Academic Foundations Center

The Academic Foundations Center provides academic opportunities, resources, and support programs primarily for underrepresented students to achieve success through education.

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Academic Foundations Center F.A.Q.

What is the Academic Foundations Center?
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The Academic Foundations Center (AFC), which is comprised of undergraduate and pre-college support programs, provides academic and service programs that ensure the academic success of students ranging from the sixth grade through college graduation. AFC combines strong instruction and tutorial services with the personal, financial and career counseling support necessary for academic and social advancement. These features are integral to the success of our students.

Additional pillars supporting our success are strong partnerships with academic departments, the Rutgers Learning Center (RLC) and student support units at the University. A deeply committed faculty at all levels within the AFC ensures the academic integrity of our programs and an equally committed counseling staff ensures appropriate high quality support for our students. By any measure our students achieve at all levels within the University or in the school districts from which they come to us. The students, staff and programs of the AFC enrich and enliven the Rutgers-Newark campus and the surrounding community.

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What Undergraduate Programs Does AFC offer?
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Educational Opportunity Fund Program
The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund was created by law in 1968 to ensure meaningful access to higher education for those who come from backgrounds of economic and educational disadvantage. The Fund assists low-income New Jersey residents who are capable and motivated but lack adequate preparation for college study. The Fund is distinctive in the comprehensiveness of its approach. To ensure the opportunity to attend college, the Fund provides supplemental financial aid to help cover college costs (such as books, fees, room and board) that are not covered by the state's Tuition Aid Grant program. To ensure a viable opportunity to succeed and graduate, the Fund supports a wide array of campus-based outreach and support services at 28 public and 13 independent institutions.

McNair Scholars Program


The McNair Scholars Program, funded by a federal TRIO education grant, is designed to provide select college students with effective preparation for doctoral study. Admitted students will have approximately two years remaining until graduation. Program participants engage in research, seminars and educational activities that promote scholarly development and readiness for graduate studies. Services provided to students by the McNair Scholars Program include faculty-mentored research opportunities, graduate application assistance, academic advising, college visits, non-credit workshops and exposure to cultural events. McNair Scholars receive a stipend of up to $2,800 per academic year, based on completing specific program milestones.  Additionally, McNair Scholars are provided support in securing admission and funding for graduate studies.

Student Support Services Program
The Student Support Services (SSS) Program provides supplemental tutoring, counseling, remediation and other support services to disadvantaged college students. The aim of the Program is to increase rates of college retention and graduation among disadvantaged college students. Student Support Services (SSS) is a TRIO Program federally funded by the United States Department of Education designed to assist students.  The Program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with college requirements, and serves to motivate towards the successful completion of their post-secondary education. The goal of our Program is to increase college retention, increase graduation rates of its participants, and facilitate the process of transition from high school to a four–year college or university.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
Rutgers University-Newark is the proud leader in a program to enhance the success of students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. The program will create a learning community in STEM that includes effective help with challenging classes, research opportunities, internships, employment opportunities, possible international experiences, possible financial aid for graduate school and career opportunities. The program extends well beyond the confines of Rutgers and is recognized nationally for its success in helping students graduate in STEM fields and continuing into rewarding careers. It has added greatly to the diversity of STEM fields.

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What Pre-College Programs Does AFC offer?
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Rutgers Future Scholars

The Rutgers Future Scholars program introduces first-generation, low-income and academically-talented middle school students from our four Rutgers home communities (New Brunswick, Piscataway, Newark, and Camden) to the promise and opportunities of a college education. The program will have multiple-year components, each building on the foundation of the previous year. Participants in the summer before they enter the eighth grade will become part of a unique pre-college culture of university programming, events, support, and mentoring that will continue through their high school years. Students who successfully complete the pre-college initiative and are admitted to Rutgers will receive a scholarship covering the cost of their tuition for four years funded through a range of grants and donations.

Talent Search

The Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assist participant with the postsecondary application process. Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.

Upward Bound

The Upward Bound Program at Rutgers University-Newark is a federally funded college preparation program for selected students from the East Orange Public School District. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Education. The mission is to increase the rates at which participant’s from the East Orange School District complete high school and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.  Upward Bound participants begin the program during the 9th or 10th grade and participate through high school graduation. Services include academic enrichment in mathematics, language arts, laboratory science, academic advisement, exposure to cultural events/programming, and tutorial services. Program services are free to participants. Qualifications for participation in the program include having academic potential, meeting income criteria, and/or coming from a family in which neither parent has earned a Bachelor's degree.

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Key Contacts

Academic Foundations Center

Phone: (973) 353 3574 | Fax: (973) 353-5700
Bradley HallRoom 134
110 Warren StreetNewarkNew Jersey07102

Contact us to learn more about programs run by the Academic Foundations Center at Rutgers University Newark!