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The Rutgers-Newark Upward Bound Program is an intensive yearlong college preparatory program that provides classroom instruction and academic support to participants from the East Orange, NJ School District. The program's mission is to assist students in their efforts to complete high school and enroll in and graduate from college. Upward Bound serves high school students that meet financial eligibility guidelines, demonstrate academic potential, and which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree.
The Rutgers-Newark Upward Bound Program serves students from the following schools in East Orange:
All enrichment services and activities are provided at no cost to participants or their families. The program operates through a grant from the United States Department of Education and is sponsored by the Academic Foundations Center, Newark College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University-Newark.
Applying for Admission
Recruitment is conducted from September to December of each school year. Once the program openings have been filled, the remaining applicants are placed on a waiting list. If openings occur during the year, the positions are filled on a first-applied, first-selected basis.
Once admitted into the program in the 9th grade, it is expected that they will remain active participants through high school graduation. As participants graduate, additional students are recruited to maintain the 60- student maximum.
To submit a completed application, students may return all forms to the school’s guidance counselor or mail the application to:
Upward Bound Program
Academic Foundations Center
110 Warren Street
Bradley Hall, Suite 117
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Fax (973) 353-3544
Requirements and Eligibility
Students are eligible to apply for the Rutgers University-Newark Upward Bound Program if they:
Saturday and Summer Institutes
Upward Bound provides intensive, year-round academic and enrichment services. The Program is comprised of two components – an academic year component which runs two Saturdays per month from September to June and a six-week summer component, which runs from late June to early August.
Resources, Volunteer and Employment Opportunities
The Rutgers TRiO Upward Bound Program Facebook page has up-to-date information on the program.
One Call Now
The Rutgers-Newark Upward Bound Program sends automated messages via the One Call Now automated system. Scholars may “opt out” of receiving notifications (voicemail and text) by contacting the Upward Bound Program in writing.
Engrade Pro is a free online database designed for educators that want to keep track of their classes online. Scholars, parents and UB staff will have 24-hour-up-to-date access to their grades, assignments and attendance.
Financial Aid Resources:
FAFSA - www.fafsa.ed.gov
CSS Profile - https://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile
Volunteer and Employment Opportunities
A limited number of instructor positions are available year-round. To learn about the numerous opportunities, visit: https://secure.afc.rutgers.edu/work.
To volunteer with the program, register with Jersey Cares at www.jerseycares.org/