Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

College Access

OMA&D College Access works with over 21,000 students, 109 districts, 182 schools and 13 community colleges across the state of Washington. Kindergarten through community college students find programs that inspire them to pursue higher education, prepare for college and explore careers, and gain admission to the University of Washington.*  See this map for a geographical view of our reach.


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.