Information and Resources to Support Connecticut Schools for the Connecticut Automatic Admissions Program (CAAP)

FAQs

  • Background
    • What is the Connecticut Automatic Admissions Program (CAAP)?
      Answer:

      The Connecticut Automatic Admissions Program (CAAP) offers eligible students automatic admission to participating Connecticut Colleges and Universities based on high school grade point average (CAAP GPA) and/or percentile class ranking, both calculated using the College Board’s formula for calculating GPA.

    • When was CAAP established?
      Answer:

      In a June 2021 special session, the Connecticut legislature passed Public Act 21-2, An Act Concerning Provisions Related to Revenue and Other Items to Implement the State Budget for the Biennium Ending June 30, 2023. Sections 257 and 258 set requirements for The Board of Regents for Higher Education (BOR) to establish the Connecticut Automatic Admission Program (CAAP) for eligible Connecticut high school students to be automatically admitted to Connecticut’s State Universities: Central Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University, and Western Connecticut State University. The program is also open to other Connecticut post-secondary institutions. The class of 2023 is the first class of students eligible for CAAP

    • What does PA 21-2, which established CAAP, require?
      Answer:

      The law requires the BOR to set a percentile ranking threshold for automatic admission and to provide high schools a formula for calculating grade point average to identify the students who meet the percentile ranking threshold. Students who graduate from an eligible institution and who meet the percentile ranking threshold can complete a simplified application for any of the State Universities and be admitted. Other eligible Connecticut post-secondary institutions, in other words, non-Connecticut State Colleges and Universities institutions, may set alternative measures for automatic admission.

    • Can non-Connecticut State Colleges and Universities participate in CAAP?
      Answer:

      At their option, eligible non-profit private colleges and universities in Connecticut may also participate in the CAAP. In order to participate, such institutions will develop a simplified application that meets the requirements of PA 21-2 which will be made available to students by the BOR along with the applications to the state universities. Non-CSCU participating institutions may select one or more of the following academic thresholds:

      • The minimum class rank percentile established by CSCU – 70th percentile
      • A minimum grade point average calculated with the College Board formula (CAAP GPA)
      • A combination of a minimum grade point average using the College Board formula and performance on a nationally recognized college readiness assessment administered to students enrolled in grade eleven

      If the participating institution decides to implement multiple measures, then a student will be admitted if that student meets any one of the academic thresholds set by that institution.

    • What is the automatic admissions threshold?
      Answer:

      The BOR has set the threshold for percentile ranking at 70, meaning that the top 30% of grade 12 students are eligible to apply for automatic admission under CAAP. The BOR directs high schools to follow the College Board formula for calculating grade point average in order to calculate each student’s percentile ranking solely for the purpose of the CAAP. Districts may continue to use their existing GPA methodologies for all other purposes except the CAAP.

    • Which Connecticut institutions are participating in CAAP and what are the thresholds for automatic admission?
      Answer:
      Participating Institutions
      Automatic Admission Threshold
      Central Connecticut State University
      70th percentile based on CAAP GPA
      Eastern Connecticut State University
      70th percentile based on CAAP GPA
      Southern Connecticut State University
      70th percentile based on CAAP GPA
      Western Connecticut State University
      70th percentile based on CAAP GPA
      Mitchell College
      2.5 CAAP GPA
      University of Bridgeport
      2.21 CAAP GPA
      University of New Haven
      2.8 CAAP GPA
      University of St Joseph
      3.0 CAAP GPA
      Goodwin University
      Open Admissions – do not send a letter to a student who is eligible for admission only to Goodwin University. All letters will include information about Goodwin University and the school is included on the Automatic Admission website.
      CT State Community College
      Information about admission as well as about the PACT program is included in the letter.
    • Will students who apply under CAAP receive acceptance to specific programs at each institution?
      Answer:

      No. Each eligible student who applies will receive a full admissions acceptance package but students admitted to a participating institution under the CAAP are not guaranteed admission into any specific bachelor’s degree program at such institution.

