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About Us

statue studentsThe College Achievement Program (CAP) is a one-year academic support program that provides small classes and a structured introduction to the university to first year students.  Participants are admitted to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire through CAP because they demonstrate the potential to succeed and may need additional support as they transition to college.

Why Am I in CAP?

  • UW-Eau Claire wants YOU!  After reviewing your application, we sent you an offer to attend UW-Eau Claire through the College Achievement Program.     
  • We see great potential for success in you.  ACT scores, class rank, and GPSs are only part of the whole picture. After reviewing your application, we see someone who is dedicated to academic success, wants to get involved at UW-Eau Claire, and who is going to be a great Blugold!       
  • CAP will help you transition from high school, develop effective study habits, meet and connect with peers, and give you the support you need to start your college career!

What Are the Goals of the College Achievement Program?

By being in CAP, you will take a required set of courses for two semesters that will help you achieve the goals below:

  • To help students adjust to the challenging academic life at UW-Eau Claire
  • To teach study strategies and habits for success at UW-Eau Claire
  • To provide extensive, individual practice to develop the skills and strategies necessary for proficient reading and writing
  • To provide support services, including advising and tutorial services
  • To help students achieve academic success at UW-Eau Claire


Academic SupportAcademic Skills Center
  • Additional assessment in mathematics, reading, and study strategies
  • Tutoring for all courses in one-on-one or small group settings
  • Mentoring with past CAP students
  • Testing accommodations as appropriate

Advising Support -- Advising and New Student Initiatives 
The CAP adviser is Kim Wellnitz (  The CAP adviser is available to:

  • Assist with academic planning, career exploration, and referrals
  • Help students who want to change majors or who are between majors
  • Interpret academic policies, procedures, and requirements
  • Assist students who encounter academic difficulties
  • Answer questions when students don’t know where to go for help.