Individual Enrichment Program  (TRIO Student Support Services)

The Individual Enrichment Program (I.E. Program) is a federally funded TRIO Student Support Services program that supports low-income, first-generation college students, and students with documented disabilities. The Program, which serves 200 students annually, has been in place since 1980.

One component of the I.E. Program, the Summer Session, incorporates a four-week residential bridge program. Students nominated and accepted to the Summer Session become fully matriculated at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in the fall after successful completion of the summer curriculum.

Qualifying for the Individual Enrichment Program

To be eligible for the program, students must meet one or more of the following criteria

  • first-generation college student
  • low income according to federal guidelines
  • documented physical or learning disability

The Summer Session Process

Each year the Summer Session provides a means of alternative admission for approximately 35 students with academic and leadership potential. Accepted students participate in a four-week intensive summer curriculum in advance of their freshman fall semester. Program benefits continue over the course of four years at MCLA with individualized academic advising and access to support services through the Center for Student Success and Engagement (CSSE).

The MCLA Office of Admission nominates students who have shown academic promise and improvement, but may have not achieved their full potential in high school. 

All nominees must:

  • complete the Summer Session Supplemental Form
  • participate in a phone or in-person interview

The Summer Session runs for approximately four weeks, from June 24 to July 25, 2015, and is cost-free for participants who meet the minimum admission requirements and eligibility criteria described above. Minimum Admission criteria must be met in order to be accepted into the Summer Session and to the College.  

During the Summer Session, students earn credits in writing, math, and a core curriculum class, while taking advantage of cultural and recreational activities throughout the Berkshires. Depending on placement tests, students may earn between 3 and 9 college credits. This session provides a solid academic foundation, an early adjustment to residential college life, and the skills needed to excel in a collegiate setting right from the start. Continued enrollment for the fall semester is contingent on successful completion of the Summer Session.

Space is limited, and nominations to the program occur once a student submits the MCLA Common Application.  Nominations from guidance counselors and community-based organizations are strongly encouraged and welcomed.  The deadline for priority consideration is March 1, 2015.   Please Note:  There is no longer a separate application form for the Summer Session.   

For more information, see our Individual Enrichment Program Brochure or contact Terrell Smith at 413.662.5422 or 800.969.6252.