The Living Leadership Program (525kB)is a competitive program that selects 30 incoming freshman students a year.  Living Leadership is designed to provide freshmen a community where leadership is the true focus.  Students chosen to participate in the program live and learn together in a required residential community on campus.  Themes for Living Leadership include “emerging leadership” (freshman year), “mentorship” (second year), “experienced leadership and lifelong leadership” (third and fourth years).   This program is about personal growth and becoming a person who has the confidence and ability to lead, exploring and discovering new opportunities, appreciating the value of giving back to the community and creating a network of friends and contacts that last a lifetime.

As a Living Leader, you will experience:

  • Living in a community of like-minded students focused on leadership development and active engagement on campus
  • Attendance at leadership conferences
  • A leadership book read
  • Community service opportunities

Additionally, the Living Leadership Program offers:


  • Mentoring opportunities with current SVSU upperclassmen “Living Leaders”
  • Social events and continued leadership development opportunities through your fourth year
  • A Leadership Kickstart Camp:  a preview opportunity to meet current leaders and network with other members of the program


Application criteria:

  • Graduating high school senior
    • Minimum 2.50 cumulative high school GPA
    • Demonstrated leadership and service in your school and/or community
    • Potential for advanced leadership development
    • Be admitted to the university


To apply for the Living Leadership Program:

  • Submit your application for admission to the SVSU Office of Admissions
  • Once admitted to the university, qualified students will automatically be sent an invitation to apply for the Living Leadership Program
  • Selection is competitive




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