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 Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn 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. Classes for Module 3 resumed as planned on February 17th online and for Module 4 on April 20th online. We have worked with experts in online learning to build out a system of live lectures and deliver our original curriculum. Our faculty and staff teams ensured that we had a seamless transition to online courses. At present, they are all teaching the same courses they were scheduled to instruct, and our discussion groups are also continuing as planned. In addition, we have developed a robust program of co-curricular virtual activities including continued speaker series, opportunities to engage with Alumni, continued club meetings and Scholar-led discussion groups.
We look forward to continuing with online classes and our co-curricular programming as we support our Scholars towards an on-time graduation and aim to replicate the Scholar experience at Schwarzman College as best we can.
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 have to 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 – OPEN NOW
Our application for the next class of Schwarzman Scholars launched on April 15th and will be open until September 22nd. In addition to a regular schedule of virtual information sessions, we are excited to feature a spotlight series of virtual panel discussions with Scholars, Alumni, staff, faculty and guest speakers to highlight unique aspects of the Schwarzman Scholars experience.
Our interviews for candidates from Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan will take place virtually in June 2020. We will be ready to implement a virtual interview process for U.S./Global applicants if necessary in October and November.
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.