What is Trio?



I’d like to introduce you to a logo that you will be seeing a lot of, both connected with the Ohio State ATI Upward Bound Program and with all other Upward Bound programs we will meet. You will also see the logo associated with programs that work in middle schools and colleges.


TRIO is a name given to a set of educational opportunity programs sponsored by the United States Department of Education. All TRIO programs have the common goal of helping students overcome obstacles to success in higher education.


When Upward Bound was created by the Higher Education Act in 1965, two other programs were created — one for college level students and one for graduate and professional degree students. Later, other programs were added. Here’s a list of the seven TRIO programs:

Educational Opportunity Centers — college information for everyone

Talent Search — from 6th grade to h.s. graduation

Upward Bound
o Classic (that’s us) — from 9th grade to h.s.

o Math-Science — specializes in math and science

o Veterans — for military veterans

Student Support Services —  for college students

McNair Scholars —  for college students planning to get a Ph.D.


If the college you attend has a Student Support Services Program, you will find a lot of free help there and some friends in TRIO who are interested in your success in college. Student Support Services provides tutoring, workshops, academic advising, personal advising, and help with getting financial aid.


An estimated 2 million students have graduated from college with the support and assistance of our nation’s TRIO Programs.

TRIO graduates predominately attend four year colleges.

Students in the Upward Bound program are four times more likely to earn an undergraduate degree than those students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in the program.

Students in the TRIO Student Support Services program are more than twice as likely to remain in college than those students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in the program.

There are over 1,677 TRIO programs in operation nationwide (772 Upward Bound programs) at more than 800 public and private colleges and universities, and at 80 community agencies.