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Program Admissions


The President's Leadership program admissions process is guided by our desire to develop well-rounded, extraordinary leaders. All program participants must meet the minimum program admission requirements and must submit all components of the written application requirements.

Completed applications are then reviewed and screened according to a grading rubric that is based on the selection criteria. Scores and comments are then used to select students for the interview round.

Candidates who live within driving distance participate in a panel interview on the CSU Pueblo campus. The panel consists of three to five business and/or community leaders, as well as PLP faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Out-of-state and international students are offered an online or telephone interview. 

To meet the preferred deadline, application materials must be postmarked and/or received by the President’s Leadership Program Office or the CSU Pueblo Office of Admissions by March 1st. The second deadline is May 1st.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the President's Leadership program:

  • Students must remain in good academic standing within the program, maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Program participants are expected to be involved in extra-curricular activities on campus and in the community and must adhere to the PLP Standards and Expectations, as outlined in the CHL Handbook distributed at the beginning of each fall semester
  • All students are expected to volunteer 30 hours of community service each semester.

Potential scholars must be admitted to CSU Pueblo as first-time, full-time students. Applications to the PLP must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential, and commitment outside of self.

How to Submit Your Application

Part 1 - Gather the Materials Below

  1. Submit President's Leadership Program Application
  2. Students are required to submit two professional recommendations.
    • If currently or previously employed, one reference should be from a work supervisor.
    • Students may use full-time faculty professors for recommendations.
  3. References from family members, fellow students, and/or friends will not be accepted. 
  4. Students are required to submit an essay on a Leadership Topic (see application form).
  5. Your resume must include personal objectives, education, work experience, school and community leadership experiences, honors, and awards.
  6. Please submit a copy of your high school transcript.

Part 2 - Submit Materials 

All required materials should be sent to the President's Leadership Program on the Pueblo campus in the Library and Academic Resources Center, Room 360, or mail to: 

Colorado State University Pueblo 
President's Leadership Program
LARC# 360
2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, CO  81001

Your application will not be considered until all required materials are completed. 

Please note: Students who have been accepted into other college-level leadership programs and wish to transfer into CSU Pueblo’s PLP, must apply through the director, be interviewed by a PLP selection team, and will be accepted at the discretion of this committee based on the admissions criteria required of first-year students, as noted above.


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