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.
Participants of CAP must be rising 10th or 11th grade high school students, 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)
- 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.
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.
For additional information regarding the CAP, please directly contact Christopher Barnes (Lead Coordinator) at email@example.com.
Travel to and from the university, and all incidental expenses, will be the responsibility of the student.
College Access Program
1000 Bascom Mall, School of Education, Rm. #104
Madison, WI, 53706