Application Information

The Class of 2022 online application is now open.  To complete the application, click here.

Applications opened 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

Please join VPL Director Professor Stilz for an information session on Monday, April 6th, at 1:30 pm via Zoom [email for Zoom link].  If unable to attend the session, please contact Professor Stilz with any questions via email at or make an appointment via WASE. 

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, due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19, we will be considering applications from juniors in Fall 2020.