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TRIO Programs

The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Its existence is owed to the passing of the Higher Education Act of 1965. To date, TRIO is the second highest budget in the Department of Education and has bi-partisan support. TRIO is not an acronym rather, given its name after the first three programs: Upward Bound, Talent Search, Student Support Services – all offered at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Upward Bound (UB) began its legacy at Cal Poly in 1981.

For more information about Talent Search:
For more information about Student Support Services (TRIO Achievers):

TRIO Programs Famous Alumni 




Oprah Winfrey

Actress, Talk Show Host,

Viola Davis

Academy Award Winning

Angela Bassett

Academy Award Nominated

Diana Elizah

Patrick Ewing

Professional Basketball Player,
Coach, Olympian

Franklin Chang-Diaz

First Hispanic Astronaut

Troy Polamalu
Professional Football Player


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