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USF is committed to equity and inclusion for all students. The College Access Programs (CAP) are the vehicles toward this mission for under-served middle and high school students in San Francisco.
USF hosted Upward Bound for 50 years. In Fall 2016, the university launched the Educational Talent Search grant to support historically marginalized students by providing academic, career, and financial counseling towards high school completion and the pursuit of post-secondary education. CAP collaborates with institutional and community partners to efficiently serve students and create a safety net of caring adults to help students navigate the the educational and social landscapes.
Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search are part of TRIO, a federal program designed to identify and provide student services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.
Upward Bound prepares promising high school students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed in college and in life. Since 1966, the Upward Bound program at the University of San Francisco has provided students from around San Francisco with services ranging from tutoring and academic counseling to motivational and cultural activities. Since 2006, we have emphasized STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education. Our program takes place during the San Francisco Unified School District academic year and has four major components: Saturday College, Academic Support, Bridge Programs, and our annual College Tours.
The Educational Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their post-secondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assists participants with the post-secondary application process. Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or post-secondary level to enter or reenter and complete post-secondary education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and their post-secondary education.