The Puente Program is a two-semester program which links students, a counselor, an English instructor, community mentors and UC and other colleges in an effort to increase the number of students who transfer from two-year colleges to four-year colleges.

The goal of the Puente Program is to increase the number of educationally under-served students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities. Through the reading of Chicano/Latino literature and writings, counseling assistance, and connections to professional mentors, students receive the instruction and support they need to achieve academic success and transfer. Students also participate in extracurricular activities, such as college tours, UC representative visits, and family nights, which are designed to increase the retention of Puente Students. Originally, the goal of the Puente Program was to increase the number of Mexican American and Latino students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Today, the program is open to all students.

Puente Program

  • Fall Semester English/Reading 846 (Reading and Writing Connections)
  • COUN 100 (Puente College Success Seminar)
  • Spring Semester English 100 (Composition)

All Learning Community Courses (search for Puente on the listings for Puente courses)

What you'll get from Puente:

  • Linked courses (English/ Reading 846 and COUN 100)
  • Easy integration of transfer activities
  • Leadership development
  • Formal one-to-one mentor-student relationship (sustained for a minimum of one year) 
  • Motivational speakers
  • Cultural and literary events
  • Transfer information and student success skills
  • The writing skills and one-on-one tutoring essential to college success
  • A support system to help you over the hurdles of collegiate life

Information about the statewide Puente Program.

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