Pre-collegiate and Access Programs

Pre-collegiate and Access Programs


  • 2017 Summer ConnCAP/Upward Bound/Excel Program


  • W.A.V. Ropes Teambuilding Activity


  • Summer 2017 ConnCAP/Upward Bound/Excel Programs


  • 2017 Summer Olympics


  • 2017 Minority-Bilingual Teaching Fellows


  • 2017 Summer Olympics Sophomores


  • W.A.V. Ropes Teambuilding activity


  • 2017 Summer Olympics Seniors

The Western Connecticut State University Pre-Collegiate and Access Programs include the following programs: ConnCAP/Upward Bound, Excel and ConnCAS/ EA²P(Educational Achievement and Access Program)

The ConnCAP/Upward Bound Program is a year-round, college preparatory program serving 140 Danbury High School students from grades 9 through 12. The Excel Program is a middle-school (Broadview, Rogers Park and Westside Academy) feeder program  for the ConnCAP/Upward Bound Program, currently serving 90 students in grades 7 and 8.   The ConnCAS/ EA²P Program is a year-round academic enhancement program serving underprivileged college students.

ConnCAS/ EA²P (Educational Achievement & Access) Program

The ConnCAS/ EA²P program provides under-prepared students with the opportunity and support they need to obtain a college education.  ConnCAS/ EA²P includes a challenging introductory five-week summer program that assists students in developing their academic skills. The program provides the first step toward achieving academic success at WestConn by offering a rewarding “head start” toward a student’s college career.

Learn more about the ConnCAS/ EA²P program
ConnCAS/ EA²P Services
Download application

ConnCap/Upward Bound Program

The Western Connecticut State University ConnCAP/Upward Bound Program is an opportunity for high school students to develop their academic potential and achieve their goal of admission into a post-secondary educational program. The program serves Danbury High School students in families where neither parent has completed a 4-year college degree and/or low income families whose taxable income is within state and federal eligibility guidelines.

Learn more about the ConnCAP/Upward Bound program
ConnCAP/Upward Bound Services
Eligibility Guidelines
Download application (PDF, 188k)

EXCEL Program

The Western Connecticut State University Excel Program is an opportunity for middle school students, in grades 7 and 8,  to develop their academic potential and achieve their goal of admission into a post-secondary educational program upon completion of high school. The program serves Broadview,  Rogers Park and Westside Middle School students in families where neither parent has completed a 4-year college degree and/or low income families whose taxable income is within our eligibility guidelines

Learn more about the Excel program
Excel services
Eligibility Guidelines
Download application (PDF, 189k)