Housed within the Division of Undergraduate Education, Student Success Initiatives (SSI) aim to provide students the personal, academic, and professional support and development to thrive and succeed at UCI and beyond. SSI is a learning community that empowers students to be productive and engaged in their academic careers and personal endeavors.

Student Success Initiatives is committed to:

  • Supporting students with their successful college transitions.
  • Increasing student awareness of the skills needed to be successful at the university.
  • Increasing student academic and social self-confidence.
  • Informing students of campus resources.

SSI is dedicated to serving and assisting the following student populations:

  • First-Generation Students
  • Low-Income Students
  • Students with Dependents
  • Post-traditional Students/Adult Learners
  • Current/Former Foster Youth
  • Students who are Undocumented
  • International Students
  • Transfer Students
  • Students with Disabilities

Student Success Initiatives (SSI) is equatable to Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at UC Irvine. Historically, SSI started off as TRIO Student Support Services with a mission to serve historically marginalized, low-income and disabled students. In 2010 UCI lost the TRIO SSS federal grant, but floated the programs and services. The office was formally rebranded as Student Success Initiatives in 2015, as it had grown to incorporate traditional EOP based programs such as services for current & former foster youth, student parents, CalWorks, Bridge, transfer services and regained the TRIO SSS grant. SSI has always maintained its mission to serve historically underrepresented, low-income and disabled students and is recognized campus wide as the equivalent of EOP at UCI. 

The following programs are Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) certified:

The following program supports current & former foster youth at UC Irvine and is equivalent to a Guardian Scholars Program:

Foster Youth Resilience in Education (FYRE) Scholars Program is a support program in the University of California, Irvine that offers educational assistance and support services to current and former foster youth. FYRE Scholars increases the college completion rate and employability of scholars. FYRE is equivalent to a Guardian Scholars Program just rebranded as FYRE Scholars Program. Click here to learn more about FYRE's CalFresh Eligibility.