start early. start strong.
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 21 or less. High school GPA and coursework will also be reviewed. Research shows that students with an ACT composite score of 21 or less have a higher risk of not graduating or taking longer to finish their degree. Studies looking at the difference between those that graduate and those that don’t, have identified that successful students are motivated, engaged, resilient, have strong connections to their university, faculty and staff and fellow students, and are open to seeking out academic support. The Nease Institute is designed to facilitate these opportunities for students.
If your ACT composite score is 21 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 as early as April 1 for this opportunity to start your college journey off strong. There is limited space for the Nease Institute applying early is strongly recommended.