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Project Connect

Project Connect is a free program that helps students from diverse backgrounds with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to achieve success at Mount Mercy.

A Head Start on Your College Experience

Are you a first-generation, low-income or minority student? Project Connect can empower you achieve success at Mount Mercy.

This initiative provides academic support and leadership development in addition to a three-week, residential, credit-bearing course. You’ll develop an individual plan to guide your college experience and participate in weekly workshops and panels—all geared toward academic, personal, and professional success.

Why Project Connect? 

  • A community of support during your transition between high school and college
  • Increase your understanding of helpful on-campus resources
  • Personal growth and leadership development
  • Guidance from peer and community mentors

Program Overview

  • Three-week summer residential experience, including a class that will earn you college credit—all at no extra cost (move in before the rest of your classmates!)
  • An individualized University Plan to help keep your college progress on course
  • Intensive academic advising with the Project Connect director to be sure you get the most out of your class schedule
  • Workshop and panel discussions to assist in your success in college
  • Mentoring program with established Mount Mercy and Cedar Rapids community members

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a deadline for participating in Project Connect?

While there is no absolute deadline, we encourage students to apply for the summer program before July 1.

Am I required to live on campus during the summer component?

Yes, part of the summer component is that you live on campus and participate in the activities and programming in the evenings.    

What are the costs associated with Project Connect?

Project Connect is a free program for all those who are eligible. 

What are some of the benefits of participating in Project Connect?

Project Connect address some of the issues students struggle with most as they transition from high school to college. You’ll  benefit from participation in the program through community engagement, academic preparation, understanding university resources, and friendships with fellow students before the fall semester begins. 


Who’s eligible for Project Connect?

Any student who is low-income (Pell Grant eligible), minority, or a first-generation college student (neither parent has completed a four-year degree). Your FAFSA must be filed prior to July 1, and milestones must be completed. 

What class will I take during the summer?

You’ll take Psychology of Adjustment, which will study the problems and processes of psychological adjustment to stresses, conflicts, anxieties, and frustrations of life. The course is part of the core curriculum and will cover the Holistic Health domain.