The GEAR UP College Bound program provides academic support and college preparation activities to middle school and high school students, the majority 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.
GEAR UP is funded by the United States Department of Education through a partnership with the State of New Jersey—Office of the Secretary of Higher Education—GEAR UP and New Jersey City University. Download Fact Sheet.
College Bound is funded by the State of New Jersey—Office of the Secretary of Higher Education—GEAR UP and New Jersey City University.
The Office of Pre-College Programs is composed of two grant funded programs; GEAR UP & College Bound. GEAR UP is an acronym for Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. New Jersey's GEAR UP project at New Jersey City University (NJCU) targets eight Jersey City public schools: PS # 23, P.S. # 24, P.S. # 38, M.S. # 40, Martin Center for the Arts, Henry Snyder H.S, Lincoln H.S. & University Academy Charter High School.
We offer a six week summer program consisting of the following:
Saturday classes during the academic year consisting of the following:
Students must meet the following criteria:
Attend one of the targeted Jersey City Public Schools. The "Target Schools" we recruit from are PS #14, #15, #23, PS #24, PS #37, #38, M.S. #40, Martin Center for the Arts, Henry Snyder H.S., Abraham Lincoln H.S. & University Academy Charter H.S.
Have a GPA of at least 2.5 (C+) or better.
Interested in attending college.
Location: Vodra Hall, Room 203
Nelson A. Rodriguez
Director, Pre-College Programs (GEAR UP and College Bound)