TRIO Pre-College at UC Riverside 

UC Riverside's TRIO Pre-College programs motivate, encourage and equip low-income and potential first-generation college students as they enroll in, persist at, and graduate from a postsecondary institution. Available to students of select Riverside and San Bernardino County high schools, TRIO program participants receive free services including academic tutoring, mentorship, financial guidance, application assistance and fun enrichment activities that improve educational access and retention.

Funded by the United States Department of Education, TRIO Pre-College has been at UCR since 1998 and provides services to over 800 students at 14 schools in the Banning, Colton, Rialto,  Riverside and San Bernardino areas. Our TRIO Pre-College programs are Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound (Classic, Oasis, Rialto/Colton Joint). 

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Educational Talent Search (ETS)

Educational Talent Search at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) is offered at Arroyo Valley, Indian Springs, Pacific and San Bernardino High Schools. To apply, fill out the form linked below and give it to the ETS contact at your high school or email it to Alma Lopez at or fax to (951) 827-4762.

  • ETS Free Services

    One-on-One Academic Advising

    ETS counselors meet with participants and review their transcripts to ensure that they are taking classes that fulfill the entrance requirements set by the University of California and the California State University systems. 

    College Campus Visits & Cultural Activities

    During the academic year, participants will have the opportunity to visit and tour colleges in or around Southern California. They will also have the opportunity to participate in cultural activities that will help to expand their interactions outside of their immediate living area. Transportation and other expenses are paid for by Educational Talent Search.

    Assistance with College Admissions & Financial Aid Applications

    Counselors offer assistance when parents/participants fill out college admission and financial aid forms. Counselors also remind participants about important deadlines (SAT/ACT, college admissions, financial aid, etc.).

    Summer Programs

    ETS offers its participants two opportunities to participate in a summer residential program. Both programs allow participants the chance to experience "college life" by living in the UCR residence halls. Summer Residential Program (SRP) is a three-day residential program where rising sophomores and juniors receive supplemental support in Math and English, in addition to workshops focused on college admissions and study skill development. Senior Seminar (SS) is a three-day residential program for rising seniors. The program will introduce the college application process to our participants making sure they are aware of each step necessary as they complete college and financial aid applications. Members from various UCR departments will provide presentations for both programs. In addition, participants take part in various extracurricular/team building activities. 


    ETS works closely with school sites to ensure that students' tutoring needs are being met by the provided school site resources, and also provides referrals to educational services.


  • Participating High Schools

    Arroyo Valley High School
    School Contact: Mrs. Alvarez, Counseling

    Indian Springs High School 
    School Contact: Mr. Kelly, Career Center

    Pacific High School
    School Contact: Mrs. Lindsay, Career Center

    San Bernardino High School
    School Contact: Mrs. Knick, Career Center

    San Gorgonio High School
    School Contact: Mrs. Jackson, Counseling

  • Eligibility

    To be eligible for ETS, you must:

    • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
    • Be considered low-income per federal income guidelines and/or neither one of your parents/guardians have a college degree.
    • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in academic classes.
    • Be interested in pursuing a higher education.
    • Attend one of the following high schools served by UCR ETS:
      • Attend one of our participating high schools


  • Questions? Contact us

    900 University Ave
    2210A Student Services Building
    900 University Ave.
    Riverside, CA 92521

    ATTN: Educational Talent Search
    (951) 827-7863

Upward Bound programs

The University of California, Riverside (UCR) has three Upward Bound programs (UB Classic, UB Oasis, UB Rialto/Colton Joint) which serve nine high schools in the Banning, Colton, Rialto, and Riverside areas. To receive a copy of the application, please complete the Interest Form

Interest Form

  • UB Free Services
    UB Free Services

    One-on-One Academic Advising
    UB counselors meet with participants and review their transcript to make sure they are taking classes that fulfill the entrance requirements set by the University of California and the California State University systems. Counselors also remind participants about important deadlines (SAT/ACT, college admissions, financial aid, etc.), and offer assistance when parents/ participants fill out college admission and financial aid forms.

    After School Tutoring/Study Hall
    UCR college students provide free tutoring after school once a week at all participating high schools.

    Saturday Sessions
    On select Saturdays, participants receive tutoring, supplemental instruction in Math and English, information on career options and higher education, and participate in cultural activities. Test prep for the SAT is available for our current juniors. Seniors also participate in a special seminar to prepare them for the college admission and financial aid processes. Includes morning snacks and lunch.

