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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Leap?

LEAP is a two semester seminar that enables new students to transition more confidently to college and to play an active role in their own education. Students work with outstanding faculty in small classes and participate in social and service activities with other students and with Peer Advisors.

The heart of LEAP is a two semester seminar in which students stay with the same classmates and faculty member. The seminar is paired in the fall with writing classes reserved for LEAP students. In the spring, LEAP students are offered optional LEAP-only add-on classes in library research strategies and major selection.

The two semester seminar fulfills two general education requirements and the University’s diversity requirement for the cost of only two classes compared to three classes.

How big is the LEAP program?

LEAP has 26 sections taught by 11 faculty members. Roughly one out of every three incoming students elects to join the program.

Individual LEAP sections, however, are small. Most are capped at 30. Some sections are even smaller. A sophomore or junior-level Peer Advisor is assigned to each section and stays with that section throughout the year. Thus, students, Peer Advisors, and faculty all get to know each other well and are able to form a community within the wider LEAP community.

How will LEAP benefit me?

LEAP will prepare you to succeed in your future college work by actively engaging you as an individual and in teams to think analytically, creatively, and practically about issues important to the role of the citizen, nationally and globally.

  • Improve your writing skills.
  • Develop sophisticated library research strategies (LEAP 1060) to complete assignments related to your LEAP classes, and you’ll be offered the option of getting credit for a library research strategies course.
  • Connect with at least one professor. This is an important relationship when you need recommendations for awards, scholarships, internships, or jobs.
  • Have a chance to get to know your classmates and Peer Advisor, since you’ll have a class with them both fall and spring semesters.
  • WRTG 2011 is a LEAP-only classes that fulfill the lower division writing requirement.
  • Optional courses in major selection, LEAP 1050.
  • Make progress on your general education requirements: completing two of these, as well as the University’s diversity requirement, by taking your fall and spring LEAP seminars.

What are my options within the LEAP program?

All LEAP courses focus on the themes of diversity and community, and are very similar in content.

How do I enroll in LEAP?

You enroll in LEAP at Orientation, when you enroll in your other classes. Visit the orientation website at or call 581-7069 to sign up for your orientation time. LEAP fills on a first-come, first-served basis, so the earlier you attend Orientation, the wider your choice among LEAP options will be.


Last Updated: 9/16/16