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What is CAP?

Collaboratively offered by Buffalo State and high schools across the state, the College Access Program (CAP) offers high school students the opportunity to take a college course - often in a specialized area - that provides both high school and college credit.

CAP will provide students with the academic challenges of college-level curricula during their junior or senior years of high school as a “bridging” experience to college; CAP courses will help students develop the skills and experience necessary for academic success in higher education.

The College Access Program will:

•  Simultaneously offer high school and college credit for a selected course(s)

•  Enhance the education of students, with instructional standards and learning outcomes the same as those of the parallel college course

•  Give students an early start in college, with courses that can transfer to other colleges or universities

•  Provide access for students to Buffalo State academic resources (library, online materials, etc.)

•  Offer college credit, with courses taught by designated high school faculty serving as Buffalo State adjunct instructors

•  Reduce the cost of college study, with a tuition cost about one-third of regular Buffalo State courses.  Enrollment in these courses may provide future opportunities to students, such as the ability to enroll in upper-level college courses or to complete a four-year degree in a shorter amount of time.

Upon successful completion of CAP course requirements, students will receive credit from Buffalo State for the courses in which they have enrolled and for which they have paid. These credits will form the basis of a permanent post-secondary academic record at Buffalo State. These courses can be applied to additional study at Buffalo State or any other SUNY school, and they may be eligible for transfer to other institutions.

Admission Criteria:

Junior and senior students who are recommended and approved by counselors are eligible to enroll.

CAP participants will be subject to all college academic regulations, including those governing attendance and course work.

All course work attempted will be recorded on the student’s permanent Buffalo State record. All courses must be taken for letter grades.

Enrollment in CAP courses will be for non-degree undergraduate study only and will not guarantee admission as a matriculated, degree-seeking student. In order to matriculate, students must file a formal application with the Buffalo State admissions office and meet all admission requirements.


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