First Year Experience

The First Year Experience is a year-long college program focused on providing first-year students with the services and support needed to successfully transition to Mesa Community College.

Partnership with TruWest Credit Union

TruWest LogoTruWest Credit Union extends financial support for students participating in the Mesa Community College First Year Experience program by offering financial literacy workshops for program participants and their parents as well as a $40,000 donation to cover school expenses. TruWest’s contributions help with tuition, fees, and textbook costs for participating students; TruWest funds also promote student leadership opportunities through stipends given to FYE ambassadors. Additionally, TruWest has provided part-time employment opportunities for MCC students. TruWest's partnership is integral to the success of our community because it provides stability for our students, so they can focus on learning.

TruWest Financial Literary Session

Benefits of the First Year Experience Program

MCC's FYE Program Earns National Recognition

The National Organization for Student Success (NOSS) has recognized Mesa Community College's First Year Experience program as a Program of Promise.

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  • First Year Experience students are placed into cohorts designed to enrich and support their learning experience. Students will take first year composition and/or college-level elective courses with their learning community.

  • Students will receive a scholarship to apply toward one Summer 2023 and/or Fall 2023 cohort course.

  • Leadership development and community engagement

  • Embedded Math Boot Camps and access to Reading/Writing Boot Camp

  • Assistance with major/career exploration and the university transfer process

  • Financial Aid navigation and individualized educational planning

  • Familiarity with the MCC campus, students services, and resources

  • Academic enrichment, career and social activities throughout the year

  • Opportunities to meet new people and form lasting friendships

Who can apply?

  • Recent graduates of Mesa Public Schools

  • First-generation college student and/or placing into foundational coursework

2023–2024 Program Dates

Mandatory Orientation June 21, 2023 Week of August 7, 2023
Summer Session June 26 - August 3, 2023 Not Applicable
Math Boot Camp Included in Summer Session August 2023
Reading/Writing Boot Camp Optional August 2023
Fall Semester begins August 21, 2023 August 21, 2023


This year you can apply online. Please ask your MPS/MCC college advisor at your high school for the registration link or email Ashley Armour (LB 11 - Room: LB174; Your college advisor can help you select classes that work best for your major or field of interest.

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First Year Experience 2023 Flyer