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Individual Enrichment Program (Summer Bridge Program)

Each year the Individual Enrichment Program provides a means of alternative admission for 40 students with exceptional academic and leadership potential. Individual Enrichment scholars participate in a four-week intensive summer session 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.

Qualifying for the Individual Enrichment Program

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. 

The Summer Session runs for four weeks, from June 26 to July 27, 2013, and is cost-free for participants who meet the minimum admission requirements and one or more of the following criteria:

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

Admission criteria must be met in order to be accepted into the Summer Session and to the College.  

All nominees must:

  • submit a graded paper written for a senior English class
  • participate in a phone interview or in-person interview

Space is limited, and nominations to the program occur once a students 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, 2013.

Please Note:  There is no longer a separate application for the Summer Session.  

Summer Session: Make the Transition to MCLA

During the Summer Session, Individual Enrichment scholars earn credits in writing, computing, and math, some of which may be additive credits, while taking advantage of cultural and recreational activities throughout the Berkshires. 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.


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