COP Programs

College Opportunity Programs


The College Opportunity Programs are made up of several programs, each specializing in helping students reach their higher education aspirations.

Educational Talent Search

The UC Davis Educational Talent Search (ETS) program is a federally funded TRIO program that seeks to assist low-income, first generation students in Sacramento, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Tehama and Yolo Counties. The goal of the program is to provide services that assist students in completing secondary school and enrolling in postsecondary institutions.


GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federal program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. GEAR UP provides federal funding for 213 state and partnership grants serving over 748,000 low-income students in 48 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Palau and Puerto Rico. The goal of the program is to significantly increase the number of low-income middle and high school students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. 

Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a Federal TRIO program designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary for success in postsecondary education. Our focus is on high school students who are potential first generation college students. The University of California, Davis Upward Bound Project has been in operation since 1968. We offer Upward Bound programs in SacramentoShastaSiskiyou and Solano Counties.

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