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STRiVE 2024 (Applications due November 6)


Off Campus


January 8, 2024Jan 12, 2024 (All Day Event)


UMBC’s STRiVE program has inspired hundreds of undergraduate students in the past 15 years. Now it's your turn. Spend five days building community and developing skills while exploring leadership for social impact. You will emerge with greater clarity and confidence about the contributions you want to make.

This year’s STRiVE program will take place from Monday, January 8 - Friday, January 12, 2024. STRiVE participants will make new friends, discover their strengths and values, learn how to work more effectively in groups, envision contributions they could make at UMBC, and tackle both simulated and real leadership and social change challenges. Past STRiVE participants have gotten deeply involved in campus organizations and initiatives, and have made phenomenal contributions.

To apply for a spot in STRiVE 2024, complete the application by Monday, November 6, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

The Center for Democracy and Civic Life hosts STRiVE in partnership with the Student Government Association with support from PNC Bank. More information on this program is available below.



When is STRiVE?

STRiVE takes place in January during UMBC’s Winter Break. STRiVE 2024 will take place from Monday, January 8 - Friday, January 12, 2024. To participate, you must be available to attend the entire program.

Where does STRiVE take place?

We are planning to host STRiVE 2024 in-person at Skycroft Conference Center in Middletown, Maryland (round trip bus transportation from the UMBC campus will be provided to participants). Participants will stay in motel-style rooms and all activities will be held on site.

How much does it cost to participate in STRiVE?

UMBC covers most of the cost of each participant’s attendance. However, each participant pays a $125, non-refundable contribution toward the program’s cost. Financial assistance is available. If you are selected to participate in STRiVE 2024, we will send you a form that includes an opportunity to request financial aid. We do not want the $125 contribution to be a barrier to anyone’s participation.

Do I have to be an “involved” student to participate in STRiVE?

Absolutely not. STRiVE will be helpful to any student regardless of previous involvement or leadership experience. No prior experience or involvement is necessary. We are looking for a diverse group of students committed to developing their leadership skills and applying them to create positive change in the campus community.

Can I participate in STRiVE if I will be taking a winter class?

STRiVE's activities are scheduled from about 8:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. each day. You will not be able to attend class meetings or complete coursework during these times. If your class will include synchronous meetings during the week of STRiVE, it will not be possible for you participate in the program. If your class will take place asynchronously, it may be possible for you to participate. However, we strongly encourage participants taking asynchronous classes to complete their coursework during the weeks before or after STRiVE, as time to do coursework will be very limited and WiFi at the program site can be unreliable.

Can I participate in STRiVE again if I have participated before?

You can only participate in STRiVE once. So all participants in STRiVE 2024 will be participating for the first time.

How do I apply to participate in STRiVE?

Applications to participate in STRiVE 2024 are due on Monday, November 6, 2023 by 11:59 p.m. EST. All undergraduate students are invited to apply. Complete the application by clicking this link. All applicants will receive emails in late November letting them know about the status of their applications. For additional information, please contact Tess McRae at tessmcrae@umbc.edu.