Pre-College Enrichment Programs


At Vaughn College, we offer pre-college enrichment programs designed for middle and high school students who want to get a head start on preparing for their college education. The Upward Bound Program serves students who attend August Martin High School and Grover Cleveland High School. Science Technology Entry Program (STEP) serves 7th to 12th grade students interested in STEM and licensed professions.


Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)

The College has extensive experience in providing pre-college services to inspire junior high and high school, 7th-12th grade, students from underrepresented backgrounds to enter science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers or other licensed professions.

STEP 2020 Summer and Saturday Academy Application – Deadline Friday, June 19.

Returning STEP Students:

  1. Fill out the returning students application and upload your report card plus transcript.
  2. Select the courses you are interested in for the Summer Academy

New STEP Students:

  1. Fill out the returning students application and upload your report card plus transcript.
  2. Select the courses you are interested in for the Summer Academy


Our New York State funded program leverages Vaughn’s aeronautical heritage and world class robotics championship teams to expose students to STEM-related fields, aviation related fields, while providing tutoring, standardized test prep, and college prep.  The program can include elements such as:

  • Core subject instruction;
  • PSAT/SAT/Regents exam preparation;
  • Communications and soft skills training;
  • Supervised practical research and poster presentation training;
  • Preparing for licensed professions (e.g., FAA private pilot license);
  • Hands on exposure to Robotics and other career fields.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Grade-Level:  The program is limited to 7th – 12th grade students;
  • Economically disadvantaged, or African American, Hispanic/Latino, Alaskan Native or American Indian; and will benefit from academic enrichment.
  • There are NY residency requirements associated with the program.

Saturday Academy October – June
Saturdays from 8:30am to 1 pm students specialize more in their specific field of interest. Instruction is mostly geared towards:

  • 7th and 8th grade: successful completion of middle school and entry to high school;
  • 9th and 10th grade: succeeding at Common Core subjects;
  • 11th and 12th grade: successful completion of high school and entry to college.

Summer Program July – August
STEP Summer Program runs from Monday through Friday, introducing pre-college students to the college experience by offering introductory courses and seminars.

For information on the STEP program, contact the STEP email at


Upward Bound Program

Upward Bound (UB) is a federally funded TRIO program that helps low-income and first-generation community youth achieve college and career success by providing a year-round comprehensive system of support including tutoring, college entrance examination preparation, college and financial aid application assistance, and cultural field trips.

Upward Bound Application
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Contact Us
718.429.6600 ext. 165
86-01 23rd Ave, Flushing, NY 11369 | Office L201

The Upward Bound Program at Vaughn College services students at three sites: Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, August Martin High School, and Grover Cleveland High School. Our main office is located in the Academic Success Center at Vaughn College.

The program is FREE to eligible students. The student/applicant must be:
(1) Attending 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade at Grover Cleveland High School or August Martin High School and (2) First-generation (parent(s)/guardian(s) have NOT obtained a bachelor’s degree) and/or low-income (family taxable income qualifies under federal TRIO guidelines)

Saturday Academy
Our scholars receive tutoring and homework help from instructors in all Regents subjects including Living Environment, Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Spanish, English, U.S. and Global History, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Calculus, Geometry, and Physics. The months of January and June are dedicated to Regents prep to ensure our scholars achieve outstanding scores on statewide administered exams.

Summer Academy
July to August
On Mondays through Thursdays, our scholars choose to participate in any of the subjects above plus College English, College Calculus, Flight, Sports, Rocket Building, Hydroponics, Robotics, Career Development, and more. On Fridays, our scholars can choose to attend field trips for cultural and intellectual enrichment.

College entrance examination prep is offered in the Fall or Spring at August Martin High School and Grover Cleveland High School. All UB scholars receive free SAT fee waivers which include: two free SATs, with or without the essay, six free SAT Subject Tests, two free Student Answer Service (SAS) reports, unlimited score reports to send to colleges, waived application fees at participating colleges, and free CSS Profile applications to apply for financial aid from participating schools.

Field Trips
Throughout the year our cultural field trips have included events such as a cooking workshop, drone flying workshop, the Liberty Science Center, Lunar New Year in Flushing, pumpkin picking, and more.

College Tours
Upward Bound scholars participate in one day or overnight college tours throughout the year when school is not in session. We have visited institutions such as Bowie State University, College of William & Mary, Ohio State University, Penn State University, Columbia University, and other colleges and universities.

Upward Bound is College Bound
Our scholars have attended and graduated from:
West Virginia University, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, New York Institute of Technology, New York University, Daytona State College, Nassau Community College, Dowling College, South Texas College, Mercy College, CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, Queensborough Community College, Laguardia Community College, Bronx Community College, Hostos Community College, Kingsborough Community College, York College, New York City College of Technology, City College, College of Staten Island, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Hunter College, Queens College, SUNY University at Albany, Old Westbury, Cobleskill, College of Technology at Canton, Cortland, Farmingdale

Please note that all program components and services are subject to change.