CSUDH Educational Partnerships Programs


CSUDH GEAR UPGaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP)
GEAR UP is a federally funded program designed to elevate the academic achievement, college attendance, and graduation rates of first-generation, low-income, underrepresented, and underserved students. GEAR UP works in partnership with educational and community institutions to provide students and families with one-on-one and group advising, academic and tutoring support, college and career exploration opportunities, skill building workshops, enrichment programs, college visits, and educational field trips. CSUDH GEAR UP currently serves the high school graduating class of 2024 attending middles schools in the Hawthorne School District.

Male Success Alliance (MSA)

CSUDH Male Success AllianceThe mission of the Male Success Alliance (MSA) is to improve access, retention and graduation rates of young men of color through academic support, professional development and mentoring. We believe that through brotherhood, integrity and perseverance we can positively impact every life we encounter. MSA is an initiative focused on improving the educational and social outcomes of middle school, high school and college students. Fueled by the notions of consciousness, competence and commitment our program goals are to:
1. Create a college-going, college staying and college graduating culture
2. Close the achievement gap between male and female counterparts
3. Increase success via college preparation, access and participation
4. Focus on student persistence and retention
5. Build partnerships and strengthen collaborations with K-12 schools, community colleges, community-based organizations, faith-based institutions and families.

Student Support Services (SSS)

csudh student support servicesStudent Support Services, also known as SSS is a federally funded TRIO program under the U.S. Department of Education. Our program is designed to support the academic and personal needs of 160 eligible CSU Dominguez Hills students. The mission of the SSS is to increase the retention and graduation rates of first generation, low income students, former foster youth and students with disabilities. Program participants are offered an array of services to ensure a smooth transition to CSUDH as well as ongoing support towards the successful completion of their postsecondary education.

Upward Bound Program (UB)

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The TRIO- Upward Bound Program (UB) at California State University Dominguez Hills offers a wide network of support services that help ensure academic and personal success for 125 first-generation, low-income students from Carson, Gardena, Hawthorne, and Leuzinger high schools. Upward Bound is designed to increase high school retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students. The program also strives to enhance participants’ potential for acceptance and graduation of four-year universities and professional schools. UB is part of the federally funded TRIO programs that help disadvantaged students overcome environmental, cultural, and academic barriers to higher education.

Upward Bound Math Science Center (UBMS)

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The TRiO Upward Bound Math Science Center (UBMS) is a federally funded program hosted by California State University-Dominguez Hills, that prepares low-income and first-generation high school students to pursue degrees and careers in math and science. We work to elevate students who have an interest in and talent for science, technology, engineering and math through intensive instruction, hands-on experiences and opportunities to learn from professional mathematicians and scientists in a variety of fields. The UBMS Program offers an academic-year component and a summer residential component. Students are required to participate in both components from freshman through senior year.

Talent Search

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The Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assists participants with the postsecondary application process. Talent Search also encourages individuals who have not completed educational programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.

Veterans Resource Center


The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) assists military veterans, service members and dependents in successfully navigating their college experience. We provide advisors, mentors, academic workshops and holistic personal and professional development opportunities to help students’ transition to the university. We believe veterans possess unique abilities and characteristics that when nourished will help them succeed inside and outside of the classroom regardless of their age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, physical or mental abilities.