Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

Pre-College & Recruitment

Students in grades K-12 find programs that inspire them to pursue higher education, prepare for college and explore careers, and gain admission to the University of Washington.*


Educational Talent Search

    • A U.S. Department of Education TRiO program.
    • Serves students in 6th–12th grade in Skagit, Snohomish, and Yakima counties
    • College readiness activities including academic, career, and financial counseling

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GEAR UP Educator Development Initiative

    • Fosters college awareness and readiness for low-income middle and high school students by providing programs targeted to educators who serve GEAR UP students and their families
    • Encourages dialogue and collaboration among educators
    • Provides information about current research and best practices

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Ida B. Wells High School

    • Alternative high school instruction on the UW campus for up to 40 students
    • Diverse, multicultural curriculum uses a coordinated studies approach to learning
    • Contact 206-685-3476

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Math Science Upward Bound

    • A U.S. Department of Education TRiO program.
    • Serves students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at Seattle’s Chief Sealth, Cleveland and Franklin high schools
    • College planning, financial aid and scholarship applications
    • Career exploration workshops, field trips and cultural activities
    • Six-week summer program on the UW campus for qualified high school students

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Multicultural Outreach and Recruitment

Recruitment and Outreach

  • Connects with students and families on-site at high schools, college fairs, and community gatherings throughout Washington state
  • Sponsors UW campus visits and events
  • Meets with students about admissions procedures, scholarships and financial aid

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RISE UP GEAR UP

    • Serves middle and high school students in Yakima, Skagit and Klickitat counties
    • Educational and career planning
    • Mentoring, tutoring, and test preparation
    • Program Highlights

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Upward Bound

    • A U.S. Department of Education TRiO program.
    • Serves high school students at Seattle’s Chief Sealth, Cleveland, Franklin Nathan Hale high schools
    • College planning, financial aid and scholarship applications
    • WASL, PSAT, SAT, and ACT test preparation workshops
    • Six-week summer program on the UW campus for qualified high school students

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Washington MESA

    • Serves K-14 students throughout the state of Washington
    • Builds a pathway to college and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
    • Offers academic plans, SAT/PSAT preparation, study skills training, career and college exploration, parent leadership development and teacher training opportunities
    • Hands-on math and science competitions at local and regional levels

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*These programs serve students who are from low-income families or who have experienced hardships, students who will be the first in their family to graduate from a four-year college, underrepresented minority students, and students who were deprived of an adequate education due to poverty or discrimination.