Five Clinton Global Initiative University undergraduate and graduate students pose in a photoshoot with Chelsea Clinton.

Clinton Global Initiative University


Join a dynamic community of college students who are committed to developing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Connect with leading experts in business, technology and social impact.

Students apply to participate in CGI U’s year-round community of learning, leadership, and action — beginning with a global meeting where participants, topic experts, and high-profile innovators convene to support and learn from each other.

Over the course of the program, rising leaders participate in trainings, modules, and tailored events that help formulate their ideas and provide the necessary resources, feedback, and tools to transform their ideas into action.


Eligibility requirements and application

You are eligible to apply to the CGI U Class of 2024 student cohort if:

  • You are pursuing an associate, vocational, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree at the time of application
  • You are enrolled in an institution of higher learning at the time of application
  • You have never previously been accepted to CGI U
  • You are at least 18 years of age at the time of admission


The 2024 deadline has passed. Check back for details about CGI U 2025 later this year. Learn more about CGI U 2024.

If you would like to learn more about similar opportunities, please email Bailey Johnson at [email protected].

The CGI University Network is a consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor, and provide seed funding to leading student innovators and entrepreneurs on their respective campuses.

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How colleges and universities are helping lead the response to COVID-19, from Hong Kong to Appalachia

Since 2008, the CGI U program has brought thousands of students together to make Commitments to Action — service projects that make a difference in their communities and around the world. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, CGI U students sprang to action, galvanizing faculty and student expertise, research facilities and administrative leadership to tackle the pressing issue.

Two MLFTC students invited to CGI U at University of Chicago

Two Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College students were invited to attend a prestigious meeting of university students around the globe affiliated with the GCI U. The organization was launched by former President Bill Clinton to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses worldwide.

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