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Upward Bound Program at Ramapo College Celebrates 20 Years of Success

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)December 23, 2015

MAHWAH, N.J. – The Upward Bound Math-Science Program (UBMS) at Ramapo College of New Jersey, a federally-funded TRIO program for low-income high school students with the potential to be first-generation college attendees, recently celebrated 20 years of success with a gathering of faculty, staff and students who participated in the program.

The goal of UBMS is to help promising high school students from Paterson, New Jersey, prepare for and graduate from college with majors leading to science related careers. With its current grant, Ramapo will service at least 59 students per year through 2017.

Housed in the School of Theoretical and Applied Science at Ramapo College, UBMS features specially designed courses to assist students from their freshman year of high school through graduation. Since 1995, UBMS has served more than 500 students, and since 2008, 70 percent of program participants graduated from or currently attending college.

A major feature of UBMS is a six-week intensive summer academic program in which students take courses in laboratory science, math, computers, language arts and Latin. The academic year program provides tutoring, college visits, field trips and Saturday visits to campus where the participants work with Ramapo College faculty in chemistry and biology labs. Seniors are guided through the college application process, including filing for financial aid.

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About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Niche.com.

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com. Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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