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 2019 and/or Fall 2019 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 25, 2019 August 14 and 15, 2019
(Must attend both days)
Summer School July 1 - August 1, 2019  
Fall Start August 19, 2019 August 19, 2019


The application is available from your MPS/MCC college advisor at your high school. Please submit completed applications to your college advisor or to Melissa Carpenter (LB 11 - Room: LB171;

First Year Experience Flyer