The Emerging Leaders program is an extended orientation and leadership program designed for first year and transfer students who want to connect to the campus community during their first semester at Georgia State. Research has shown that students who get involved on campus have higher GPAs and are retained at higher numbers. The goal of the Emerging Leaders program is to expose students to campus and community involvement opportunities, while simultaneously equipping them with the skills needed to succeed inside the classroom. Additional program highlights include an upperclassmen mentor, an annual leadership conference, programs and organized social events. For students who were highly involved in high school or who have a desire to connect to the campus community, this program is an excellent first step to collegiate success.
Students in the program are required to participate in an overnight summer leadership retreat. The retreat provides the opportunity to connect with classmates before classes begin in the fall. During the three-day retreat, students will participate in team building activities, leadership exercises and a whitewater rafting trip. The cost to participate in the program is $60. The application for fall of 2016 will be available online in the summer of 2016.