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What is TRIOThis link will open in a new window? We are part of a suite of TRIO Programs that were established to support the nation’s commitment to provide educational opportunity for all Americans to enter college, graduate, and move on to participate more fully in realizing “America’s Economic and Social Dream.” We are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as TRIO Programs because initially there were just three programs Upward Bound, Talent Search, and Student Support Services. These three original programs are represented on NC State's campus. Learn More >>


Since 1991 NC State's Talent Search program has assisted thousands of students enroll in college and gain a college degree. We serve 814 6th-12th graders from 8 middle and high schools (Wendell Middle, Zebulon Middle, Smithfield Middle, Selma Middle, East Wake High, Knightdale High, North Johnston High and Smithfield Selma High).  

Participants and their families receive assistance in preparing for and applying to post-secondary institutions as well as exploring financing options including scholarships and federal aid. Our free early-intervention program helps young people better understand their educational opportunities and options. 


Upward Bound is an early intervention pre-college program that helps students prepare for higher education. Upward Bound brings high school students to college campuses after school, on the weekends, and during the summer to receive instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages.
Tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, and work-study programs are additional components to the Upward Bound program. 
The NC State University Program serves 186 students annually from 6 high schools (Northern Vance, Southern Vance, Louisburg, Bunn, Franklinton and East Wake).  The Program has been a part of the University since 1978 and has assisted hundreds of students to enroll in college and gain a college degree.


Student Support Services (SSS) Program strives to encourage and enhance educational opportunities for undergraduate students by providing academic and personal support to enhance academic skills, increase retention and graduation rates, and as appropriate, facilitate entrance into graduate and professional programs.  SSS provides opportunities for academic and personal development by assisting students with college requirements, motivating students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education and promoting graduate school enrollment through individualized coaching and tutoring, at no cost to the student. At present, the SSS Program serves 140 qualified students.