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A Distinctive Education

Applied Learning Experiences (ALEs) are academic, and non-academic, transformative learning experiences designed to engage students in active and reflective learning to further develop beyond-disciplinary skills and expand students’ perspectives of self, community, and global environments.

With the guidance and mentoring of faculty and staff, students will think critically and articulate the broader impact of these activities, and showcase their efforts in a professional e-portfolio. The result will be a distinctive collegiate experience that prepares the student well for life beyond college.

The Applied Learning Experiences (ALE) categories are:

  • Service Learning
  • Scholarly Activity
  • Internship/Practicum
  • Leadership
  • Discipline Knowledge
  • Cultural Enrichment

By successfully completing at least three of these approved activities across at least two categories, students will earn an ALE cord to wear at graduation and will have a strong e-portfolio with which to market themselves to employers and graduate schools.

Fall 2021

Attention Faculty/Staff:

The priority deadline for Fall 2021 ALE applications and renewal submissions is September 15, 2021. Please note that funding requests will be granted on a first come, first served basis.

Please remember all final ALE data should be submitted no later than noon on Friday, December 3, 2021. Please make sure to score student submissions in Portfolium by this date.

Please note, ALEs with unsubmitted scores are not considered complete, and students will not receive recognition.

Attention Fall 2021 Graduates:

Any student needing to confirm ALE status for Fall 2021 graduation should submit the following information via email (

  • Full Name
  • UID (000XXXXXX)
  • Titles, or course names, and instructors for the ALEs in question (when possible)

Please allow our staff up to 5 business days to process your ALE verification request. Once ALE status is verified, students who successfully completed a minimum of 3 ALEs during, or before, Fall 2021 are eligible to receive their ALE cord upon verification. Graduating students who complete their 3rd ALE during Spring 2021 will receive notification of completion via email at the end of the semester and will receive their cord prior to graduation.