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Academic Advancement Program

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Academic Advancement Program

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This coming year the Academic Advancement Program’s (AAP) celebrates 50 years of innovative academic program for first-generation, low-income and historically underrepresented students at UCLA. AAP leads the campus in providing access and resources for Black, Indigenous, Students of Color (BISOC). Over the years, the AAP team has served tens of thousands of UCLA undergraduate students in pursuit of academic excellence and has proven vital in UCLA’s mission to promote diversity and inclusion.

In anticipation of this exciting anniversary celebration, we invite students, staff, parents, alumni, and friends to come together to sustain the path forward for AAP’s students and the programs that ensure their success.


Your contribution by Giving Tuesday on December 1st, regardless of the size, will make an impact and provide opportunities for AAP’s courageous students to continue to thrive in this remote learning environment and beyond.

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Recognized as one of the “most creative, successful, and innovative” student retention programs in the country, AAP graduates the highest percentage of historically underrepresented students in the UC system and California State University System. 

As the nation’s largest university-based student diversity academic program – AAP offers a collection of innovative programs annually serving more than 5,500 student members from multi-ethnic, low-income, first-generation, and multi-racial backgrounds. AAP leads the campus in supporting these students at every stage with comprehensive programming and resources – peer learning and counseling, academic and graduate school counseling, access to vital technology resources, Summer Bridge programming for entering freshman and transfer students, and research and scholarship opportunities. The successful integration of the program's three-fold mission strengthens their commitment to access, equity, and excellence. After 50 years, AAP continues to be a home for students with assistance from a built-in and trusting community- a safe space for those that need it most.


In honor of AAP’s upcoming 50th Anniversary, we’ve set an exciting dollar goal to help commemorate an unforgettable milestone. Your gift, no matter the size, will make a difference in the lives of students who are supported by a program moving the needle forward in diversity, equity, inclusion, and social mobility on UCLA’s campus for the last 50 years.

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Each year there is a need, but this year, choose to help AAP and its students thrive during a time of new challenges. With your generous support in honor of AAP's 50th year, students will continue to have access to staff, resources, and opportunities that will keep them on track during remote learning and set the stage for a successful post-graduate life and career. 

Student Needs: 

Many of AAP's students encounter needs during the academic year that directly impact their ability to cover basic costs including purchasing books, student leadership opportunities, or even to continue their attendance at UCLA. AAP provides financial relief to students during times of need to help students remain enrolled, receive stipends to continue participating in their cohort, and continue with their education. 

VIPS Day One

The VIPS Day One program is an expansion of the current VIPS model that allows the dedication of more time and effort to serving and supporting the processes of recruitment, retention, and completion of the program for young men of color.  This program has a focus to develop research-based best practices to bolster holistic black male success through academic advising and early college exposure using a social justice framework. Supporting this program opens doors for VIPS Day One staff to seek to foster a college-going culture within prospective students. 

Help us continue to successfully carve a pathway to higher education for students of color and expand and deepen this programs efforts to come:

  • Adding a STEM-focused curriculum to the year-long and summer academic sessions
  • Increasing the number of staff focused on servicing VIP Scholars attending college
  • Expanding the academic programing available to VIP Scholars in high school
  • Increasing the size of each cohort by adding staff to support

Center for Community College Partnerships

The Center for Community College Partnerships (CCCP) develops and strengthens academic partnerships between UCLA and California community colleges. Through a multi-faceted approach with efforts at the student, faculty, and administrative levels, CCCP works to increase the academic preparation and competitiveness for community college transfer students, particularly those who are first-generation, low-income, or historically underrepresented. CCCP also helps community colleges to develop a transfer-sending culture, and the university to develop a transfer-receptive culture.

With your gift, this center can continue its commitment to social justice and diversity through their work in preparing this important group of students starting their next phase of education and growth at UCLA Your gift will make an everlasting impact of empowering students to become self-advocates and leaders in their communities.

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From its inception in 1971, AAP has touched the lives of thousands. Those that have walked the halls of Campbell Hall know that the program is so much more than what it appears. Read more for featured heartwarming stories of experiences from AAP students, alumni, staff, and friends spanning generations of Bruins.AAP_Student_Photo_TestimonyAAP_Staff_Photo_Testimonial



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Every Gift to AAP Counts

Your gift helps AAP offer support and resources to students.



You can help bring the community together in support of AAP's mission.


50 Years of AAP

Celebrate AAP's upcoming 50th anniversary by helping bring access, equity, and excellence to UCLA.



You can help students with the cost of textbooks, remote learning technology, and other unanticipated expenses.



Your gift helps build a pipeline of diverse students on UCLA's campus.



You can provide a stipend so students can pursue their professional dreams through participation in a cohort, peer, learning, counseling, and other programs.


The Chancellor's Society

Your leadership gift will ensure other Bruins can make an impact in the AAP community just like you did! With this giving level, you’ll become a member of the Chancellor's Society. More information can be found here: https://uclafund.ucla.edu/chancellors-society/

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