VSU High School Conference

We are very proud to present our 36th annual HSC on Sunday November 24, 2019 from 8am-8pm! See information about our program and application below! If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to email us at vsu.hsc@gmail.com


Deadlines to Keep Track Of

-Sunday, Nov. 10th – STUDENT App Due @11:59pm

-Saturday, Nov. 16th – PARENT App Due @11:59pm

-Sunday, Nov. 24th – Our event happens 8am-8pm!

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Click here for instructions on how to fill out the application


No matter what grade you’re in, high school graduation is not far off and you have probably started thinking about what you’re going to do after high school.

  • Have you thought about all the possible options available to you?
  • Did college ever cross your mind? Has the fear of college applications crossed your mind?
  • Would you like help on tackling your college application?
  • Do you want to get an idea of what it feels like to be a college student?
  • Do you feel disconnected from your culture and your parents?
  • Do you want guidance and mentorship through your high school journey?
  • Do you want to attend a program that addresses all of this for free???

The Vietnamese Student Union is proud to announce that we will be hosting the annual High School Conference at UCLA for 36 years in 2019. This free, one-day program is filled with student workshops and various activities designed to assist high school students in their preparation for college and beyond. High School Conference  gathers about 200 students and youth from all across California to promote the importance of higher education, learn all the options and routes to achieving it, and experience a day of fun in the company of peers and mentors.

Food and local transportation is provided free. In addition, many current college students as well as alumni are present so attendees can get their questions answered.

Look below for more details on the various High School Conference components.


The family system helps to foster a sense of family by placing every High School Conference attendee into a group with other attendees, led by two current UCLA students, known as Family Heads. Each Family Head is developed to guide their family along the day’s various events, answer any questions they may have, and to make sure their family has the best experience possible through mentorship. Family heads and their students usually maintain a relationship even after the program is over and keep in touch, helping them along the way throughout the rest of their high school career. Every family also embraces a fun theme! In the past, there have been family themes based on Disney films, cartoon shows, and superheroes.


Workshops are student-run presentations and activities which range in content and subject. Workshop themes in the past included self-identity, self-expression, and the college admissions process.* Students will be able to choose five workshops to attend throughout the day. Examples of workshops within these themes include, but are not limited to, financial aid, personal statements, cultural identity, stress management, dealing with pressure and more. Workshops are a fun and engaging way to learn more about yourself as well as higher education!

* College admissions workshops include a Q&A portion at the end if students have any college-related questions.

Alumni Panel

Our Alumni Panel features members of our Vietnamese community who graduated from UCLA and are now successful in their careers and in their impact on the community. We give you a chance to hear what they have to say and ask them any questions you might have! Throughout the entire day, you will hear from and be able to talk to many current UCLA undergraduates too!

Parent Component

The parent component was newly introduced in 2013. The component is specifically tailored to the parents of high school students who want to gain more knowledge about the college application process, financial aid, college life, and more. We are inviting parents to come to UCLA for the day to learn more about the importance of higher education and about the various programs and resources on campus. The day for parents consists of workshops, activities, a campus tour, and a Q&A panel.  This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to become familiar with the different aspects of higher education. Submitting a short application and a waiver will be necessary. The parent component is completely separate from the student component. 

Campus Tours

This portion of the eventful day will allow you to explore UCLA’s beautiful campus, see all the famous buildings, take pictures in front of them all, and learn about the interesting historical events that the People of Color at UCLA have gone through. Learn about the myths, diversity, true historical happenings, and the campus life at this university from our talented group of tour guides!

Talent Show

The talent show showcases performances in music, dance, spoken-word, martial arts, and much more. Performers are made up of some of our most talented Bruins, and oftentimes our HSC families bring their own students on-stage for a memorable show! Attendees are also welcome to showcase individual acts! (Mark your interest in the application)


Food will be provided for our attendees. Three meals will be provided: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meals will have options for all diets, but please be sure to note any dietary restrictions on your application!


We work to provide high school students with safe and free transportation from their local high schools to UCLA and back. There will be free bus transportation to and from the following locations: Westminster High School, San Gabriel High School, and Downtown Magnet High School. More information on transportation is provided in the application for each year’s conference.