Seton Hall University
Students from the Upward Bound program raising their hands and taking notes in a classroom.

Upward Bound

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.

Upward Bound serves:

  • high school students from limited income families;
  • high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree;
  • and limited income, first-generation students who are preparing to enter postsecondary education.

The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. Students attending Central High, East Orange Campus High, Hillside High, Malcolm X Shabazz, Weequahic High, and Irvington High are welcome to participate. In addition to high schools in the target cities of Newark, East Orange, and Irvington. Upward Bound offers:

  • Academic Classes
  • Elective Activities
  • Tutoring
  • Free Transportation
  • Community Service
  • Paid Summer Employment
  • College Tours and Trips
  • Career Coaching
  • Mentorship
  • Internship
  • Summer Program
  • Scholarship to Attend Seton Hall

Headshot of Mea ThomasHear From Our Alumni 

From freshman to senior year, I looked back and I saw growth, I saw maturity, but most of all I saw leaders, creators, and innovators amongst our senior class. I have even made lifelong friends from the program. When alumni came back to visit and to speak to students that's when we truly saw the impact of this Upward Bound program. The staff and teachers are like mentors who helped us understand the world, current events and especially about what we can do to be successful in college and beyond. 

— Mea Thomas

2022 Summer Food Service Program

The Upward Bound Program will participate in the 2022 Summer Food Service Program from June 28- August 4, 2022.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federal program of the Food and Nutrition Services, United States Department of Agriculture. The Summer Food Service Program provides all UB participants 18 years of age and under with meals in accordance with a menu approved by the state agency.

Seton Hall University Upward Bound Program is federally funded by the Department of Education. Seton Hall University Upward Bound Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, physical disability, age, gender, or sexual orientation as set forth in the Title IX law.