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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.




  • COLLEGE AND CAREER EXPOSURE PROGRAM: The program provides information and workshops about accessing college and financial aid, and exposure to higher education via campus experiential programs on campus. This is a partnership with United Way’s Destination Graduation initiative. A total of 20 schools have been adopted in Orange County.
  • TITAN DAYS: These special visits are hosted on the CSUF campus and allow students to envision themselves as a college students and learn about higher education. These days are tailored for each group.
  • STUDENT AND PARENT HIGHER EDUCATION WORKSHOPS: We provide workshops aimed at providing students and their families with the important information to access and pay for higher education.
  • KIDS TO COLLEGE: This program introduces about 500 sixth graders to college life by facilitating lessons about future careers, college life, and academic planning. The program culminates with a visit to CSUF that incorporates hands-on STEM lessons and activities that expose students to higher education.

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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.