College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) Scholars - Arizona State University

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) - Arizona State University
Arizona State University
Academic Level
Issue Area
Program Focus
First Year Support,


ASU CAMP's mission is to create a comprehensive, responsive, sustainable, and rigorous retention program for migrant students through focus on a successful first year of college.

The goals are to ensure academic success of first-year migrant students through provision of financial, transitional, and academic support, create 'whole person' CAMP scholars and leaders, create 'whole family' support networks for CAMP scholars, and ensure retention and academic persistence of CAMP scholars.

Program Description

Arizona has the 7th largest migrant student population in the US with 97% of those estimated to be of Hispanic descent. Migrant youth often leave school to contribute to household economic survival by working on farms.

ASU CAMP promotes the academic success of migrant and seasonal farmworkers MSFW students through culturally-responsive services offered most intensively in students’ first year. The Bienvenida program demystifies the college environment and helps CAMP Scholars and their families prepare for the academic and social demands of a 4-year university via peer and professional mentoring, workshops, bilingual newsletters, and social media available in both English and Spanish.

ASU CAMP provides need-based financial support to assist with housing, meal plans, transportation, health services and educational costs; financial aid review, counseling and financial literacy, and scholarship search workshops. To meet the academic needs, ASU CAMP offers tutoring, mandatory study halls, academic mentoring, peer coaching, and educational programming.


The ASU CAMP Scholars Project is demonstrably achieving its goals and advancing Latino student success.

  • Over the last 5 years, CAMP Scholars had higher one-year retention rates (90%), four-year graduation rates (54%), and five-year graduation rates (86%) when compared to ASU students from a similar demographic who did not participate in CAMP (85%, 45%, and 57%, respectively).
  • Of the Scholars who have received their undergraduate degrees, 27% have gone on to pursue a graduate degree.
  • Among CAMP Scholars, 95% have received additional financial support for housing, transportation, healthcare, and educational expenses; 82% have participated in intensive transitional programming (La Bienvenida), and 100% have received academic mentoring/coaching from CAMP staff.

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