MASP is dedicated to supporting motivated traditionally underrepresented or first generation students interested in being part of a diverse community of scholars and stressing the ideal of the pursuit of excellence within that community. In particular, MASP supports its students with an emphasis on matriculation retention in and post-graduate success from the College of Arts & Sciences by providing students access to resources, enrichment opportunities, and individualized one-on-one academic support and guidance. MASP encourages its students to be open-minded and to build life-skills/tools for success.
Founded in 1993 as the Minority Arts & Sciences Program, MASP’s charge from the College of Arts & Sciences was to retain the many talented traditionally underrepresented or first generation students the university discovered had been switching their majors from the natural sciences or leaving CU-Boulder altogether. Over the years, MASP has grown dramatically, both in the academic interests of its students and in the ways it supports its students. MASP is now much more than a retention program. We now help students focus on making the transition from high school to college and from college to their post-graduate aspirations. In 2008, we proudly renamed our program to honor the late Dr. Ofelia Miramontes – a tireless advocate for providing resources ensuring academic excellence for bilingual students, first-generation students, and traditionally underrepresented students.
Graduating high school seniors interested in MASP should apply to our summer bridge program known as PEAC. This intensive 5-week program is designed to help acclimate students to the academic culture of the University while facilitating the development of a supportive community of peers. No matter how well prepared a student thinks they are for CU-Boulder, PEAC will challenge them and help them focus on areas where they might need additional support. Only students who have already been admitted to the University of Colorado at Boulder as incoming freshmen will be accepted to PEAC.
Affiliates are students new to MASP (who did not participate in PEAC) with a declared interest in participating in the program. Upon declaring their interest and meeting with a MASP advisor, affiliates “try out” the program by completing its requirements for two semesters to see if the community is one in which they want to participate. After two semesters of successfully completing the requirements, affiliates may be eligible for a participation scholarship as long as they continue meeting program expectations. We will begin accepting Affiliate Applications for Academic Year 17-18 on August 20, 2017.
All MASP students (including Affiliates) are expected to complete the same program expectations every semester. These are:
In addition to meeting with designated major advisors, MASP students meet regularly with MASP advisors on: selection of major(s), completion of Arts & Sciences core requirements, assistance in academic schedule planning, locating specific university resources, establishing short-term goals (e.g. Internships and study aboard opportunities), long-term plans (post-graduate), and assessment of other relevant skills and opportunities that will enhance the likelihood of their post-graduate success. Because MASP advisors usually know students as pre-freshmen, and are or have been their instructors, they have a broader knowledge of their students than most advisors. This knowledge enables MASP advisors to customize the best plans possible for each individual student.