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


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

      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?

      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?

      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?

      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?

      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?
      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
      70th percentile based on CAAP GPA
      University of Bridgeport
      70th percentile based on CAAP GPA
      University of New Haven
      70th percentile based on CAAP GPA
      University of St Joseph
      70th percentile based on 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?

      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.

  • Communication Required by Schools
  • Eligibility
  • Deadline to Apply
    • What is the deadline to apply for the CAAP for the class of 2024?

      There are two eligibility timelines for the class of 2024. Please make sure your information (including your class rank percentile) is entered into your Common Application by October 28, 2024. You will then receive your acceptance letter in early November. If you miss the first deadline, make sure that your information (including your class rank percentile)  is entered by December 31 for the second offer cycle which will issue letters in early January. 

  • Automatic Admissions
    • What does automatic admissions mean?

      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?

      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
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