We're excited you want to learn more about Puente!
- Watch our 2020 End-of-Year Puente celebration recognizing first-year cohort students and graduating Puentistas!
Puente means "bridge" in Spanish. As the name suggests, we help students build bridges to higher education.
Puente is an award-winning program that has helped thousands of students reach their dreams of college success through its innovative combination of accelerated writing instruction, intensive academic counseling and mentoring.
Puente is co-sponsored by the California Community Colleges and the University of California.
Puente is open on a first-come-first-served basis to all students who meet the eligibility requirements. These include being eligible for EWRT1A/LART250 and wanting to transfer to a four-year university.
Before enrolling in the cohort, all Puente students are required to attend a mandatory Puente Program Orientation and Summer Bridge specifically designed for incoming students going into any of our SSRS programs.
If you are interested in joining the Puente Project please complete the following steps. We will begin accepting interest forms for the 2021-22 school year in April.
- Apply to De Anza College
- Make sure the Assessment Office has your high school transcript, in order to determine your English placement
- Complete our online interest form
Because space is limited, applicants are encouraged to complete placement test and our interest form as early as possible. Students are accepted on an annual basis, and selections are usually made in the Spring of the preceding academic year.