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Collegiate, Academic & Personal Success (C.A.P.S.) Program

The C.A.P.S. Program provides additional support for students who are underprepared academically. For example:

  • First-year study skills instruction. 
  • Preferential academic coaching. 
  • Utilization of academic resources.

Within the C.A.P.S. Program there are two academic support programs, the pre-freshman year Opportunity Program and Student Support Services. The Admissions Office primarily determines acceptance into these two programs. (Students who feel they would benefit from the C.A.P.S. Program services may also apply by submitting an application that can be obtained through the C.A.P.S. Program Office.)

Opportunity Program

The Opportunity Program is a weeklong learning experience that prepares students for the University’s demanding academic culture. It is designed to provide students with an academic experience that will ease their transition from high school to college. The program provides services that assist the students in maximizing and enhancing academic potential.

Student Support Services

TRIO/Student Support Services is a federal grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It provides academic support to students who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, are first- generation college students, and/or individuals with disabilities. The Office of Disability Services will assess student needs and provide appropriate accommodations in accordance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Accommodations are effective upon receipt of appropriate documentation and are not retroactive.

To contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, fill out our online Request for Information form. You may also call us any time at (724) 838-4281 or (800) 826-6234, or send an email to