UC’s commitment to social mobility begins with a portfolio of outreach programs that enhance the educational opportunities for underserved students. These programs reach K-12 and community college students all over California, helping them be better prepared for success in higher education. The university enrolls large numbers of students who are from low-income families (recipients of federal Pell grants), and students whose parents did not complete college (first-generation college students). 

In addition to enrolling students from across the socioeconomic spectrum, UC also enrolls students from all educational backgrounds.  Among new freshmen, low-income students are much more likely to come from high schools that are low-performing or have fewer resources, and UC ensures that these students are given equal opportunity in attending. 

Low-income students succeed at UC, with a similar six-year graduation rate among both Pell and non-Pell students (81 and 84 percent, respectively).  Both Pell and non-Pell students show similar trends in the proportions who graduate in STEM fields, with roughly a third of all degrees earned in STEM. Low-income students also succeed in the California workforce, earning more on average within five years than their parents’ combined incomes (about $50,000). Alumni who were Pell grant recipients are most concentrated in industries of public service, health care and education.

To learn more, click on the following links to download fact sheets about UC's commitment to social mobility:


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