The Edison State College Upward Bound Program is a college preparatory program designed to motivate and prepare students for the successful pursuit of a four-year college education. The goal of the program is to increase the rate at which low-income, first-generation-to-college students enroll in and graduate from a college or university with a bachelor's degree. The mission of the program is to empower students each year with the academic skills and motivation necessary for persistence and success in high school, college, and beyond.
The program is ideal for students who have potential for college, but need to strengthen their academic skills. Upward Bound provides instruction in Science, Math, English, and foreign languages. In addition, students are provided a variety of academic support services during the regular academic year, including Saturday classes on Edison campus. The program also has a six-week nonresidential component, in which participants engage in student-centered instruction, and cultural and social extra-curricular activities.
The Upward Bound program is funded by the U. S. Department of Education, under Title IV of the Higher Education Act known as a TRIO, program to serve 63 students. The program is administered under the Edison State Student Enrollment department.