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Student College and Career Preparation

CREATE houses UC San Diego’s Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) and TRIO Outreach Programs. We also support campus and community partners in designing student-centered learning programs through the CSSI STEM Outreach events.

If you'd like to discuss how your own outreach effort might be shaped to have the most impact on student college and career  success, or evaluated for its impact on students, email Mica Pollock, CREATE Director (, or Susan Yonezawa, Associate Director (

Preparing for College and Beyond


The Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) at UC San Diego provides a host of pre-college services to increase the eligibility of low-income, first-generation college-bound students for admission to the post-secondary institution of their choice (UC, CSU and community college campuses). The program currently serves more than 3,000 students at 16 high schools in San Diego and Imperial counties.

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TRIO Outreach Programs at UC San Diego prepare San Diego area students to successfully complete high school, transition to the college of their choice and succeed in graduating with a two-year, four-year or vocational/technical degree. TRIO Outreach Programs are targeted to low-income, first generation students who aspire to attend college immediately after high school graduation.

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CREATE STEM Success Initiative STEM Outreach events target K-12 future first-generation college applicants and their families through hands-on STEM learning events that address disparities in STEM diversity and provide adequate exposure opportunities and explorations of career paths in STEM at an early age.

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CREATE-Supported UC San Diego Student Outreach

CREATE supports courses, programs, and informal student-led outreach efforts across campus that get UC San Diego students into the San Diego education community and informal outreach efforts designed by UC San Diego students.

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Recent Outreach Spotlight


CREATE linked UC San Diego faculty, staff and campus resources to the “Be Your Story!” African-American Achievement Summit for San Diego Unified School District high school students. The day-long event was designed to inform and inspire students as they prepare for and transition to post-secondary life.

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CREATE STEM Outreach partnered with UC San Diego's Qualcomm Institute at CalIT2, the San Diego Nanotechnology Institute and Jacobs School of Engineering for an exciting STEM event on campus to inform and inspire hundreds of students from underserved local high schools.

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