Pre-College TRIO Programs


The Pre-College TRIO Programs Mission:

For over 40 years, the UC Berkeley Pre-College TRIO Programs have provided low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the preparation vital for completing higher education.

"We PCT, motivate and empower for academic success."

The Federal TRIO Programs are a group of eight outreach programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The TRIO Programs provide educational opportunities for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstance. A series of federally-funded programs established by Congress in 1965 to assist disadvantaged students enter college, graduate, and go on to contribute to societal and economic life. These programs assist students to overcome class, social, and cultural barriers to higher education and are funded under the Higher Education Act of 1965. 

Federal TRiO programs provide outreach and support programs to help low-income, first generation junior high and high school students, progress through the academic pipeline from the middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. Various universities, community colleges and agencies now offer TRiO programs in America. 

Currently there are five Programs located at the University of California, Berkeley, including the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement program, Student Support Services, Educational Talent Search (ETS), classic Upward Bound (UB) and Upward Bound Math-Science (UBMS).

Educational Talent Search

The Educational Talent Search (ETS) program, previously recognized as the Educational Guidance Center (EGC) is one of 463 ETS programs in the United States serving more than 359,740 students.

Educational Talent Search (ETS) identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education. The goal of ETS is to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education, and to help these students progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postsecondary degree attainment. 

Educational Talent Search (ETS) seeks students who have the desire, ability, and motivation to excel in their education. The program provides academic and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education. The program informs students about opportunities for financial aid and assists participants with the postsecondary application process.

Services We Provide

Academic Advising: Transcript review, support fulfilling A-G requirements for four-year universities, ACT/SAT preparation workshops and fee waivers and opportunities to apply for academic enrichment programs such as Upward Bound Math/Science

College Awareness: Assistance in the college search process, information on admissions, financial aid, college enrollment process and educational equity program support completing college applications, college tours, assistance with completing an autobiographical statement for scholarships

Financial Literacy: Assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms, assistance with scholarship searches, and financial literacy workshops

Annual Budget:  $723,360

Upward Bound

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

Upward Bound Math & Science

The Upward Bound Math and Science program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math and science profession.

Summer Programs

Educational Talent Search 

Leadership and English Enrichment Program (LEEPS)

Our Leadership and English Enrichment Program (LEEPS) has been created to support middle school students and improve the language development of English Language Learners before they start high school. A two week program during the summer assembled to increase student confidence with public speaking and build students dependence with difficult academic tasks. It is an opportunity for students to expand college knowledge of all participants by introducing college entrance requirements, emphasizing the importance of leadership and encouraging involvement in extracurricular activities. 

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Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science 

Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science students are given the opportunity to dorm at the UC Berkeley dormitories for our six-week Summer Residential Program. Counselors and Staff will dorm with students and provide supervision and guidance throughout the six week summer program.

During the summer, the program offers classes in English, math, lab sciences, computers and foreign languages; evening tutorial sessions; workshops of social and cultural significance; and organized recreational activities.

UB/UBMS Summer Swag