A PROFILE OF THE POSSE SCHOLARS IN THE CLASSES OF 2013-2022

From 2009-2018, 107 students entered Connecticut College under the Posse program. Gender has been fairly balanced—52 percent female and 48 percent male—in the first ten Posses. Posse students’ race and ethnicity have primarily been either Hispanic/Latino (47 percent) or Black/African American (34 percent).

The overall four-year graduation rate for Posse Scholars in the five most recent graduating classes (Classes of 2014-2018) was 87 percent, which was higher than the rates for U.S. students of color who were not in the Posse program (78 percent) and for all Connecticut College students (79 percent) in the same time frame.

As of spring 2018, 56 Posse students have graduated from Connecticut College. Forty-Five students had one major, and eleven students (20 percent) were double-majors, making for 67 completed majors. The most popular majors for Posse graduates have been Psychology, Sociology, Government, Economics, Hispanic Studies, and History. In addition to their major(s), 13 Posse graduates (23%) have completed Center certificates – well above the average over this period of about 14.5% of all graduates earning certificates. Eight of the Posse scholars’ certificates were through the Holleran Center’s Program in Community Action (PICA), two each were from the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology and the Toor Cummings Center for International Study and the Liberal Arts (CISLA), and one was through the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment.  Two Posse graduates have been awarded a Davis Projects for Peace grant and one has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship. Six have graduated with Latin honors, two have been elected Young Alumni Trustee, and three have been awarded the College’s Anna Lord Strauss Medal, awarded to the graduating senior each year who has done outstanding work in public or community service.

Compiled by the Office of Institutional Research and Planning, September 2018