Fast Facts


The mission of the North Carolina State University TRIO Programs is to provide equal access to quality education by facilitating retention and promotion from middle schools through post baccalaureate completion.


TRIO Programs are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate degrees. Of these eight programs, NC State University hosts four programs, including the two premier TRIO pre-college programs, Educational Talent Search (1991) and Upward Bound (1978 and 2012). Collectively they have served thousands of students providing access to higher education. The Student Support Service program for undergraduate students launched in 2010.  The Student Support Services STEM program launched in 2015.  The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program launched in 2017.


  • 16 professional and support staff
  • Numerous instructors, advisors, tutors, bus drivers, and facilitators


The office is physically located at an off-campus site at 20 Enterprise Street. Various auxiliary sites located on campus are used to facilitate program activities and events. Services for pre-college programs are typically provided on weekends and Wednesdays at NC State during the academic year and weekdays during the summer. The collegiate SSS programs are housed in Park Shops, on the main campus of NC State.


Upward Bound & Talent Search

  • Academic Skill Development
  • College Admissions Assistance
  • Test Prep Training (SAT/ACT)
  • Monetary Stipends and Subsistence
  • Computer Aided Instruction
  • Fee Waivers
  • Motivational Workshops
  • Cultural and Career Development
  • Summer Residential Experience

Student Support Services, Student Support Services STEM & Ronald E. McNair

  • Academic, Career and Personal Coaching
  • Academic Skills Workshops
  • Assistance with Financial Aid & Scholarship Applications
  • Cultural & Educational Events
  • Employment and Professional
  • Development Opportunities
  • Financial & Economic Literacy Education
  • Graduate & Professional Program Application Assistance
  • Summer Research Experience
  • Supplemental Tutorial Support


  • 1,000 students served in 10 middle and high schools in four counties: Franklin, Johnston, Vance and Wake.
  • On average, 65% of Upward Bound graduates complete a bachelor’s degree within six years, which rivals most universities’ retention rates.
  • 285 undergraduate students served by the Student Support Services, Student Support Services STEM  and Ronald E. McNair Scholars programs.