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Montclair State University (Upward Bound)

Program Description

The Montclair State University -- Upward Bound Project (UB) delivers educational opportunities for currently enrolled high school students who come from low-level income families and/or who are potential first-generation college attendees. UB provides fundamental support for participants to succeed in their current level of education as well as preparing them for their pursuit of higher education.

Emphasis is made on the adolescent as a whole by offering additional support via tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment activities/trips, work-study, financial literacy and personal development.

Upward Bound Scholars work together with staff and faculty to become motivated, organized and able to enroll and complete a post-secondary education.

Guest speakers will be invited to speak with the UB students and encourage Scholars to pursue careers in the fields of health, science, mathematics, technology and education.

Services Provided

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


Race & Ethnicity

  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 21%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 54%
  • Other: 10%
  • African American: 15%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 50
  • 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

  • Barnard College
  • Montclair State University
  • Pratt Institute-Main
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • University of Notre Dame

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 85%