Educational Programs Support and Centers

The current educational program support centers and resources to promote STEM and design educational programs at NJIT include:

Center for Pre-College Programs

The Center for Pre-College Programs was established in 1979 in order to increase access to scientific and technological fields among traditionally underrepresented populations and to improve the teaching of science and mathematics in secondary and elementary schools. Achievement is reflected in the accomplishments of its many pre-college alumni who become teachers who show the way to youngsters, engineers who create technology that allows astronauts to rendezvous in space, scientists who research new avenues to control and cure diseases, and financiers who strive to keep our economy flourishing. The Center for Pre-College Programs annually serves more than 3,000 elementary and secondary students and their teachers in a variety of programs.

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (Gear Up)

Offers educational support and assistance to middle and high school students to help them prepare for and enroll in an institution of higher education. Students participate in a 20-week academic-year or six-week summer program, and also receive personal counseling and tutoring, as well as attend field trips and college tours. Target schools for this free program include Central High School, East Side High School, Barringer Academy of S.T.E.A.M., Barringer Academy of the Arts & Humanities and the following middle schools: Hawkins Street, Hawthorne Avenue, Lafayette Street, Luis Munoz Marin, Park Elementary, Quitman Street, Rafael Hernandez, Ridge Street, Sussex Avenue and Wilson Avenue. State-funded and federally funded collaboration between NJIT and Newark Public Schools, designed for students in 6th through 12th grade.

Upward Bound for English Language Learners (Ubells)

Addresses the needs of first-generation college and low-income high-school students as they make their way toward admission to college. In addition to attending academic classes in math and science, UBELL students receive support in achieving competence in English and instruction in goal setting, study skills, and time management. Charged with enhancing students’ college readiness and success, UBELL also preps parents unfamiliar with the college process through financial aid and enrollment counseling.


Upward Bound

Serves 9th- to 12th-grade low-income students between the ages of 13 and 19, who will be the first generation in their families to attend college. The goal is to increase the rate at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of higher learning. Federally funded, collaboration between NJIT and Newark Public Schools, designed for students in 6th through 12th grade.

Talent Search

Helps prepare middle school students for high school and high school students for college or a career of their choice. Participants are primarily from low-income households and first-generation college students.

Early College Preparatory Programs

Tuition- and donor-funded programs designed for students who have completed 4th through 11th grades.

Academy College Courses for High School Students: Designed for high-achieving high school students, grades 10 to 12, who want to earn up to eight college credits per semester or session. Credits are transferable to NJIT or other universities.

Options for Advanced Academic Achievement: Offers an opportunity for qualified high school students from partner schools to earn college credits at their school during the academic year.

On-Campus Summer Programs

  • ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC): Provides STEM-enriching activities, experiments, projects and field experiences to students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades. The two-week residential camp introduces participants to college life, instructs them in a variety of science and engineering subjects, and develops their problem-solving, critical-thinking, communication and research skills. Funded in part by ExxonMobil and The Harris Foundation.
  • Robotics Exploration Program (REP): Introduces STEM fields, through the use of robotics, to high-achieving post-6th and post-7th graders. Participants in the two-week residential program work in teams to design, construct and operate robots. REP culminates with a robotics competition and awards ceremony.
  • Women in Engineering and Technology Initiatives FEMME Program: Encourages post-4th grade through post-9th-grade girls to explore science and technology fields. An intensive summer component includes classroom discussions, laboratory experiments, projects and fields trips, and focuses on the following engineering themes by grade: environmental (post-4th grade), aeronautical (post-5th grade), mechanical (post-6th grade), chemical (post-7th grade), biomedical (post-8th grade) and computer coding (post-9th grade). FEMME is one of many four-week focused programs that encourage students to study and excel in STEM disciplines.
  • Co-educational Four-Week STEM-Focused Programs: Designed to prepare high-achieving students from post-4th to post-11th grades to succeed in STEM fields. Themes by grade include the Environmental Science and Engineering Program (ESEP, post-4th grade); Aeronautical Engineering Program (AEP, post-5th grade); Pre-Engineering Program (PrEP, post-6th grade); Explore Careers in Technology and Engineering (ExCITE, post-7th grade); Chemical Engineering Program (CHEM-ENG, post-7th grade); Introduction to Chemical, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering (IChIME, post-7th and 8th grade); Biomedical Engineering Program (BIO-MED, post-8th grade); Intermediate Robotics (iRobotics, post-8th and 9th grade); and Fundamentals of Physical Science (FPS-Chemistry and FPS-Physics, post-9th through 11th grade).

Educational Opportunities Program

NJIT's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) offers academic support and career and personal counseling, to first-time full-time freshmen, and transfer students. The EOP staff is committed to providing services to students who are ready to accept the challenges of a rigorous college experience and committed to the hard work and discipline necessary to overcome economic distress and gaps in previous academic preparation.

Summer Academic Enrichment Program

The most comprehensive transitional service offered to EOP students is the six-week Summer Academic Enrichment Program. The program is designed to identify and strengthen areas of academic limitations and to orient them to NJIT. During the time that students are in the dormitory, the resident assistants (RA's) supervise them. These RA's are upper-class students charged with the responsibility of not only monitoring but also befriending the incoming EOP freshmen, and introducing them to the social aspects of college life.

​Center for Collaborative Leadership, Education, and Assessment Research (CLEAR) 

The Collaborative for Leadership, Education, and Assessment Research (CLEAR) at NJIT works to align and coordinate educational activities, especially digital and online learning, including curriculum design, educational practice, and assessment and evaluation development and administration. The Collaborative also engages in investigating and developing tools, materials, and resources to support educational research, professional learning, and best practices to foster K-16 educational effectiveness, personalized digital learning, and student success.