Pre-College: GEAR UP College Bound Program

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Pre-College: GEAR UP College Bound Program

Who Can Participate in GEAR UP?

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a GPA of at least 2.5 (C+) or better.
  • Interested in attending college.
  • 6th - 12th grade students who attend the target schools.
  • Attend one of the one of our Target Schools in the Jersey City Public School system, which include:
    • Ollie Culbreth, Jr. School PS #14
    • Whitney M. Young, Jr. School PS #15
    • Mahatma K. Gandhi School PS #23
    • Chaplin Charles Watters School PS #24
    • James F. Murray School PS #38
    • Ezra L. Nolan School PS #40
    • Martin Center for the Arts PS #41
    • Henry Snyder High School 
    • Abraham Lincoln High School
    • University Academy Charter High School

Interested in Applying?

What you’ll need to complete your application:

  • School counselor contact information
  • An application must be completed in one sitting

Priority Deadline: May 15, 2023, for GEAR UP Summer Programming

Regular Deadline: May 31, 2023, for GEAR UP Summer Programming

Click here to express interest in receiving an application from our staff.

News & Events

May 15, 2023 - Priority Deadline to register for the GEAR UP Summer Program

May 20, 2023 - End of the Year Celebration (GEAR UP Scholars and families are welcome!)

May 31, 2023 - Regular Deadline to register for the GEAR UP Summer Program


July 5, 2023 - GEAR Up Summer Program Kick Off

Summer events, trips, and volunteerism will be posted soon.

Join Our Team!

We are hiring mentors and part-time instructors. Please see the details below. 

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We Are Hiring Part-Time Instructors! To apply please go to For any questions please reach out to


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Become a NJCU PreCollege mentor now. We are looking for college students who will serve as role models for the Jersey City youth. Apply now using the QR code or by visiting the link

Contact Us

Contact NJCU GEAR UP College Bound Program
Phone: 201-200-2347

Mailing Address: 
2039 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Grossnickle Hall, Room 418
Jersey City, NJ 07305-1597

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