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Important Program Updates

November 4, 2020

In light of the global situation surrounding the coronavirus, the Schwarzman Scholars team in Beijing and in New York is working hard to protect our Scholars, faculty, and staff on campus and beyond; our highest priority is their health and well-being. We are so proud of the incredible ways our community has come together to remain connected and give back to others during this time. Follow us on TwitterInstagramLinkedIn and Facebook to learn more about their efforts.

When news of the coronavirus broke, Schwarzman Scholars mobilized quickly and provided a flight home or to a safe place for every Scholar who sought one. Our Scholars successfully completed Modules 3 and 4 virtually, in addition to participating in a robust program of co-curricular activities, including continued speaker series, opportunities to engage with Alumni, continued club meetings and Scholar-led discussion groups. In June, they graduated on-time in our first ever virtual commencement ceremony.

Schwarzman Scholars is constantly monitoring the evolution of this global pandemic and its movement around the world. Given the current ever-evolving situation, we have come to the difficult conclusion that we will begin the 2020-2021 academic year online. We are working across all areas of the program to ensure a meaningful and fulfilling experience for our incoming Scholars with a robust co-curricular program, in addition to continued academics and career services.

In today’s global context, Schwarzman Scholars will continue to provide an invaluable experience with an unprecedented set of learning opportunities presented by the current pandemic. Our programming presents a unique and front-row seat to global crisis leadership and access to engage with policy leaders, global health experts, and scientists in China and around the world. We look forward to welcoming our fifth cohort virtually this fall.

Class of 2021-2022 Application

Our application for the next class of Schwarzman Scholars is now closed. Our interviews for candidates from Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan took place virtually in June 2020. We are currently conducting a virtual interview process for U.S./Global candidates, and the Class of 2021-2022 will be publicly announced in early December 2020.

As students have been forced to relocate around the world and no longer have access to usual methods of instruction and the supporting structure of a residential college environment, we understand the impact of pass/fail grading. During our selection process, Schwarzman Scholars will be flexible when evaluating pass/fail grades given this semester, understanding that such policies were enacted during an unprecedented time for the equity of all students.

We will continue to evaluate applicants holistically and with all of the challenges undergraduates have faced over the past months in mind.

We will continue to keep you updated.