TRIO Programs (Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math/Science)

UCO applies for and regularly receives funding for its TRIO programs through the U.S. Department of Education. TRIO is a set of federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from low income/disadvantaged backgrounds, veterans and students with disabilities in their pursuit of a college degree. TRIO programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention. 

TRIO began as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty in 1964. The Educational Opportunity Act of 1964 established an experimental program known as Upward Bound. Then, in 1965, the Higher Education Act created Talent Search. Finally, another program, Special Services for Disadvantaged Students (later known as Student Support Services), was launched in 1968. TRIO was given its name because it started as a group of just three programs. It has now grown to eight programs.

UCO has two Upward Bound Programs:

  • TRIO Upward Bound (Central Prep)
    This program is designed to prepare first-generation, low-income and academically high-risk high school students for college success.  This program assists students with academic preparation, college and career planning, financial literacy, social support, and personal resources. 

Upward Bound Central Prep

  • TRIO Upward Bound Math-Science
    This program is designed to identify and develop students in the areas of math and science and encourage students to pursue degrees and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.  UCO’s program provides tutoring, counseling, mentoring, exploration opportunities and educational guidance to first-generation, low-income students.