Every summer, MASP invites highly motivated incoming freshmen from traditionally underrepresented groups and/or who are first-generation college students to its summer Program for Excellence in Academics and Community (PEAC), a rigorous academic program focusing on intensive university-level material and giving students an opportunity to form a strong community that will serve them during their freshman year and beyond. This summer program is designed to show students how to go from being outstanding in high school to being outstanding at CU. No matter how prepared you think you are for university life, PEAC will challenge you and improve your chances for success at CU Boulder.
Check out the Program Components section below with specific information about PEAC 2021!
During the PEAC program students will take a variety of intense and challenging courses reflective of a liberal arts education, including classes in literature, science, math, arts and social science. In the past we have offered classes such as “Neuroscience of Learning,” “Sacred Spaces,” “Statistics,” and “Race and Ethnicity in the United States.” Current MASP students report that their PEAC classes are what really prepared them for college classes, giving them a sense of confidence when starting out in the fall.
Every PEAC instructor holds office hours when she/he is accessible to the students. We encourage all students to utilize their instructors to seek clarification of the material and discuss their individual ideas/progress and learn more about a given topic relevant to the course.
PEAC consistently builds an encouraging and supportive academic community for students at CU-Boulder. Throughout our program—in classes, in the residence hall, and through other activities – we emphasize the diversity of our student experiences and backgrounds. We believe that students who learn to live and work with each other and value their diverse community will be more successful and productive members of the larger university community.
Beyond coursework, PEAC students will participate in a CU new-student orientation as well as the following group activities and trips that help develop a sense of community and a strong cohort of friends:
PEAC Community-Building Activities
- Whitewater River Rafting
- Challenge Course
- Trip to Brainard Lake
- Shakespeare Festival
- Fiske Planetarium
- Ice Cream Social
- Local Activities: Volleyball, Frisbee, Soccer, Yoga, and More!
MASP students consistently cite PEAC as the place where they developed their strongest friendships at CU.
The PEAC Peer Mentoring team is composed of current MASP students who serve a hybrid role both as a residential advisor and a learning assistant. Throughout the entire program, peer mentors live in the dorms, take classes alongside students, and most importantly help PEAC students build an inclusive community by learning to lead by examples.
Students accepted to PEAC participate free of charge. PEAC covers the cost of instruction, room and board (COVID-19 dependent), and a number of fun community building activities. Students who successfully complete the PEAC program receive a $1000 stipend and become eligible for MASP and its related participation scholarship of $1500 per academic year.
Students who successfully complete PEAC and enroll at CU-Boulder in the Fall are eligible to become members of MASP. During the academic year, MASP awards to each student in good standing a participation scholarship of up to $1500/year, provides credit-bearing seminars for first- and second-year students, offers faculty mentoring, holds social events, organizes programs with renowned CU faculty, and provides access to a community space for studying and social interactions. MASP students have many opportunities to develop a network of friends and peers, to meet scholarly professionals in a variety of academic disciplines, and to carry out hands-on research.
Our Students on PEAC
"As a first year student I joined PEAC with the expectation that I would gain the knowledge I needed to survive college. What I was not expecting was to find myself surrounded by a supportive network of faculty, staff, and students that not only created an atmosphere conducive to my social and personal growth, but remained unwavering in encouraging my intellectual development as well."
“The best part about PEAC/MASP was how caring the staff and professors were. It really was a community established to help us make it through.”
“This was a great opportunity and I feel like it makes college feel more manageable and a realistic goal.”
“I liked the activities that PEAC provided but the most important of all was the community. I was able to gain friends that will be there for the future.”
Program Dates: July 3 - 31
Notifications will be released in late April
Depending on COVID-19 and campus event guidelines at the time of the program, the 2021 program may operate in a virtual or hybrid format.