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

TRIO - Upward Bound @ UC Berkeley

The Upward Bound Program was launched in 1965 after the enactment of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Over the past 50 years, the Upward Bound Program at the University of California, Berkeley has provided counseling, tutoring, and academic and cultural activities for thousands of students from throughout Alameda and Contra Costa County. The Upward Bound Program is a program within the Center for Educational Partnerships (CEP), which is part of the Division of Equity and Inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley.

Over two-thirds of UC Berkeley Upward Bound consists of low-income and potential first-generation college students. Our success rate is high. Over 90% of Upward Bound students go on to college. Recent graduates of our program have gone on to attend colleges throughout the University of California and California State University systems, as well as being admitted to prestigious private schools, such as MIT, Stanford, and Princeton. Our program exemplifies the best in the Federal Trio Programs, being one of the longest-running and most successful programs in the country.

There are two components to our program: Academics and Counseling. The academic component of Upward Bound focuses on social justice, college preparation, and project-based learning. Combined, the counseling and academic components of Upward Bound has services that include:

· Intensive six-week summer program (residential or virtual)

· Virtual Tutoring and Saturday College Workshops

· Field trips and college visits

· Academic, financial, or personal counseling

· Information on postsecondary education opportunities

· Assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications

· Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams

· Information on the full range of Federal Student Financial Aid programs and benefits

The UC Berkeley Upward Bound budget for Academic Year 2020-2021 to serve 169 participants is $817,480. The cost per UC Berkeley UB participant is $4,837.

TRIO - Upward Bound Math & Science @ UC Berkeley

In the early nineties, UC Berkeley was chosen to be one of the first institutions to host an Upward Bound Math-Science Regional Center to serve students from California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii. The Upward Bound Math-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 those fields, and ultimately to enter careers in the math and science profession.

Although the UC Berkeley Upward Bound/UB Math-Science Residential Program only lasts through the summer, Upward Bound Math-Science students receive year-round access to many of the same services as local Upward Bound students.

The UC Berkeley Upward Bound Math & Science Budget for 2020-2021 is $429,632 to serve 81 participants. The cost per UCB UBMS participant is $5,027.

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 on difficult academic tasks. It is an opportunity for students to expand the college knowledge of all participants by introducing college entrance requirements, emphasizing the importance of leadership, and encouraging involvement in extracurricular activities. 

Studying in Priestley Lounge 2019

Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science 

Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science students are given the opportunity to participate in the six-week Summer Residential/Virtual Program. Staff will prepare an academic summer experience, allowing students to attend academic enrichment courses, network with peers, develop college success plans, and engage in social and cultural awareness activities.

Cultural Presentation 2019

College Day 2019

S.T.E.A.M. Initiative Projects in UC Berkeley Pre-College TRIO 

AAMPP LogoThe African American Male Pipeline Project (AAMPP) and the Womyn in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) Education (WISE) are focused on increasing the college-going rate in STEAM for African American male students and women of color. These programs provide comprehensive college awareness, mentorship, mental and emotional empowerment, academic preparation, advising, and information.


AAMPP and WISE currently work with 94 students. The Pre-College Trio programs, in collaboration with other University and community partners, provide intensive program services by using evidence-based best practices of highly successful college access programs and strategies that build college-going culture through one-to-one, small group, classroom, and whole school efforts. Students in the AAMPP and WISE projects are participants of one of the three Pre-College Trio Programs: Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, and Upward Bound Math & Science

AAMPP/WISE Budget for Academic Year 2020-2021 is $75,000, funding comes from various sources including the West Contra Unified School District.