CAP Students

College Access Program (CAP)

Important Message: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College Access Program (CAP) has been suspended for the summer of 2020. Students who remain interested in our program are strongly encouraged to reapply for CAP in the near future. If you have questions about the CAP, please contact Ida Balderrma-Trudell at with the subject line “College Access Program” and we will respond to your message as soon as possible. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you during this difficult time.

The College Access Program (CAP) is a three-week summer enrichment residential program designed and coordinated by the School of Education (the School) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW). Consistently ranked in the top ten schools and colleges of education in national studies, the School prepares students for teaching, the health professions, and careers in the arts. In addition to several core education programs, about half of the School’s students are enrolled in fine art, dance, counseling, occupational therapy and exercise science programs. Accordingly, the purpose of the CAP is to provide exposure and enrichment opportunities for high school students to help prepare them for college and education-related careers.

Participant requirements

Participants of CAP must be able to attend the entire program (July 12 – July 31, 2020), be a rising 10th or 11th grade high school student, have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 grading scale), possess an interest in majoring/working within a field related to one of the education programs offered by the School of Education, and identify as a member of one or more of the following communities:

  • Potential first-generation college student (first in family to attend college)
  • Low-income
  • Racially marginalized community (African American, Latina/o, Southeast Asian, and American Indian)

*Note: The School of Education at UW includes 10 departments: Art, Counseling Psychology, Curriculum and Instruction, Dance, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, Educational Policy Studies, Educational Psychology, Kinesiology, Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, and Theatre & Drama.

Application process

Interested students must complete the CAP online application and submit their most recent high school transcript to the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within the School of Education (see below for the office address). All application materials are due by Friday, April 17, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Cost of participation

The CAP has a participation fee of $500 and a processing fee of $25 (for a total of $525). The participation fee covers course instruction, advising, room and board, field trips, meals, and supplies. Only students who are admitted and plan to attend the CAP are responsible for paying the participation/processing fees. Wisconsin resident students who qualify for free or reduced lunch can apply for a scholarship through the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to cover the $500 program fee. Please note: The DPI scholarship does not cover the processing fee. Click here to complete the DPI scholarship request form.

Additional information

For additional information regarding the CAP, please directly contact Ida Balderrama Trudell at

Travel to and from the university, and all incidental expenses, will be the responsibility of the student.