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John Jay College Upward Bound

  • Omar Abdullah
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • 212-237-8272

Program Description

Upward Bound (UB) is one of the Federal TRIO Programs. These programs are educational outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes five distinct outreach programs targeted to serve and assist students to progress from high school to post-baccalaureate programs.

Upward Bound, the oldest of a series of programs known as TRIO programs, was created as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty". Specific legislation for the program was initially authorized under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 and later moved to be included under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. While much of President Johnson's "War on Poverty" and the "Great Society" initiatives dealt with the problems of jobs and housing, this legislation which authorized the TRIO programs sought to provide educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance. There are several Upward Bound programs throughout the United States.

UB is a college-readiness program that aims to equip students with the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and to enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education. The goal is to ensure that students are receiving academic, social, and financial advisement to be successful during their time in high school as well as college.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Other
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 1%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 16%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 46%
  • Other: 5%
  • African American: 32%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 104
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 89%