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TRIO Student Support Services: College Achievement Program (CAP)

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At Ohio University, the TRIO Student Support Services program is commonly known as the College Achievement Program (CAP).

TRIO/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 one's undergraduate degree. We have a distinguished record of increasing the retention and graduation rates of our participants.

TRIO/CAP offers a range of services to help participants adjust to the rigor of college life, meet the demands of one's academic program, and achieve timely graduation. TRIO/CAP is housed in the Academic Achievement Center in Alden Library.

All TRIO/CAP services are designed to increase a student's chance of success at Ohio University.

Eligibility Requirements

There are eligibility requirements students must meet in order to be accepted:

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

Tier 1: Does the student have an academic need?

This is defined as:

  • Having an ACT composite score less than or equal to 23* or
  • Having an SAT combined (math + verbal) score less than 1090 or
  • High School GPA below a 3.0 or
  • ACT reading score below 21 or
  • ACT math score below 20

*Please contact the program director for more information.

If a student satisfies one of the Tier 1 requirements, they must also meet at least one of the Tier 2 requirements.

Tier 2: To satisfy this requirement, a student must:

Apply to Join TRIO/CAP

If you are interested in participating in the program and meet the eligibility requirements, please complete the 2019- 2020 application. Space is limited. Therefore, service and support opportunities are exclusive for participating TRIO students only.



Ohio University has been selected to the inaugural cohort of First Forward Institutions by the Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation. The First Forward designation recognizes institutions of higher education who have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. Selected institutions receive professional development, community-building experiences, and a first look at the Center’s research and resources.

For more information about the TRIO Student Support Services: CAP program, contact the Academic Achievement Center at 740-593-2644 or aac-cap@ohio.edu.

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