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.
Because the program is meant to put students on the road to success
at Saint Martin’s, the specialized support for each CAP student extends
throughout their first full academic year!
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.
- Bridge participants are among the first students to register
- Students live on campus throughout the duration of the program and all
lodging and food is included at no charge to the student
- Students enhance their academic skills (with an emphasis placed on
- The Bridge program includes the first advising and registration event this summer
- Students build 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
class to reinforce foundational academic skills essential for a
successful first-year student experience at the university
- CAP students have the added benefit of having their UNI 101 instructor
tailor elements of the curriculum to their needs
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
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!