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Application Process

The application process is both rigorous and competitive. Individuals who have been traditionally underrepresented in college, including members of racial and ethnic minorities and the physically challenged, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Criteria

  • Demonstration of academic promise (through recommendations and/or test scores) Students need not have stellar academic records. Yet, demonstration of some form of academic success shows that a student has the ability and motivation to succeed in the summer program.
  • Demonstration of college aspirations (through recommendations and interview) Students should be considering pursuing postsecondary education after graduation.


The Upward Bound Programs are currently accepting new student applications. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis when completed in full.

Interested students may choose to either start the application process online or download and print a copy of the student application below.

Part 1: Student Application & Information Release Form (pdf)
[Part 2: School Counselor Report]
[Part 3: Teacher Recommendation Form]

Refer a Student

Target school faculty are encouraged to use our Student Referral Form to introduce candidates to the program. Our counselors will set up meetings with all referred students to provide program information, answer questions, encourage application to the program as appropriate, and help complete application materials as needed.