About Us

About the Pre-College Programs

New Jersey City University's GEAR UP College Bound Program is funded by the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) and College Bound grants. GEAR UP is funded by the United States Department of Education through a partnership with the N.J. Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) and NJCU. College Bound is funded by The State of New Jersey and administered by OSHE.

GEAR UP provides academic support and college preparation activities to middle school and high school students, the majority of whom are from low-income families and will be the first in their families to graduate from college. These programs guide students on the path to a college or university and provide tools for academic success.

Historically, the GEAR UP College Bound Program has had long presence at NJCU and within the Jersey City community for over 20 years. In 2018, services came to halt due to funding loss. In 2020, GEAR UP was re-established in order to continue serving the diverse students and families of Jersey City. The GEAR UP College Bound team is eager to restart programming and provide vital assistance to students and families in the community.

What Does GEAR UP College Bound Provide?

We offer a six week summer program consisting of the following:

  • Academic Classes
  • Individual & Group Academic Advising
  • Conflict Resolution Classes
  • Mentoring
  • Cultural & Educational Field Trips
  • Parent Workshops
  • Recreational Activities
  • Performing Arts
  • Standardized Test Preparation
  • Foreign Languages

We offer 20 weeks of Saturday classes during the academic year consisting of the following:

  • Academic Classes
  • Computer Literacy Classes
  • Conflict Resolution
  • After School Tutorial Program
  • Mentor Program
  • Parent Workshops
  • Individual & Group Academic Advising
  • Field Trips
  • Recreational Activities
  • Standardized Test Preparation
  • College Tours