President's Leadership Program

"Leaders are not born; they’re made." 

- Warren Bennis


In a global society where problems and solutions cross disciplines and borders, there is a critical need for effective leaders. The President’s Leadership Program develops tomorrow’s leaders through a series of academic courses and experiential learning activities that equip them with the knowledge, skills, and commitment to make positive change.

Established in 1989 as a one-year program, CSU’s President’s Leadership Program (PLP) has grown to a three year, fourteen credit leadership development experience for undergraduate students. In addition to traditional classroom learning, students participate in retreats, service projects, and internships that allow them to apply their knowledge and training. Each year of the President’s Leadership Program is an independent learning experience and students may choose to participate in one or more years of the program.

Surveys of our students testify to the powerful impact PLP has had on their development as individuals and leaders. Students state that PLP developed their:
• Ability to communicate effectively with others
• Critical thinking and problem solving skills
• Understanding of personal strengths and weaknesses
• Ability to work collaboratively with others
• Understanding of the gifts and challenges of a diverse society
• Value of social responsibility and community involvement

It is our belief that all students have the potential to lead, and it is our intent to prepare leaders who are capable of navigating an increasingly diverse, global, and technological world. If you are interested in applying to the program, the PLP online applications will be available in October for the following school year.    


What's going on in PLP?

PLP Recently asked CSU students, staff, and friends of the university to share what they believed in our annual This I Believe Plaza event Photobooth! Check them out!



Want more This I Believe statements? Check out the PLP Capstone "This I Believe" student created project 



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To connect with students, alumni, and see up-to-minute information on the program, become a fan of us on facebook.


Deanna Leone
Assistant Director
(970) 491-2181 
Emily Ambrose
Program Coordinator
(970) 491-1962
SLiCE Office
113 Lory Student Center
8033 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523
Phone: (970) 491-1682


PLP Scholars Class

A special program for prestigious state and national scholarship finalists (e.g., Anschutz, Boettcher, Monfort, Puksta, National Merit).

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Please click here for more information.


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