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 were created. Upward Bound was the first emerging from the Economic Opportunity Act on 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.

The Rutgers Upward Bound (RUB) Program is in its 52nd year of operation on the Rutgers University-New Brunswick. It is one of four TRiO Programs on the Rutgers University - New Brunswick campus. Rutgers Upward Bound is a pre-college program designed to assist and motivate students to successfully graduate from high school, prepare for college admission, and to successfully complete their baccalaureate degree. Upward Bound is a year round project that offers academic year workshops such as SAT and PARCC preparation, cultural activities, college tours, college planning as well as a host of other programs. Upward Bound also offers a mandatory summer institute on campus to prepare students for college life.

Rutgers Upward Bound Math-Science (RUBMS) is an additional grant program initiated in 2012 at Rutgers University-New Brunswick  to provide the same services as the traditional Upward Bound program to prepare students for college. The Upward Bound Math-Science Program serves students with a focused preparation for majors and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M).

The Rutgers Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science Programs provide 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 institutions of higher education.

RUB is working towards achieving the following project objectives to increase student success:

  • Academic Performance - Increase Grade Point Average
  • Academic Performance - Improvement on Standardized Tests
  • Secondary Retention & Graduation
  • Academic Rigor
  • Postsecondary Enrollment
  • Postsecondary Completion