College Readiness Summer Programs

Educational Opportunity Program

Grades: High School Graduates
Participating Districts: Connecticut

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is a five week summer program designed for students who have the potential and the desire to do college-level work, but do not meet CCSU's regular admissions standards. EOP students live on campus in CCSU residence halls during the summer with all expenses paid including books, tuition, room, and board. Graduates of the summer program are admitted to CCSU as full-time matriculated students.


ConnCap Summer Program

Grades: 7-12
Participating Districts:  New Britain

Established in 1987 under the Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education, the Collegiate Awareness and Preparation Program (ConnCAP) was designed to increase the number of graduating high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds and prepare them with the necessary skills and motivation for success in college. A challenging six-week summer academic instruction held on CCSU's campus every year. Now, in its second decade, Central Connecticut State University's ConnCAP Program is one of the oldest and largest in the state. The program serves 120 students in grades 7 - 12, annually. Over 2,200 students have participated in CCSU's ConnCAP program, which has an average program retention rate of 90% and a college-going rate well above the national average.

University Success Programs 

Grades: CCSU Freshmen 
Participating Districts:  Connecticut

Funded by the State of Connecticut to support strategic initiatives that improve the retention and graduation rate of underrepresented college students, the University Success Program’s (USP) primary purpose is to Enroll, Retain & Graduate Hispanic/Latino, African American, Asian & Native American students within the total student population in a proportion reflective of the group’s representation in the state or the institution’s service area.

TRiO College Exporation Program

Grades: 9-12
Participating Districts:  New Britain

This program has been designed to provide a two-week experience that will expose high school students to college academia and motivate them to graduate from high school and continue on to post-secondary education.  All of the classes will be led by a CCSU professor and students will recieve .5 high school credit for completing the program. In addition, every day we will have a one hour seminar on preparing for the college experience. Lastly, this program is funded by the CCSU TRiO ETS federal grant; therefore to attend this program is completely free, including bus transportation and lunch every day. This program is for admitted TRiO students only who attend New Britain High School.

TRiO Ocean Explorers Program

Grades: 6-8
Participating Districts:  New Britain 

Students will learn about the role of an ROV (remotely operated vehicle) in ocean exploration in a one week program on CCSU's campus. Under the supervision of one of our professors, students will build and drive a SeaPerch underwater robot and explore how images of the titanic were used to solve the mystery. On the last day of the program, students will visit the Mystic Institute for Exploration and the USS Nautilus SSN 571 (first nuclear submarine). This program is funded by the CCSU TRiO ETS federal grant; therefore to attend this program is completely free, including bus transportation and lunch every day.This program is for admitted TRiO students only who attend a middle school in New Britain.

Metacomet Ridge Interdistrict Program

Grades: 7-12
Participating Districts:  New Britain, Enfield, Farmington, Hartford, Simsbury, Suffield, West Hartford and Windsor

In this program, students from a wide variety of racial, ethnic and sociological backgrounds collaborate on an interdisciplinary, geographic study of the Metacomet Ridge. Through field studies, interschool visits and exchanges of information through technology, students acquire highly technical scientific skills and use technology and scientific equipment to collect information. Teams of students collect, organize and analyze data to produce reports for the Connecticut State Department of Environmental Protection and to develop presentations about their findings. This program builds critical thinking, technology competency, scientific understanding, scientific research and many other skills. Preference goes to students who are enrolled in the TRiO Program.


Dr. Joseph Paige

Associate Vice President
for Academic Affairs

Davidson Hall Room 113
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050
(860) 832-2225




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