Established in 1996, The Carroll Fellows Initiatives (CFI) is Georgetown’s flagship opportunity for its most academically talented and ambitious undergraduates. The CFI supports its Fellows in their pursuit of excellence within a community of like-minded peers. They treat their college years as a laboratory in leadership. Defining themselves as "thinkers who do," Carroll Fellows are successful inside the established curriculum, but they are also broadly informed, independent, and effective. In every area of undergraduate life they commit to living fully the Carroll motto: Mentis Vita Pro Vita Mundi – "the life of the mind for the life of the world." After graduation, Carroll Fellows pursue a wide range of challenging and rewarding careers in fields ranging from consulting and finance, to law and government, to science and medicine, to public service and diplomacy, to virtually all areas of the academy.
Students have only one opportunity to apply to the CFI. Interested first-year students make an application in their fall semester at Georgetown and, if admitted, begin the two-semester Carroll Forum in the spring of their freshman year. Sophomore transfer students may apply only in the summer before matriculating. If admitted, they immediately begin the Forum in the fall. Upon completion of the program, students receive Carroll Fellows transcript notation.
Carroll Fellows follow a seven-semester path that helps them to define their individual goals and to access the programs and opportunities that best suit those goals. Rather than depend on authorized routes to authorized outcomes, they forge for themselves new networks marked by independence, creativity, and risk-taking.
Throughout their years in the program, Carroll Fellows are both intensively and extensively mentored, both by the directors of the program and by their older peers in and recent alumni of the program. For many Carroll Fellows the CFI functions as the key Georgetown experience, the one that unlocks the most challenging and rewarding opportunities.