About the SDSU Pre-College Institute

The SDSU Pre-College Institute (PCI) promotes college access and completion for underserved students, implements innovative programs to enhance excellence in teaching and learning in multicultural settings, and studies their outcomes. Founded in 1983, by our Executive Director Dr. Cynthia Park, PCI provides an invaluable service to our communities’ multicultural low-income, underrepresented, and underserved students. Our goal at PCI is to extend an invitation to life to our students, and to support them as they make their way through the K-career pipeline. Using multiple grants and sources of funding, PCI has implemented a variety  of ongoing programs and initiatives to achieve that mission. 

PCI Mission and Values

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We believe

The faculty and staff of PCI believe that students can achieve their potential by enrolling in and completing a postsecondary program of their choice. Through multiple federally funded grants, our students receive academic advising, mentoring, personal and financial counseling, personalized college preparation, summer supplemental instruction, and tutorial assistance throughout their high school career.

The institute, operating from the university’s historic strength in teacher education and its proximity to Mexico, works closely with parents, principals, school counselors, teachers, and SDSU undergraduates to decrease the achievement gap between high- and low-performing schools. The institute supports continuous growth of its faculty and staff through a systematic professional development program.

Building Partnerships 

PCI works with schools across San Diego as a part of the early-outreach, college-access programs. Here are the schools we work with an which programs fund them:

Grossmont Unified School District: El Cajon Valley High School (UB STAR), Mount Miguel High School (UB Classic).

Sweetwater High School District: Castle Park High School (UB Classic, Educational Talent Search), Mar Vista High School (UB Classic), Southwest High School (UB Classic, Educational Talent Search), Montgomery High School (Educational Talent Search).

San Diego Unified School District: Crawford High School, (UB STAR, Educational Talent Search), Hoover High School (UB STAR, Educational Talent Search), Lincoln High School (Talent Search Mentoring), Morse High School (UB Classic, Educational Talent Search), San Diego High- Business and Leadership (UB STAR), San Diego High- Science and Technology (UB STAR), Twain High School (Educational Talent Search- Crawford site), Twain High School (Talent Search Mentoring- Morse site), O'Farrell High School (Talent Search Mentoring).

Middle Schools: Clark, Mann, O'Farrell Charter, Wilson (Educational Talent Search). Bell (Talent Search Mentoring). 

The institute also offers services through its partnerships with the Hoover Community Connection, College Avenue Compact, Sweetwater Compact for Success, the Division of Faculty Advancement and Student Success, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, the Colleges of Engineering, Health and Human Services, Sciences, and the UCSD School of Medicine.

Additionally, PCI's Pathways to Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics maintains strong partnering relationships with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships that provide current SDSU students with a service-learning opportunity to work as in-class and afterschool tutors at our partner school sites. Tutors enroll in Education 201 and/or Teacher Education 362 and/or GEN S 280. These courses help them to apply course knowledge and to reflect on their field experiences that deepen their knowledge and growth as individuals.