Utah’s higher education institutions, in partnership with public schools and community partners, provide numerous resources, student outreach initiatives, and academic support programs for low-income, first generation, and historically underrepresented students.
The Program Search is a resource tool that aids students, parents, families, and educators in locating programs and services offered within a specific school or region. As each of our institutions of higher education has a unique mission, these programs/resources/initiatives vary in name, scope, and service. However, they all provide services and support which increase the access, personal development, and potential for academic success of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
We suggest you check this search tool often, as programs are continually added and changed. It can increase your awareness of available resources and aid you in making connections with programs of interest to you.
- Access and Diversity Centers
- Access and Diversity and/or Multicultural Centers provide a home away from home for our underserved students and allow them to connect with students who are like them and provide leadership and social opportunities for them to embrace their background and cultural norms. Additionally, these centers provide academic resources to support the success, achievement, and degree completion of underserved student populations.
- Financial Aid
- Institutions have financial aid and scholarship opportunities for individuals from diverse, underserved and historically underrepresented populations.
- Summer Bridge Programs
- These summer options provide academic support with the purpose of providing students the opportunity to get a head start in college. These programs are some of the more successful attempts to prepare underserved students to meet the academic and social challenges they will face as they matriculate fully into postsecondary education.
- GEAR UP
- GEAR UP is an acronym for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. It is a federal discretionary seven-year grant program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Services assist low-income students in order to help them successfully graduate from high school, as well as prepare for, enroll in, and succeed in their first year of college.
- Federal TRIO Programs
- The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO serves and assists low-income individuals, first generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education. TRIO programs in Utah include: Talent Search, Upward Bound, Veterans Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement (Westminster College only).
- Outreach Services (Recruiting & Retaining)
- These are intentional services aimed to increase college preparation, participation and completion for underrepresented students who are traditionally non-college bound that strive to meet the mutual needs of the university, public school system and community. These services include pre-college programs, K-16 pipeline partnerships, advising, and targeted recruitment and retention activities.
- Institutional Initiatives
- These initiatives are often times determined by the institution’s mission, its community, and sometimes targets a special student population. Initiatives range from programs and services directly for certain populations, rural communities, and or other near peer tutoring, mentoring, or services/partnerships with local schools aimed at increasing the number of underserved students ready to enter and succeed in college.
- Refugee Services
- There are approximately 25,000 refugees living in Utah, 99 percent of who are in the Salt Lake Valley. Between 1,000 and 1,100 new refugees arrive to Utah each year. Institutions are being responsive to service this growing population by building community, and providing services and resources to assist in the education of Utah’s newest community members.