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.



  • 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.


  • 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.

"100% of the participants would recommend Stoutward Bound to incoming freshmen."

"The retention rate for Stoutward Bound is consistently higher than their peers. The one-year retention rate is how many participants persisted into the second year (fall-to-fall comparison)."



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