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Leave a gift for generations.

With almost 70 percent of students receiving financial aid, the College of Art and Sciences relies heavily on generous gifts from its alumni, parents and friends to support our renowned academic programs, talented students and world-class faculty. Learn more about how you can support our programs.


Our Priorities

Our Commitment to a Brighter Future

The College strives to establish an academic foundation for students to thrive and gain a comprehensive education. There are numerous opportunities to give, which include our most critical priorities at this time:

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Your gift to support student scholarships ensures that we can continue to recruit and retain the best and most promising students, maintain the highest quality of academic programs and research opportunities for all students and ensures that we can continue our legacy of life-changing teaching and scholarly activity.


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Dean’s Leadership Fund

The Dean's Leadership Fund provides the College of Arts and Sciences with the flexibility to take advantage of unexpected opportunities as they arise, and to meet unforeseen needs in the College's many departments, programs, centers and institutes. By providing this flexibility, the fund plays a vital role in strengthening the College's day-to-day operations and in keeping educational standards high within the College of Arts and Sciences. Learn more about the Dean's Leadership Fund.


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Summer Institute for Black Students

The College plans to establish a Summer Institute for Black Students. This institute would support Black students university-wide and serve as a bridge program in the College with a specific focus on the liberal arts. The program would also serve as a liaison with existing programmings like Student Support Services (SSS), the Black Student Resource Center (BSRC), and other Black student organizations.


Other Giving Opportunities

Discover other ways your gift can make a difference.


For more information about making a donation, please contact:

Ericka Swensson, PhD
Director of Development
College of Arts and Sciences
(619) 260-6890