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start early. start strong.

Dates for 2020 have been adjusted to August 2-8 to account for the earlier university schedule.

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. The Nease Institute begins before the fall semester and is designed to introduce students to college life 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.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, there have been some adjustments to the 2020 Nease Institute to ensure students have the best opportunity to participate in this program. 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 support each other and work with their Nease Institute Peer Mentors. Our curriculum is designed to improve public speaking, writing, and critical thinking, along with a variety of college success strategies (note taking, time management, test taking, resilience, etc.).

The primary qualifications for acceptance to the Nease Institute are an ACT composite score of 21 or less or a first-generation college student status. High school GPA and 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 and staff and fellow students, and are open to seeking out academic support, students successfully graduate from their chosen institution. 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 Nease Institute is a summer bridge program designed to provide you with an advantage to boost the start of your college career. Apply now for this opportunity to start your college journey off strong.

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

Tanner (Risser) Cooper-Risser, '15

For more info

Lee Bjornsen
740-397-9000 ext. 4612