  • CAAP GPA
  • Communication Required by Schools
    • Is there a timeline for schools to produce student letters for CAAP?
      Answer:

      There is no statutory deadline by when the letters should be given to students.  Schools are asked to produce the letters as soon as possible. However, given that this is the first year of CAAP, schools should do their best in terms of notifying students.

    • What is the responsibility of each school around CAAP?
      Answer:

      Each high school is responsible for calculating CAAP GPA following the College Board formula,  determining percentile ranking based on that CAAP GPA, and generating student letters. Schools must generate letters for eligible students following the format of the template letter.  The student letter must indicate if the student is eligible for automatic admission to any institution based on their stated threshold. The letter must list the participating institutions to which the student is eligible based on the thresholds chosen by those institutions. A template student letter is provided.

  • Eligibility
    • Who is eligible for CAAP?
      Answer:
      • CT High School Senior who resides in Connecticut

      Be a current senior attending a Connecticut public or private high school and planning to graduate in the spring of 2023 and is a resident of Connecticut.

      • Received a Confirmation Letter from their high school

      Have received a letter from their high school informing them that they have met the criteria for automatic admission. This letter will list the schools for which the student is eligible. Students will upload a digital version of this letter with each application to confirm eligibility.

    • Are students who reside out of state but attend schools in Connecticut eligible for CAAP?
      Answer: No. Students must be a permanent resident of Connecticut to be eligible for CAAP.
  • School Generated Student Letter
  • Deadline to Apply
  • Automatic Admissions
    • What does automatic admissions mean?
      Answer:

      Automatic admission means that a student who qualifies may choose to complete a simplified, free application for each of the colleges and universities participating in CAAP to which the student qualifies. The student will automatically receive a letter of acceptance and details about financial aid awarded.

    • Do Goodwin University and CT State Community Colleges have different rules of acceptance under CAAP?
      Answer:

      Admission is guaranteed to Goodwin University and to CT State Community Colleges. There is no application fee to apply to CT State Community College and Goodwin University will waive the admission fee to all students who receive the CAAP letter and apply through the CAAP website. If a student chooses to attend CT State Community College, the student is also eligible for PACT, the Pledge to Advance CT, a program that allows Connecticut students to attend tuition free. This funding covers the gap between federal and state grants you receive, and community college tuition and mandatory fees, so students will need to file a FAFSA.  

  • Application
    • Is there a separate application that students who qualify for CAAP must complete for each institution?
      Answer:

      Yes, eligible students will have access to streamlined applications to secure admission to the CSUs or other participating institutions they choose. This application will require verification that the student has met the 70th percentile ranking for state universities, or, in the case of other participating post-secondary institutions, verification of having met at least one of the identified thresholds. The application may require that the student provide such student’s state-assigned student identifier if the student has such an identifier. The application will not require an application fee or the submission of an essay or letters of recommendation. In addition, the application will embed or link to information and resources regarding:

      • College admissions and financial aid
      • Net cost of completing a bachelor’s degree
      • Graduation rates
      • Average earnings of for graduates
      • If possible, common majors at the institution
    • Is the application fee waived for students who qualify for CAAP?
      Answer:

      There is no application fee for students who apply under CAAP. 

    • Is there a benefit to a student to complete the CAAP if they have already completed the Common Application?
      Answer:

      If the student has already applied through the common app and now qualifies through the Connecticut automatic admissions program, then the student/counselor could submit the CAAP letter to the college admissions office as an addition to the student’s admission package. There may be other students who have qualified through the CAAP but did not apply already who may now consider applying through the CAAP simplified application. 

    • What if the student does not meet the qualifications?
      Answer:

      If a student does not meet the requirements for automatic admission to one or more of the participating Connecticut Colleges and Universities, a student may still complete a regular application for admission to those schools, but admission will not be guaranteed.

    • If students have already paid an application fee and are now eligible for CAAP, can they get a refund for the application fee?
      Answer:

      Yes. For students that have already applied to a participating institution and paid an application fee and subsequently find out that they are eligible for CAAP, please contact the institution to request a refund of that application fee.

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