Mendenhall Summer Institute

As you get ready to begin your college career at the University of St. Thomas, consider starting early in our Mendenhall Summer Institute. 

The Mendenhall Summer Institute is a five-week program held during the Summer II session for incoming freshmen with proven academic abilities and involvement in co-curricular activities.

This program allows students to start their college career early, in addition to having an opportunity to earn a grant for their tuition at UST!

How to Apply

The application for the June 30th -August 3rd 2020 Mendenhall Summer Institute is NOW available!

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Who is Eligible?

Any freshman student who has been admitted to UST for the fall semester can apply!


Thanks to the generous donation of Ms.Trini Mendenhall, the program offers students a considerable discount from regular tuition. The reduced student fee of $1,550 for students living off campus covers course tuition, testing materials, daily lunch, and parking. Text books are not included in the above price, but are estimated at approximately $200.

The reduced student fee for students living on campus is $2,550, which also includes a double-room and meal plan. Living on campus is highly encouraged during the summer institute. Students interested in living on campus should:

*Students who choose to live on campus will be required to attend an additional orientation.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid may be available to offset some of the MSI costs depending on the student’s eligibility. Students must apply for the 2019/2020 FAFSA to be considered for summer aid.

For Mendenhall financial aid questions please contact:

Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid

The Curriculum

The Mendenhall Summer Institute has two separate tracks of study each with 6 hours of college credit that applied towards graduation in any major:

  • Creating Engaged Learners & Thinkers (CELT) - CELT students receive foundational courses in mathematics and English to prepare for college level critical thinking.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) – STEM is specifically focused on mathematics and scientific methods, and is designed for science, mathematics or engineering majors.
Support Outside the Classroom

The Institute will build the skills necessary to prepare students for the UST core curriculum and college learning. Students will participate in workshops in college success, learning and information literacy skills, regardless of track. Social activities will be provided to further enhance community building among all Institute students.

Grants Awarded

A limited number of students selected after completion from the Institute can receive a grant towards UST tuition. A selection committee chooses recipients first based on their financial need and then their performance in the program. Students must fill out a FAFSA to be considered for the grant.

Contact Us

Amanda Ingersoll Villanueva
(713) 525-3512