High School Initiatives manages two college access and preparation programs for high school students involved in the University of Connecticut College Access and Preparation Program (UCAP) and The UConn Rising Scholars Program.

The University of Connecticut College Access and Preparation Program (UCAP) recruits students in the 9th grade from Hartford and Windham who are first-generation to college and/or from a low-income family background. The Rising Scholars Program is funded by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF). Applicants to this program must be served by DCF. Both programs provide ongoing support year-round and a summer residential component at UConn’s Storrs campus. Fostering Connections for College Success is an initiative at UConn to help students who identify as having a foster care background and/or independent status. The main goals of this initiative are 1) to assist students to successfully navigate UConn and to connect them to resources on campus; and 2) to increase awareness among UConn faculty and staff about the unique needs of students who are from a foster care or independent background.