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 College Advising Corps (UconnCAC).
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. This program provides ongoing support year-round and a summer residential component at UConn’s Storrs campus. The UConn College Advising Corps (CAC) is sponsored by the College Advising Corps and AmeriCorps. In this program, recent college graduates are placed in high need Connecticut high schools as advisers to support students and their families in the college enrollment and financial aid process. 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.