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Pre-Collegiate Development Program

The Pre-Collegiate Development Program at the University of Colorado Denver, is an academic enrichment and support program designed to motivate first-generation college bound students (neither of whose natural or adoptive parent(s) have received a baccalaureate degree) to graduate from high school successfully, complete a college preparatory curriculum, and pursue a college education​.


During the academic year, PCDP students in grades 9 through 12 will participate in a variety of activities designed to:

  • Motivate them to remain in school and continue to enroll in high school classes that will prepare them for college
  • Inform them of educational and financial aid programs and career options, so that they may be better able to plan their future
  • Help them develop coping, study, test-taking and leadership skills
  • Enhance their appreciation of the arts and other elements of culture

Services and Activities

Monthly Saturday Academies:

On one Saturday of each month, students will participate in workshops at CU Denver. These workshops will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and all students in the Program will be required to attend. Round trip RTD bus fare will be provided to participants by the program.  

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