The Centers of Excellence

Marianapolis strives to prepare our students for all aspects of college life and beyond. We want our students to grow into successful individuals and contributing citizens to the global community. At Marianapolis, we want students who want to take every advantage that Marianapolis has to offer and run with it.

The college admission process is becoming more and more selective each year.  In the college process of today, it is not always enough for students to have good grades. College admissions boards are now looking for well-rounded individuals, to contribute to their communities. As a result, Marianapolis has been striving to create new opportunities for our students to stand out to college admissions boards and have the highest opportunity for success. With this in mind, Marianapolis launched two new signature programs: The Ninth Grade Experience and the Centers of Excellence.

Ninth Grade Experience

Marianapolis believes that the preparation of students to be prepared for college and life after Marianapolis begins the second students step on campus their freshman year. The Ninth Grade experience will teach freshman the skills needed to succeed not only at Marianapolis, but for the rest of their academic career. The Casimir Seminar and the Humanities course combined focus on building skills that students can use in their day-to-day lives such as critical thinking, communication, and cross-curricular learning.

Centers of Excellence

Building off of the skills obtained their freshman year, sophomores will have the option to enroll in one of two Centers-- Business & Entrepreneurship and Civic Engagement & Service. A third Center involving innovation is in the process of being developed. The Centers of Excellence were created with the idea of giving students the opportunity to gain more practical experience while allowing them to become globally engaged in a specific focal area in addition to the traditional education model. Each of the Centers will embark on a unique course curriculum focused on the area of study of their chosen Center, complete a three-week supervised internship, and complete a senior capstone project, among other requirements. Students who have successfully completed the program, in addition to the standardized graduation requirements, will receive a specialized diploma at graduation.

For more information or to answer any questions, please contact Dr. Ed Sembor, Associate Dean of Experiential Learning.

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