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The Educational Talent Search (ETS) Program provides students with the necessary support services to pursue a higher education. Our program is focused on assisting program participants with preparing to have as many post-secondary options as possible. The Educational Talent Search Program is a federal department of Education TRiO program designed to centrally assist low-income and potential first generation college students at the Anaheim Union High School District Schools (AUHSD) with enrolling and preparing to succeed in college.


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Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is committed to increasing the number of underrepresented students from low-income backgrounds who enter and succeed in postsecondary education. In partnership with Anaheim Union High School District, the project serves a cohort of students beginning the 7th grade and follows their successes through high school graduation. Cal State Fullerton has received three six-year grants from the U.S. Department of Education since the GEAR UP program began in 1999.




The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program was established by the U.S. Department of Education in 1986. The Program, named for astronaut and Challenger space shuttle crew member, Dr. Ronald E. McNair, encourages students to pursue graduate studies. The program provides opportunities to define goals, engage in research, and develop the skills and student/faculty mentor relationships critical to success at the doctoral level.

At California State University, Fullerton, the McNair Scholars Program serves twenty six students each year. All students participate in academic-year and summer activities until they graduate.


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The Upward Bound Program provides fundamental support in preparing high school scholars for college success. The program provides early exposure to research and scholarly activities that provide opportunities for scholars to succeed in high school and ultimately in higher education.

Upward Bound serves high school scholars from low-income families and high school scholars from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which scholars succeed and complete high school and enroll in and graduate from college.