Washington University in St. Louis is committed to making higher education more accessible to first generation students.

To help talented high school students from our own region succeed at college, Washington University launched the College Prep Program (CPP) in 2014. The CPP is a no-cost, three-year immersive learning experience that serves to successfully prepare first-generation college students for college life and beyond. Participation includes year-round academic and enrichment support, with the highlight being a Summer Academy experience that combines college preparation workshops, undergraduate coursework for credit, and activities centered on personal awareness and development. Graduates of the program leave ready to excel, both academically and socially, with CPP continuing to provide scholars with programming opportunities, college visits, and on-going individualized support.

The College Prep Program employs Washington University graduate and undergraduate students as administrative and programmatic support for scholars during the Summer Academy and Academic Year sessions. Alumni CPP scholars who are enrolled in colleges and universities across the country are also able to serve as staff members.

The program is free, and there is no cost to the scholar or family.

The goal of the Washington University College Prep Program is to prepare scholars for success at a college or university that best matches their interest and needs. Application to Washington University is not required, and admission to Washington University is not guaranteed.

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WUCPP is nothing short of exhilarating. Seeing and living with kids like yourself who possess a solid work ethic and intellectually-gifted minds over the span of a couple weeks is amazing. This program leads us down the right path to allow that distant dream to become our reality one day. It’s what makes this program so special, and I’m blessed to be a part of it.”

— Dominic Cammarata, Lutheran North High School

“I’m grateful for Washington University’s College Prep Program. My daughter’s first year was an inspiring experience and it helped to broaden her ideas of college and a career. Thank you Washington University for helping my little girl to grab hold to her dream and all the possibilities that come with it.”

— Patrice Fuller, Mother of Cohort 5 Scholar

“The Wash U College Prep Program provides me with an experience that is like no other. I really get an insight into what it feels like to be a college student (including the long walks across campus). I love this program and everyone makes me feel welcomed and I have made relationships that will last a lifetime.”

— Kailon Ford, University City High School

Support for the College Prep Program provided by AT&T.

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