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Nebraska College Preparatory Academy
The Nebraska College Preparatory Academy (NCPA) is an innovative college access program that prepares academically talented, first-generation, income eligible students in grades 9-12 for college and their future careers. The program began in 2017 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).
Starting in high school, NCPA scholars participate in a curriculum focused on science and math, as well as honors and AP courses, preparing them for the rigors of college coursework. NCPA scholars who successfully complete NCPA high school requirements will have access to the support of a community of peers, academic support, and personal development opportunities throughout college.
NCPA’s college scholars also receive full financial assistance to pay the cost of college, including tuition, books, room and board, and fees. It is imperative to NCPA's mission that finances should never impede a student's dream of attaining a college degree.
There have been 75 South High graduates who have completed the program and successfully graduated from UNL. In 2022-23, there were 100 South students who began the program at South.
What NCPA Provides
Oftentimes, the starting line for college can be different for first-generation, low-income high school students—so preparing for college often requires more than academic and social readiness and financial resources. NCPA provides its high school scholars academic, social and college preparation to excel in college through the Pillars of Excellence to develop their knowledge, character, and commitment:
Who NCPA Serves
NCPA serves academically-talented students from first-generation, low-income families from our four local high schools—Omaha North High Magnet School, Omaha South High Magnet School, Grand Island Senior High, and Winnebago Public High School.