The Pre-Collegiate Support and Success Center (PCSSC) at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is an institutionally funded academic enrichment program for targeted elementary, middle, and high school students. It is designed to motivate and prepare first-generation and military dependent students in pursuit of their higher education goals. The PCSSC is structured to ensure that students are academically prepared to enroll and be successful in postsecondary education.
Pre-Collegiate Program Elements
Summer Academic Institute
Each June, Pre-Collegiate hosts the Summer Academic Institute on campus at UCCS for rising 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th grade students from across the Pikes Peak Region. Students can enroll in college courses (11th and 12 grade only), participate in academic and skill-building workshops, and build friendships while experiencing day-to-day life on a college campus. Fun activities and friendly competition with staff are also included!
The College Experience
In collaboration with the El Pomar Foundation, UCCS Pre-Collegiate offers students the opportunity to explore college campuses in the Pikes Peak Region while also learning more about academic offerings and career opportunities.
During the school year, Pre-Collegiate students attend workshops facilitated by Transition Coaches. These workshops allow Pre-Collegiate scholars an opportunity to connect with current UCCS students, learn about important academic and personal topics, and complete necessary college access tasks.
All Pre-Collegiate students have opportunities to earn college credit during the Summer Academic Institute each June.
Pre-Collegiate Middle School
Pre-Collegiate Middle School students receive a series of workshops geared toward academic and professional development. The program is designed to facilitate relationships among students, community members, organizations and peers.