Information for Scholars and Families
Information for Prospective Students
The Rutgers Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science (UB/UBMS) programs can help you successfully graduate high school, prepare for college admission, and attend a college or university. Explore career options, take advantage of all the resources offered, and actively prepare for the transition from high school student to college graduate.
The UB/UBMS experience is meant to assist you in understanding how learning beyond the classroom relates to your place in the world.
Here's what to expect when you join UB/UBMS.
9th Grade Goals
Students discover their interests and begin the process of basic career exploration. They are taught to plan short- and long-term goals and develop the skills necessary to become successful high school scholars:
- Develop and implement note-taking and study skills
- Work on test-taking and time-management skills
- Develop a four-year high school plan towards college admission
- Begin creating an activities list/résumé
10th Grade Goals
Students begin to understand what to look for in a college or university and what admission counselors look for in an applicant:
- Analysis of the college application
- Understand how college admission officers evaluate applications
- Explore various types of colleges and learn what each has to offer
- Introduction to the financial aid process
11th Grade Goals
Students review their college choices and prepare supporting documents for the college application and scholarship search:
- Must take SAT preparation course
- Résumé development
- Narrow down college choices
- Begin financial aid planning
12th Grade Goals
Students complete a senior portfolio which includes:
- Personal statement/supplemental writing assignment
- Top college presentations
- College applications
- Financial aid appeal letter
- Scholarship applications
- Résumé/Activity List
- Recommendation letter request forms
Information for Current Scholars
Find resources and documents to help you on your Upward Bound journey.
College Planning Tools
Use these important tools to aid in your college planning process:
- Coalition for College Access, Affordability and Success: Learn about, plan for, and apply to college using this free college-planning tool.
- College Board: Take practice SAT tests and learn about different colleges.
- U.S. News & World Report: Best Colleges: Explore top ranked colleges and universities.
- Senior Checklist (PDF): Review your steps for college for your senior year.
Funding Your Education
Explore these options to fund to your college education:
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): Apply for financial aid for college.
- Fastweb Scholarships: Search for available scholarships.
Access your seminar assignments on these Rutgers platforms:
A vital part of the Rutgers Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science experience, the Summer Institute is an intensive six-week on-campus program that all Upward Bound scholars are expected to attend.
Typically, it begins at the end of June and concludes in early August. During this time, students utilize the campuses of Rutgers University–New Brunswick and return home on evenings and weekends.
The Summer Institute aims to create a college-like environment that encourages students to develop autonomy, increase academic responsibility, and expand their knowledge of their own scholastic competencies in preparation for college.
Prepare for the institute:
- View the Commuter Bus Schedule (Coming Soon!)
- Dates: Sunday, June 30, 2019 to Friday, August 9, 2019
- Complete your Summer Institute forms (Coming Soon!)
Academic Year positions for Upward Bound are designed to support students while they strive to excel during each school year. The various positions include tutors, part-time staff to assist with administrative duties, as well as Federal Work Study positions.
The functions of the Summer Institute staff differ from those during the Academic Year. These positions are designed to provide support for the program's participants as program mentors, directly in the classroom as instructors, as well as supplemental support as tutors.
Information for Parents & Guardians
Rutgers Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science (UB/UBMS) has a commitment to our partner public schools—in Plainfield, Perth Amboy, and New Brunswick—for your student to receive the best college preparation and ultimately college admission.
- Since 2000, more than two-thirds of Upward Bound participants received a bachelor’s degree or higher.
- Students’ college awareness and acceptance have increased. UB’s Senior Class of 2017 received over 288 college acceptances collectively.
- UB/UBMS scholars attend schools across the nation such as Rutgers, Harvard University, Brown University, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Spelman College, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Seton Hall University.
- Program participants have been Dells Scholars and Questbridge Finalists.
- Scholars have received full academic funding and various presidential and private scholarships.
- Students attend workshops that provide them with new skills including note-taking, time-management, and study strategies.
