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.


  • 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 2020 and/or Fall 2020 cohort course.

  • Leadership development and community engagement

  • Embedded Math Boot Camps and access to 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

Program Dates

Southern & Dobson Red Mountain
Mandatory Orientation June 23, 2020 August 12 and 13, 2020
(Must attend both days)
Parent Night August 12, 2020
Summer School June 29 - July 30, 2020
Math Boot Camp July 27 - 30 or August 10-13, 2020
Reading/Writing Boot Camp August 3 - 6, 2020
Fall Start August 24, 2020 August 24, 2020


This year you can apply online. Please ask your MPS/MCC college advisor at your high school for the registration link or email Melissa Carpenter (LB 11 - Room: LB171; Your college advisor can help you select classes that work best for your major or field of interest.

First Year Experience Flyer