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Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science

Prepare to Become a Future Leader

The Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science programs are designed to motivate students to successfully graduate high school, prepare for college admission, and attend the college or university of their choice. Both programs serve first-generation college students or students from low-income families. Students gain the necessary skills to become college graduates and leaders of tomorrow.

More than
college acceptances
years in operation
More than
received bachelor's degree or higher

Scholars Spotlight

  • Andrea Herrera is a senior at New Brunswick Health Science High School as well as the Public Relations Specialist for the Student Ambassadors. Andrea goes above and beyond to assist her peers in the Upward Bound Math-Science program. During the New Brunswick Health Science High School onsite visits, Andrea set the expectations for her UBMS peers by sharing her college acceptances with the underclassmen. She currently has over 15 college acceptances, including Rutgers University.


  • Carlos Nava is an Upward Bound Math-Science junior scholar from New Brunswick Health Science and Technology High School. Carlos is an active junior scholar who participates in programming and events including our virtual science fairs and the UBMS Winter STEM Challenge. Shout out to Carlos!


Frequently Asked Questions

The questions below will help you in thinking about issues related to your student's interest in the program. If you can't find the answers to your questions below, please feel free to contact our offices for additional support.

  • To be eligible for Upward Bound, you must:

    • Rising 9th grader through 11th grade
    • Be either first generation to attend college in their family or meet the low-income requirement as defined by the federal government
    • Students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States
    • Students who have at least a “C” average
    • Students who intend to pursue a college education
    • Students who complete the application, personal statement, and interview process
    • Attend Plainfield, Perth Amboy, or New Brunswick Public Schools
  • Upward Bound is a pre-college program designed to assist and motivate students to successfully graduate from high school and prepare for college. Upward Bound Math-Science provides similar services as the traditional Upward Bound program but is focused on preparing students for majors and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (S.T.E.M.)

  • You can fill out a paper or online application. To get an application, visit your school counselor or contact us via email at Applications will open on the first of October each year.

  • Upward Bound and Upward Math-Science at Rutgers–New Brunswick is a year-round project that offers academic year workshops such as SAT/ACT preparation, cultural activities, college tours, college planning, series of specialized courses, STEM experiences, workshops, programs, and a mandatory six-week Summer Institute where students are exposed to college-level classes and student life led by highly trained faculty and staff.

  • One-on-one tutoring sessions are available on Saturdays during the academic year from September to May in Writing/Composition, Mathematics, Science, and SAT prep.

  • Yes, Rutgers Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math Science have social media. Follow us on the following platforms:

    • Facebook: TRIO Rutgers Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math Science
    • Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok: @RU_UBUBMS

Contact Us

Campus Address
Lucy Stone Hall, A316
Livingston Campus
Phone: 848-445-3090
Fax: 732-445-1488

Postal Address
Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math-Science
54 Joyce Kilmer Avenue
Lucy Stone Hall, A316
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Office Hours
Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturdays 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
2nd & 4th Wednesdays open 8:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

If you would like to visit our offices, please use our online form to make an appointment.

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