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Student Experience

Since 1976, EAOP has helped hundreds of thousands of students prepare for college by offering them academic, and practical financial guidance and tools. It has provided high schools and middle schools with whole-school services and workshops. It has provided parents with knowledge about college preparation and affordability they may not have otherwise learned.


"Applying to college seemed like the thing to do because all my classmates who were also a part of EAOP were doing it. I just knew that once I was in, I wanted to take advantage of all the opportunities and really enjoy what college had to offer. My EAOP coordinator was very accessible and it made talking about my plans for the future easy. I felt that my coordinator genuinely cared about my well being. I didn't receive such guidance from others." Julie Tran, Skyline High School, Oakland

"EAOP is the reason why I became competitively eligible and got accepted to UC Berkeley. I think I would have gone to college no matter what; I had good grades. But what really got me accepted to Berkeley was the fact that I was a well-rounded student. I would not have known that I needed to participate in extracurricular activities if it were not for the advice of EAOP instructors and fellow students." Mari Bandoma, San Leandro High School

"It was more like having a friend and a mentor-someone who was there to assist, to counsel and to offer advice whenever I was in need. Not long ago I crossed paths with my high school mentor, Yadira, and we talked about how school was coming along. It was great to know that she still remembered me." Yesenia Casillas, Bassett Senior High School, La Puente

"In addition to helping me gain the confidence necessary to believe that not only did I belong at a campus like UC Berkeley, EAOP and my EAOP counselor helped me believe that with guidance, persistence, and focus, I could succeed. Once I got to Berkeley, despite how difficult college proved to be, I knew that failure was not an option." Claudia Canizales, Mt. Eden High School, Hayward


"I don't know where my life would have been without EAOP helping me. My EAOP advisers were role models, supporters, mentors and advisers. They made me work hard and didn't take any excuses. They encouraged me to always excel more." Guadalupe SantoyoMt. Eden High SchoolHayward

The Pre-College Academy (PCA) is a six-week college-preparatory summer program hosted by the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) at the University of California, Berkeley. For over 25 years, PCA has provided intensive academic enrichment for EAOP students from partner high schools in the Bay Area. Students like Hayley Preston are going back to school more prepared than ever. 


"Without EAOP I think I would have attended a community college and would have gotten confused in the mayhem of trying to transfer out. Because of EAOP, I was given the chance to apply to the University of California and was accepted to UCLA. I am glad that they gave me the knowledge and assistance I needed in order to apply." Jose Corado, John C. Fremont High School, Los Angeles

"When I was a freshman in high school, I went on a field trip to Cal State Northridge and it turned my life around. I'd never been on a college campus, other than to the arena to watch a basketball game, but when I stepped onto that campus and saw students who were truly celebrating education, I knew I had to be part of that. My EAOP adviser knew that I was lagging behind. He provided academic advising, got me enrolled in summer school and got me started making up the courses I would need to go to college. By the time I had graduated from high school, I had a 3.5 GPA and was accepted at UC Santa Cruz." Keith Curry, Venice High School

"EAOP and other academic preparation programs can open doors, and broaden horizons to the future. They empower students to see other ways of achieving goals, to take advantage of opportunities, to expand and rethink what their goals are." Akil Koyaki Khalfani, Los Angeles High School