The Academic Center for Exploratory Students (ACES)

ACES offers high quality academic advising and academic planning to students who are exploring and preparing for various degree programs.

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Bachelor of General Studies (BGS)

Complete your degree at your pace on your schedule. Developed with the busy adult student in mind, the BGS Program offers convenient daytime and evening classes at each of our UConn Campuses - with many Saturday and online classes available too.

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Center for Academic Programs (CAP)

CAP increases access to higher education for high-potential students who come from underrepresented ethnic or economic backgrounds and/or are first-generation college students.

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Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

LSAMP was launched to strengthen the preparation, representation, and success of historically under-represented students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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First Year Programs & Learning Communities (FYP & LC)

FYP & LC assists students with their transition from high school to college and aids in the retention of students at the University of Connecticut.

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Academic Achievement Center (AAC)

AAC assists students in attaining their academic and personal goals by providing a comprehensive, personalized array of programs, resources, and services which enhance skill development, effective decision-making, and personal transitions to and within the university setting.

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About the Institute for Student Success

The Institute for Student Success (ISS), through mentoring, training, teaching, leadership, and community building, is the focus point for success in the undergraduate experience. ISS provides one-on-one holistic support, strengthens student readiness, increases access to higher education and research opportunities, and promotes the recruitment, transition, retention, and graduation of University of Connecticut students.

Dr. Tadarrayl Starke
Associate Vice Provost
Institute for Student Success

Dr. Starke joined the Institute for Student Success in August 2020. He provides administrative oversight for the ISS, its programs, personnel, and budget.

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Upcoming Events

  1. 12/5 Hartford Workshop: Finals Prep
  2. 12/5 Storrs Workshop: Finals Prep
  3. 12/5 Finding Summer Research Opportunities
  4. 12/7 Dietetics 4+1 Program Virtual Open House
  5. 12/7 Virtual Workshop: Finals Prep



  • Learning Communities Partner with Nerac for XcellR8 Events
    On November 7, UConn First Year Programs & Learning Communities welcomed Nerac’s “XcellR8” members to their first collaborative meeting in the NextGen Forum. XcellR8 events are designed to allow an innovate entrepreneur the opportunity to pitch their idea or start-up company to an audience and receive feedback, ideas and recommendations from them. Kevin Bouley, Nerac’s President […]
    Posted on January 1, 2018
  • UConn’s CAP Celebrates 50 years!
    This year, we celebrated CAP’s 50th Anniversary. On October 28, 2017, over 250 people were in attendance, including program alumni, current and former staff, and visiting dignitaries such as State Senator Mae Flexer and the President of the Council for Opportunity in Education, Maureen Hoyler. The keynote address was delivered by Mr. Francisco Borges, an […]
    Posted on January 1, 2018
  • National Peer Mentoring Symposium Presentation
    In October, First Year Programs, Learning Communities and the Academic Achievement Center, presented at the National Peer Mentoring symposium on the collaborative peer mentoring efforts of their units. The national symposium is held annually at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Leo Lachut, Director of Academic Support, along with undergrads Abbie Lester ’18, Jimmy Huynh ’18, and […]
    Posted on January 1, 2018