Educational Partnerships provides opportunities aimed at helping students progress onto college and be successful throughout the higher education pipeline. We believe in fostering collaborative relationships with schools, districts, and community organizations to provide enriching educational experiences that impact the lives of students, especially those who come from first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented backgrounds. Scroll down to learn more about our programs.


photo of Educational Talent Search studentsTalent Search encourages and assists high school students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a post-secondary education. CSUF Talent Search Program serves over 1100 participants annually from four high schools in the Anaheim Unified High School District: Anaheim,  Katella, Loara, Magnolia, Savanna, and Western high schools. Established in 1991 (federally funded)

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GEAR UP strives to increase 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 in the 7th grade and and follows their successes through high school graduation. Established in 2011 and 2015 (federally funded)


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Photo placeholderMcNair Scholars provides opportunities for CSUF undergraduate students to engage in research, and develop skills and student/faculty mentor relationships that are critical to success at the doctoral level. The program provides year-round services to prepare participants for acceptance into quality graduate programs. CSUF McNair Scholars serves 25 students each year. Established in 1999 (federally funded)

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Upward Bound prepares eligible high school students with preparation for postsecondary education. The program provides academic enrichment opportunities, financial aid assistance, higher education preparation, and exposure to career opportunities. CSUF Upward Bound serves about 90 students from high schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District: Century, Saddleback, Santa Ana, and Valley high schools.
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