Upward Bound is a federal program aimed at providing educational support to low-income and first-generation college-bound students. The program provides academic advising, tutoring, and enrichment activities to help students prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education. Upward Bound is designed to help participants overcome social and economic barriers to higher education by providing them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in college and beyond. The program may also provide support services such as financial aid counseling, college application assistance, and guidance in choosing a college major and career. Upward Bound is intended to increase the college-going rate of eligible students and to help ensure that they are well-prepared for college-level coursework and degree attainment.
Upward Bound programs typically serve high school students, with a focus on those from families with low income or limited education, and those who would be the first in their families to attend college. The program provides a range of services and resources designed to improve students’ academic skills, motivation, and confidence in their ability to succeed in college. This can include academic instruction in subjects such as mathematics, science, and writing, as well as personal and career counseling, cultural and recreational activities, and visits to college campuses.
The goal of Upward Bound is to help participants successfully complete high school and enroll in postsecondary education. The program also seeks to promote persistence and graduation from college, and to help students make informed decisions about their education and careers. Upward Bound is designed to work in partnership with School Analytics, colleges, and community organizations, and is typically offered through universities and other higher education institutions.