About University Access Programs

University Access Programs (UAP) is dedicated to serving academically talented first-generation, low income, and other historically underrepresented students by providing access and equity to higher education.

UAP promotes student success by providing holistic one on one academic and personal support to ensure that our students have a realistic chance to persist each year and graduate from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s degree. To accomplish these objectives, UAP offers counseling, advisement, coaching and tutorial services, connection to campus resources, and financial assistance. 

UAP programs and services are designed with five major goals in mind:

  • Recruit eligible students who are first-generation, low income, or belong to other historically marginalized groups
  • Increase student retention and persistence
  • Increase student academic success by increasing GPA
  • Increase the number of students who graduate from college
  • Increase the number of students who seek graduate or professional schooling

Our Services

Academic Enhancement

UAP students receive an additional layer of academic support through coaching, tutoring, and supplemental academic programs that offer direct accountability to all UAP students.

Counseling and Advocacy

UAP students meet (bi-weekly in their first year and monthly in subsequent years) with a professional advocate who provides emotional support and direct connection to university resources while holding them accountable to identified goals, helping them develop professional skills, and coaching them to build meaningful relationships with faculty, staff, and peers.

Social-Emotional Learning

UAP students participate in activities that help them acquire and effectively apply knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals; feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships; and, make responsible decisions.

Financial Support

UAP students receive institutional grants for a pre-college summer experience and study abroad programs, institutional waivers for tuition and fees, and FASFA completion and financial literacy assistance.

Culturally Competent Peer to Peer Mentoring 

UAP students are mentored by high performing, upper-class students who have been trained to recognize and support their needs.

Family Support

UAP students may choose to connect parents to their academic journey by use of FERPA forms which approves a family and university partnership through improved communication regarding a student’s academic success.

Diversity Recruitment

UAP utilizes works to increase student enrollment by developing relationships with the New Haven Board of Education, local high schools, and community-based organizations serving high school students, and high school equivalency programs, to expose students to Southern and provide them with an opportunity to experience college life.

Institutional Commitment

UAP develops relationships with senior leaders as stakeholders within the institution to assist in securing space and supplemental financial support for UAP programs and services