Program Components

The McNeill Academic Program is a comprehensive program offering a range of components that weave together to support students in reaching their academic goals.

Program Components

Through each program component, McNeill students will experience:

  1. faculty and staff will get to know students on a individual level
  2. faculty and staff hold students to a high academic standard, and support students in reaching the expectation
  3. value of a diverse community




Program Requirements

We expect students to be engaged in their learning.  This includes being open to learning new ways of approaching academics.

Program requirements

  1. Meet with McNeill Coordinator (minimum once per semester) - Schedule one meetings with your McNeill Coordinator each semester to develop and discuss your academic and career success plan, and to assess your progress toward meeting your goals.
  2. Participate in the McNeill Academic Program events:
    • Student Retreats (for first year students)  - Challenge Course (September) Take 2 (January)
    • Academic and Professional Development workshops (attend 1 Power Hour conference or 2 SASC events per semester)
  3. Enroll in appropriate McNeill writing, math, and chemistry courses and co-seminars. First year students usually enroll in one McNeill course per semester and often take math, writing, and/or science, depending on their area of study.
  4. Complete one Educational Enrichment Opportunity (such as internship or volunteer experience) before your senior year.
  5. Take advantage of campus resources and seek out opportunities that will enhance your CU experience and help you successfully reach your goals. 


McNeill provides innovative instruction.  We offer small classroom experience that are student centered and that incorporates inclusive teaching and collaborative learning practices.  We also offer supplemental instruction in STEM, Business and Social Sciences.  


  • Computer Lab 
  • Lounge
  • Study Groups 
  • Power Hours - Academic and professional development workshops
  • Events - Halloween, Day of the Dead and Pi Day just to name a few!



Power Hours are McNeill’s academic and professional development workshops. Power Hours build community and encourage networking between students, faculty, staff and professionals from the Denver/Boulder area.


  • Academic Coordinators are assigned to all McNeill Students
  • Peer Mentors are assigned to all incoming freshmen
  • Upper classmen are encouraged to become Peer Mentors

  • ​Instructional Assistants
  • Mentors
  • Student Advisory Board
  • Pre-Health

Freshman attend retreats designed to help acclimate them to university life.

  • Summer Launch, read about the Summer Launch experience here
  • Academic Intensive
  • Take 2, read about Take 2 from a student perspective here