What makes the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute Special?

  • The Institute provides rigorous university-level classes across disciplines in each academy.
  • Collaborative learning and collective problem solving are stressed in both academic and residential programs sponsored by the Institute.
  • The Institute sharpens research and quantitative analysis skills as well as writing, verbal, and critical reading skills.
  • The Institute provides experiences that sensitize students to the importance of their present and future contributions to the welfare of their communities.
  • The Institute provides a forum that brings together high-achieving students from a wide variety of ethnic groups who share an interest in solving some of the greatest challenges facing our society.
  • The Institute’s faculty and staff employ holistic approaches aimed to cultivate the maturity of participants’ social, emotional, and cognitive skills. They consistently provide warm, caring, and supportive attitudes toward students.
  • The Institute’s faculty consists of prominent university professors and Ph.D. candidates. The staff consists of graduate students and advanced (seniors or juniors) undergraduates. Faculty-student ratio is 1 to 4; and staff-student ratio is 1 to 6.5.
  • Class sizes range from 7 to 15 students.
  • The student population consists of a body of high achieving middle and high school students from around the country and international students.
  • The overall grade point averages of participants have consistently increased after they return to school.
  • Each year for more than two decades, the overall average SAT score for our W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars has been significantly higher than national norms.
  • Approximately 99% of the participants attend college and graduate.
  • The residence staff creates an environment that fosters the development of a community of scholars that will strive as a network.

Our Renowned Faculty

Our faculty is comprised of advanced graduate students, junior faculty, and senior faculty from top HBCU, liberal arts, and research universities from across the country. Members of our faculty have published successful monographs in top research journals, and have received distinguished teaching awards, as well as countless grants and awards from Mellon, Ford, NSF, and other well established foundations. Equipped with these credentials, our faculty strives to be active role models providing not only academic support but also professional guidance and personal insight for all of our students.