The term “TRiO” was used in the late 1960’s to describe the original three federally funded educational opportunity programs. The three original programs included Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search and Student Support Services. Since the development of the three: five additional programs have been added: Educational Opportunity Centers, Training Programs for Special Programs Staff and Leadership, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement, Upward Bound Math/Science, and Veterans Upward Bound. The primary purpose of TRiO programs is to prepare low-income/potential first generation college students for successful entry into, retention in and completion of postsecondary education. The Ronald E. McNair program provides support to students who are planning to attend graduate school.
Morgan State University's Division of Academic Outreach and Engagement is host to two TRiO programs: