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  • SteppingUP
  • 501 N Golden Circle Dr
    Suite 200
  • Santa Ana, CA 92705
  • (714) 558-8161
  • 1977
  • Margarita Muniz
  • Program Coordinator
  • (714) 558-8161

Program Description

SteppingUP's College Awareness Program (CAP) is committed to its mission "to educate and prepare 6-12th grade students and their parents with the necessary knowledge and resources needed to pursue a higher education through academic counseling, character development, leadership development, cultural awareness, civic duty and parent involvement."


The program partners college interns who are Academic Advisors with students, representing 22 high schools and 10 middle schools throughout Orange County, who meet for one-on-one advising throughout the year working on goals specifically designed to meet their needs in obtaining a higher education.

Services Provided

  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Other
  • Parent/family services


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 600
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Antioch University-Santa Barbara
  • California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
  • California State University-Dominguez Hills
  • California State University-Fullerton
  • California State University-Long Beach
  • Golden West College
  • San Diego State University
  • San Jose State University
  • Santa Ana College
  • University of California-Irvine
  • University of California-Los Angeles
  • University of California-San Diego
  • University of California-Santa Barbara

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 99%