Student Outreach and Retention Center



The SOAR Graduate Access Preparation program is focused on demystifying the graduate school process for historically underrepresented, undocumented, low-income, and other underserved populations to increase enrollment, retention, and graduation rates in graduate programs. The GAPP program will select 20 students to be a part of the cohort for the 2022-23 academic year. This will require enrollment in a 1.3 unit course for Fall & Winter quarter.

1) 1.3 Seminar Unit series that will include:

  • An Orientation and overview: Community building with Graduate mentor & field study intern
  • What is graduate school & the core components of graduate school
  • Diversity matters in graduate education
  • How to research graduate programs & creating your action plan for applying
  • Mentorship and faculty research
  • Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement writing
  • Financing graduate school, searching, and applying for fellowships
  • Graduate Student Panels (networking/connecting with current graduate school)
  • Close out: Student portfolio presentations and next steps with GRE summer course.

2) Graduate Student in-residence mentorship

3) Students will need to attend 2 office hour sessions with the Graduate student in-residence throughout each quarter.

  • Students who apply, are accepted into the cohort, and complete 2 quarters of the program will have the opportunity receive a FREE summer GRE prep course completion of the workshop series.

Applications are now closed.

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