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4+1 Involvement

Students who are engaged in the campus community better enjoy their college experience, earn better grades, and graduate at higher rates compared to students who are not engaged. Being engaged is different for everyone. Regardless of what it means to you, you owe it to your future to get engaged on campus. Effectively engaged students understand their personal responsibility and willingly connect interpersonally, behaviorally, and mentally with concepts, processes, events, and people at UNC Pembroke.

Focus Your Involvement

To help you focus your involvement, follow the 4 + 1 approach.

4 + 1 encourages students to be involved in opportunities that are:

1. Career Related
Career related experiences include on and off campus employment, internships, professional student organizations, and other experiences exposing you to the world of work.

2. Enjoyable
Enjoyable experiences are plentiful. Pick something positive and meaningful to you. Options include student organizations, intramurals, athletics, music ensembles, theater productions, and more.

3. Gives Back to the Community
It’s a privilege to attend UNC Pembroke. With privilege comes the responsibility to give back to the community by volunteering and enrolling in service learning courses.

4. Promote Self-Care
Self-care supports resiliency, making it crucial for success at UNCP and all aspects of life—mind, body, and spirit.

(+1) Experienced with People Different than Yourself

UNC Pembroke is one of the most diverse universities in the Southeast. Engaging in experiences with people different than yourself is the number one factor positively affecting leadership development among college students.

Connect To Your Future

By following the 4+1 approach to campus engagement you will develop attributes that you can share with employers during your job search.

What are employers looking for in college graduates? According to NACE’s Job Outlook: Attributes Employers Want to See on New College Graduates’ Resumes, the top 10 attributes, all attributes you can develop by being engaged in 4+1, are:

1. Leadership
2. Ability to work in a team
3. Communication skills (written)
4. Problem-solving skills
5. Communication skills (verbal)
6. Strong work ethic
7. Initiative
8. Analytical/quantitative skills
9. Flexibility/adaptability
10. Interpersonal skills (relates well to others)

A Community of Support

The entire UNC Pembroke community is here to help you engage in the experiences you need to enjoy college, develop your skills, and define your path to success.

Need a place to start? Connect with the affiliated offices to explore involvement opportunities:

  • Career Center, University Center, Suite 210
  • Campus Engagement and Leadership, University Center, Suite 243
  • Campus Recreation, Jones Center, Suite 1192
  • Community and Civic Engagement, Jacobs Hall, Suite K
  • Diversity and Inclusion, Old Main, Suite 124

Expand Your Learning

Want to take your 4+1 involvement to the next level? Contact the Office of Campus Engagement and Leadership for information about the Hawk Leadership Certificate. Visit us at