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Sonoma State University (Talent Search)

  • Sonoma State University (Talent Search)
  • 1801 E. Cotati Avenue
  • Rohnert Park, CA 94928
  • Susan Wandling
  • Director, Early Academic Outreach
  • (707) 664-2359

Program Description

Academic Talent Search starts working with students in middle school to foster self-esteem, curiosity, and cooperative team-building. Sixth and seventh grade students are recruited from targeted schools in December and January of each year, and the application period typically closes by February 15. Two-thirds of ATS students are low income eligible and come from families where neither parent has a bachelor's degree.

Once admitted to ATS, students participate in the program's activities and services through high school graduation, as long as they follow behavioral guidelines and meet program expectations. We recognize that by keeping up with a high standard of respect and accountability, our students will be better prepared to succeed in college.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 0
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 667
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Sonoma State University