Current Students

Parents of Upward Bound students are strongly encouraged to become involved in all aspects of their child's participation and to attend meetings of the Rutgers Upward Bound Parent Committee. Parent involvement is the best way to ensure student success and overall academic success in the program.

Family participation in education was twice as predictive of students' academic success as family socioeconomic status. Decades of research shows that when parents are actively involved students have:

  • Higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates
  • Better school attendance
  • Increased motivation and self-esteem
  • Lower rates of suspension
  • Decreased use of drugs and alcohol
  • Fewer instances of violent behavior


Walberg (1984) in his review of 29 studies of school–parent programs.
Rutgers Upward Bound provides Parents/Guardians with the guidance and support necessary to help their children navigate through their schools' curriculum and lead them to the achievement of their educational pursuits.

Please take the time to:

  • Ensure your child checks his/her email daily
  • Review Events Calendar regularly
  • Explore the resources provided in the Current Students section
  • Review the Parent Checklist and attend parent meetings

Rutgers Upward Bound Parent Checklist: 

9th Grade

  • Get to know your child's guidance counselor.
  • Become familiar with your child's academic courses.
  • Work with your child to establish a routine of study, work, and leisure.
  • Explore whether your child should take the PSAT.
  • Insist that homework is completed and submitted on time.


10th Grade

  • Discuss ways of paying for your child's college education with his or her guidance counselor.
  • Attend parent nights and college fairs.
  • Continue to insist that homework is completed and submitted on time.


11th Grade

  • Make sure your child has at least 12 academic courses by the end of this year.
  • Review and discuss academic courses, class rank, and SAT/ACT scores with your child and his or her guidance counselor.
  • Visit colleges with your child.
  • Attend financial aid workshops.
  • Help your child narrow down his or her college choices.
  • Continue to insist that homework is completed and submitted on time.


12th Grade

  • Make sure your child has a minimum of 16 academic courses by graduation.
  • Discuss final college choices with your child.
  • Review all electronic and postal mail with your child to ensure that all applications and fees are submitted on time, and that your child replies to all requests for additional information and offers of admission before given deadlines.
  • Continue to insist that homework is completed and submitted on time.