Program Requirements

The Brotherhood and Sisterhood Scholars program requires participating students to engage in a number of program events and university courses designed to ensure a smooth transition from high school to college and promote a lifelong dedication to success. 

  • All participants must sign and submit the Accountability Agreement
  • During the first year, students must sign up for cohort designated sections of COUN 100 – Career Exploration and Decision Making (fall semester) and LEAD 201 – Introduction to Leadership (winter semester)
  • Move-in late August for in-person Extended Orientation before the general population and live in the same room for the duration of their first year
  • Commit to individual academic coach meetings every two weeks
  • Attend 10 hours of study tables weekly
  • Attend monthly evening dialogues (Cohort Meetings)


  •  Family Orientation Expand dropdown
    During this orientation students and their parents/guardians will meet the program staff and go over key program elements. Staff will also answer any questions students and their parents/guardians may have.

    *Attending this orientation is mandatory for both students and parents/guardians desiring to participate in the program.

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    The Extended Orientation allows students to live on campus two weeks prior to the beginning of the fall semester to prepare for Math, English, Writing and Reading at the collegiate level to start the academic year strong. During this time students will live in a residence hall with designated Housing & Residence Life (HRL) staff and Academic Success Partnership (ASP) staff. Students will attend Math and Writing intensive courses to prepare for the rigor of university and actively participate in structured workshops and community building activities. 

    *Attending and completing this orientation is mandatory for students desiring to participate in the program.

*Please note all incoming freshmen are strongly encouraged to attend EMU Connect.

Academic Requirements

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    • During the Fall Semester
      • COMM 124: Foundations of Speech Communication
      • WRTG 120 or WRTG 121: Composition II: Researching the Public Experience
      • MATH 110: Mathematical Reasoning
      • COUN 100L4: Career Exploration & Decision Making (taken as a cohort)
    • During the Winter Semester
      • LEAD 201: Introduction to Leadership


    • During the Fall Semester
      • LEAD 301L2: Emerging as a Culturally Competent Leader
  • Study Tables  Expand dropdown
    Students in the program are required to fulfill 10 hours per week of supervised study at designated study table locations.  During the assigned times, students are expected to complete their homework and prepare for upcoming exams and course assignments.
  • Academic Coach Meetings Expand dropdown
    Students in the program are required to meet with their assigned academic coach bi-weekly during the Fall and Winter semester.  During these meetings, coaches sit down with students to discuss their progress from a holistic perspective, touching on seven key domains in order to foster student success.

Cohort Requirements

  • Monthly Cohort Meetings Expand dropdown
    Scholars are required to attend monthly cohort meetings. During these monthly meetings, staff will provide students with information essential to their individual development and degree completion goals. 
  • Community Building Programs Expand dropdown
    Scholars are required to attend community building programs. These programs are open to the campus community and provide a safe space for students of color to engage in conversation and build relationships. During this time, scholars are able to actively participate in discussions designed to educate and empower students.

Residential Requirements

Previously, participants were required to live in Sellers Hall within the Brotherhood and Sisterhood Scholars Living-Learning Community (LLC).  Now, the program is extending support to commuter students as well.

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