Are you a first-generation student planning to attend college? We're here to help.

First, you may be wondering what exactly a first-generation college student is. First-generation means that neither of your natural nor adoptive parents completed a four-year college degree.

Pre-Collegiate programs are available on all the University of Colorado campuses to high-achieving, first-generation middle school and high school students who are planning to attend college. The programs provide students with academic support and guidance for applying to college.

At CU Denver, the Center for Pre-Collegiate and Academic Outreach Programs includes four programs,

  • Pre-Collegiate Middle School Program for students in seventh and eighth grade
  • Pre-Collegiate Development Program for high school students
  • CU Denver Scholars Program for high school seniors are prepared to take college courses while they're still in high school
  • Summer Bridge for students who've completed a Pre-Collegiate program at any of the CU campuses and are entering CU Denver in the fall giving them a head start on their transition by taking college courses and earning college credit
There are many opportunities available to help first-generation students have a successful college experience. We're here to provide you with the tools you need to take advantage of those opportunities, excel in the classroom, transition to college, succeed once you get to campus, and graduate on time.  

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