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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.

If you accept this invitation to apply and you are selected, the cost to you for this 13-day bridge program will be $250. The actual cost per person is over $1,400; however, generous friends and alumni of MVNU have established an endowed scholarship which offsets a majority of the costs. Included in the summer session are all meals, tuition, the necessary books and supplies, on-campus housing, academic instruction, and peer tutors and mentors. We'll also take care of the costs for transportation, recreation and our group outing on the weekend. Paying your $250: The best way to pay your $250 is by check or money order. Make it out to MVNU or Mount Vernon Nazarene University and write 'Nease Institute' in the memo line. 'Nease Institute' in the memo line is very important.

Mail the check to:

Theresa Shanyfelt
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
800 Martinsburg Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050

College is a significant investment and commitment not financially, but also intellectually and emotionally. We want to give you the opportunity to have a STRONG start to your college journey.
Yes. Living with a roommate is part of the college experience. Your roommate will also be a participant in the Nease Institute summer bridge program.
In addition to the academic session during the week, student success workshops and times for recreation and development of leadership skills are also built into the 13-day schedule. Over the weekend of the summer bridge program, we will enjoy some down time together as well as some programmed recreational activities.
The weekend is a time of resting, relaxing, doing homework, and having fun with the other Nease students. Unless there is a significant obligation or family event you will need to remain on campus and with the other Nease Students for the duration of the 13-day program.
If family wants to visit you for part of the weekend, that is fine. The best time for family to visit will be Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon. There will be programmed recreational activities Saturday afternoon/evening.
Yes, there will be closing ceremony. This is a time to celebrate as we come together to remember and highlights your accomplishments. There will also be a time for visiting and meeting family and friends while enjoying some light refreshments. Please feel free to invite members of your family and significant friends to attend this ceremony. They are certainly welcome and we encourage you to invite them!
On Sunday, August 12 will arrive any time between 4-7 p.m. We will not be serving dinner this Sunday evening, so please feel free to share a meal with your family or friends before 7 p.m. The Nease Institute summer bridge program will begin at 7 p.m.

There is quite a bit that you will want to bring. And keep in mind that whatever you bring can be moved into your freshman dorm room on the last day of the Nease Institute.

All of the mattresses in the dorms on campus are single, extra-long mattresses. You'll want to keep this in mind as you pick out your sheets to bring for your bed. The standard length of mattress pad and fitted sheet just won't fit over the mattress. You will need to bring a mattress pad, sheets, pillow, pillow case, blanket, etc.

Laundromat - Yes! Free! A laundry basket/bag is handy for carrying your laundry, and you'll need detergent and some dryer sheets.

Personal items along with shower gels/soaps and washcloth, towel, blow drier, etc. A caddy will help get this to and from the main bathroom. There is a sink in every dorm room!


  • A laptop or desktop computer will certainly be handy, but is not necessary. There are internet connections in the dorm rooms. If the computer is not outfitted with Wi-Fi, bring an Ethernet cord of approximately 6-8 feet. The library computer labs will be available for use during the Nease Institute.
  • Cell phones & smart phones are certainly allowed, but there will be times during the sessions when you will be prohibited from using your phone, (never more than 2 hours). An alarm with battery back-up to help you wake up will be good - most of you probably have this on your phone.
  • We have found that there is not a lot of time for you to stay in your rooms and watch TV. We certainly don't prohibit televisions in rooms and there is a cable jack provided -- you would need to bring a connecting cable.

You are welcome to bring a vehicle, but it is not necessary. For those with a vehicle, we will set aside some time for you to register your vehicle with MVNU Public Safety. This way, your car is identified as that of an MVNU student and there is one less task to take care of during move-in day.

Money & Food:
Some spending money will probably be wanted for some little things -- snacks, drinks, etc. There is an ATM on campus. But, we'll try to take care of your snack attacks. We will be eating our meals in the MVNU cafeteria so there will not be any shortage of food.

Lounge & Refrigerator:
You are allowed to bring a refrigerator for your room if you wish. It needs to be regulation sized. You'll learn about this at New Student Orientation in June.

“I can't imagine my life without this beautiful place and the incredible people who have helped make me who I am.”

Misty Cushing, '15

For more info

Lee Bjornsen
740-397-9000 ext. 4612