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2018 Dates: Sunday, August 5 – Friday, August 17
Our 2018 program is 100% full! We are no longer accepting applications. Check back for the 2019 dates and registration to be announced later this fall.
The MVNU Nease Institute is a summer bridge program and first-year experience that offers incoming freshmen the opportunity to begin the transition to college early and develop important skills for college success before the start of the fall semester. The Nease Institute is designed to introduce students to college life and strengthen their academic skills as they complete a general education course during the Institute. Additionally, students meet faculty and staff who want to invest in them, learn the student-centered services of MVNU, build a supportive group of friends and mentors, and have some fun in the process.
The Nease Institute begins with a two-week residential program on the campus of MVNU and extends through the first year as Nease students continue to support each other and work with their Nease Institute Peer Mentors. Our curriculum is designed to improve public speaking, writing, critical thinking, along with a variety of college success strategies (note taking, time management, test taking, resilience, etc.).
One of the primary qualifications for acceptance to the Nease Institute is an ACT composite score of 22 or less. High school GPA and coursework will also be reviewed. Research shows that students with an ACT composite score of 22 or less have a higher risk of not graduating or taking longer to finish their degree. As studies look at the difference between those that graduate and those that don’t, part of what emerges is successful students are motivated, engaged, resilient, have strong connections with their university, faculty and staff and fellow students, and are open to seek out academic support. The Nease Institute is designed to facilitate these opportunities for students.
If your ACT composite score is 22 or less, you are encouraged to apply to the Nease Institute.
The summer bridge program of the Nease Institute is designed to provide you with an advantage, a boost, to the start of your college career. Apply today for this opportunity to start your college journey off strong. There is limited space for the Nease Institute so submit your application as early as you can. Applicants are typically notified of a decision on their application within 7-10 days of submission.
“I was blessed to journey through college learning from my professors’ wisdom.”Tanner (Risser) Cooper-Risser, '15