Application Information

The Class of 2021 online application is now closed. If you missed the deadline, but are still interested in the certificate program, we will consider applications received by email. Please send "VPL Application Materials" listed below to Professor Anna Stilz at

Applications will open on February 11, 2020. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the firm deadline
of April 17, 2020. All notifications will be sent by April 20, 2020

The enrollment procedure to the UCHV undergraduate certificate program in Values and Public Life requires:

  • a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher (if GPA is below a 3.0, please provide an explanation as to why);
  • submission of an enrollment essay of 2-4 pages that outlines the student's area of interest and reasons for pursuing the certificate, and also lays out a plan of study for fulfilling the certificate requirements;
  • a recommendation by an academic referee;
  • an unofficial copy of the student's academic transcript.

The VPL program recommends that interested students take the enrollment essay seriously and fill it out as thoughtfully as possible, since it is important for us to understand your course and independent work plans in advising you and planning future course offerings.

Please note the following:
** We strongly recommend completing one of our core courses prior to enrolling in the certificate program.

**Students are normally accepted in the spring of their sophomore year. However, juniors who have a compelling reason for entering late are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the faculty director to discuss their case.