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Nease InstituteOverview

start early. start strong.

August 13-20, 2022

Apply by June 30, 2022

The MVNU Nease Institute is a summer bridge program and first-year experience that offers incoming freshmen the opportunity to prepare for the transition to college and develop important skills for college success. The Nease Institute begins before the fall semester and is designed to introduce students to the college experience and strengthen their academic skills through completing a college-level one-credit 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. Nease scholars continue to have support and community throughout the entire university journey.

Nease will begin with a one-week residential program on the campus of MVNU and extend through the first year as Nease students continue to work with academic peer mentors from the Center for Student Success. Our curriculum is designed to improve public speaking, writing, and critical thinking, along with introducing a variety of college success strategies (note-taking, time management, test-taking, resilience, etc.).

The primary qualifications for acceptance to the Nease Institute can include any of the following: a high school GPA below a 2 .95, an ACT composite score of 21 or less, or a first-generation college student status. High school coursework will also be reviewed. We strongly believe that tests scores and other demographic factors don't 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 support, 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.

The Nease Institute is a summer bridge program designed to provide you with an advantage to the start of your college career. Application opens April 1 for this opportunity to start off your college journey strong.

“I was blessed to journey through college learning from my professors’ wisdom.”

Tanner (Risser) Cooper-Risser, '15
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Dr. Lee Chambers