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Students join MASP in one of two ways:

Program for Excellence in Academics & Community (PEAC)

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.

MASP Affiliates

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. Click here to download the MASP Affiliate Application!

Program Requirements

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

  • Achieving and maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Meeting regularly with MASP advisors.
  • Being present in and using the MASP study/community space effectively 3-5 times per week.  (This includes meeting with advisors, studying individually or with a group, working on assignments, etc.)
  • Participating in all designated MASP academic seminars.
  • Attending all mandatory MASP program activities during the academic year.​
  • ​Participating in at least one internship, research experience or study abroad program.


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.


MASP students earn a participation scholarship by fulfilling program requirements every semester. Students who complete PEAC are the only students eligible to receive the participation scholarship from their first semester onwards. Students entering as affiliates must complete program requirements for two semesters before being eligible for the scholarship.