MSU Denver

Mission Statement

The MSU Denver Pathways to Possible (P2P) program is designed to recruit underserved high school students and support them on their pathway to college success. Pathways to Possible Success Coaches and Peer Mentors work with students to navigate the hurdles that come with transitioning into college, and seek to support students as they find their communities on campus, decide what to study, and explore their identities.

We are seeking students who are: 

  • Committed to self-growth 
  • Community oriented
  • Utilize their resources
  • Value diversity & equity 

About the Program

Pathways to Possible is a college support and retention program dedicated to supporting high school students to and through their journey at Metropolitan State University of Denver.  

Program Components: During High School  

Peer Health Exchange: As early as the 9th grade, students in partner high schools will have access to college mentors using the innovative Peer Health Exchange model to provide virtual support for students struggling to connect, persist, and manage their wellbeing.   

College Credit: Pathways to Possible Program offers access to dual enrollment courses to partners schools. Concurrent enrollment provides the opportunity for helping students begin to accrue college credit well before they matriculate at MSU Denver.    

MSU Admissions Application Support: A Pathways to Possible Admissions Counselor will be assigned to each school and will support prospective students with college coaching, admissions application support and begin to craft a cohort of students who will be guaranteed admission to MSU Denver as Pathways to Possible program participant. 

Transition to Colleg– Smoothing the transition to MSU Denver 

High School Graduation to Freshman Year: P2P scholars will spend the summer between high school graduation and their first Fall at MSU Denver in a summer bridge experience, taking a 2-credit University Life course combined with robust pre-orientation activities to build social and academic skills they can use to start the fall semester with confidence.

Freshman Year to Graduation: P2P scholars will work closely with their success coaches to determine the paths to their goals. They’ll learn to make the most of their strengths, take advantage of the opportunities MSU Denver has to offer, and build a community of peers to help them throughout their journey. Scholars will also have opportunities to explore career options, get support finding on-campus employment, and encouragement to pursue internships and networking opportunities in their field of interest.

Summer Enrichment 

The summer semesters will be used to actively engage students in curricular and co-curricular activities ensuring they remain connected to the MSU Denver and make progress toward degree completion. The progression of activities each summer is intended to help students build social capital, academic self-efficacy, sense of belonging and overall college aptitude.  Each summer, participants will complete an academic milestone paired with a co-curricular activity.    

Student Eligibility

  • Be a newly accepted MSU Denver Student coming out of High School
  • Identify as a student of color and/or a low-income student
  • Graduate from a Denver Public High School, Aurora Public High School, Adams 14 Public High School, or a graduate from selected Rural Colorado school district (Magnet and Charter schools are included) 
  • Agree to participate and engage in the Summer Transition Program 


Please find the list of eligible Denver Public Schools (DPS), Aurora Public Schools (APS), Adams 14, and Northeast Colorado Schools below. If you are a rural student interested in joining Pathways to Possible, please follow-up with either Ashly Carrera ([email protected]) to determine eligibility.

Pathways to Possible Full List of Eligible High Schools

Steps to Apply

Applications to the Pathways to Possible program are open now!

  1. Apply and be admitted to MSU Denver
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CASFA (this application replaces MSU’s DAIA application)
  3. Complete the Pathways to Possible Application (here)
  4. Submit by the Priority Deadline of March 1st, 2022 to have the best chance at being accepted into the program

Student Benefits

  • A financial stipend awarded every year that you participate
  • Scholarship covering the cost of the Student Success Seminar
  • Leadership Development Opportunities
  • A dedicated Student Success Coach to help guide your progress 
  • Paid internship opportunities
  • Campus Employment opportunities
  • Opportunity to connect with career professionals of your choice  
  • Connection to faculty  
  • Support building your career path 

Meet Our Team

Our admissions and student success coaches team are available to help students thinking about applying to the Pathways to Possible Program or looking for assistance in their transition to MSU Denver.

Meet Our Team

Questions? Contact Us.

Program Information: 

Eric Silva | Program Director




[email protected]


Jordan Student Success Building Room 324 or Window Number 2 in the Jordan Student Success Building Lobby

Admissions Questions 

Office of Admissions 




Office of Admissions 
Campus Box 16 PO Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362