UConn College Access and Preparation Program (UCAP)

What is the UCAP program?

The University of Connecticut's College Access and Preparation Program (UCAP) provides programming to help high school students graduate and place into the college of their choice. UCAP students participate in a variety of academic, social, and cultural activities throughout the year to support this goal. UCAP has been working with Connecticut high school students for 50 years. To learn more about UCAP please see our UCAP Information Video and information sheet.

Who is eligible to participate in UCAP?

To be eligible for UCAP, students must be first-generation to college (neither parent or guardian holds a four-year college degree) and/or their family must meet federal low-income guidelines. They must also attend one of the participating high schools. UCAP students are recruited in ninth grade and continue with the program until high school graduation.

How much does the UCAP program cost?

The program is free of charge to students and their parents/guardians. The estimated cost per student, covered by the program, is approximately $6,300 per year.

What are the requirements for participation?

Once students are accepted to UCAP, they and their parents/guardians must attend an orientation at the University of Connecticut. Students are expected to stay active in the program by attending program meetings and activities, maintaining good academic standing, and following the program's rules and regulations as stated in the Student and Parent/Guardian handbook.

How do students apply to UCAP?

Information on applying to UCAP can be found here.

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Summer Component

The UCAP summer component is an intensive, five-week program from late June-to mid-July, that is hosted by the University of Connecticut for students entering their freshman, sophomore, and junior years in high school. This year, 2021, the program will be hybrid with virtual classes from students’ homes and some in-person activities on designated days and times (parents and students will receive a calendar of events). Students will attend virtual courses designed to advance their academic skill levels in literature, composition, science, and mathematics.  Students also participate in a variety of extracurricular activities that promote academic and personal growth. Students who complete the summer component successfully and meet all courses requirements will receive three college credits.

Academic Year Component

The UCAP academic year component provides students with academic enrichment seminars and personal development. The academic year includes the following activities:

  • After school meetings and monitoring
  • Tutoring services and academic advising
  • Academic enrichment workshops
  • Cultural and social activities
  • Assistance with career, college, and financial aid process
  • Assistance with scholarship search
  • Field trips to visit colleges