A group of MASP Students Cheerily Posing for a Photo on Norlin QuadOur Mission

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.

Our History

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.

MASP Scholars Agreement

All MASP students (including Affiliates) are expected to complete the same program expectations every semester, including:

Full-time student status

  • Remain in full-time standing (12 credit hour minimum) every semester. Any exception will need administrative approval.

Academic Initiative

  • Achieve and maintain a minimum overall 3.0 GPA. If you do not maintain that GPA in each semester, you will be asked to develop an academic plan with your MASP faculty mentor and your scholarship may not be guaranteed.
  • Conduct significant research or academic enrichment project while a CU student. (For example: an honors thesis, internship, study abroad, civic engagement project, laboratory experience or another project/program of equivalent scholarly rigor.)

Community Participation

  • Meet with your MASP faculty mentor each semester to evaluate your academic plans, report your academic progress and discuss ways to contribute to MASP.
  • ​Take a MASP seminar for four semesters (generally in your 1st and 2nd years).§Attend MASP mandatory welcome back/end of semester events.
  • Attend an additional 3 MASP-sponsored events each semester.
  • Use the MASP office effectively at least 3 times per week, since a vibrant community cannot exist without the active engagement of its members.
  • Using the MASP office effectively includes meeting with mentors or instructors, studying individually or with a group, working on assignments, etc.
  • Contribute to the general welfare of MASP and assist others in their learning experiences as you strive for your own academic excellence.*

*Taking on active leadership or mentoring roles (such as planning events, tutoring, outreach, etc.) are important modes of community participation, particularly in your junior and senior year. With director approval, such activities might be undertaken in lieu of or to augment other forms of participation.

Respect for others

  • MASP students strive to foster a supportive environment in which all individuals, regardless of their differences, can succeed.
  • MASP students embrace the fact that the MASP community includes people from many backgrounds—ethnic, regional and national origins, language, cultural heritage, intellectual, economic, religious, first-generation, abilities, parental status, sexual/gender orientations, age, and others.
  • MASP students treat all people with respect and dignity and do not participate in or tolerate any form of discrimination.