Binghamton University hosts six federally funded TRiO programs. Four of these, Student Support Services, Student Support Services - STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Upward Bound and Upward Bound Rural Schools are operated by the TRiO department which is a division of Student Affairs. Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement is part of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences and Educational Talent Search is part of the Graduate School of Education both of which are divisions of Academic Affairs.
Student Support Services (SSS) and Student Support Services -STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are free programs designed to improve the retention and graduation rates of low-income, first-generation or disabled college students.
Both SSS programs offer their participants academic, career, and personal counseling as well as tutoring and assistance in obtaining financial aid. They also provide workshops and seminars on a variety of topics including computer literacy, study skills, time management and career exploration. In addition, SSS students are given the opportunity to attend cultural enrichment events.
Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement prepares qualified undergraduate students, that are interested in eventually earning a PhD, for doctoral studies. Participants are low-income, first generation or from historically under-represented groups.
The McNair Scholars Program insures that participants receive counseling and academic advisement. They also receive training in research methods and information skills sufficient for continuation at the graduate level. In addition, the program provides opportunities for summer research internships and other research experiences throughout the academic year.
Educational Talent Search identifies and assists high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education.
The program provides academic, career and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to the post-secondary institution of their choice.
Talent Search also serves high school dropouts by encouraging them to reenter the education system and complete their education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youths from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in post-secondary education institutions of their choice.
Upward Bound is one of the federal TRiO Programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education that serves high school students from low income families and from families in which neither parent holds a Bachelor's degree. Binghamton University's program is one of over 800 programs operating throughout the United States. The goal of Upward Bound is to prepare participants for high school graduation and to increase the rate at which they enroll, attend, and ultimately graduate from, colleges and universities.
Upward Bound programs offer their participants* academic, financial, and personal counseling as well as tutoring and assistance in completing college entrance and financial-aid applications. They also provide presentations and workshops on scholarships, financial aid and other educational topics. In addition, participating students are given the opportunity to attend the Summer Residential Program at Binghamton University.
*Students must live in a participating school district to participate in the Upward Bound Program at Binghamton University.
Last Updated: 2/6/14