Educational Talent Search

TRIO is a set of eight federally funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in pursuit of a college degree. CSUN sponsors two of these programs, Educational Talent Search (ETS) and Upward Bound.

The ETS (grades 6-12) program at CSUN assists students in completing high school and pursuing a college degree. Check out the program requirements, services, forms and application process below, and keep updated by following ETS on Facebook and Instagram.

Program Requirements

To participate in the Educational Talent Search program at CSUN, you must:

  1. Attend one of the target area schools in the San Fernando Valley.
    San Fernando Valley northeast schools
    • Byrd Middle School
    • Francis Polytechnic High School
    • San Fernando High School
    • San Fernando Middle School
    • Sun Valley Magnet (6th-12th)
    • Van Nuys High School
    • Van Nuys Middle School
    San Fernando Valley north central schools
    • John F. Kennedy High School
    • Monroe High School
    • Olive Vista Middle School
    • Porter Middle School
    • Sepulveda Middle School
    • Sylmar High School
  2. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  3. Have completed the fifth grade.
  4. Be between the ages of 11-27.
  5. Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  6. Have a demonstrated academic need.
  7. Have a desire and show potential to attend a postsecondary institution and need the program services offered to accomplish your educational goals.

Program Services

The Educational Talent Search program at CSUN provides an array of support services and resources, so students may be prepared and successfully access postsecondary opportunities. Program services are free for ETS students and offered during and after school.

The ETS staff visits middle and high schools to provide workshops and activities on the following topics.

Middle school students

  • Precollege advisement
  • Financial aid awareness
  • Career exploration and research
  • Transition to high school
  • Parent information workshops
  • College options
  • Study skills, learning styles and test-taking strategies
  • Life skills, such as goal setting, time management, self-esteem and  peer pressure
  • College motivation
  • Enrollment in college preparatory courses during high school
  • Referrals to academic tutoring
  • Field trips to universities, museums and cultural events

High school students

  • College advisement (University of California system, California State University campuses, private schools, community colleges, and trade or vocational schools)
  • College application assistance (University of California system, California State University campuses, private schools, community colleges and out-of-state colleges)
  • Student transcript and test score evaluation
  • Career exploration
  • Financial aid application assistance
  • Scholarship research
  • Learning style assessment
  • Study skills, test-taking strategies, note-taking skills and time management
  • Life skills, such as goal setting, peer pressure, writing a resume and  interviewing for a job
  • Transition to college
  • Referrals to academic tutoring
  • Personal motivation and leadership skills
  • Field trips to universities, museums and cultural events
  • Parent information workshop


To apply, carefully read and complete each section of the Educational Talent Search (ETS) application. Incomplete applications will delay processing and student services. Once you have completed your application, submit it to the ETS advising coordinator at your participating school, or mail it to the following address:

Educational Talent Search
California State University, Northridge
Student Outreach and Recruitment Services
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330-8212

ETS will select participants without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religious preference, disability or other differentiating factors.