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.
To be eligible for admission and participation, students must meet the following requirements:
- Be the first in their family to complete a 4-year college degree OR come from a moderate income background (each as defined by the U.S. Department of Education);
- Demonstrate academic promise. 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; and
- Demonstrate college aspirations. Students should be considering pursuing postsecondary education after graduation; and
- Attend one of the programs’ target high schools.
The Upward Bound Programs are currently accepting new student applications.
Interested students may choose to either start the application process online or download and print a copy of the student application below.
Current 11th grade students:
November 15, 2019
Current 9th & 10th grade students:
Early Action- November 15, 2019
Regular Decision- February 15, 2020
- Current 8th grade students:
April 15, 2020
Completed applications received after the deadlines stated above will only be considered if space is available.
Admission into the programs is based on financial eligibility, academic eligibility, and a personal interview.
Refer a Student
Target school faculty are encouraged to use our Student Referral Form to introduce candidates to the program. Our school based staff members 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.