Kean University has developed a comprehensive Climb Higher Restart Plan for the Spring 2021 semester. Please visit the Return to Campus page to find details and contact information for student services, admissions and more.
Upward Bound Program
What is Upward Bound?
Upward Bound is a FREE federally funded program designed to assist eligible high school students to successfully complete high school and prepare for success and enroll in college. Academic instruction, tutoring, career counseling and training, cultural enrichment, and skill-building in the areas of leadership and college preparation are the primary services provided
You are eligible if:
You are a ninth or tenth grader at any Elizabeth or East Orange High School
You are a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
You can demonstrate academic need with potential for success
You meet at least one of the following criteria:
You are a first-generation college student (neither parent has a bachelor degree)
You meet income eligibility requirements as determined by federal guidelines.
Academic & Personal Advising
Test Preparation (PSAT, SAT, & ACT)
College & Career Exploration
Academic Skills & Personal Development workshops
Team Building & Leadership Development
Academic Instruction, Tutoring & Mentoring
Educational, Cultural, Enrichment Field Trips
Assistance Completing College Financial Aid & Scholarship Applications
Six-week Summer Residential Academic Enrichment Program at Kean University
Academic Year Component
During the academic year component, students attend approximately 20 bi-monthly Saturday meetings at Kean University.
Students participate in a six-week residential summer component at Kean University. The summer component allows students to experience college life by taking academic classes, receiving counseling, and participating in various activities and cultural events. At the beginning of each summer, Upward Bound provides students and their families with a summer events calendar, with dates for check-in and check-out, field trips, and evening activities.