The University of Rochester’s Take Five Scholars Program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to acquire a liberal education that might not otherwise be available to them. Qualified students will be granted either one or two tuition-free terms at the end of degree study to take courses that significantly broaden their programs of study, yet are connected to the student’s intellectual and educational goals. Eastman students apply to the Take Five Scholars Program through the Office of Academic Affairs (585-274-1020).
The application to the program includes a proposal title and course schedule, college transcripts, an essay, and letters of recommendation. Criteria for evaluation are the coherence of the applicant’s program of study, the intellectual breadth of the proposal and how it enhances the applicant’s current academic program, whether the proposal constitutes a meaningful enrichment of a conventional degree program, and the quality of the writing itself.
Because Take Five courses do not meet degree requirements, they do not automatically include applied study. Eastman students who wish to take primary or secondary lessons in the fifth year must obtain permission from the dean of academic affairs, pending teacher availability, and will be required to pay a fee.