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Mount St. Mary’s Announces First Ascent: A Pre-College Summer Program

Katherine Stohlman Pieters, C'20

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This June, Mount St. Mary’s University will hold First Ascent, a summer program open to rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. The weeklong residential program will help introduce high schoolers to campus life and education at a small, Catholic liberal arts university.

peace-plaza-toward-coad-science-building-600-300.jpg"The entire team that is at work on the First Ascent program is wonderfully excited about the opportunity to introduce high school students to what it means to be a college student at the Mount," said Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Bryan Zygmont, Ph.D."  Over the week, participants will have the opportunity to learn from our world-class faculty, grow in their faith at the second-oldest Catholic university in the United States, make new friends, and have an amazing time. It promises to be a transformative week."

First Ascent will consist of morning courses taught by faculty in the fields of literature, theology, art, history and philosophy, and afternoon activities such as a hiking tour of the campus’ sacred spaces, an interactive program on living out Pope Francis’ economic principles in the modern world, and an ice cream-making chemistry workshop.

Each evening will offer chances to socialize with fellow participants and explore the local area through events like movie nights, Bible studies and concerts.

Growth in faith will be a major focus of First Ascent, with activities and courses taught from a Catholic perspective. Additionally, daily Mass, Adoration, and confession will be offered by the Rev. Martin O. Moran, university chaplain, with His Eminence Archbishop William E. Lori, S’77, celebrating Mass in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception on the final day of the program.

First Ascent, scheduled for Sunday, June 23 to Friday, June 28, includes housing and meals at the Mount’s campus in Emmitsburg, and all materials. The cost of the program is $700, including a $100 deposit due at registration. The balance is due by June 1, which is also the registration deadline. All participants will become eligible for a $2,000-per-year scholarship to Mount St. Mary’s University.

To learn more about First Ascent or to register, visit the program’s web page. To reach out with questions or inquiries, email or call 301-447-5672.

Katherine Stohlman Pieters, C'20