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 2021 and/or Fall 2021 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

Program Dates

Mandatory Orientation June 29, 2021 Week of August 9, 2021
Summer Session July 6 - August 5, 2021 Not Applicable
Math Boot Camp Included in Summer Session August 2021
Reading/Writing Boot Camp Optional August 2021
Fall Semester begins August 21, 2021 August 21, 2021


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