Pre-College Programs


The Office of Pre-College Programs at St. Cloud State University hosts five precollege programs and assists in the coordination of the activities and programs that constitute the “Pipeline” concept at SCSU.

Pipeline Programs

The “Pipeline” concept at St.  Cloud State University. The Pipeline Programs are comprehensive and long-term strategies implemented through a set of academic programs and services offered by various offices and departments of the university.  They operate in partnership with business, community, educational, and non-profit organizations and families, and are designed to provide opportunities for academic enrichment and career awareness to students of color, female and low-income students.  These programs also serve to enhance recruitment of students of color to higher education.

Center for Access & Opportunity

The St. Cloud Access and Opportunity Center is a partnership of St. Cloud State University (SCSU), and the St. Cloud School District (District 742), supported by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, for the purpose of improving academic achievement and high school graduation rates, increasing rigorous college preparatory course-taking behavior, and increasing post-secondary participation among underrepresented students in grades 8-12 in District 742. It offers academic-year.

Intervention for College Attendance Program (ICAP)

St. Cloud State University is a recipient of funding from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education's Intervention for College Attendance Program (ICAP). SCSU's ICAP project, Promoting Academic Success Among Underrepresented Students, targets African-American students in the St. Cloud Area School District 742 in grades 6th through 12th with risk factors for poor academic achievement. Sixty students are to be served with school-year tutoring and mentoring services, and a summer program.

During the academic year this office offers supplemental educational services to students in the 742 School District and other districts in the Twin Cities, including field trips, Saturday classes, mentoring and tutoring services. 

" Underrepresented" in higher edcuation can mean:

  • Students from low-income families
  • Students from immigrant background
  • First-generation college families
  • Students of racial and ethnic minorities
  • Students with low academic scores on standardized tests
  • as well as other students facing obstacles to higher education

These are the basic goals of the programs:

  • Improve academic achievement
  • Improve high school graduation rates
  • Increase rigorous college preparatory course taking behavior
  • Increase college attendance

Students from St. Cloud State University (SCSU) and St. Cloud Technical and Community College (SCTCC) are employed to assist with these programs and may work in a variety of capacities, such as tutors, mentors, teaching assistants, program counselors, office assistants, research assistants, computer consultants, or recreation staff.  Students play a vital role in the operations of the programs and can contribute skills, talents and experiences, as well as serve as role models for younger students in Pre-College settings.

Summer Enrichment Programs

There are three precollege summer enrichment programs, the Math-Science-Computer Camps, the Scientific Discovery Program, and the Advanced Program in Technology and Science. Each pre-college program is designed to address the severe problem of the underrepresentation of students of color in scientific and technical areas.  For each program, the target population consists of students from groups historically underrepresented in scientific, technical and business occupations.  While the programs serve the same population, each is geared to a different age group.  Further, while the focus is on underrepresented groups students from all backgrounds participate in these programs.

Overview of SCSU Office of Pre-College Programs


Types of Programs

Time Frame


Students Served

Access and Opportunity Program (AOP)

Academic advising; tutoring; mentoring; academic enrichment; financial aid assistance; career planning; rigorous course selection; test preparation

Academic year; a summer component

Schools in District 742; some community sites; SCSU; other institutions of higher education

Grades 8-12 Students from District 742

Intervention for College Attendance Program (ICAP)

Tutoring; mentoring; academic enrichment;

Academic year

Community sites; after-school programs; in some schools in District 742

Grades 6-12 Students from school districts in the Central Minnesota area

Math-Science-Computer Camp (MSCC)

Preparation for science, technology, engineering, mathematics; career exploration; college awareness



Grades 3-8 Students from Minnesota and other parts of the nation

Scientific Discovery Program (SDP)

Preparation for science, technology, engineering, mathematics; career exploration; college awareness



Grades 9-10 Minnesota students as well as students from across the USA and international students

Advanced Program in Technology and Science (APTS)

Preparation for science, technology, engineering, mathematics; career exploration; college awareness



Grades 10-11 Minnesota students as well as students from across the USA and international students

College-readiness activities and services

College visits; career exploration; partnerships with families, schools, community groups; cultural awareness


Community sites; other campuses,

P-12 Students and groups from Central Minnesota; members of the St. Cloud-area community