UConn ConnCap Program

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The ConnCAP Program at the University of Connecticut has been serving high school students since 1997. The program was founded and funded by the State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education. Students are selected to participate in ConnCAP at the end of the ninth grade and continue in the program until high school graduation.

What happens after students apply?

We will carefully review each application, set up an interview at the student’s high school, and the student will be notified about their acceptance status by May or before.

What are the requirements for participation?

Once admitted, students and their parents/guardians must attend an orientation at UConn. We expect students stay active in the program by attending weekly meetings and program activities, community service, maintaining a good academic standing, and following the program’s rules and regulations, and completing 20 hours of community service every year.

What is the summer component?

Students attend summer sessions at the University of Connecticut following their ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades in school. The summer curriculum seeks to prepare students for the academic challenges they will encounter during the forthcoming academic year. Classes are intensive and academically rigorous, with a significant amount of homework each evening. These intensive six-week residential programs are designed to advance students’ academic skill levels in literature, composition, a foreign language, science and mathematics. Students who finish the summer component successfully earn three college credits.

Program Contacts

Christina Rivera Christina.Rivera@uconn.edu

Services Provided

The Academic Year Component seeks to provide students with academic enrichment seminars, student development and counseling services, as well as cultural activities and field trips. The academic year includes the following activities: Weekly 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, In-state and out-of-state college trips, Parental/Guardian component, Community service participation in their area.

Student Qualifications

State guidelines stipulate that students we recruit students
in 9th grade only. Students must meet either or both of the following criteria

1) Students must be first generation to college (neither parent nor guardian has a degree from a four-year college)

2) The student’s family must meet federal income guidelines and be considered low-income—parents/guardians’ income documentation will be requested in order to complete this application.

3) Students must have academic need as determined by report cards, test scores, etc.

4) Eligible Hartford students are selected from the Bulkeley and Hartford Public and Windham students are selected from Windham High School

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