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The Center for Academic Programs (CAP) increases access to higher education for high-potential students who come from underrepresented ethnic or economic backgrounds and/or are first-generation college students.

CAP prepares students for successful entry into, retention in, and graduation from a post-secondary institution through its state funded initiatives that provide programming to increase middle and high school students’ college access and retention; Student Support Services provides programming to facilitate students’ retention in and graduation from the University of Connecticut.

CAP designs and implements these programs in accordance with guidelines set forth by its funding bodies, including the University, the U.S. Department of Education, and other programs which promote educational opportunity for all.

Guiding Principles

  1. Promote student learning and development by helping participants achieve their academic goals, receive high quality support services, and access educational resources.
  2. Advance the well-being of Connecticut’s citizens through collaborations, community outreach, and advocacy with the ultimate goal of college preparation, enrollment, retention, and graduation.