Apr 14, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

College Achievement Program (CAP)

College Achievement Program (CAP): The TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program, also known as the College Achievement Program (CAP) at Ohio University provides first-generation, income eligible and students with disabilities with personalized support services that maximize their success towards academic, personal, and professional pursuits. CAP provides opportunities for academic development and intellectual growth, assists students with OHIO’s graduation requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their undergraduate degree. Since 1979, CAP has maintained a strong record of aiding in student retention and graduation. CAP is located in the Academic Achievement Center (Alden Library 230) and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and Ohio University.

The following are examples of the services CAP offers to assist students as they work toward graduation:

  • 12+ hours of free, private, one-on-one tutoring each week
  • Financial literacy education and FAFSA support
  • Individual academic/personal advising
  • Peer mentors to help navigate the university experience
  • College study skills coaching
  • Career planning and guidance, including assistance selecting a major
  • Assistance with graduate school interest and applications
  • Intensive support for students on probation
  • Unique cultural and social events on campus and around town
  • Free printing from program lounge in Alden Library


Eligibility for CAP is determined according to a two-tier system. Students must satisfy both tiers to be eligible for CAP. CAP is an exclusive program serving approximately 275 students annually, space is limited and eligibility does not guarantee admission. 

Tier 1: Demonstrated academic need. Students will need to meet one of the following:

  • ACT composite less than 23 or
  • SAT combined verbal/math score less than 1090 or
  • Final high school GPA below 3.0 or
  • Earned a General Education Diploma (GED) or
  • Current Ohio University student on academic probation


Tier 2: Special population classification. Students will need to meet one of the following:

  • Be a first-generation college student (neither parent graduated from a four-year school) or
  • Come from a family whose income meets federal guidelines for low-income level or
  • Have a documented disability and be registered with Ohio University’s Office of Student Accessibility Services


Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Most students are admitted to CAP after enrolling for classes prior to the start of their first semester at Ohio University. Continuing students who meet the eligibility requirements may be admitted, as long as they have earned fewer than 75 semester hours of credit.

For more information about CAP, please visit  https://www.ohio.edu/uc/aac/trio/index.cfm . You may also contact the Academic Achievement Center at 740.593.2644 or acc-cap@ohio.edu.