Puente Eligibility

Start here to become a Puente Program student.


As a Puente student, you'll reap the many benefits of this national award-winning program:

  • Receive priority registration
  • Succeed academically
  • Be recognized as a leader and scholar
  • Graduate from four–year colleges and universities
  • Belong to a statewide and national network of leaders and professionals


“Puente is a family that wants the same thing in life: SUCCESS!”


  • Must be willing to take English 1A with English 1AS in the fall semester, or by completion of prerequisite coursework survey
  • Must be committed to the goals of the Puente Program, including an intent to transfer to a four-year college/university
  • Must attend a Puente Information Session in the spring/summer semester. Enrollment in the program is from January to July. Sign up for an Information Session.
  • Must be able to take the Human Development 101 and Human Development 105 courses with the Puente Program

Puente Program Services

Puente provides three areas of service to students to help them transfer to a four-year institution:


Puente students take two consecutive writing classes, English 1A with English 1AS in the fall and English 1C in the spring. These classes provide a supportive and stimulating environment for Puente students to build confidence in their writing skills through an exploration of the Mexican American/Latino experience and multicultural literature.


Puente students work closely with their Puente counselor until they graduate, exploring career options, developing an academic educational plan and identifying lifetime goals. Students visit University of California and California State University campuses and attend Puente student transfer conferences.


Each Puente student is matched with a mentor from the business or professional community. Mentors share with students their personal, academic and career experiences, and provide a window into "real-life" work environments. The network of trained Puente mentors provides many resources for the Puente students, their families, colleges and the community.