Frequently Asked Questions
College is full of new opportunities and learning experiences. Asking questions is critical! Compiled below are questions and answers submitted by current PEGS students.
Q: What is the time commitment associated with PEGS?
A: From an academic perspective, PEGS is a multi-year program that is integrated into your normal program of study. Each semester, you will enroll in one three-credit course, each of which is treated by KSU’s registration and tuition structures as a regular class. Please refer to the PEGS Experience page for details on the courses that are part of the program.
Additionally, you will be active with a nonprofit organization during each semester you are involved with PEGS. Every student is expected to contribute at least 20 hours of volunteer activities during each academic semester (five hours per month).
Q: Is PEGS specific to certain majors?
A: No, PEGS welcomes students from all majors. In fact, the diversity of interests among our students is a key ingredient of the program’s success.
Q: Are there ongoing requirements or standards for this program?
A: Yes, in order to remain in PEGS, students must maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA, register for the PEGS program of study, and fulfill PEGS’s requirements for volunteerism, academic achievement, and leadership development.
Q: About how many students are in the program?
A: There are about 25 students in each cohort, meaning there are about 75 active PEGS students at any one time.
Q: What is the cost?
A: All of the courses in the PEGS program of study are treated just like any other course at KSU. There is no special tuition or associated fees. However, students do contribute towards the cost of their travel experiences; this fosters ownership in the experience. Currently, students should expect the total additional costs of travel to both Costa Rica and Italy to be no more than $2,000. (See below for more information.)
Q: Are there other PEGS gatherings or events outside the classes, meetings, and international trips?
A: Yes, the leadership team provides students with a wide range of opportunities including volunteer projects, social events, study groups, presentations by community leaders.
Q: Does PEGS meet over the summer?
A: Not on a weekly basis. There are occasionally events over the summer, especially for incoming first-year PEGS students.
Q: Are the international trips mandatory?
A: Yes. During the trips, students have the opportunity to bring theory into action and develop relationships within the cohort.
Q: When do the trips occur?
A: PEGS students engage in two international trips. Currently, freshman travel to Costa Rica over the KSU Spring Break period, and sophomores travel to Italy during the Maymester period (between the end of the Spring term and the beginning of the Summer term). For specific dates, please see the KSU Academic Calendar.
Q: What is the cost?
A: To minimize the cost of international travel, PEGS students receive funding from both the Kennesaw State University's Foundation and the Global Learning Scholarship program. These sources of funding are grants and scholarships, and come with no obligations for repayment. After these sources of funding, PEGS students contribute approximately 1/4 of the total cost to travel. Currently, students should expect the total additional costs of travel for the eight-day trip to Costa Rica (about $500 out-of-pocket) and the twelve-day trip to Italy (about $1,000 out-of-pocket) to be no more than at total of $1,500.
Q: During the travel experiences, will the learning take place in a classroom or in the community?
A: During each trip, students will be given opportunities to participate in a number of activities including hands-on service, meeting with political leaders and professors from other countries, collaborating with international students, and visiting some of the key organizations and firms in that particular country. Students will be able to see how the lessons and themes from the classroom are played out in another country.
Q: Can I be assured of enrolling in the PEGS classes?
A: As members of PEGS, our students are provided priority registration to ensure program requirements fit into their schedules.
Q: What is the Leadership course?
A: Matriculating PEGS students take Foundations of Leadership (LDRS 3000), offered through KSU’s University College. It is team-taught by a faculty member in the Department of Leadership and Integrative Studies as well as Prof. Blumentritt, the Director of PEGS. This is the first course in the Leadership Studies Certificate program.
Q: What is the Analytics course?
A: In the Fall semester of their sophomore year, PEGS students take common section of MATH (STAT) 1107 from a faculty member in the Department of Statistics and Analytical Sciences. This course will fit into the program of study for all majors. What makes it special to PEGS is that the faculty member will bring in advanced analytical tools. There may even be opportunities to do analysis on data gathered while in Costa Rica the prior year.
Q: Who can apply to PEGS?
A: Anyone can apply to PEGS. Generally, the students admitted to PEGS will have exceptional academic records, typically indicated by a very high class rank or a high school academic GPA exceeding 3.7, as well as a record of extracurricular engagement, evidenced by activities such as, but not limited to, student leadership positions, community service, or after-school employment.
Q: When is the deadline?
A: For the 2017 academic year, the application deadline for full consideration is March 15, 2017. To be eligible for advanced registration, your application packet (online application, resume, and letter of recommendation) must be received by that date. Upon a competitive review of complete applications, finalists will be invited to campus for personal interviews.
Q: If I cannot attend the information sessions, can I find information elsewhere?
A: Prospective students may contact the PEGS Program Manager individually. Visit the Contact Us page for contact information.