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CLS Program Timeline

September Application opens Application webinars for advisors
November Application closes Recommendations due
December Round 1 reading begins
December/January Round 1 reading closes Round 2 reading begins
January/February Semifinalists notified Round 2 selection panels
March Finalists notified
March - May Alternates promoted on a rolling basis
June Pre-departure orientations in Washington, D.C. Advisors recieve program press releases
August Students return

Projected Application Dates

Starting in Fall 2019, the CLS Program is moving to a more predictable application cycle, with the application opening the Thursday of the week following Labor Day, and closing Tuesday the week before Thanksgiving. Although these dates may change based on unpredictable circumstances in the future, we hope that this helps prospective applicants and advisors in planning for the CLS Program application each fall.

Program YearApplication OpensApplication Closes
Summer 2020September 12, 2019November 19, 2019
Summer 2021September 17, 2020November 17, 2020
Summer 2022September 16, 2021November 16, 2021