Upward Bound is designed to prepare qualified students from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed in post-secondary education.
Upward Bound is one of eight federal TRiO Programs, created under Title IV of the Higher Education Act. The Kean University Upward Bound Project is sponsored in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, Kean University and Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
Eligible 9th and 10th grade students from East Orange and Elizabeth, New Jersey, enroll in Saturday sessions September through May, followed by a six-week academically intensive summer residential program. Both sessions include courses in mathematics, science, foreign language, English and the humanities.
In addition to academic courses, Upward Bound offers tutoring, SAT/ACT test preparation and financial literacy to help students generate the skills needed to succeed after high school. Cultural enrichment activities and individual and group counseling sessions keep students motivated on their path to a successful future.
Eligible students may obtain an application from the guidance department of their schools. Completed applications are reviewed by the Upward Bound Admissions Committee, and interviews are scheduled with the applicant and a parent or guardian. Successful applicants are informed within three weeks of the interview. Unsuccessful candidates will be placed on a waiting list.
Accepted participants and their parent(s)/guardian(s) are expected to attend a mandatory orientation session and workshops regarding program rules, regulations, expectations and requirements.