Why CAP Matters

The Challenge

Just 9 percent of low-income students will have a college degree by age 24.*
*The Pell Institute, Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States: 45 Year Trend Report, 2015

Our Challenge
81% of CAP and CAP Bay Area students are the first in their family to attend college and 83% are low-income.

Opportunity (2017-18 school year)
Over 500 total CAP students with 176 new students — 76 from Making Waves Academy & 100 CAP Bay Area.

Success with CAP

75% of CAP four year college students are on pace to earn their college degree in six years.

On average, CAP students borrow $529 in federal loans annually. This is 80% less than the national average of $2,593 annually in federal loans for undergraduate students. *Trends in Higher Education, CollegeBoard 2015-2016

216 CAP alumni; with over 30 Master’s degrees.


Here are just a few of the colleges and universities that our students attend:

  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Harvard University
  • Stanford University
  • San Francisco State University
  • Contra Costa College
  • Sacramento State
  • College of Marin

Read more about our CAP and CAP Bay Area programs.

Making Waves Foundation