High Impact Experiences

University Scholars who were admitted to the program beginning in the fall of 2018 and later must complete a total of three high impact experiences by the time they graduate. These are opportunities for students to engage in experiential learning outside the classroom in a way that directly aligns with their individual goals. This requirement also gives students the opportunity to reflect on how these experiences impact their learning in preparation for life after college such as graduate school or employment applications.

High Impact Categories

  • Leadership
    • For example resident advisor, orientation leader, student government, village mentor, Scholars Forum Assistant, etc.
  • Select Explorations trips run by the USP
    • For example a fall or spring break trip with the USP.
  • Volunteer service
    • A minimum of 45 hours with the same organization or project over an academic year.
  • Non-course based undergraduate research
    • A minimum of 45 hours with the same lab or project over an academic year.
  • Non-course based internships
  • Non-course based co-ops
  • Participation in Arts NC State
    • For example performing in marching band, performing in a University Theatre play, serving as stage crew, being in a musical ensemble, or being on a dance crew.

Those are just some examples. If you are doing something that you think will be transformative or greatly impact your education, contact your USP advisor listed in the right-hand sidebar and ask them about it. Chances are it might count.

Required Reflection

After completing each high impact experience you must submit a request for credit and a short reflection paper. The paper should be 12 point font, double-spaced, and then attached to the request for credit form. If you have questions about this form, please contact Sarah Beth May at seking2@ncsu.edu.