward Bound advisor and peer mentors for intentional one-on-one attention providing a link to campus resources, offer encouragement and support.


Stoutward Bound Scholars at the Multicultural Student Services' banquet.

Living Community

  • Participants are encouraged to live on campus.
  • Live in the Multicultural Living Community.
  • Academic support through student outreach and community study sessions.
  • Students will be given opportunities for personal growth through workshops, community activities and leadership development.

The first-to-second year retention rate for Stoutward Bound students is consistently higher than their peers.


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"It is a strong community that helps create deep bonds and lifelong friendships"
William Yang