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Talent Search Program

The 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 postsecondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assist participant with the postsecondary application process. 


The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assists participants with the postsecondary application process. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.




Academic Advisors are assigned to each school site to assist students with the following:

• Academic counseling
• General guidance
• Exploration of career options
• SAT/ACT test information
• College visits
• Assistance with college applications
• Financial aid information/assistance with financial aid application
• Guidance in postsecondary choices
• Career awareness: individual counseling • Motivational/informational group sessions • Academic tutoring


Eligibility Criteria

• Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
• Have potential to pursue postsecondary education
• 2/3 of students have to be low-income and first generation college students
• 1/3 of students can be either low-income, first generation, or neither
• Must demonstrate a need for the program


Contact Us

Talent Search Advising Office

San Diego State University

Professional Studies & Fine Arts (PSFA) Building, Room 141D
Telephone: (619) 594-8222
Fax: (619) 594-7821




The contents of this webpage were developed under grants from the Department of Education. However, the content does not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. The Talent Search Program is 100% federally funded at $321,093 annually.


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Talent Search has been a great support for me throughout the years. I became part of the program in my junior year in high school and they worked with me with dedication and perseverance to make sure I got accepted to a university. My GPA was a 1.3 in my junior year when I met them and I graduated in my senior year with a 3.5. I got accepted to San Diego State University. Without Talent Search most likely I would have not been able to achieve my goals. As a college student, Talent Search, supports me everyday with my struggles and they advise me efficiently. Today, I am working as a student assistant for Talent Search and I have the opportunity to give back what they gave me. Thanks Talent Search!"


Fabian Escobedo, Talent Search Alumnus


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