- UB/UBMS programs take students on various college tours and visits throughout the nation that have benefits for students from the populations we serve.
- Through tutoring services, UB/UBMS strives to help students retain strong GPAs for college admission.
Parents/Guardians can also attend various workshops throughout the academic year and Summer Institute. Some workshop topics include:
- Grade Level College Preparation
- Financial Aid
Family Advisory Board
As the official voice of Upward Bound parents/guardians, the Family Advisory Board works with program staff to promote and enhance student programming, volunteering, fundraising, and community advocacy. The board consists of an executive committee, including President, Vice President, Secretary, Fund-Raising Chair, and beyond. All parents are encouraged to become involved.
Parents/Guardians play a critical role in helping Upward Bound meet its program objectives as essential motivators and teachers for children.
About Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math-Science
The Upward Bound program is one of the four TRIO programs at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. This year-round project has been in operation for over 52 years and it offers academic year workshops such as SAT and PARCC preparation, cultural activities, college tours, and college planning. Upward Bound also includes a mandatory summer institute on campus to prepare students for college life.
Our supportive and educational resources help students to navigate the college admissions process. We work directly with public school districts to offer services that inform students and parents about the best ways to achieve educational success and development.
Rutgers Upward Bound Math-Science is an additional grant program initiated in 2012 at Rutgers University–New Brunswick to provide similar services as the traditional Upward Bound program but with a key difference. Upward Bound Math-Science serves students with a focused preparation for majors and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (S.T.E.M.) This program provides young scholars with a series of specialized college preparatory services including tutoring, mentoring, advising, programming, college courses, and on-campus experiences with research faculty to increase student persistence and graduation from high school and admission to colleges and universities.
History & Mission
In the late 1960s, the term "TRIO" was coined to describe three federal outreach programs developed as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's war on poverty. In support of its commitment to provide educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstance, Congress established the Higher Education Act, from which a series of programs was created. Upward Bound was the first to emerge from the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. The second TRIO outreach program, Talent Search, was created in 1965 as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services, which was originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in this series of educational opportunity programs. Over 1,000 colleges, universities, community colleges, and agencies now offer TRIO Programs in America.
Rutgers Upward Bound is working towards achieving the following project objectives to increase student success:
- Academic Performance - Increase Grade Point Average
- Academic Performance - Improvement on Standardized Tests
- Retention & Graduation of Secondary Education
- Academic Rigor
- Postsecondary Enrollment
- Postsecondary Completion
Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science programs are divided into two components:
- Academic Year: Saturday Academy is a series of specialized courses, STEM programs, workshops, and experiences.
- Summer Institute is a mandatory six-week summer institute where students are exposed to college-level classes and student life experiences led by highly trained faculty and staff.
Academic, Career & Personal Counseling
Students are assigned an advisor who assists in the following areas:
- Academic Preparation
- College Preparation
- Financial Aid Information
- Personal Counseling
- Goal Setting and Future Planning
Campus Tours & College Visits
Students will be invited to various colleges and universities throughout the country to discuss admissions. These visits are designed to help participants make an informed decision about their college choice and consider affordability.
Supplemental instruction may be available in the following areas:
- Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
- SAT & ACT Tests
- Supplements for any other required test as needed
We host the following workshops year-round for students, families, and the community:
- College Planning and Preparation
- Financial Aid Information
- Financial Literacy
- College Debt Management
- Parent/Family Planning for College
Specialized Courses & Programming
Students will be invited to participate in special courses or programs at Rutgers University and other host institutions in New Jersey, such as:
- University courses with the opportunity to receive credit
- Public speaking
- Saturday Academy programs
- SAT/ACT & Test Preparation
- High School Outreach weekends
- Peer mentoring
- Additional courses or programs as determined by student need or request
Academic Support Awards
Students have the potential to be nominated to receive stipends under the Directors Honors and Distinguished Honors awards for achieving success in grades, perfect attendance, and grade improvement during the academic year. During the summer, students can earn stipends and awards based on performance and academic competitions.