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The Nease Institute

Pave the Way to College Success

Program Dates: August 12-19, 2023

Applications due June 30, 2023; early applications encouraged as the program typically fills before the deadline.

The MVNU Nease Institute is a summer bridge program that offers incoming first-year students preparation for the transition to college and the chance to establish themselves as scholars equipped for thriving in their college experience. As part of the program, students strengthen their academic skills, completing a one-credit course in college writing and communication. Additionally, they make valuable, lasting connections with faculty, staff, student-centered services, campus resources, and supportive friends and mentors. In the process they participate in fun, formative experiences and make lasting memories. Nease scholars benefit throughout their entire university journeys from these relationships and the sense of community they provide.

The Nease Institute is named in honor of Dr. Stephen Nease, who was the first president of Mount Vernon Nazarene College when it was founded in 1968. Nease begins in the summer leading up to freshman year. The focus is an eight-day residential program on the campus of MVNU and extends through the first year as Nease Scholars continue to engage with academic peer mentors, staff and faculty from the Center for Student Success, and other Scholars through Nease events. By participating in the program students will:
  • Practice public speaking, writing, and critical thinking,
  • Build college success strategies (notetaking, time management, test-taking, resilience, etc.)
  • Understand campus resources, academic policies, and expectations
  • Develop a sense of belonging through connections with faculty, staff, and peers
  • Gain self-awareness and confidence by exploring individual abilities, opportunities, and goals for success
  • Students must be incoming first-year students and apply to participate in the program. Qualifications for acceptance to the Nease Institute include any of the following:
    • A high school GPA below 2.95
    • An ACT composite score of 21 or below
    • Conditional admittance to MVNU
    • First-generation college student
  • High school coursework will also be reviewed. We strongly believe that tests scores and other demographic factors do not define a student's potential for success, and studies show that when students are motivated, engaged, resilient, have strong connections to their university, faculty, staff, and fellow students, and are open to seeking out academic resources, they successfully graduate from their chosen institution. The Nease Institute is designed to facilitate these opportunities for students. If you meet any of the above criteria, we encourage you to apply to the Nease Institute. Program space is limited to the first 24 students who are accepted, after which students who apply will be wait-listed and notified if space becomes available.
  • Application Opens: March 31
  • Deadline to Apply: June 30
  • Deadline to Submit Payment: July 15
  • Check in & Opening Ceremony: Saturday, August 12, afternoon
  • Program Duration: Saturday, August 12-Saturday, August 19
  • Check out & Closing Ceremony: August 19, afternoon

“Because of Nease I feel well prepared for the semester to start and because of Nease I found friends who I hope to keep in my life forever. I am so happy I had the chance to be a part of this program.”

2020 Nease Scholar
Contact for More Information

Dr. Lee Chambers

Nease Institute Director

740-397-9000 ext. 4612

Priscilla Mills

Nease Institute Coordinator

740-397-9000 ext. 4282