Pre-College Institute

Supporting San Diego Schools

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 three existing federally funded programs (Talent Search, Upward Bound Classic, and Upward Bound STAR/Classic) to serve underrepresented students and their teachers in low-income neighborhoods. 

Our Programs 


Pathways Service Learning Tutoring

SDSU students provide in-class and after school support in math, science, and reading classrooms in 18 partner schools in San Diego.
Build community, earn course credit, and give back. We have paid work-study, limited paid and volunteer positions available each semester. 

 Talent Search

Talent Search

Advisors work with students from 8 high schools to prepare for college. Talent Search students participate in career exploration, college visits, and assistance during financial aid and college application process.

Upward Bound 

Upward Bound/HCOP

Counselors provide support to participants in preparation for college entrance. In addition to academic advising, tutoring, and assistance with college applications, students attend monthly college prep workshops. Students participate in a Six-Week Summer Experience at SDSU.

Contact Us 

Pre-College Institute
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-1103