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  • Students in science class
  • Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)
  • Talent Search
  • Students visit UCSD
  • Pathway Tutors


The Pathways Office as part of the Pre-College Institute is hosts Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)2 Exploration Day yearly to 150-200 low-income middle school students.

Upward Bound/Health Careers Opportunity Program

Support and training for admissions to a professional health program

Talent Search/Health Careers Opportunity Program

An academic outreach program to enhance early college preparedness and awareness

Upward Bound/HCOP Summer Residential Program

In 2014, Upward Bound/HCOP students had a 100% college-going rate


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    Who we are

    Since 1983, the SDSU Pre-College Institute has setup partnerships between federally funded TRIO programs, public schools and academic departments/research units at the University.  The Institute has integrated five existing federally funded programs (Talent Search, Upward Bound Classic, Upward Bound STAR, GEAR UP and HCOP) to serve underrepresented students and their teachers in low-income neighborhoods.

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    Pre-College Institute

    San Diego State University

    San Diego, CA 92182-1103


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