Upward Bound for English Language Learners (UBELLs)

The Upward Bound for English Language Learners (UBELLs) program offers fundamental support to prepare participants to enter college. The program focuses on participants' academic success in high school and ultimately assists them in their higher-education pursuits. The goal of UBELLs is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions.

UBELLs​ at NJIT specifically serves low-income and first-generation-college-bound English-language learners at two Newark high schools: Barringer and East Side. The courses offered through UBELLs focus on both English-language proficiency and broad academic knowledge.

Upward Bound is a federally funded TRiO program. For more information about TRiO programs go to  http://www2.ed.gov/programs/trioupbound/index.html.

Services and programs offered through Upward Bound for English Language Learners (UBELLs):

   • Saturday academic year classes at the NJIT campus in computers,
      science, math, English, and Spanish   
   • Tutoring program
   • Leadership training activities
   • Cultural field trips
   • Mentoring activities
   • Counseling and academic advisement
   • Career orientation
   • College preparation and financial aid workshops
   • Rigorous 6-week summer academic program at the NJIT campus in
     computers, science, math, English, and Spanish 
   • Social activities
   • Health and fitness activities  

How Do I Qualify?

Students who have completed 8th grade but have not entered the 12th grade are eligible to apply and are selected on the basis of a combination of the following criteria:

   • Participation in the bilingual and/or ESL program at target high schools
   • Minimum GPA of 2.0
   • Teacher/counselor recommendations
   • Low-income and/or first-generation college student
   • Desire to pursue higher education

Program Cost

It is absolutely free! Students are provided with books, instructional supplies, field trips, meals, and public transportation tickets at no cost.

Target Schools

The Upward Bound for English Language Learners (UBELLs) Program at NJIT recruits students from the following Newark public schools:

  •  Barringer High School -  Academy of Arts and Humanities 
  •  Barringer High School - Academy of S.T.E.A.M. 
  •  East Side High School