College Citizens - First Generation Students - University of Dallas

College Citizens - First Generation Students - University of Dallas

Seeking Wisdom, Truth and Virtue: Building First-Generation College Citizens

This summer, thanks to generous funding from the Teagle Foundation, the University of Dallas invites you to a crash course modeled after our distinctive curriculum.

Students will engage in two rigorous weeks of in-depth reading, writing and discussion about some of the most fundamental topics in our society: What is citizenship? What does it mean to pursue truth or seek a virtuous life? What is our responsibility to the members of our community?

If you are interested in developing a deeper understanding of the world around you, charting your future and putting yourself on a path to be a leader in your community, then apply today!

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To be accepted into the program, students must:

  • be juniors in high school
  • attend high school in the Dallas/Fort Worth area
  • have parents who have not completed a four-year degree
  • be prepared to demonstrate that they are likely to be eligible for a Pell Grant or the equivalent when they begin college

Program Details:

We plan to host the program in person at the University of Dallas Irving Campus, June 18 - July 1, 2023.

During the two-week summer program, students will receive the following free of charge:

  • Tuition/room and board
  • Cultural excursions and field trips into Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Programming (guest speakers, extracurricular activities)
  • Mentorship by University of Dallas faculty, staff and students
  • Three general studies college credits

Students will also participate in a civic engagement project during the program and throughout their senior year of high school.

About the Program: 

The University of Dallas, in collaboration with the Teagle Foundation, has prepared a wide-ranging liberal arts curriculum that addresses the central questions at the heart of our goals as educators in a liberal arts tradition:

What is our responsibility to others? How can we pursue a moral and ethical life?

Informed by our university’s belief that the Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts provide a necessary foundation from which to embark upon our society’s greatest challenges, our program guides students through consequential thinkers that range from Plato, Aristotle and Sophocles to Bartolomé de las Casas, Martin Luther King and Albert Einstein.

College Citizens then invites students to consider the diverse experiences and challenges faced by those in their own community in light of the valuable questions posed by a liberal arts curriculum. Located in the thriving and diverse metropolis of Dallas/Fort Worth, we look forward to facilitating the intellectual and personal development of historically underserved members of our community while providing a deep appreciation for the liberal arts and their inestimable value in a rapidly changing world at UD. First-generation students, coming from a wide breadth of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, comprise a record 20% of the freshman class.

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Jessica Quiroz, BA '23