WHO WE ARE
Out for Undergrad (O4U) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping high-achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) undergraduates reach their full potential in their careers. The organization’s premier endeavor is the University Program (UP), a year-long integrated curriculum that works to build a community of LGBT students and prepare them to be successful leaders and individuals.
As participants in the University Program, students attend one of two annual conferences that bring together the nation's most high potential undergraduate leaders for a weekend of education, inspiration, community building, and career development. Outside of the University Program, O4U offers educational resources for both undergraduates and young professionals, a formal mentorship program, and social events aimed at creating a strong and supportive community of proud LGBT professionals.
Out for Undergrad began as the Out for Undergrad Business Conference (OUBC), held in the fall of 2004 at Cornell University. The conference was geared towards LGBT undergraduates interested in pursuing careers in management consulting and investment banking, two industries that have been historically perceived as less friendly to LGBT students. Feedback received from participants was extremely positive, which led to the creation of the volunteer board of directors and the annual conference in place today.
Since its founding, Out for Undergrad has expanded to include the Out for Undergrad Technology Conference (OUTC) launched in 2012 and the University Program, a new program launched in 2014 that now houses both conferences. Out for Undergrad is run by an all-volunteer team of young professionals and a national Board of Directors. The organization’s alumni number in the thousands and comprise a cohort of exceptional LGBT professionals in impressive, diverse careers around the globe.