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 constituent programs: Educational Talent Search and 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.
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.
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
Student Support Services (SSS) is a TRIO program that increases access to the University of Connecticut for first-generation, low-income and/or underrepresented students with the goal of their retention and graduation. Each year, approximately 300 students are accepted to UConn through SSS — 20-30 per year @ Stamford.
Accepted SSS students participate in a six-week summer program prior to the fall semester of their freshmen year. The summer program introduces students to the rigors of university academics, and helps them to develop the discipline and skills required to succeed in higher education. Students are assigned to an SSS Counselor or Regional Coordinator who provides them with advising, support, and advocacy during the summer program and throughout their tenure at UConn. SSS also offers a variety of program services and resources during the academic year to support students’ continued success at the university.
Counseling and Advising
Student Support Services (SSS) Counselors and Regional Coordinators are dedicated to helping SSS students succeed at the University of Connecticut and achieve their higher education and career goals. Each SSS student is assigned to an SSS Counselor or Regional Coordinator who provides him or her with one-on-one academic, financial aid, career, and personal counseling and advisement during the summer program and throughout their tenure at UConn.
First Year Experience (FYE)
FYE courses provide students with the opportunity to explore topics relevant to University freshmen, and with tools to help them develop their relationship with the self, the academic life, the community, and the world. Student Support Services (SSS) offers FYE courses that are designed exclusively for SSS students and facilitated by SSS staff.
Student Support Services (SSS) offers free one-on-one and small group peer tutoring for SSS students during the academic year. Tutoring is available in a variety of subjects with a focus on mathematics, science, and other general education requirements. Sessions are available primarily through walk-ins; scheduled appointments are offered at the student’s request. If there is a subject that you may need support with, please contact the SSS office on your campus.
The Student Support Services (SSS) Peer Advising Program pairs incoming SSS freshmen students with continuing SSS students to offer them support and encouragement as they acclimate to the campus and the demands of collegiate life. SSS Peer Advisors assist first year students through one-on-one and group meetings with their advisees. They are an important on-campus resource for new students and work as vital members of the SSS counseling team.
Study Abroad (10% of Stamford students)
The Student Support Services (SSS) Program at the University of Connecticut strongly encourages its students to enroll in study abroad opportunities during their undergraduate careers. SSS students have studied abroad in South Africa, Cuba, Mexico, Italy, Greece, Spain, and England. In 2001, SSS partnered with the University of Liverpool to create a three-week, credit bearing study abroad program tailored for SSS students. The successful program enabled over 100 SSS students to experience the benefits of studying abroad. In 2011, SSS collaborated with the Office of Study Abroad to develop a similar, short-term program in London. For more information on the SSS Summer in London program or other study abroad opportunities, please contact your SSS office or visit: studyabroad.uconn.edu
Leadership Conference (2-3 per year from Stamford)
The Student Support Services (SSS) Leadership Conference provides rising sophomore, junior, and senior SSS students with an opportunity to develop their leadership skills, expand their network, and grow personally and professionally through interactive workshops and presentations by inspirational guest speakers. This three-day event is held each year at the Storrs campus just prior to the start of the fall semester. The conference is a great way for continuing Storrs and regional campus change students to get a head start on their semester while gaining valuable life skills.
In the midst of the transition that students make upon coming to college, learning to monitor their finances is critical. UConn’s Center for Academic Programs offers students assistance with understanding the process of financial aid and how to improve their own financial and economic literacy through educational information and counseling services.
When you know how to effectively manage your money, you will be better prepared to successfully meet your goals and have enough money to make them a reality. Below you will find helpful links to a variety of resources and presentations to begin your journey in navigating your own financial literacy.
Financial Aid Resources
- Student Aid on the Web
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- UCONN’s Office of Student Financial Aid Services
- Financial Aid 101 provided by Edvisors
Financial Literacy Resources
An online financial literacy course designed for specific challenges faced by today’s high school and college student. It is available for free to all ETS, SSS, and CP students. Contact your program counselor or advisor for your access code.
Checklist for admitted SSS students
Submit all required deposits and forms in a timely manner.
Pay the $150 non-refundable enrollment deposit fee online: https://student.studentadmin.uconn.edu/
- Activate your NetID (ex: abc12345) using the UCONN NET ID activation code. This was sent to you shortly after your admission to the University. If you have misplaced your activation code or if you are having problems logging in, please contact the UITS Help Center at (860) 486-HELP (4357).
- Submit your SSS Information Packet
- Register for the Math Survey: http://www.cap.uconn.edu/mathreg/index.php
- Register for New Student Orientation
Regional Students: Contact your SSS regional coordinator
- Follow-up with Financial Aid. You can access your financial aid information by logging into the Student Administration System. The Office of Financial Aid can be reached at (860) 486-2819.
- Submit the Health History Form to Student Health Services by the required deadline: http://www.shs.uconn.edu/