Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

College Access

OMA&D College Access serves over 25,000 students, 84 school districts, 145 schools and 17 two-year colleges across the state of Washington. Beginning in middle school, students find programs that inspire them to pursue higher education, prepare for college and explore careers, and gain admission to the University of Washington.* View this map for a geographical view of our reach.

Educational Talent Search

High school students in TRiO's 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

Educational Talent Search

Ida B. Wells High School

Ida B. Wells

  • 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

Ida B. Wells

Math Science Upward Bound

Students in Math Science Upward Bounds

  • 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


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



Students in 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


Upward Bound

Students in Upward Bound

  • One of the Department of Education TRIO programs
  • Serves students in Seattle’s Chief Sealth, Cleveland, and Franklin High school, as well as Kent Meridian High School in the Kent School District
  • One-on-one and small group tutoring and homework help in math and language arts
  • Academic advising and college planning assistance
  • Individualized help with college applications, financial aid applications, and scholarship applications
  • PSAT and SAT preparation classes
  • Six-week Summer Academy on the UW campus

Upward Bound

Washington MESA

MESA Students

  • 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

Washington MESA

*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.