Programmatic Requirements for Sisterhood

The Sisterhood Scholars program has programmatic requirements that take place before the school year begins and continue throughout the academic year.

Family Orientation

During this orientation students and their parent/guardians will meet Sisterhood 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 wishing to participate in the program.

Extended Orientation

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 wishing to participate in the program.

*Please note all freshman students at EMU are strongly encouraged to attend EMU’s First Three New Student Orientation.

Designated Courses

Scholars must enroll in the courses listed below during their first and second year. Each course counts towards general education requirements that every student at EMU must fulfill. 


  • During the Fall Semester
    • MATH 110: Mathematical Reasoning
    • CTAC 124: Foundations of Speech Communication
    • ENG 120 or ENG 121: Composition II: Researching the Public Experience
    • UNIV 101L3: Introduction to the University (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

Scholars are required to fulfill 10 hours of study tables each week at designated study tables locations. During the assigned times students are expected to complete their homework and prepare for upcoming exams and course assignments.

Academic Coach Meetings

Scholars are required to meet with their assigned academic coach bi-weekly during the Fall semester and  Winter semester. During these meetings, coaches will sit down with scholars to discuss their progress from a wholistic approach, touching on seven key domains to foster student success.

Cohort Meetings

Scholars are required to attend monthly cohort meetings. During these monthly meetings Academic Success Partnership (ASP) staff will provide students with information perinate to their success and degree completion.

Community Building Programs

Scholars are required to attend our community building programs. These programs are open to the campus community and provides a safe space for students of color to engage in conversation and build community. During this time, scholars are able to actively participate in conversations designed to educate and empower students.

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