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2017 President's Leadership Class Application

History of The President's Leadership Class

The President’s Leadership Class (PLC) was created in 2008 as a collaboration between the Office of the President and the Center for Student Involvement & Leadership as a way to help facilitate leadership development in the University of Iowa’s emerging leaders.

Class Description

PLC is a three-hour, credit-bearing course that is offered each fall to specially nominated first-year students like you. If you are selected for admission to this class, you have the opportunity to explore pertinent leadership issues with university officials; to meet with and attend programs by UI, community, and state leaders; to participate in meaningful civic activities; to network with other student leaders; and to engage in curriculum that will help you develop your personal leadership style and skills. The class meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30pm - 5:00 pm, and class members have a kick-off barbeque at the President’s Residence to start the semester. PLC wraps up the experience with a graduation ceremony. Educating the next generation of leaders is one of the most important missions of the University of Iowa, and the President’s Leadership Class is one way for us to accomplish that goal.

If you have questions regarding your PLC application, please contact the Center for Student Involvement & Leadership (319-335-3059 or and ask for Erika Christiansen or Paul Mintner.

To apply, please scroll down the page and click on the green button on the bottom of this page titled "Begin Form" to start your application. Please review the list of materials to have with you before you begin the application process.

Items to have with you before you begin the application:

  • List of high school activities, clubs & organizations
  • List of honors/awards and scholarships
  • Number of college hours you have completed
  • HS GPA & Scale used (4.0, 100PTS, etc.)
  • ACT or SAT Composite Score
  • Information (email address, name, contact information) for two references (one should be your principal or guidance counselor). PLEASE NOTE: This person may or may not be contacted.

A few things to consider:

You will be asked to write an essay that relates to your personal philosophy of leadership. It may be helpful to collect your thoughts on this topic prior to starting this form. 

As a reminder, this is a student submitted application, and as such, should be completed in its entirety by the student who is applying. 

Applications are due on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm CDT. No extensions will be granted. All applicants will be notified via e-mail of their selection status by May 31, 2017, prior to June Orientation and Enrollment. 

Begin the application by clicking on the green "Begin Form" button:

This form closed on May 5, 2017 5:10 PM CDT