TRiO Upward Bound

at the City College of New York



Who We Are

Upward Bound (UB) is a year-round academic program that provides the enrichment support needed to prepare nearly 80 first-generation college-bound students for academic success in precollege (high school) and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves: high school students from low-income families; and or high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree.  The Upward Bound program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education and has been hosted at City College of New York since 1995. To date the CCNY UB program has served more than 700 students with an annual cohort college entrance and persistence rate of roughly 95%. The 6-year postsecondary graduation rate of our program participants is approximately 70%. Throughout our existence, the CCNY Upward Bound students have been awarded millions of dollars in postsecondary scholarships, including numerous Posse Foundation Scholarship, and the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

Who We Serve

Upward Bound annually serves 80 low income, first generation high school students from throughout New  York City with a preference to the following target area high-schools: A.Philip Randolph Campus High School, Mott Hall High School, Frederick Douglass Academy High School, Academy for Social Action and George Washington High School.

What We Do

Throughout the year the program provide the follow services designed to assist participants it be apply and get into college

  • Year-round Counseling: Academic guidance, college knowledge, career exploration and  personal finances
  • Weekly Tutoring: One-on-one and small group in all academic subjects
  • Test Prep: Small group and individual standardized test prep, including the SAT and Regents exams
  • Semester-long courses for high school credit
  • A 6-week summer Academy, a residential intensive academic, skill-building and enrichment program.
  • Assistance with career and college planning and financial aid, including the college admission process
  • Opportunities for summer work-study positions
  • Opportunities to visit colleges and explore careers

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