Academic Achievement Programs


The Academic Achievement Programs (AAP) is a student services department, which promotes academic excellence among UC Berkeley undergraduates. AAP works in partnership with students, faculty, and professional staff to provide scholarly activities and comprehensive academic support services. AAP students represent a diverse group of scholars and leaders. Our office serves student from low-income backgrounds, students whose parents did not graduate from college, and/or students from underrepresented groups.

One of AAP’s primary goals is to provide academic support services to prepare students to go beyond their undergraduate degree and continue on to pursue advanced degrees. AAP services include research fellowships with faculty and courses for credit in coordination with academic departments. AAP provide counseling, advising, tutoring, and academic workshops and seminars, which are essential components to student success. AAP also sponsors a national research symposium, in which selected scholars present their research. Scholars also publish their work in an AAP sponsored research journal. These activities give students the opportunity to participate in Berkeley’s tradition of research excellence.

 AAP operates within the Division of Undergraduate Education and is funded by grants, private donors, and University support.

Student Support Services Scholars Academy

Student Support Services (SSS) Scholars Academy activities includes academic advisement, finacial literacy, graduate/professional school preparation, courses for academic credit, writing and learning skills workshops, and personal counseling. This program assists low-income and first-generation students. Within SSS, a smaller cohort of first and second-year undergraduates receives a small amount of Pell grant funds to offset their student loans.

McNair Scholars Program

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program recruits selected Berkeley undergraduate students and prepares them for graduate study at the doctoral level. Each year, 20-30 McNair Scholars have the opportunity to develop close relationships with faculty mentor, to publish their research in the Berkeley McNair Journal, to present their research findings at a national symposium, and to receive assistance to ensure admission to graduate programs. Scholars participate in both academic year and summer activities and receive a stipend for their summer research.

Miller Scholars Program

The George A. Miller Scholars Program is designed to provide ten first-generation and low-income community college transfer students with a two-year scholarship and a research/community service stipend. Scholars are selected based upon number of criteria, including demonstrated academic excellence, leadership potential, and a commitment to community service. During the academic year, George A Miller Scholars receive training and support for the design of a faculty-mentor summer project involving either original or community service project. 

Posse Scholars Program

The Posse Foundation identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Those Posse Scholars who are admitted by UC Berkeley are awarded a four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarship. Posse Scholars graduate at a rate of 90 percent and make a visible difference on campus and throughout their professional careers.