Syracuse University

Our Mission


Mission Statement

Our programs foster the successful recruitment, retention and graduation of underrepresented populations from the collegiate level through graduate studies and professional degrees.



Vision Statement

CGPA will be a nationally recognized leader in fostering student academic, professional, and life-long success.


Center for Graduate Preparation and Achievement


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Welcome to the Center for Graduate Preparation and Achievement (CGPA) where you will find the community, the support, and the guidance to help you achieve your academic and life goals.

CGPA is interested in connecting with you. Please take a moment to browse our site and discover ways you can become engaged either as a scholar in one of our programs, or as a faculty mentor. We hope you'll join the over 240 students already connected to our programs: engaging in faculty-guided research, academic enhancement for scholastic success, or learning about the steps involved in a successful graduate school application.

Please take this opportunity to peruse our site and learn about the many opportunities open to qualified students. We're committed to cultivating a learning and living environment that prepares our nation's scholars, and we hope you'll join our network of mutual support and community.


  • Increase the recruitment, persistence and graduation rates of underrepresented students affiliated with our programs, especially those in STEM fields.
  • Provide services and activities to enhance and increase student's entry into and performance in post-graduate professions.
  • Provide experiential activities focused on developing the skills necessary for current and future success.
  • Serve as a resource center for students to gain awareness of services available to them across campus and throughout the community.
  • Provide students with research opportunities with research-active faculty in their respective fields.
  • Provide academic services and scholarly activities to promote academic progress, personal growth and professional success.
  • Develop and enhance mentoring programs for undergraduate students.
  • Implement outreach programs for talented underrepresented students in grades 7-12 to attract students to the majors supported by our programs and Syracuse University.
  • Collaborate to improve the campus climate for students through the co-sponsorship of events with partners committed to diversity.