TRIO Scholars


The TRIO SCHOLARS Program at UCI – Student Support Services – is a federally funded TRIO Program. Funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, Student Support Services provides opportunities aimed at enhancing students’ academic development, assisting students with their academic progress, and motivating students towards the successful completion of their post-secondary education. UCI was recently awarded funding by the U.S. Department of Education in September of 2015. TRIO SCHOLARS at UCI (SSS) is funded at $220,000+ annually.

Housed within Student Transition Services in the Division of Undergraduate Education, TRIO SCHOLARS offers approximately 140 participants academic, social, personal, and career advising and support from orientation until graduation. Participation is based on eligibility requirements.


  • The mission of the TRIO SCHOLARS Program is to increase the retention and graduation rates of its student participants, and to guide and motivate students towards their transition from one level of higher education to the next.

    TRIO SCHOLARS provides participating students a personal guide and a roadmap to success in order for them to achieve their personal goals and to maximize their academic and post-graduation success.


  • The TRIO SCHOLARS staff is committed to providing initiatives and opportunities that validates each student’s unique experience and nurtures both students’ sense of belonging and their vision of hope. Through academic workshops, one-on-one and group advising, tutoring, and referrals to campus resources, we strive to inform and motivate students through graduation and beyond, with an eye towards a first job or admission into graduate or professional school.


  • TRIO SCHOLARS students are assigned a Personal Guide (PG) who is a counselor within Student Transition Services upon entering the program. Your counselor will be able to assist you in your transition to UCI and in your own personal development, career exploration, and graduate school preparation and planning.

    Your Personal Guide will also be able to help each participant in creating their Roadmap to Success


  • New participating students will be provided an Individualized Education Plan – a Roadmap to Success – that will assist them in achieving their academic goals. Ultimately, the Roadmap will provide them with a checklist of opportunities to take advantage of and a timeline of services that you should utilize by specific dates throughout each year.

Personal Guides will meet at least twice a year with each participant to review the roadmap and assess your study habits, coursework completion, knowledge of academic performance, and contact with faculty.
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