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Apply to Elevate

Access your online application using your unique access code sent to you in your invitation to apply! Haven’t received your code yet? No worries! Send us an and we’d be happy to help you out. Follow the steps below to apply to Elevate:

If you are an international student, check out our international application page for additional steps.

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    Applying to Elevate:

    Application Part I: Personal application and academic pursuits.


    Application Part II: Short responses about real-world issues from your local community that you are curious and passionate about.


    What is a Real World Issue? Check out the issues past cohorts have worked on to see what other students have submitted and voted to work on.

    Priority Deadline for Applications I and II: January 28, 2018
    Both parts are required for you to be considered for admittance to the program.

    Late Applications
    We do accept late applications and accept students to the cohort on a rolling basis as seats are available. If you are interested in applying after the priority deadline, please email .

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    Acceptance and Registration:

    We send out notice of your admission to the program a week after your application deadline.

    If you are accepted, your next step is to register! Beginning in February, we send you your registration packet in the mail (and via email for international students). 

    Registration Requirements:

    • Registration Confirmation Form
    • Medical Forms (signed by your primary care provider)
    • Risk and Media Release Form (signed by your parents if you are under 18)
    • $300 Deposit (sent via check or wire transfer). Please contact the director, , for questions regarding payment options.

    Travel Arrangements

    • If you book your travel arrangements before February 25, please submit that information on the transportation form.
    • If you do not book your flight or are unsure of your travel arrangements before the registration deadline, please submit your travel information by July 1.

    Priority Registration Deadline: February 25, 2018

    Late Registration
    If you have been accepted into the cohort, but are registering after the priority deadline, please email  to ensure your seat is still available, as we fill seats on a rolling basis after the deadline.

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    Preparing for Elevate:

    You have joined a cohort of incredible students from all over the United States and the globe! Once your registration has been turned in, we will send you the next steps to prepare for Elevate.

    Next Steps:

    • Take your online StrengthsQuest assessment using the code we send you by May 20. Can’t find your code?
    • Vote on the top 15 real-world issues you would like to work on at Elevate by June 1. The Elevate staff reads through all of the issues submitted and selects the top 15 that stand out as meaningful, collaborative, and local. You get to choose which of the 15 will be worked on during Elevate!
    • Send us your travel arrangements (flight information or driving information) by July 1.
    • Send us your final payment by July 1.  Please contact the director, , for questions regarding payment options.
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    Pack Your Bags and Arrive at Gordon!

    Check out our packing list, sample schedule, and the campus map on the Program Details page!

    Parent events and arrival and pickup information can be found under Parent Information.