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AAP 50 years

Committed to providing access, equity and excellence for the last 50 years. What began as an initiative to widen access for students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, has become the nation’s largest diversity program. Join us this year as we celebrate 50 years of AAP with elevated annual student events, a Distinguished Speaker Series, and annual spark giving campaign.

50 Years of Access, Equity, and Excellence

The Academic Advancement Program (AAP) is the nation’s largest university-based student diversity academic program – consisting of a collection of innovative programs annually serving more than 5,500 student members from multi-ethnic, low-income, first-generation, and multi-racial backgrounds. Join us this year as we celebrate 50 years of AAP with elevated annual student events, a Distinguished Speaker Series, and annual spark giving campaign.

Throughout its 50 year history, AAP continues to encourage and promote academic achievement and excellence by providing students with peer learning (tutoring), academic programs, academic, personal, and career counseling, graduate and professional school mentoring, scholarship access, research opportunities and stipends, opportunities to participate in innovative programs, and the resources needed to succeed at UCLA.

Built on the principles of social justice, AAP’s mission is to advocate and facilitate access for those that have been historically underrepresented in higher education, inform and prepare students for graduate and professional schools, and to develop the academic, scientific, political, economic, and community leadership necessary to transform society.

AAP encourages students to explore their talents and abilities, to believe in themselves, to set the highest standards for themselves, to aspire to academic and personal excellence, to utilize the full range of campus resources, and to develop a sense of community and social responsibility.