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Washington State University Office of the Provost

Student Success Initiatives

Cougs Rise

Cougs Rise is an initiative of the Office of the Provost funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The program offers low-income and first-generation students from five Washington high schools college preparation programming and mentorship designed to boost their chances of earning a college degree. Up to 120 first-year students who are enrolled at WSU will take part in a summer bridge program designed to help them build a network of resources, develop a sense of belonging, engage in academic coursework, and participate in other high-impact practices that support long-term student success.

Cougs Rise participating high schools:

  • Bremerton
  • Hudson’s Bay (Vancouver)
  • Rogers (Spokane)
  • University (Spokane Valley)
  • Wenatchee

Cougs Rise is funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education totaling $3.9M over five years.

Program Application

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Ray Acuna-Luna, Project Director