How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in the Pioneer Leadership Program (PLP). This year, DU will accept 88 incoming students to PLP. To be considered for acceptance, please complete and submit this application with careful thought and in accordance with the application deadlines.
Please note: your PLP application and acceptance is separate from your application to the University of Denver. Do not send your PLP application to the Office of Admission.
This online application must be fully completed for submission and consideration in the PLP program. Each application will be reviewed in detail and rated based on the following criteria:
- Demonstration of leadership and leadership potential
- Demonstration of strong writing abilities including grammar, mechanics, accuracy and consistency
- Demonstration of passion for and commitment to serving the greater good
- Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_BZ0fsB_Gs&t=2s
Part 1: ONLINE APPLICATION FORM: You must have your DU ID# and password ready to apply. For assistance with password issues, call 303-871-5118.
This application form includes the following sections:
- General Information
- Short Answer Essays
- Agreement Statements
- Final Review and E-Signature
Part 2: RECOMMENDATION
During the online application process, there will be a section to enter your recommender's name and email address. An email will be sent to the recommender with instructions to complete the recommendation on your behalf, but ultimately, it is YOUR responsibility to follow up as it commonly can be filtered or placed in the recommender's junk mail.
We will open applications for the 2022-2023 academic year in November 2022.
- Priority Deadline: February 15th, 2023
- Students will be notified by: March 15th, 2023
- Final Deadline: April 5th, 2023
- Students will be notified by: April 24th, 2023
Late applications will be accepted on a space-available basis after the final deadline.
***BOTH the online application AND the recommendation must be received by the deadline to be fully considered.
PLP is not a scholarship program and therefore does not offer financial assistance. This is an academic program with a living and learning component. However, second-year PLP students are eligible to apply for various scholarships specific to PLP.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)
Is my PLP application/admittance different from my DU application/admittance?
Yes. Your PLP application and acceptance is separate from your application to the University of Denver. Do not send your PLP application to the Office of Admission. To apply for the PLP program, please submit the online application form.
Your DU and PLP application timelines do not need to coincide directly. For example, if you applied by Early Action to DU, you can either apply to PLP by the Priority Application Deadline or the Final Application Deadline. We consider both application deadlines with equal weight.
Can I apply before I have been accepted to the University of Denver?
YES! However, your acceptance to PLP is contingent on your acceptance to the University.
Can you explain PLP housing?
One of the great benefits to being in PLP is living together. You will make long-term friendships and connections that will last beyond the walls of DU. All first year PLP students live in Dimond Family Residential Village. Once you have been accepted to PLP, you will be sent a contract that requires completion and return. At the same time, you will need to apply for housing through Housing and Residential Education (HRE), as detailed in your DU acceptance packet. You are required to live on the PLP floor to be in the program.
Can I be in PLP if I am a commuter student?
We are open to this special circumstance and will consider you if you are a commuter student. Please just let us know after you submit your application that you are a commuter.
Can I be in PLP and the Honors Program?
Many of our students are successful in both PLP and the Honors Program. However, to be in PLP, you must live on the PLP floor.
Can I be in PLP and a Living and Learning Community (LLC)?
You cannot be part of both PLP and an LLC. Since they both require you to live on the respective floor, you may not participate in both. You may, however, apply to PLP and all 5 LLCs. If you are accepted into all 6 programs, you get to choose one to accept and participate.
How do you communicate with students via post or email?
We try to do all our communication via email. Please be prepared to communicate in this format.
What is the difference between the Priority vs. the Final Application Deadline?
The primary benefit to the Priority Application Deadline is to know of your PLP application decision status sooner. We consider Priority Applicants and Final Applicants with equal weight. You are encouraged to apply earlier with the Priority Deadline, but if the date has passed, we encourage you to apply by the Final Application Deadline.
Do you offer Scholarships?
PLP does not currently offer financial assistance for incoming students. However, starting a student's second year in the program, they are eligible to apply for approximately 20 (changes yearly) scholarships through the program between the amounts of $1,000 and $2,500 (annually). Depending on the scholarship, it can last one, two or three years.
Can international students apply to PLP?
Yes! International students are encouraged to apply. However, non-native English speakers' acceptance to PLP is contingent upon passing the University of Denver’s English Proficiency Exam when you arrive on campus.