About TRiO


The term “TRiO” was coined in the late 1960s to describe three federally funded educational opportunity outreach programs. It began as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty.” TRiO includes eight programs targeted 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 programs.

The three original TRiO programs included Upward Bound (1964), Educational Talent Search (1965) and Student Support Services (1968). Since the development of the three; five additional programs have been added: Educational Opportunity Centers (1972), Veterans Upward Bound (1972), Training Programs for Special Programs Staff and Leadership (1976), Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (1986), and Upward Bound Math/Science (1990). TRiO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRiO
projects.

UCF has eight TRiO projects housed under 2 categories: Collegiate and Pre-collegiate.  The SDES TRiO Center services 7 out of the 8 programs under the TRiO umbrella.  Our program offering as as follows:

  • Collegiate (SSS) programs
    • PRIME STEM
    • Project BEST
    • Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (housed in Undergraduate Studies)
  • Pre-Collegiate programs
    • Educational Talent Search (ETS)
      • Project PACE
      • Project REACH
    • Upward Bound
      • Project ACE
      • Project EDGE
      • Project RISE

For more information about our programs, please browse our collegiate and pre-collegiate pages for further details!

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