The University of California's K–16 programs prepare California students, including those who are first-generation college-goers or socioeconomically disadvantaged and those for whom English is a second language, for postsecondary education and for graduate and professional school opportunities, as well as success in the workplace.

A summary of UC's largest direct-service and online programs are provided below. Explore additional programs and partnerships.

Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP)

EAOP helps students at underserved schools prepare for college and the workforce, complete all UC and CSU admissions requirements, and apply for college and financial aid. EAOP also guides families by showing them how to navigate complex college preparation processes.

Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)

MESA helps underserved and underrepresented students achieve success in STEM studies and careers. MESA serves students across the educational pathway through its college prep, community college and university-level programs.


The Puente Project's mission is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees and return to the community as mentors and leaders to future generations.

California Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

California GEAR UP supports low-income students in developing the skills to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The program's services begin when students are in middle school and continue through their high school graduation.

Transcript Evaluation Service (TES)

TES is a data tool for evaluating high-school transcripts, to help students achieve UC and CSU eligibility. The system, developed at the UC Office of the President, uses a proprietary algorithm to check students' progress toward "a-g" course completion.

Transfer Prep

Transfer Prep increases opportunities for community college students to transfer to four-year postsecondary institutions. Academic advisers provide guidance and support to prospective transfer students.

Transfer Student Support

In addition to Transfer Prep, UC's K–16 programs help community colleges and community college students reach their transfer goals through online repositories, reports and articulation agreements maintained between the California Community Colleges (CCC), CSU and UC systems.

UC Scout

With a focus on access to rigorous curriculum, UC Scout provides students, teachers and schools with 65 online A-G and Advanced Placement courses. All California public school students and teachers have free use of UC Scout Basic courses.