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DREAM Scholars is a collaborative program between the Student Success Initiatives and the DREAM Center at UCI. Our mission is to provide students with undocumented immigration status the academic guidance and social support necessary to ensure their educational and personal success. Our primary goal is to promote the holistic development of students by connecting them with campus and community resources, helping them build community, and providing them with tools to achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals. We want our students to thrive at UCI and beyond.


Empower: Encourage students to view themselves as active agents, and embrace their personal power to lead self-authored lives

Support: Promote the holistic development of students with undocumented immigration status by:

  • Connecting them with campus and community resources
  • Fostering a sense of belonging through intentional programming and services 
  • Equipping them with tools to achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals


We use a holistic, solution-focused, and strengths-based approach to support students thrive at UCI.

Socio-Emotional & Mental Health


Community Building

Access a community of undocumented students 

Counseling Sessions

One-on-one personalized advising sessions

Workshops & Events

Quarterly academic and enrichment workshops

Campus Resources

Resource referrals to key campus partners  

Free Loan Services

Students will have access to a book, i-clicker, and Chromebook loan services via the Gateway Initiatives 

Academic Success Suppport

Access to LARC Tutorial scholarships and Writing Tutors


First Year Exclusives

Peer mentoring and quarterly seminar for incoming freshmen and transfers

Graduation Recognition

Graduation recognition stole and invitation to our SSI Graduation Celebration


*Previously known as the DREAM Seminar

Our Resilience, Empowerment & Mentorship (REM) Scholars Course is a year-long opportunity open to all new students in our program. This 1.3 unit quarterly course aims to create an environment in which undocumented students learn how to build relationships and community as well as how to sustain them. We create a safe and receptive space for students to engage in dialogue about their immigrant identities, discuss issues relating to their health and wellness, engage in professional development opportunities, and gain skills that will enable their academic success as they complete their first year at UCI.


Must be an undocumented undergraduate student enrolled at UCI. The recruitment and selection process takes place during the summer. Applications for 2021-2022 are now closed. Please contact our Program Counselor/Coordinator, Blanca villagob@uci.edu, for more information.