College Assistance Migrant Program-Sacramento State

Academic Level
Issue Area
Key Personnel
Program Focus
First Year Support,
Learning Community


Sacramento State’s CAMP was established in 1986 and offers first-year students from migrant or seasonal farmworker backgrounds cohort-based education, career support services, opportunities for cultural affirmation that lead to student success. Latino students make up 98% of the eligible migrant student population in California, but less than 1% of them attend college because of their families’ transient lifestyle. CAMP helps students overcome these impediments and ultimately graduate with a bachelor’s degree. CAMP focuses on the three major stages in the change process: separation, transition, and integration. CAMP's practices and services recognize the key linkages and support roles necessary to facilitate an effective transition from a life of farm work to a college student.

Program Description

CAMP's mission is to ensure the personal, academic, and professional success of students from migrants or seasonal farmworker backgrounds. The program aims to exceed its goals of serving 70 students each year, ensuring 90% successfully complete their first academic year, and 90% enroll in the second year of college.


Latinos make up 98% of the eligible student population and 99% of program participants. CAMP participants were compared to non-CAMP First-Generation, First-Time Freshmen Latino Students within the same cohorts. CAMP participants had statistically significant differences in income and SAT scores compared to their non-CAMP peers yet achieved higher academic performance indicators in all areas, at statistically significant levels.

The first year retention rate for CAMP students was 91% vs. 76% for non-CAMP students. Between 95% and 98% of CAMP students complete their first year and enroll in their second year of college. 

Percent of students in good standing:
Fall 2014: 96% vs. 76%,
Spring 2015: 87% vs. 77%
Fall 2015: 92% vs. 87%

Fall 2014: 3.3 vs. 2.5; Spring 2015: 2.94 vs. 2.54
Fall 2015: 2.97 vs. 2.73 

When comparing the 6-year graduation rate, CAMP participants achieved a similar rate as their peers (40%), effectively closing the achievement gap between CAMP participants and promoting equity for this group of disadvantaged Latino students.