College Achievement Program (CAP)
Each fall, the College Achievement Program (CAP) offers 35-40 first-year
students who show promise as college achievers but have not qualified for
regular admission with the opportunity to enroll at Saint Martin’s. The program
is designed to enhance the transition from high school to college.
Candidates for CAP are selected and contacted by the Saint Martin’s
University Office of Admissions. Participants do not accrue any additional cost
for being CAP students.
The College Achievement Program lasts for each student’s first full
Rather than forego the Saint Martin’s experience, CAP allows a select
group of students to experience the advantages of a small,
student-centered Benedictine institution.
All CAP students participate in the Bridge program. Participants
live on campus throughout the duration of the program and
all lodging and food is included at no charge to the
student. This program gives CAP students priority when
registering for classes, provides new student orientation,
helps students enhance their academic skills (especially
college writing), builds relationships with faculty and
staff, and facilitates connections with other students
through fun and unique cultural and social activities – past
visits have included Mount Rainier, LakeFair in Olympia,
museums in Tacoma, and more!
Like other students, CAP students are registered into a UNI 101 section.
During this course, students will reinforce foundational
academic skills essential for a successful first year experience
at the university. CAP students have the added benefit of having
the instructor of that section serve as their academic advisor
for their first year at Saint Martin’s. The advisor will provide
personal guidance throughout the student’s first year.
All CAP students build strong relationships with members of the Learning
and Writing Center so they maximize available support services.
The LWC staff and UNI 101 instructors work in partnership to
connect CAP students with support resources and to improve
Historical data suggests that CAP has improved college outcomes for
All aspects of CAP must be satisfied for students to continue
participation in CAP and maintain their enrollment at Saint
All CAP participants are required to attend the full
Bridge program on campus, regardless of whether they are
out-of-state students, student-athletes, etc.
CAP students are expected to communicate with their academic advisor on
a regular basis, meet with their advisor once mid-term grades
have been posted, keep him/her aware of academic progress and
challenges, and work closely when scheduling future coursework.
CAP students are required to meet with a member of the Learning and
Writing Center staff within the first few weeks of their first
semester at Saint Martin’s. A determination of the frequency of
meetings with Learning and Writing Center staff members will be
reviewed at the initial meeting and at any time during each
student’s year in CAP.
All CAP students are on academic probation during their first semester
at Saint Martin’s and will remain so until their Grade Point
Average (GPA) reaches or exceeds a 2.0. If a student’s GPA is
not at least a cumulative 2.0, their transcript will be reviewed
by the Academic Standards Committee to determine if an extension
of the academic probation or a formal separation from the
University is most appropriate. CAP students are limited to
attempting no more than 12 credit hours each semester during
their probationary period. This typically involves four academic
courses. Students will be advised
to take particular courses that will help build a foundation for
success at Saint Martin’s. Eligibility for merit and need-based
financial aid, including student loans, may be dependent on
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Achieving and maintain a
2.0 GPA fulfills minimum GPA requirements for SAP.
The College Achievement Program offers a select group of students with
opportunities and support that, with commitment and effort on their part, will
help them be successful at Saint Martin’s University!