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Prospective Educational Talent Search Students


To ensure that participants are successful and reach their full potential in high school and in college, Educational Talent Search provides the following services and activities:

  • Academic advising
  • Tutoring referrals
  • College preparatory workshops
  • Financial aid/scholarship advising and application assistance
  • Career Options advising and exposure events
  • Post-secondary planning and selection
  • Post-secondary application assistance
  • College entrance examination (SAT, ACT) information and preparation
  • Campus tours
  • Summer Program Opportunities
  • Family Workshops

The Educational Talent Search program at California State University, Fullerton is 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education.


Students who are interested in applying for admission to Cal State Fullerton’s Educational Talent Search program should meet the following criteria:

  • Attend (or plan to attend) one of our partner high schools: Anaheim, Katella, Loara, Magnolia, Savanna, Western
  • Be a current 8th* - 12th grader
  • Meet federal income eligibility requirements
  • Potential first generation college student (either parent did not complete a bachelors degree)
  • U.S. Citizen, permanent resident or have proof of their intent to become a citizen or permanent resident.

*8th grade applications are considered for admission with participation to begin in the fall of the student's 9th grade year.


  1. Download the Educational Talent Search application in EnglishPDF File  or   SpanishPDF File Opens in new window  complete all sections of the application, sign (electronic signature acceptable), save and send via email to Please contact us if you have questions or need assistance completing the application. 

  2. After the application is completed and submitted to ETS, a Participant Additional Question form will need to be completed by the student.


  3. Lastly, an ETS Scholar Recomendation form will need to be complete by a Teacher or Counselor.

Admission into California State University, Fullerton's Educational Talent Search program is open to those who meet the eligibility criteria, regardless of gender, race, national origin, color, age, religion or disability.