Upward Bound


Talent Upward Bound provides intensive academic support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. Students must have completed the eighth grade and between the ages of 13 and 19, enrolled in high school, planning to go to college and need the services in order to fulfill their goals. The overall goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in
and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. Upward Bound programs also provide a six-week summer experience on a college campus to acclimate and prepare students for college entrance (U.S. Department of Education).


  • Instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and other subjects necessary for success in education beyond high school
  • Instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature, and foreign language
  • Academic, financial, and personal counseling
  • Exposure to academic programs and cultural events
  • Tutorial services
  • Mentoring programs
  • Information on postsecondary education opportunities
  • Assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
  • Work study positions to expose participants to careers requiring a postsecondary degree
  • Service learning and leadership activities
  • Targeted instruction to improve performance on state standardized achievement tests