Upward Bound (Mercer County Community College)

Upward Bound is an academic program for Trenton High School students that meets year-round and uses classes/workshops to teach life skills and prepare students for college. The program is tuition-free and helps students in college find academic support. 

It includes after-school tutoring, cultural enrichment activities, college visits, peer and group counseling, SAT/ACT test prep, and college. Students meet after school and on Saturdays during the school year and weekdays during the summer.

Upward Bound is a program by Mercer County Community College.


  • Submit an application to carabajm@mccc.edu or dentons@mccc.edu
  • Submit an essay response
  • Attach a copy of Social Security Card or Alien Registration Card
  • Provide two teacher or community leader references
  • Provide proof of parent/guardian income


  • Attend high school
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Be a first generation college student
  • Meet income criteria
  • Demonstrate academic potential
  • Live in Trenton, New Jersey