    College Campus Visits
    During the academic year, participants tour colleges in and around Southern California.

    Cultural Activities
    UB takes participants on educational field trips around Southern California. UB covers the cost of food, admission, and transportation.

    Northern California Tour
    In the summer, a select group of rising senior participants go on a three-day trip through Northern California for college tours and cultural activities. UB covers the cost of food, lodging, transportation, and trip fees.

    Summer Program
    During this intensive 6-week program, participants experience college life and take academic enrichment courses to prepare them for challenging high school courses. For four weeks, participants are bused from their high schools to UC Riverside for class (Monday through Thursday). Fridays are reserved for activities and field trips. For two weeks, participants live in the residence halls. A stipend is provided to program participants.

  • Participating High Schools
    Participating High Schools

    UB Classic provides services to selected students from:

    • Moreno Valley High School
    • Perris High School
    • Rubidoux High School

    UB Oasis provides services to selected students from:

    • Banning High School
    • Norte Vista High School
    • Ramona High School

    UB Rialto/Colton Joint (RCJ) provides services to selected students from:

    • Bloomington High School
    • Colton High School
    • Eisenhower High School
  • Eligibility

    Interested in applying?

    Be sure that you:

    • Attend a participating high school
    • Are a freshman or sophomore
    • Are interested in pursuing a higher education
    • Have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 in academic classes
    • Are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
    • Are considered low-income* and/or a potential first-generation college student (meaning neither parent has a bachelor’s degree)

    * The federal government determines qualifying low-income levels. To learn more visit here.

  • Questions? Contact us

    Questions? Contact us

    CLASSIC—Moreno Valley, Perris, and Rubidoux high school students contact:
    Hector Navarrete
    (951) 255-1582

    OASIS—Banning, Norte Vista, and Ramona high school students contact:
    Rudy Curiel
    (951) 255-1523

    RCJ—Bloomington, Colton, and Eisenhower high school students contact:
    Ashley Allen
    (951) 202-5461

Why TRIO Matters 

  • Why TRIO Matters

    The United States must boost its academic and economic competitiveness globally. In order to foster and maintain a healthy economy and compete globally, the United States needs a strong, highly educated, competent workforce. To be on par with other nations, the country needs students, no matter their background, who are academically prepared and motivated to achieve success.

    Low-income students are being left behind. Only 38% of low-income high school seniors go straight to college as compared to 81% of their peers in the highest income quartile. Then, once enrolled in college, low-income students earn bachelor's degrees at a rate that is less than half of that of their high-income peers: 21% as compared with 45%.

    The growing achievement gap in our country is detrimental to our success as a nation. There is a tremendous gap in educational attainment between America's highest and lowest income students - despite similar talents and potential. While there are numerous talented and worthy low-income students, relatively few are represented in higher education, particularly at America's more selective four-year colleges and universities. While nearly 67% of high-income, highly-qualified students enroll in four-year colleges, only 47% of low-income, highly-qualified students enroll. Even more startling, 77% of the least-qualified, high-income students go on to college, while roughly the same proportion of the most-qualified low-income students that go on to college. 

  • How TRIO Started

    The TRIO programs were the first national college access and retention programs to address the serious social and cultural barriers to education in America. TRIO began as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty. The Educational Opportunity Act of 1964 established an experimental program known as Upward Bound. Then, in 1965, the Higher Education Act created Talent Search. Finally, another program, Special Services for Disadvantaged Students (later known as Student Support Services), was launched in 1968.

    Together, this trio of federally-funded programs encouraged access to higher education for low-income students. By 1998, the TRIO programs had become a vital pipeline to opportunity, serving traditional students, displaced workers and veterans. The original three programs had grown to eight, adding Educational Opportunity Centers in 1972, Training Program for Federal TRIO programs in 1976, the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program in 1986, Upward Bound Math/Science in 1990 and the TRIO Dissemination Partnership in 1998. Finally, the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2001 amended the Student Support Services (SSS) program to permit the use of program funds for direct financial assistance (Grant Aid) for current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants.

    Over the years, the TRIO Programs have been expanded and improved to provide a wider range of services and reach more students who need assistance. Now, more than 850,000 low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities from sixth grade through college graduation are served by more than 2,800 programs across the nation. 

  • National TRIO Websites