Research conducted by The Harvard Graduate School of Education, the University of California, and New Mexico State University, to name a few, has demonstrated PUENTE's continuing success in motivating and supporting low-income, first-generation students to earn degrees from four-year colleges and universities.
California Community College (CCC) Program
In 2009–10, the transfer rate of PUENTE participants was 56%, compared to 44% for all CCC students and 34% of educationally disadvantaged students. The number of transfers to four-year college or university continues t0 increase: 573 PUENTE Community College participants transferred in 2009 compared to 397 in 2001, approximately a 44% increase.
Puente High School Program
PUENTE students passed the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) at a significantly higher rate than all students statewide — 97% of PUENTE students passed the English exam compared to 81% in the state, and 96% passed the Math exam compared to 81% in the state.