The Emerging Leaders Program is a first-year program that engages student leaders in learning the foundations of leadership development.


This program is designed to give you an instant connection to campus life here at West Georgia. Emerging Leaders commit to responsible leadership on-campus and in the community and develop skills to be successful leaders in their academic, co-curricular, and social lives.

Through the required activities, students connect to campus and learn basic and some intermediate leadership skills that can be used both on-campus and off. Past ELP participants have become leaders on campus, from Orientation Leaders to the presidents of various student organizations, including Student Government Association.


Students entering UWG as a first-time freshman in Fall of 2016 are eligible to apply to be in the 2016 Emerging Leaders Program. Students must also have at least a 2.75 UWG adjusted high school GPA.

Application Process

Spaces are limited and are given on a first-come, first-serve basis to qualified applicants. Apply Now.

Program Requirements and Activities

Requirements to complete the 2016-2017 Emerging Leaders Program are as follows.

By the end of Fall 2016:

  • Enroll in the Emerging Leaders section of UWG 1101 and complete the course with a C or better
  • Complete the workshops for the Emerging and Personal Leadership Tracks, held Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
  • Attend the Emerging Leaders Fall Retreat in August
  • Complete the semester with a cumulative GPA of a 2.75 or better

By the end of Spring 2017:

  • Complete the involvement programs for the Emerging and Personal Leadership Tracks
  • Attend Lead Weekend, either in late January or early February
  • Be an active member in at least one student organization or hold a campus leadership position
  • Attend two meetings with the Coordinator for Student Involvement and Leadership Programs, scheduled individually
  • Complete the semester with a cumulative GPA of a 2.75 or better

Students who complete all requirements will "graduate" from the Emerging Leaders Program and be recognized at the Student Achievement Awards program held in the Spring.

Any questions regarding the Emerging Leaders Program can be directed to Laura Petrus, Coordinator for Student Involvement and Leadership Programs.