What is SSS?
The University of Connecticut Student Support Services (SSS) program increases access to the university for first-generation, low-income and/or underrepresented students with the goal of their retention and graduation. Each year, approximately 300 students are accepted to UConn through SSS. The program is funded in part by a U.S. Department of Education TRIO SSS grant, a Connecticut College Access and Success Program grant from the Connecticut Office of Higher Education, and UConn.
Accepted SSS students participate in a six-week summer program prior to the fall semester of their freshmen year. The summer program introduces students to the rigors of university academics, and helps them to develop the discipline and skills required to succeed in higher education. Students are assigned to a SSS Counselor or Regional Coordinator who provides them with advising, support, and advocacy during the summer program and throughout their tenure at UConn. SSS also offers a variety of program services and resources during the academic year to support students’ continued success at the university.
The SSS summer program helped me mentally prepare for college. I learned that this is a big commitment, and you must be motivated and willing to put forth your best effort from start to finish. Thanks to SSS, I am a freshman at UConn and I refuse to hold myself back. — Breyona L., Summer 2011