Accelerate FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:
What is the difference between Launch: Campus to Career and the Launch: Accelerate cohort?

A:
Launch: Campus to Career is a series of free events that are open to all college students (local, undergraduate, and graduate students) that occur year-round. No application is required to attend Launch events and no events are required. Accelerate is a 3-month program that requires application – it is a cumulative experience for high-performing students with each session required.
Q:
How do I become a participant in an Accelerate class?

A:
All participants must submit an application. To qualify, students must be current full-time, 4-year college students with an expected graduation date by May 2023. They must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and provide two recommendations from campus leaders who can speak to leadership and professional potential. We encourage you to apply to the program if you are interested and encourage community partners to nominate potential talent.
Q:
When is the application deadline?

A:
Applications for the fall 2021 class are due on or before August 1, 2021. Nominations and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for future cohorts– another Accelerate class will begin in spring 2022.
Q:
What is the time commitment?

A:
There is a total of 6 sessions and a graduation; each class is two hours long except the first session which is 2.5 hours. The session schedule can be found on the website. The total number of hours spent over the course of a 3-month period is approximately 14 hours.
Q:
Are all six Accelerate sessions required?

A:
Yes, participants must make a commitment to attend all six scheduled sessions to be admitted into the program and graduate. Full participation by each member of the cohort is key to the group's cohesiveness and crucial to the individual’s experience.
Q:
Where are the program classes held?

A:
Sessions for the fall 2021 cohort will be held in-person with locations to be announced soon. Participants will receive a final schedule with locations in their acceptance letter into the program.
Q:
How many people are in each cohort?

A:
Each cohort has 25-30 participants.
Q:
How much does the program cost?

A:
While the actual value is $1,800 per participant, our community and corporate partners enable us to offer the program for free to all participants.