Project Connect

Project Connect

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

This free program starts by giving you a jump start on your college experience.

• Move in before the rest of your classmates begin their Fall semesters.
• Earn course credits with our three-week introductory class.

We'll set you up with free books your first year* and an individual plan to guide your college experience.


Weekly workshops and panels give you an opportunity to succeed academically, personally, and professionally during your first year at MMU.

*Second semester books provided for those who complete all Project Connect milestones.



  • 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

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  • Three-week, summer, residential experience, including a class that will earn you credit—all at no extra cost
  • Free textbooks for the first year (after meeting program milestones)
  • An individualized University Plan to help keep your college progress on course
  • Intensive academic advising to be sure you get the most out of your class schedule
  • Weekly workshop and panel discussion to assist in your success in college
  • Mentoring program with established Mount Mercy and Cedar Rapids community members

Registration Deadline

Registration for the summer program is now full. If you would like to have your name added to the waitlist in the event of a cancelation, please submit your information here . If you’re interested in participating in Project Connect during the academic year, please contact Project Connect at within the first two weeks of the Fall semester..

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