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Early Academic Outreach Program

The Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) is an academic preparation program established in 1976 by the University of California to expand postsecondary education opportunities for California’s educationally disadvantaged students. UCLA EAOP works with students to help them become competitively eligible applicants for college admission, going beyond minimum eligibility. EAOP works collaboratively with families, educators, schools, communities, and various campus departments to provide pre-college students with challenging academic enrichment activities to promote and cultivate a college-going culture. EAOP is one of the state’s most successful pre-collegiate student academic development programs. UCLA EAOP works with over 15,000 students in middle school and high school each year. This includes working with 81 schools in 10 school districts. Since 1991, approximately 60% of EAOP seniors meet UC eligibility each year, 82% attend a postsecondary institution upon high school graduation and 62% attend a 4-year institution, with 25% attending a UC school.

EAOP for Middle School


Bruin Advisors

EAOP hires UCLA undergraduates to work as Bruin Advisors (BAs). BAs provide direct service to our EAOP high school participants. Alongside EAOP full-time staff, BAs provide academic advising, deliver college presentations, and provide students with support during college application season.

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Destination College Advising Corps

UCLA’s Early Academic Outreach Program, EAOP, is honored to work alongside the College Advising Corps, focusing on the path to higher education with its very own branch. UCLA’s Destination College Advising Corps (DCAC) works to increase the opportunities and resources provided to first generation, low income, and underrepresented students who enter and complete higher education. DCAC adopts a near peer learning model by placing well-trained recent college graduates as full time college advisors in our 28 partner high schools, supplementing the work of college counselors. Using Key Performance Indicators, CAC is able to track student results which helps the program to continually transform and adapt to our students.

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EAOP's Core Services

EAOP has made college a reality for thousands of students in schools with historically low college-going rates by offering a proven combination of services.

Academic Advising

Academic Advising is the cornerstone of EAOP. The advising component includes support for student in completing the requisite A-G set of courses. Educators and advisers conduct real-time analysis of the steps students need to take to become competitive applicants.

Academic Enrichment

The goal of EAOP enrichment activities is to provide students access to program/activities that they would otherwise not experience. These are leadership and learning activities that will expose students to a college setting or facilitate other enrichment goals.

College Knowledge

College knowledge activities are intended to show students and their families the value of a college education and how to prepare. Examples include financial aid and scholarship workshops, college application workshops, competitive applicant workshops and campus tours.

Financial Aid

Working with students to educate them about financial aid is one of EAOP’s most significant roles. Once students understand the basics, EAOP staff members will help them fill out the application and guide them in understanding their award letters in the spring of their senior year.

Family & Community Engagement

EAOP will provide information and resources to families and community-based organizations (CBOs) to support participants in their college preparation efforts. In addition, EAOP will encourage families and CBOs to engage in activities and services that will enhance their knowledge about highly selective institutions. Activities include workshops and invitations to our Parent Ambassador Program and annual Parent College Conference.