1. Attract and retain highly motivated, intellectually inquisitive students.
  2. Provide access to stimulating and challenging educational experiences and stretch highly motivated, intellectually inquisitive students.
  3. Build a diverse learning community of independent thinkers, dynamically engaged in their own learning and that of their peers.
  4. Encourage creativity and foster scholarship from the basics on up, by instilling standards of academic proficiency and integrity and building on techniques and skills deemed essential for academic work.
  5. Build interdisciplinary bridges to foster a broad, global awareness that extends beyond the confines of department, college, and campus.