Educational Achievement & Access Program
The Educational Achievement & Access Program (EAP) provides under-prepared students with the opportunity and support they need to obtain a college education. EAP 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.
Academic courses are combined with skills sessions designed to help students develop effective strategies to prepare them for the rigorous expectations of college academics. Individual tutoring is also available to all EAP students.
Program participants become familiar with the campus environment, experience residence hall living, make new friends, enjoy University-sponsored recreational activities, and develop a support network of faculty and staff members to help students throughout their college career.
Over the course of the four/five years, each student during their freshman year, participates in the Great Hollow Wilderness School experience in New Fairfield, Connecticut. Students develop self-confidence and goal setting skills, as well as learn the importance of team work and social-personal responsibilities. These skills are developed through technical rock climbing, canoeing, caving, backpacking, and meeting the challenge of a high rope course.
The EAP program is a collegiate program under the Division of Student Affairs, that interact with other University departments; especially during the summer session, when the Housing department ensures that staff and dormitories are available for students. During the academic year, the EAP counselor coordinates faculty meetings with students experiencing difficulties with their academic courses. Also, the EAP staff serves as liaisons between the various departments on campus. In the community, the pre-college program has interacted with the administration of surrounding high schools, particularly Danbury High School and the Alternative Center for Education. The EAP college committee will enhance and support a proposed EAP seminar that will be instrumental in acclimating students to the university and the various academic student services.
The overall goal of the EAP is to enhance the capacity of Western Connecticut State University to meet the needs of academically underprivileged students to successfully obtain a college education. The college program is designed to provide students with on-going counseling support and a five-week summer residential program to foster and develop their academic potential and skill.
EAP Eligibility Requirements
- High School Average of 75 or above
- SAT score of 750 or above
- Letters of Reference (teachers & counselors)
- Essay about career goals and/or academic achievements
- Interview with WestConn's Admission Staff.