Q. Where can I find out more about the educational programs available in another prison?
Q. I am a former student at Prison University Project; how can I get a copy of my transcript sent to my new academic institution?
A. We can help you with your student records; please contact us.
Q. Are your offices located inside the prison?
A. No, we maintain an office nearby. If you would like to make an appointment, please contact us.
Q. Do you give tours of the prison?
A. No. We do occasionally bring visitors in to observe our programs, but we do not offer public tours.
Q. Can you direct me to more information about the California prison system?
A. We have compiled a short list of resources here.
Q. Why should people convicted of crimes get a free college education from PUP?
A. We refuse to accept the idea that higher education should be a scarce resource and available only to a few. The lack of educational opportunity has denied too many people the chance to succeed; we want to harness the power that education has to engage all who need it to establish productive, responsible lives. For our students’ responses to this question, click here.
Q. How can I learn more about education in prison more generally?
A. A selection of articles and other resources on prison education can be found here.
Q. Why do students talk about “Patten”?
A. The College Program at San Quentin is an extension site of Patten University, which is located in Oakland, CA. The Prison University Project is an independent non-profit organization that organizes, staffs, and fundraises for the College Program at San Quentin. Students enrolled in credit classes with the College Program are registered at Patten just as if they were enrolled at the main campus. Inside the prison, students and staff generally refer to the College Program as “Patten College,” as Patten University was known when the Program was founded in 1996.