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Pre-College Programs

TRIO Programs

The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs.

Contact the Kearns Center for more information:

Upward Bound/Upward Bound Math-Science: upwardbound@ur.rochester.edu

Educational Talent Search: talentsearch@ur.rochester.edu 


Upward Bound Classic

Upward Bound supports and challenges high school students in their efforts to apply and gain admission to college. They are designed to help first-generation and/or low-income students who are enrolled in the Rochester City School District. Each year a theme is chosen as the foundation for student-driven research, instruction, and projects.

Students selected to participate in Upward Bound are expected to attend all program events and activities. Activities take place after school, on some weekends, and during the summer. Students apply for our programs in the spring of their ninth-grade year and remain in the program until their sophomore year in college.

Program Eligibility

An applicant must be a:

  • Ninth- or tenth-grader at East or Monroe High Schools (Upward Bound Classic)
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Potential first-generation college student (i.e., the residential parent does not have a four-year college degree) or low-income according to federal guidelines

In the classic Upward Bound program students will participate in:

  • Cultural events, academic programs, and other educational activities
  • Activities designed to acquaint students with a wide range of career options
  • Mentoring programs involving school teachers, faculty members at the University of Rochester, college students, and other professionals
  • Programs and activities for individuals with limited proficiency in English
  • A summer instructional component designed to simulate a college-going experience

Program Application

Upward Bound Classic Application (PDF)

Upward Bound Classic Application (Español/Spanish) (PDF)

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Upward Bound Math/Science

The Upward Bound Math and Science program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science and ultimately careers in the math and science profession.

Students selected to participate in Upward Bound are expected to attend all program events and activities. Activities take place after school, on some weekends, and during the summer. Students apply for our programs in the spring of their ninth-grade year and remain in the program until their sophomore year in college.

Program Eligibility

An applicant must be a:

  • Ninth-, tenth-, or eleventh-grader at Vanguard Collegiate High School or Wilson High School (Upward Bound Math/Science)
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Potential first-generation college student (i.e., the residential parent does not have a four-year college degree) or low-income according to federal guidelines

In the math/science Upward Bound program students will participate in:

  • Intensive instruction in mathematics and science, including hands-on experience in laboratories, computer facilities, and at field-sites
  • Activities to learn from mathematicians and scientists who engage in research and teaching at the University of Rochester and other public or private institutions
  • Tutoring and academic counseling services provided by undergraduate and graduate students
  • A summer instructional component that is designed to simulate a college-going experience

Program Application

Upward Bound Math & Science Application (PDF)

Upward Bound Math & Science Application (Español/Spanish) (PDF)

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Educational Talent Search

The Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assists the participant with the postsecondary application process. Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.

Program Eligibility

An applicant must be a:

  • 6th-8th grader at East Lower School, or 9th-12th grader at East Upper High School or Vanguard Collegiate High School
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Potential first-generation college student (i.e., the residential parent does not have a four-year college degree) or low-income according to federal guidelines

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