Multicultural Emerging Scholars Program

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What is the multicultural emerging scholars program?

The Multicultural Emerging Scholars Program (MESP) is designed to get our first-year students off to a good start. We want to make the academic, social and cultural transition from high school to college as easy for you as possible.

Studies show that the first year of college is pivotal to student success ― especially for underrepresented minority students.

Our Emerging Scholars program consists of two components:

  • Summer Bridge Program: Spend six weeks on campus before you start your first fall semester. Meet informally with faculty and your fellow scholars and acclimate to campus. Take four courses and earn credit hours that count toward graduation.
  • MESP Living Learning Community: All scholars live in this community during the school year. They participate in activities and events and continue to receive enhanced instruction and advising.

Other program notes:

  • MESP is limited to 30 students.
  • UToledo covers all costs.

Members of the Multicultural Emerging Scholars Program studying together

Why should i apply to be an emerging scholar?

Because the program works! Our Multicultural Emerging Scholars succeed. Scholars:

  • Earn significantly higher college GPAs 
  • Are more likely to stay in college compared to peers with similar ACT scores and high school GPAs
  • Are more likely to graduate

Who is eligible for the program?

You are welcome to apply if you:

  • Have been admitted to UToledo
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 2.0
  • Will commit to attend:
    • New Student Orientation before the MESP move-in date
    • MESP Move-in Day Orientation

Step-by-step FAFSA guide New student orientation

Important dates

Deadline to apply for MESP:
May 17, 2024
Deadline to attend New Student Orientation: June 20, 2024
MESP orientation: June 22, 2024
Move in for Summer Bridge Program:  June 22, 2024
Summer Bridge program:
June 24, 2024 - August 2, 2024

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Last Updated: 4/24/24